MEDICINAL: Peony root treats menstrual cramps and irregularities, gout, and asthma. It is also used in combination with other herbs to ease emotional nervous conditions. It should be used only under the guidance of a professional, as it can be toxic if taken incorrectly. Do not use the flowers or leaves internally.
RELIGIOUS: Dried Peony roots are carved and/or made into bracelets and necklaces for protection, as well as for breaking spells and curses. Peonies planted outside the home guard against storm damage and demons. A chain of beads cut from the dried root was worn as a protection against illness and injury, and to cure insanity.
GROWING: Peonies are a perennial shrub-like plant, growing 2 - 4 feet high. They prefer rich, humousy, well-drained soils, and full sun.