Folk Names: Brain
Thief, Mandragor, Alraun, Gallows, Mannikin, Wild Lemon, Raccoon
Berry, Herb of Circe, Baaras, Womandrake
Parts Used: Root
Basic Powers: Protection,
Specific Uses: Place
in the home as a powerful protective charm. Women carry the root to help
them conceive. The root is used in image magic, but as the true mandrake
is exceedingly rare the roots of the bryony or ash are good substitutes.
In America, the May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum) is considered a fair replacement
for the mandrake, and is often called "American Mandrake." Small bits of
the genuine root, which are occasionally available in herb stores, are
added to sachets for protection. The root is carried by men who wish to
cure their impotency. Both types of Mandrake, when available whole, are
placed on the altar and the hearth as protective devices.