Basic Magical Uses of Herbs and Plants and a Wee Bit of History

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DRAGONS BLOOD: (Dracaena draco spp.)
A pinch of Dragon's blood added to other incenses, increases their potency and power. Use for: Energy; Strength; Purification; Changes; Determination and Cleansing.

ELDER: (Sambucus canadensis)
A Sacred Tree belonging to the Midsummer. Used to both bless and curse. Wands made from Elder can be used to drive out evil. Music on panpipes or flutes made of elder have the same power as the wands. Stand or sleep under an elder on Midsummer Eve to see the Fae. Elder flowers are used in wish spells. The leaves, flowers, and berries are strewn on a person, place or thing to bless it. Flowers are used for altar offerings. Hung over doorways and windows, it keeps evil from the house.

EUCALYPTUS: (Eucalyptus spp.)
Add to all healing blends.  Also used in purification mixtures. For protection, carry the leaves.

EYE BRIGHT: (Euphrasia officionalis)
Burn as incense for clairvoyance and divination. Carry when you need to see the truth in a matter.

FENNEL: (Foeniculm Vulgare)
Hang over doors with St. John's Wort at Litha to repel evil spirits. Carry to influence others to trust your words.
Use for: Protection; Healing; Health; Purification.

MALE FERNS: (Dryopteris filixmas)
Uncurled fronds of Male fern are gathered at Midsummer, dried and carried for good luck. Ferns are said to be an herb of immortality. Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria) is especially effective if gathered by moonlight. This fern aids in breaking charms, is used in love spells.  Burned indoors, dried male fern fronds produce a very strong wall of protection. Burned outdoors they are said to produce rain.
Use for: Luck; Love; Banishing; Releasing; Defense.

FEVER FEW: (Tanacetum parthenum)
Travelers carry it as a ward against sickness or accidents during their journeys. Use for: Protection; Purification; Defense; Cleansing.

FIR, SILVER: (Abies alba)
The needles are burned at childbirth to bless and protect the mother and baby. Burn for Happiness; Harmony; Peace; Inspiration and Wisdom.

FLAX: (Linum usitatissimum)
The blue flowers are worn as a preservative against sorcery. Sprinkle the altar with flax seeds while performing healing rituals or include it in healing mixtures.
Use for: Protection; Psychic Awareness.

FOXGLOVE: (Digitalis purpurea)
A Druid sacred herb associated with the "little people". It is  known as Fairy Gloves, Fairy Fingers or Dead Men's Bells. Grow it in a garden for protection of house and yard.
Caution: This plant is poisonous

FRANKINCENSE: (Boswellia carteri)
Sacred to the Sun God Ra, frankincense is burned in rites of exorcism, purification, and protection. It is said to accelerate spiritual growth. Rosemary may be used as a substitute. You can use the Oil to Anoint tools, sachets or the body.
Use for spirituality, exorcism, purification, luck and protection rites.
The Resin is burned for protection, exorcism, spirituality, love, consecration, blessing, energy, strength, visions, healing, meditation, power and courage.

GALANGAL: (Alpinia officionalis or A. galanga)
Use the tincture for luck, protection, exorcism and psychic development. Ginger can be used as a substitute.

GARDENIA: (Gardenia jasmenoides)
Dried gardenia is scattered around a room to induce peaceful vibrations. Add to Moon incenses. Place fresh blossoms in sick rooms or on healing altars to aid the process. Add dried petals to healing mixtures. They have very high spiritual vibrations
Used for love spells;  to attract good spirits during rituals;  Health; Healing; Peace; Psychic Awareness; Spirituality.

GARLIC: (Allium sativum)
In the home, braids of garlic guard against evil and turn away the envious. It is a very effective blessing for a new home. Rubbed onto pots and pans before cooking, it removes negative vibration. When eaten, garlic acts as a lust inducer.
Garlic was eaten on Hecate festival days and was left at a crossroads as a sacrifice in Her name.

GINGER: (Zingiber Officinale)
Ginger essential oil is used in sexuality; love; courage; success; and money attracting blends. Eating Ginger before performing spells will lend them power. Ginger is also used to ensure the success of a magical operation.

GINSENG: (Oriental Panax ) or (North American quinquefolium)
The root is carried to attract love, to guard one's health, to draw money and  to ensure sexual potency. Used for: Lust; Creative Work; Love; Wishes; Beauty; Protection; Can be substituted for Mandrake. .

HAWTHORN: (Cratageus spp.)
Hawthorn is the flower to decorate a maypole. The flowers consist of five white petals, sacred to the Goddess. As an herb of fertility, it has a place in weddings, May Day celebrations, and ritual groves. Beltaine used to be known as the day the hawthorn first bloomed. Hawthorn is sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree fairy triad of Britain "Oak, Ash and Thorn" and where all three trees grow together it is said that one may see fairies. Wands made of hawthorn have great power. The blossoms are highly erotic.
Use for Fertility magic; Protection; Defense; and Chastity.

HAZEL: (Corylus avellana)
Hazel is an ancient Celtic tree of wisdom, inspiration, and poetry. Hazel nuts are eaten before divination. Wands of Hazel symbolize white magic and healing. Forked sticks are used to find water. If outside and in need of magical protection quickly, draw a circle around yourself with a hazel branch. To enlist the aid of plant fairies, string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room.
Use for: Healing; Protection; Luck; Clairvoyance; Divination; Inspiration; Wisdom; Defense; Fertility and Wishes.

HEATHER: (Calluna vulgaris)
Heather is a Goddess herb associated with the planet Venus and sacred to Isis. Heather when burned with fern outside attracts rain, or dip heather and fern in water and sprinkle around to conjure rain. Heather has also long been used to conjure ghosts. Red Heather is used for passion, to start or end an affair. Purple for spiritual development. White for cooling passions of unwanted suitors.

Holly: (Ilex aquifolium or Ilex opaca)
Sacred to the Winter Solstice, when it is used for decorating. Holly is known as an herb of protection. Cast it about to repel unwanted animals and spirits. Sprinkle newborn babies with "holly water" (water in which holly has been soaked, especially if left under a full moon overnight) to keep them happy and safe. Planted near a house, holly repels negative spells sent against you. Carry to promote good luck. Energy; Power; Strength and Protection.

HONEYSUCKLE: (Lonicera japonica)
Lightly crush the fresh flowers and then rub on the forehead to heighten psychic powers. Ring green candles with honeysuckle flowers to attract money.
Used for: Health; Healing; Love; Luck; Creativity; Protection; Psychic Awareness; Divination; Anointing and Balance.

HOPS: (Humulus lupulus)
Use in exorcism incenses and mixtures, as well as healing sachets.

HOREHOUND: (Marrubium vulgare)
Use in protective sachets and carry to guard against sorcery. Also scattered as an exorcism herb. Horehound, when mixed with ash leaves and placed in a bowl of water, releases healing vibrations, and should be placed in a sickroom.

HYSSOP: (Hysopus officinalis)
Hyssop was a holy herb of the ancient Greeks, used to cleanse sacred spaces. It is the most widely used purification herb in magic. Hyssop can be burned in incense, worn, used in decorations, and added to the chalice. Use a bunch to ritually "sweep" the altar as a preparation for a ceremonial rite. It is added to baths in sachets, infused and sprinkled on objects or persons to cleanse them, and hung up in the home to purge it of evil negativity.

IVY: (Hedera helix)
a Sacred Plant when Connected with the Winter Solstice when it is used for decorating. Ivy provides protection when growing on or near a house. Ivy is equated with fidelity and is woven into marriage wreaths. Use in charms to bind luck, love, and fidelity. It is paired with holly, magically. Ivy is carried by women for good luck in general, and is worn by brides for the same reason. Traditional crowns for the bride and groom are made of holly (a male plant) and ivy (a female plant). Wreaths and altar decorations are made from these as well.

JASMINE: (Jasminum officionale)
Symbolic of the moon and of the mysteries of the night. Jasmine essential oil is useful for sexuality. Dried Jasmine flowers are added to sachets and other love mixtures. They will attract a spiritual (as opposed to a physical) love.  Jasmine will also cause prophetic dreams if burned in the bedroom and the flowers are smelled to induce sleep.
Use for: Anointing; Balance; Luck; Fortune; Justice; Happiness; Harmony; Peace; Prophetic dreams; Meditation; Money; Riches; Astral Projection.

JUNIPER: (Jiniperus Communis)
Probably one of the earliest incenses used by Mediterranean Witches. Its berries were used with thyme in Druid and grove incenses for visions. The mature berries can be strung in the house to attract love. Men use the berries to increase potency. Burn Juniper as incense for: Exorcism; Protection; Healing; Love. The Essential oil is useful in protection, purification and healing blends.

Lavender is strewn into bonfires at Midsummer as an offering to the Gods and Goddesses. It is burnt at Litha as an offering.
Use to attract love; to promote sleep by anointing your forehead and pillow; to purify.
It is also used for: Psychic Awareness; Happiness; Creative Work; Business; Anointing; Exorcism; Harmony; and Healing.

Use in Lunar oils. Wear diluted lemon oil during the Full Moon to attune with its energies. Use in purification and healing oils. Purification; Love. A Lemon may serve as a poppet.

Soak in wine for 3 hours, remove and serve wine to friends and loved ones. Used in spells to ensure success.

The essential oil strengthens psychic awareness and is also useful in purification mixtures.

This full lemon scented essential oil is used in love blends. Added to other mixtures to increase their strength and is  used to purify an area or is added to bath water for protection and purification purposes. Lemon Verbena is worn to make oneself attractive to the opposite sex.

Lilac drives away evil where it is planted or strewn.
Uses are: Peace; Clairvoyance; Divination; Creativity; Happiness; Harmony; Exorcism; Protection: Psychic Awareness and Reincarnation.

Useful in purification and protection spells. The peel is used in love mixtures and incenses.

Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality; Good Fortune; Sleep and Love.

Placed in the corners of each room, this herb restores harmony and brings peace. Give as a gift to bring about an accord.

Burned as incense, it encourages the dead to seek their highest possible reincarnation. It reminds the living of their inner sanctity and divinity. Anyone who breathes the scent of the lotus will receive its protection. Lotus sees and pods are used as antidotes to love spells and any part of the lotus carried or worn ensures blessing by the Gods and Good Luck.

Burn to increase psychic power, or for creative work. Carry to improve the intellect.

Known as "summer's bride", the yellow calendula embodies the Sun's fire and life sustaining virtue. Calendula is carried into court for a favorable verdict. In the mattress it encourages prophetic dreams. Pick in full sun. Added to bath water it helps with he respect and admiration of everyone you meet. Garlands of marigolds strung on the door posts stop evil from entering the house. Use for: Marriage spells; Love; Divination; Protection; Enhanced Psychic Powers.

An infusion of marjoram, mint and rosemary can be sprinkled around the house for protection. This also works for protecting specific objects. Brings happiness to a depressed person. Violets and Marjoram, mixed together, are worn during the winter months as an amulet against colds. Grown in the garden it offers shielding powers against evil. Love; Protection; Defense; Wealth; Happiness; Purification; Cleansing.

Love; Magical Power; Psychic Awareness; Adds potency and power to any incense.

According to Grieve, meadowsweet, water mint, and vervain were the three most sacred herbs of the Druids.
Medowsweet is an herb of Jupiter and is useful in love spells. Use fresh flowers to decorate the altar during love spells, use the dried petals in love mixtures. Strew about the house to keep peace. Fresh flowers should be included in the bridal bouquet.

Mint is placed in the home as a protective herb. It belongs to the sphere of Venus and has long been used in healing potions and mixtures. The fresh leaves rubbed against the head are said to relieve headaches. Its bright green leaves and crisp scent is why we  use it in money and prosperity spells. Fresh mint laid on the altar will call good spirits to be present and aid you in magic, especially healing spells. Added to incenses it cleanses the house or ritual area.

It rules over Winter Solstice. Mistletoe is thought to be most powerful if growing on an oak tree. Not quite herb, not quite tree, beyond the limitations of classification. It belongs to the in-between times of dusk and dawn, or the exact interval between two seasons. It is a gateway to something "other".
Mistletoe should be cut on Midsummer's Day, or else when the moon is six days old. It is traditionally hung in the home at Yule and those who walk under it exchange a kiss of peace.
Bunches of mistletoe can be hung as all purpose protection. Laid near the bedroom door, mistletoe gives restful sleep and beautiful dreams. Burned, Mistletoe banishes evil. Its wood is a good choice for wands and ritual implements.

Mugwort is burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals. An infusion is used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors. Mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball (or beneath it) to aid in psychic workings. Placed next to the bed it aids in achieving astral projection.

In India, mullein is regarded as the most potent safeguard against evil spirits and magic and is hung over doors, in windows and carried in sachets. It is also used to banish negativity. At one time Witches and magicians used oil lamps to illuminate their spells and rites and the downy leaves and stems of the mullein often provided the wicks.
Uses: Protection; Divination; Health; Determination; Exorcism; Defense.

MYRRH: (Comniphora myrrha)
Myrrh is a Goddess plant of the Moon's sphere, sacred to Isis. Burned as an incense, myrrh purifies the area, lifts the vibrations aids contemplation and meditation and creates peace. However, it is seldom burned alone; usually in conjunction with frankincense or other resins. Myrrh increases the power of any incense to which it is added. Myrrh is also included in healing incenses and sachets, and its smoke is used to consecrate, purify and bless objects such as amulets, talismans, charms, and magical tools.

Love, Money and Riches; Creative Work; Youth. If grown on each side of a house love and peace will reside within and it is a lucky plant to grow in window boxes.

NUTMEG: (Myristica fragrans) See Mace.
Nutmegs have long been carried as good luck charms. Burn for prosperity, luck, psychic awareness, fortune, clairvoyance, divination, justice, and meditation.

OAK: (Quercus alba or spp.)
The Oak is a tree of the sun, and sacred to Brighid and the Dagda. Oak symbolized abundance, fertility, longevity, protection, and the ability to withstand the lightening blasts of spiritual awareness while remaining firmly rooted in the material world. All parts of the tree are powerful protective charms, which bring healing. Magic wands are made of Oak Wood.  Oak Galls, known as Serpent's Eggs, were used in magical charms. Acorns bring fertility. You can also carry one for luck. Acorns gathered at night hold the most fertility powers. Burning oak leaves purifies the atmosphere. Acorns draw money. Burn the wood for good health, energy, strength, power, protection, defense, money and business.

ORANGE, SWEET: (Citrus sinensis) See Lemon
A highly Solar scent, add essential oil to purification blends.
Use Peels in incense for love, good fortune, divination, balance, healing, harmony, peace, money, riches, and psychic awareness.

ORRIS ROOT: (Iris germanica var.florentina)
The orris root has been used to find and hold love. The whole root is carried. A powder made from the root is added to sachets, sprinkled on sheets, sprinkled on clothing or the body, as well as around the house.

It is sacred to Persephone. Parsley was used in funeral rites by the Greeks.  It was wound into funeral wreaths and used to decorate tombs. The Romans tucked a sprig into their togas every morning for protection. It is also placed on plates of food to guard it from contamination. Parsley is used in purification baths, and those to stop all misfortune.

Patchouli is used in fertility talismans and is also substituted for 'graveyard dust' in spells. Patchouli is added to love sachets and baths. Patchouli is used to attract people and to promote lust. Burn as incense for: Drawing Money; Fertility; Protection; Defense; Lust; Banishing; Releasing; Love; Earth; and Underworld.

PEPPERMINT: (Mentha piperita) See Mint.
Rub against furniture and walls and floorboards to cleanse them of evil and negativity. Smelling it compels you towards sleep and placed beneath the pillow it sometimes offers small views of the future in dreams. Burn as Incense for: Exorcism; Health; Healing; Lust; Money and Riches; Changes; Psychic Awareness; and Purification.

Pine was known as one of the Seven Chieftain Trees of the Irish.
Pine is the "tree of peace" of the Native American Iroquois Confederacy.
Burn pine to purify the home and decorate with its branches to bring healing and joy. Mix with equal parts of Juniper and Cedar, burn to purify the home and ritual area. The cones and nuts can be carried as a fertility charm. Placing pine needles in a loose woven bag and running bath water over this makes a good magical cleansing and stimulating bath. The oil is added to purification, protection, money and healing mixtures.

The Rose is a Goddess herb belonging to Venus and the Water element. Rose is the accepted love scent. True rose essential oil (known as Otto) and rose absolute are expensive but worth it, one drop has powerful properties.  Rose oil is used in formulas designed to attract love, confer peace, stimulate sexual appetites, and enhance beauty.
A tea of rosebuds drunk before sleep induces prophetic dreams. Rose petal and hips are used in healing spells and mixtures. Rose petals sprinkled around the house calm personal stress and household upheavals. Roses planted in the garden attract fairies and are said to grow best when stolen.
Burn as incense for : Healing; Health; Love; Luck; Creativity; Balance; Anointing; Divination; Clairvoyance; Protection; Psychic Awareness.

Burn Rosemary for powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations or let it smolder to rid a place of negativity, prior to rituals. Burn for protection; exorcism; purification; healing; sleep; to restore or maintain youth; bring love and to increase intellectual powers. Rosemary infusion is used to wash the hands before healing work and the leaves mixed with juniper berries are burned in sickrooms to promote healing. It can be used as a substitute for Frankincense.

A tree sacred to the goddess Bride/Bridgit. Rowan is said to have come from the land of Fae. that is why it is used for wands, rods, amulets, and spells. All parts of the tree are sacred. Fires made of Rowan serve to summon spirits, especially when facing conflicts. Incense of leaves and berries are used for divination. Grow for protection of home. Carrying Rowan wood increases psychic powers and when planted on a grave Rowan keeps the deceased one from haunting. Rowans growing near stone circles are the most potent.

Ancient Celts considered Rue an anti magical herb, which is a defense against spells and dark magic. A fresh sprig can be used to sprinkle sacred water for consecration, blessings and healings. Burned in exorcism or purification incenses, it removes negativity. Rue added to baths breaks all hexes and curses that may have been cast against you. Rue is another plant said to grow best when stolen, and indeed its presence in the garden beautifies and protects it. For some reason, toads have an aversion to Rue.

Saffron is added to love sachets and can be used for raising lustful feelings. It is used in healing spells and the infusion is used to wash the hands prior to healing rituals. Sheets were rinsed with a saffron infusion in Ireland so that the arms and legs would be strengthened during sleep and the ancient Persians used Saffron to raise the wind.

Sage drives away disturbances and tensions and lifts the spirits above the mundane cares of life. Burn it to consecrate a ritual space. Carry it as an herb of protection. Use it in the ritual bath. Sage is used in wish workings and to attract money. Smolder to promote healing and spirituality. Carry to promote wisdom. Use in spells for: Protection; Wisdom; Health; Money and Riches; Spirituality.

The Celts passed it through the smoke of the Summer Solstice fire, then wore it in battle for invincibility. The Welsh called it the "leaf of the blessed." Burn at Litha to send away negativity. Wear it for health. When hung by a window, St. John's Wrote protects against evil spirits. Both flowers and leaves are used for this purpose.

Sandalwood is burned during protection, healing and exorcisms. Mix with lavender to make an incense for conjuring spirits. Sandalwood beads, when worn, are protective and promote a spiritual awareness. It's oil, placed on the forehead, helps to focus the mind. It's odor opens the highest spiritual centers. that is why it is used as incense for rituals, exorcisms and healings. The scents of frankincense and sandalwood have some of the highest vibrations inherent in any plant. Sandalwood is also used as an incense base for: Spirituality; Wishes; Full Moon Esbats; Wards; Astral Projection; Reincarnation and Spirit Offering.

Is used in all healing applications, especially in aiding lung diseases. Smelled, it increases and sharpens mental powers. For protection while asleep, stuff a pillow or mattress with spearmint.

The powdered bark is used as an incense in Japanese temples. The seeds are burned as incense to increase psychic powers and are also worn as beads for the same reason. Star anise is also placed on the altar to give it power; one is placed to each of the four directions. It is also carried as a luck bringer.

In Aztec temples of the sun, priestesses carried and wore them as crowns. As sun symbols, these flowers symbolize the healthy ego, the wisdom, and the fertility of the sun. It is said that if you cut a sunflower at sunset while making a wish, the wish will come true before another sunset. Sleeping with a sunflower under the bed allows you to know the truth in any matter. Sunflowers growing in the garden guard it against pests and grant the best of luck to the gardener.

Thyme is burned in incense to purify an area. A place where wild thyme grows will be a particularly powerful spot. A magical cleansing bath can be make by pouring a tea made with thyme and marjoram into the water. A pillow stuffed with thyme is said to cure nightmares. When attending a funeral, wear a sprig of thyme to repel the negativity of the mourners. Use as incense for: Health; Healing; Purification; Clairvoyance; Courage; Love; Psychic Awareness; Energy; Power; Strength.

TOBACCO: (Nicotiana tabacum)
Tobacco is used in religious ceremonies and for earth or spirit offerings by some American Indians. Tobacco is a magical substitute for sulfur as well as for datura and nightshade, both of which are related to tobacco.

Valerian Root is added to Love Sachets. Put in pillows to promote deep rest. Use in spells for: Protection; Purification; Harmony; Peace; Happiness; Love; Creative Work; Money and Riches.

A sacred herb of purification, visions, and love potions. It is sometimes included in liqueurs and aphrodisiacs. Vervain belongs to the sphere of Venus. It is used in the bath as a protection from enchantments. Wearing or bathing in vervain places one under the influence of Diana. Sprinkled throughout the house for protection and to bring peace. Placed near where you sleep it is said to bring tranquil dreams. Sprinkle some on the garden as an offering to the elementals and other nature spirits.  When burned, Vervain is powerful for warding off psychic attack. It is a powerful attractant to the opposite sex. Use for Anointing; Banishing; Gather and burn at Litha; Altar Offering; Creativity; Energy; Strength and Power.

VETIVERT: (Vetivera zizanioides)
Also called Khus-khus.
Vetivert root is burned to overcome evil spells. It is also used in love powders, sachet and incenses. Vetivert root is also used in money spells and to increase business. The root is carried to attract luck and burned in anti-theft incenses.

Violets are mixed with lavender, apple blossoms, yarrow, and roses in love potions. The leaf is a protection from all evil. Use for: Protection; Luck; Love; Lust; Wishes; Peace and Healing.

The willow is a guardian tree, said to protect from evil influences. The willow tree has a healing aura that blesses all it touches. All parts of the willow guard against evil and can be carried or placed in the home for this purpose. Burn bark mixed with sandalwood for divination. Witch's brooms, are traditionally bound with a willow branch.

Witch hazel is used to fashion divining rods. The bark and twigs are also used to protect against evil influences. If carried, witch hazel helps to mend a broken heart and cool the passions.

WOOD ALOE: (Aquilaria agallocha)
The prized elusive scent of Wood Aloe exists only in resin saturated diseased wood. Wood Aloe possesses high spiritual vibrations. Will bring love if worn. Use in incense for Love, Protection, Money and Riches and Spirituality.

The scent of wormwood is said to increase psychic powers. Burned with incenses on Samhain to aid evocation, divination, scrying and prophecy. Especially good when combined with Mugwort. Strengthens incenses for exorcism and protection. Use in spells for: Binding; Psychic Awareness; Evocation; Love and Clairvoyance.

Large patches of yarrow growing in a field indicate a very grounded energy spot. Yarrow is used to exorcise evil and negativity from a person, place or thing. Use in spells for: Divination; Love; Happy Marriage; Wards; Defense; Protection; Gather at Litha; Psychic Awareness; Banishing; Releasing and Clairvoyance.

(Oil) Useful for Peace, Love and Sex Spells. It can be worn on the body or included in mixtures for these purposes.

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