Scientific Name: Vitis vinifera
Folk Names: Vine
Planet: The Moon
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
Skin Types: All
Absorption Rate: Fast/medium
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
Light: Full sun
Companion Planting: Agastache, chives, garlic, nasturtium
- Mulch annually with well-potted compost