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by Fire_Opal

(Mandragor officinarum)
Folk Names: Brain Thief, Mandragor, Alraun, Gallows, Mannikin, Wild Lemon, Raccoon Berry, Herb of Circe, Baaras, Womandrake
Gender: Hot
Planet: Mercury
Element: Earth
Associated Deity: Hecate, Hathor
Parts Used: Root
Basic Powers: Protection, Fertility
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.