The term phytology comes from the Greek words phyton = plant and logos = knowledge. It is therefore the science of plants used for healing purposes. As long as herbal medicine is used without superstitious or even magical additions – for example, using a pendulum to determine the healing effect – there is nothing wrong with it. Everyone knows that many herbs have anti-inflammatory, cough-relieving or pain-relieving properties. There are also herbal extracts that can be added to bath water. (see also medicinal plants)

Occult additives when using herbs

Dr. Kurt E. Koch became aware of massive sorcery using herbs through his pastoral work. He reports the following in his book „Okkultes ABC“: In a region of Switzerland, 7 different grasses are taken from different fields. Hot water is poured over them. The brew is given to a sick person in a bath and a saying from the so-called 6th/7th book of Moses is recited. This is a magical treatment that almost always helps. However, the patient treated in this way is then under an occult burden. To avoid any misunderstanding, it should be pointed out that there are no special herbs involved. Only the number 7 plays a role. In some areas they must be taken during the waning moon and before sunrise.

There are many forms of this herbal magic. In some areas of Germany it has to be 3 times 3 different herbs. The symbolism of numbers seems to play a role. In the Bible, the number 7 is considered a holy number. And the number three is said to refer to the Trinity.

Mixing with religious superstition

Every year on 15 August, the „Feast of Assumption“, the ritual of the consecration of herbs, also known as the blessing of herbs, has taken place in the Catholic Church for centuries. Various herbs are tied into bouquets and then taken to be blessed or consecrated. The consecration of herbs takes place before Mass on Assumption Day. The day is therefore known as the consecration of Mary (Maria Würzweihe). The formulas for the consecration have changed slightly over time. The consecrated bouquet is placed under the rafters to protect the house, especially from lightning. Occasionally, a bouquet is hung in the barn to ensure that the cattle, especially the goats, produce healthy offspring. A cow that has just calved is given a decoction of a boiled herb bundle in its first drink. The herb bundle was, and still is, used to treat human and animal ailments by applying the herbs externally to the affected part of the body. The herbs can also be mixed with beeswax on a dustpan and set on fire. The smoke is said to heal. (Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung 15.8.1983)

Kurt E. Koch: This is clearly not only religious superstition, but also white magic. And all this is done with the approval or even the blessing of the Church.