Acacia Nilotica

Acacia Nilotica is known throughout the Craft as a religious herb and an herb of consecration and of funerary rites. This herb is ruled by both the son and Mars and is used to invoke the god Osiris, or as the Aegyptians call Him, Wasir. Other common names are Christ-Thorn, as it is believed to have been used by the Romans as the infamous crown of thorns upon the head of the Christ. It is also believed that the Ark of the Covenant which held the stone tablets of Moses was made from the wood of this tree.

The tree itself is tall with dark stems and branches and bright yellow flowers. The herb is a vermifuge and the leaves are used in a water overnight and covered with cloth. This is taken through out the day to expel the worms from the body. Acacia is also used as a treatment for cough when put in a suspension of honey and beer or rum. This herb is also used to alleviate diarrhea, and to staunch and heal wounds. This herb may be used as a remedy for bleeding gums, a was for eczema, to cure conjunctiveitis (pinkeye) and according to Ayurvedic physicians in India, can be used to treat premature ejaculation.

The herb should not be taken for more than a few days at a time.

On a magical level, the wood is indeed well suited for a box to contain magical tools or potions. The dried gum, also known as gum arabic, can be used as an incense. Traditionally, this is a use for which it is best known and is used to consecrate and bind Ritual incenses.

Resources:
Beyerl, Paul “The Compendium of Herbal Magick
Chevallier, Andrew,”“The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants”
Manniche, Lise “An Ancient Egyptian Herbal”
And this Wytch’s own extensive personal notes upon the herb’s use.

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