Origin: Mediterranean

Family: Vitaceae
Scientific Name: Vitis vinifera

Folk Names: Vine


Element: Water
Day: Monday
Planet: The Moon
Zodiac: Scorpio
Associated Celebrations: AutEx
Deities: Bacchus, Dionysis, Hathor, Liber, Mabon, Saturn, Thor

Parts Used: Fruits

Magical Properties: Fertility, prosperity, mental powers, money


Part Used: Seeds
Extraction Method: Cold-Pressed
Flash Point: 550°C

Perfume Use: Base oil
Shelf Life: 6-12 months
Scent Description: Faint, nutty

Topical Use

Skin Types: All
Absorption Rate: Fast/medium
Viscosity: Thin

Properties: Restorative, smoothing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, mildly astringent.

Notes: Most grapeseed oil is solvent-extracted, but cold-pressed is recommended.


After pruning the vines, the leaves and young stems are often used to feed livestock.


Grapes are eaten fresh, processed to make juice, vinegar, or wines, or dried to make raisins. Grape leaves can also be used in cooking.


The grape genus Vitus contains 79 species. Vitis vinifera, the common grape vine, has 5,000-10,000 different varieties.

Type: Woody vine
Plant size: to 32m length
Bark: Flaky, brown bark
Leaves: Broad, lobed leaves, 5-20cm long
Flowers: Tiny, pale flowers
Fruit: Round, green to purple/red berries, up to 3cm diameter, growing in clusters of 15+

In the Garden

Type: Perennial vine
Sow: Winter
Light: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained

Companion Planting: Agastache, chives, garlic, nasturtium