Other names: Cherry Pie, Tumsole, Hindicum, Potato Weed
Latin Name: Heliotropium europaeum or Heliotropium arborescens
Primary Associations: Exorcism, prophetic dreams, healing, wealth, invisibility
Description: A plant native to Europe, Asia and North Africa, it is often considered a weed in North America. It is an annual herb and reaches a maximum height around 40 cm. Heliotrope has a stem and oval-shaped leaves that are covered in a layer of fuzz, as well as tiny white flowers that bloom in coiled spikes. Heliotrope is a poisonous plant and often emits a fragrant odor when crushed. Heliotrope is known for its extensive root system and its nutlet groups of brown seeds. The flower heads of some species move with the sun as it moves in the sky.
Magical Uses: Heliotrope can be placed beneath a pillow to induce prophetic dreams, especially to find lost things or people. Heliotrope can be burned in banishing rituals and is often used in incenses or mixtures to be used in exorcism. Heliotrope is also said to enhance the intent f the ritual it’s used in. For instance, if you pick Heliotrope and use it for good, then good things will come back to you; if, on the other hand, you use it with bad intentions, the wickedness will be turned around on you ten-fold. The essential oil can be used to anoint candles and other objects used in divination and in spells for wealth.
Medicinal Uses: Heliotrope used for medicinal purposes uses the roots, flowers and leaves. It is used to treat conditions such as warts, fever, insect bites, gout and inflammation in joints. It’s also been used to stimulate bile secretion and regulate menstruation. Topically, Heliotrope can be prepared as a plaster which is done by cutting the leaves and placing it with their juice on the affected area for a few minutes to penetrate and relieve the condition.
Culinary Uses: Common heliotrope is often prized for its fragrance; a few species are so fragrant that they are grown in Europe to make perfume. Heliotrope on its own is not edible.
Suggestions: To increase prosperity, wreath a green candle with Heliotrope and burn it down to the socket. For invisibility, wear or carry a small horn filled with heliotrope. Your actions and movements will not draw attention. If you’ve been robbed, heliotrope wrapped in a bay leaf with a wolf’s tooth and placed under a pillow will supposedly show you the thief and the location of what was stolen.
Hazards and Precautions: Heliotrope seeds contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which can be toxic in large doses. Long term use of heliotrope is not advised as it can cause liver damage.