Scientific name: Persicaria affinis (D.Don) Ronse Decr.
Common name(s): knot weed, Himalayan fleece flower
Synonym(s): Polygonum affine D.Don, Bistorta affinis (D.Don) Greene, Polygonum brunonis Wall.
Habitat: Rocky mountainsides, screes, glacial moraines, alpine pastures, wet meadows and river banks.
Key uses: Ornamental, traditional medicine.
Known hazards: Apparently distasteful to grazing animals.
This perennial forms mats that creep over rocks and steep slopes in the central Himalaya. The fresh green leaves emerge in spring and the flower spikes develop in late summer, bearing numerous, small pink or red flowers. After the first frosts, the leaves turn red then chestnut-brown
Knotgrass is recommended for diarrhea, dysentery, and enteritis. Good for bronchitis, whooping cough, jaundice, and lung problems. As a blood coagulant, it is useful for all forms of internal bleeding, including stomach ulcers, snake bites, rheumatism, kills worms, blood purifier, inflammations, swellings, toothache, gangrene, canker sores, filthy ulcers, sores, venereal sores, ear infections, pyelitis, and piles. The fresh juices can be used to stop bleeding from the gums, wounds and from nosebleeds.
Care must be taken when binding spirits since they will almost always bind to the caster and you must have a plan for it after it is bound. However, if you are skilled enough to cast a binding spell you will also be skilled enough to handle any bound spirits.
A binding spell using Pink knot weed:
First tie a peace of pink knot weed into a knot and say this charm 3x3
To be protected from all you do,
This magic charm I cast on you,
With spoken words I bind thee,
For you to forever let me be,
To be protected from your harm,
Three times three I seal this charm".
Now take the knotted weed and dig down into the earth 9 inches and place the pink knot weed in said hole and cover ( do not look back) you may feel a pull to do so but the binded will be fighting this so DO NOT LOOK BACK ! turn and walk away ………………..Pen