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Herbal Lore, History and Uses

Herb Lore
A growing source of information for herb craft and magickal correspondences of plants. We are always updating and adding information to this page, so check back often for new varieties.
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Acacia

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: Air

Deities: Ra, Osiris, Diana, Ishtar and Astarte

Magical Properties: Psychic Ability, Prophetic Dreams, Visions, Protection, Money

 Acacia has a long history of use with a rich background in folklore. The bible references the use of Acacia. For example, the burning bush that Moses allegedly heard the voice of God was believed to be an Acacia tree. In another instance, Moses was directed to build the ark from the wood of an acacia tree. Many Christians believe the crown of thorns was made from a certain species of the Acacia tree. In India, it can be worn in a turban to propel evil away from the wearer. Acacia is popular in incense blends designed to increase one’s psychic abilities or encourage psychic visions. Its resin, Gum Arabic, is also popular in meditation blends.

 

Agrimony

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Jupiter

Element: Air

Magical Properties: Sleep, Protection, Reversal Magic, Hexes, Curses, Slander, Gossip

The use of Agrimony dates as far back as Ancient Egypt. In fact, its name comes from the Greek word “Argemone” which translates to “a plant that is healing to the eyes.” The ancient Greeks believed that agrimony could had healing properties for issues with the eyes. They also used it in various brews to treat everything from diarrhea, gall bladder issues and issues with the liver and kidneys. It is well known that during the middle ages, agrimony was used as a topical treatment for wounds and blemishes of the skin, snake bites and even warts!

There have been many types of magical associations with Agrimony. It was once believed to help cure insomnia and if placed under someone’s pillow, would cause them to continue to sleep until it was removed. It also has a long association to protect against unwanted or harmful magic and witches. It’s a marvelous herb to aid in gossip or slander and is even believed to have the power to aid in reverse magic.

Agrimony is a great herb to use in all protection spells. It’s also particularly powerful at sending bad energy back to any person who intentionally caused harm. It can be used alone as an incense to clear a house of unwanted energy. Angelica combined with slippery elm bark can stop slander or gossip.

 

Alfalfa

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Magical Properties: Folklore suggests that alfalfa has the power to bring money and good fortune. It also is known to bring good luck while gambling.

The first mention of Alfalfa can be trace back to a book written by the Emperor of China in 2939 B.C. In Chinese medicine, Alfalfa was used to increase the appetite and was known to help heal ulcers. It was a popular import during Ancient Greece after it was discovered in the East by Darius the Great. The Arabs used alfalfa to feed their cattle during the long winter months and would feed it to their horses in order for them to run faster. In Arabic, Alfalfa translates to the “father of all foods.”

 

Allspice

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Magical Properties: Money, Healing & Luck

Allspice was ceremonially used by the Mayan Indians in their burial rites. Allspice had strong embalming agents and was used to preserve the bodies of the Mayan dead. It was also used as a preservative. Bush doctors in Latin America would use Allspice in a specially prepared bath for joint and muscle pain. Christopher Columbus discovered it upon his arrival in the Caribbean All spice took the name “Jamaican Pepper” by the Spaniards and The Europeans named gave it the name “allspice” due to the fact it incorporated many different flavors such as clove, nutmeg and cinnamon.

 

Althea

Gender: Feminine

Element: Water

Magical Properties: Psychic Intuition, Divination & Protection

Althea, sometimes referred to as Marshmallow Root has a long history in folklore and magic. The ancient Greeks were known to use it for its medicinal properties as did the Egyptians. In fact, althea is believed to have gotten its name from the Ancient Greeks Althea and is a derivative of the Greek word, altho, which means “to cure.” Althea is referenced in the Book of Job and in Medieval times Althea ointment was used to drive out evil spirits and made an excellent protection ointment. During the middle ages, if a person found himself accused of wrongdoing, it was believed that if he held a burning hot rot of iron, the innocence would not show any significant burning of the skin. Certain accounts during this period claim that anointing oneself with a balm made from althea could prevent people from getting seriously burned.

Althea is a popular herb for any type of psychic divination work. It is believed to make a powerful incense when burned for these purposes.

 

Angelica

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Deity: Venus

Magical Properties: Protection (especially women and children), Exorcism, Good Fortune, Blessings, Prophecy, Visions, Healing

Angelica is named after the Archangel Michael as it was believed to harvest on his feast day. Angelica is also associated to Archangel Gabriel and the Goddess Venus. One legend tells how a monk received a message from the Archangel Michael that told him Angelica could cure the plaque. Angelica was also believed to prolong life and used to be made into an elixir. During the middle ages, Angelica was also believed to have the power to suppress the youthful lust of adolescents.

Angelica has historically been used in magic for centuries. It was once believed to have the power to defend against witches. Pagans often used angelica in purification rituals. The Christians used Angelica in certain rituals including exorcism and Angelica was known as the root of the Holy Ghost.

Angelica is a great herb to include in all protection incenses. It can be bathed with for purification and healing rituals. Angelica can also be blended with copal and made into an incense to induce visions. Put some in every corner of home for protection or to cleanse the home of negativity. Place it in a red charm for overall good luck.

 

Anise

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Jupiter

Element: Air

Magical Properties: Psychic Intuition, Protection, Banishing, Purification, Luck (particularly with newlyweds) and Insomnia

The use of Anise dates back to Ancient Egypt where it was used for both food and healing. In biblical times, Anise was revered and used all types of tithes and offerings. The Romans used it in a spiced cake that was given to guests during feats as it was believed to aid in digestion. It was also believed to increase a nursing mother’s breast milk. Anise was believed to have the ability to divert “the evil eye.” In Biblical times, anise was so highly prized that it was often used for tithes, offerings and served as a form of payment.

Anise can be used in a variety of ways. It can be placed in a pillow to prevent nightmares and encourage a restful sleep. Anise seeds placed along the entrance of your house can prevent negativity from entering. Anise is also great for incense and is known to encourage clairvoyance and communication with spirits.


Balm of Gilead

Planet: Venus (some say Saturn)

Element: Water

Astrological: Libra, Taurus

Balm of Gilead is mentioned in the Bible and scholars are not entirely sure what product or plant is being referenced. It may be the Arabian Balsam Tree Commiphora gileadensis, The Turpentine tree or Terebinth Pistacia terebinthus or its close relative, also called Terebinth Pistacia palaestina – or perhaps all three. However, modern North American settlers named the Poplar after the biblical balm when they were introduced to its soothing properties and pleasing scent. So, for modern practitioners, Balm of Gilead is the resin that exudes from the early spring buds of various cottonwood poplar species including balsam poplar, Populus balsamifera/, narrowleaf balsam poplar Populus augustifolia, and cottonwood Populus trichocarpa, which are native to the Northern and Western part of North America.

Balm of Gilead is a sticky red resin that can be used in incense or dissolved into oil for use during ritual. The scent is suitable for all ritual purposes as a general-purpose holy incense, for fumigation for consecration. It is said to draw spirits to its fragrance, so it is a good one to use when you are making offerings or attempting to communicate with the dead or other spirit beings.

Macerating the buds in oil infuses it with its fragrance which can be worn to draw love, rekindle the interest of a lover who is wandering and to help your lover forgive and forget. This oil can also be used as a dressing oil. It is also effective for healing and soothing skin irritations, bruising and swelling.



Basil

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Gender: Masculine

Astrological: Aries / Scorpio / Sagittarius
Love, Protection, Wealth

In ancient Europe, it was believed that a woman who offered a man a sprig of basil would get his love. The sweet and piercing aroma of basil makes sympathy arise among people who are under its spell. It is ideal in positive Witchcraft, for example, to avoid discussions between lovers. Basil plants are used to attract customers in businesses, placing one next to the cash register or under the door. And the incense of this herb is also used for this purpose in money rituals. This herb not only serves for love or wealth, it is a powerful repellent of evil and a purifier. It is widely used in purification and protection baths. It can be distributed in small batches throughout all rooms of the home for this purpose.

 

Bay

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Astrological: Leo
Protection, Strength, Purification, Healing

Bay Leaves are extremely useful in divination, clairvoyance, and inducing visions. They are useful in other metaphysical skills too; protection from psychic attacks, boosting general magic, and aiding psychic development. Bay leaves are used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews. Leaves placed under the pillow or used in dream work will bring prophetic dreams.

Bay Laurel is associated with Apollo.  When the nymph Daphne tried to avoid him she turned into the first laurel tree, which Apollo adopted as his sacred tree. The leaves were also chewed and burned by Apollo’s prophetic priestesses at Delphi, which ties in to its uses in divination.

Bay is used for its properties of purification and protection. It is used in consecrating things, dispelling negative entities and energies, spell breaking, and protection against negative magic. When placed in the corners of a home it will protect all who dwell there, and it can be burned to achieve the same effect.

Bay is excellent when put to use in wish magic or other things regarding bringing about ambitions and goals. Write a wish on a bay leaf and burn it to achieve your goal, use them in spells and charms to bring prosperity, luck, success, and abundance, and use bay to bring about healing and transformation.

Bay can also be used for: love, passion, harmony, inspiration, wisdom, justice, memory, release, strength, fertility, victory, and employment.


Bergamot

Planet: Mercury

Element: Air

Astrological: Libra
Power & Success

Bergamot also has a strong association with prosperity, and is used in plenty of magic related to success. Its energies can be directed to helping you spend your money wisely, and being on the alert for new opportunities to bring more into your life. Place three drops of the oil on your purse or wallet to attract cash, or use it in a sachet to bring success in all your endeavors. Other magical associations for bergamot include peace, confidence, and harmony. Use it to help you resolve conflicts in a way that keeps your self-worth intact without inflicting harm on others.

Burdock

Planet:Venus

Element:Earth

Astrological: Taurus
Protection & Healing, Cleansing, Persistence, Warding, Counter-Magick

Burdock is employed mainly for cleansing and protective magick. Like many witchy herbs, its magickal functions appear to be connected to its history as a medicinal plant. Burdock is a natural diuretic reputed to cleanse the urine and purify the blood—hence, its use in formulas to “flush out” negativity. A persistent, robust plant, Burdock gained reknown among European witches as an effective ingredient in warding spells. With its deep roots, it is unfazed by adversity. A Burdock charm, buried or hung at a south door, was said to have the ability to protect homes and stables from evil influences. It is also added to protective charms and amulets to be carried when traveling. In American folklore, Burdock is a root often used in counter-magick--to prevent other workers from putting “roots” (i.e. curses) on the bearer. Another aspect of Burdock is as an herb of health and sexual potency. Its, long phallic taproot may have something to do with the latter—although Burdock extract has indeed been shown to increase sexual behavior in rats.) It’s not unusual to see Burdock mentioned in charms for prosperity, vitality, and virility.


Calamus

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Astrological: Cancer
Dominance, Strength, Protection, Money, Luck

Sweet Flag, Sweet Rod, Sweet Rush, Sweet Cane, Sweet Sedge, Gladdon, Cinnamon Sedge

Calamus is used for Mastery and Power. Carry to gain the upper hand in any type of negotiation or interaction. If you want to dominate in a relationship, add Calamus root to a charm bag of love herbs (such as rose buds or patchouli leaf).

Burn as incense (it is one of the ingredients in the biblical ritual incense ketoret). Useful in connecting to your spirit guides. Also good for Lunar Spells, particularly psychic awareness and prophetic dreams.

Helpful in times of emotional exhaustion, burning calamus incense strengthens self-confidence and promotes success.

In India, Calamus root is said to nourish the Kundaline snake that rises through the chakras.

Calamus is also used as a protective ward against snake bites and evil spirits.


Cardamon

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Astrological: Taurus

Passion & Love, Clarity, Courage, Aphrodisiac, Enthusiasm, Wisdom

Cardamom is a spice used to add warmth to your cooking but for magical uses it's used to add warmth to lust and love spells and hot passion. Add to your cooking you share with a partner to add passion to your relationship. It is also used for stimulating the body and mind, bringing clarity and thought and uplifting the spirit. Add the ground seeds to warm wine for a lust potion. Carry cardamom seeds with you to attract love and add to incense blends to bring protection and love to your home. For magical and love purposes of the practical kind, you can add ground cardamom to wine as an aphrodisiac. It can be ground and used as a incense to attract love, or you can use whole cardamom pods in love sachets or mojo bags to attract a lover. Store your cardamom sachets with your sheets or toss it in with your sheets in the dryer to impart the scent. Add cardamom to hot chocolate or coffee for an extra lustful kick and share with someone special. You can add cardamom to many different foods (pies, brownies, etc) and charge the dish with the magical intention of attracting and promoting love, or for extra invigoration in the bedroom.

Catnip

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Astrological: Taurus/Libra/Scorpio

Love, Beauty, Happiness, Cat Magic,

Catnip is used in love sachets, usually in conjunction with rose petals. If you hold catnip in your hand until it is warm, then hold anyone else’s hand; they will forever be your friend, as long as you keep the catnip you used for the spell in some safe place. Grown near the home or hung over the door, catnip attracts good spirits and great luck. Catnip is also used in spells designed to enhance beauty and happiness. Large catnip leaves are pressed and used as bookmarks in magical texts.


Celery

Planet: Mercury

Element: Fire

Astrological: Pisces

Psychic Abilities, Passion, Mental Clarity, Mental Powers, Lust

Chew the seeds to aid in concentration, or use in spell pillows to induce sleep. Burned with orris root, celery seeds increase psychic powers. The stalk, along with the seeds, induces lust when eaten. 

Witches supposedly ate celery seeds before flying off on their brooms so that they wouldn’t become dizzy and fall! 


Chamomile

Planet: Sun

Element: Water

Astrological: Leo/Capricorn

money, peace, sleep, love, tranquility, and purification

Chamomile is known as an herb of purification and protection, and can be used in incenses for sleep and meditation. Plant it around your home to ward against psychic or magical attack. If you're a gambler, wash your hands in chamomile tea to ensure good luck at the gaming tables. In a number of folk magic traditions, particularly those of the American south, chamomile is known as a lucky flower—make a garland to wear around your hair to attract a lover, or carry some in your pocket for general good fortune. If you're getting ready to do a banishing ritual, some practitioners recommend you steep chamomile flowers in hot water, and then use it to sprinkle around as a metaphysical barrier. You can also wash up with it, after the water has cooled, and this is believed to keep negative energies away from you.

Cherry Bark

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Love & Friendship

Chickweed

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Fidelity & Commitment

Cinnamon

Element Correspondences: Fire

Planetary Correspondences: Sun/Mars

Zodiac Correspondences: Aries

Gender: Masculine 

While cinnamon arrived in Europe from Egypt as early as 2000BC, no one in the western world really knew where cinnamon came from until the middle ages. There was enough written about it to know that it came via the Red Sea to trading ports in Egypt but from there very little was known about it. There was a false belief that it originated at the source of the Nile and was fished up with nets. There was also a belief that large “cinnamon birds” flew to the cinnamon trees and harvested the sticks to build their nests, from where cinnamon gatherers had to trick the birds in order to steal their cinnamon. Obviously it turned out that this was a myth created so that the cinnamon traders could charge more but it’s a great story nonetheless. Cinnamon was a highly prized commodity in ancient times. So much so that it was often given as a gift to reigning monarchs and was even considered fit for the Gods. Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon in their embalming process because it inhibited the growth of bacteria. This is one of the reasons why the European elite prized cinnamon so much. They used it to mask the flavour and smell of meat that had already gone bad with the added bonus being that it also helped to preserve the meat a little longer. 

Cinnamon is produced by stripping the bark off the tree branches and then drying them. Cinnamon trees are planted, then when they are around 2 years old they are cut right back and the stump is covered with soil. This causes the stump to produce multiple shoots the next year which means there is more cinnamon to harvest. The many shoots are cut back and the bark is peeled off and set out to dry in the sun. The peeled bark naturally curls up into what we know as cinnamon quills while it’s drying. The quills are then cut to size, packaged and shipped around the world.

Cinnamon is high in antioxidants which reduce the damage caused by free radicals and slow the ageing process. These antioxidants can also help to relieve inflammation which can lower the risk of heart disease and cognitive decline among other things. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon has been proven to be a wonderful natural pain reliever, especially for muscle pain. One of the biggest benefits of Cinnamon is its ability to improve heart health. It can lower cholesterol, high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels. The reduction in high blood pressure is particularly noteworthy as this can greatly decrease your chances of heart disease or a stroke.


Cinquefoil

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Money, Abundance, Achievement, Sleep, Protection

Clove

Planet: Jupiter

Element: Fire

Astrological:

Protection, Love, Money, Protection, Friendship, Love, Exorcism

Cloves can be burned as an incense to attract riches, drive away hostile or negative forces, produce spiritual vibrations, stop others gossiping about you and to purify the area. They can be worn or carried in a charm bag to attract the opposite sex or bring comfort to the bereaved. Keep a clove in your purse or wallet to attract abundance. Hang a pouch of cloves above your door to stop gossip and bring protection to those within your home.

Clover

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Money, Love, Luck, Fidelity

Comfrey

Planet:Saturn

Element: Water

Astrological:

Money, Safety, Protection, Healing, Luck, Travel, Prosperity, Meditation

Coriander

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Love, Health, Healing

Damiana

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Love, Passion, Visions

Dandelion

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Divination, Psychic Visions, Communication w/Spirits, Love

Devil’s Shoestring

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Luck, Protection, Employment

Dill

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Love, passion, money, protection

Dragons Blood

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Protection, Exorcism, Power, Strength

Eucalyptus

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Protection, Cleansing, Healing, Purification

Fennel

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Protection, Purification, Healing

Flax

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Money, Beauty, Psychic Abilities, Healing

 

Frankincense

Element Correspondences: Fire/Air

Planetary Correspondences: Jupiter

Zodiac Correspondences: Leo

Gender: Masculine

Frankincense holds such powerful properties for purification of the body, mind & spirit, for meditation, prayer or magickal practices, in which the user intends to build a stronger connection to source / God. Frankincense can bring about intense spiritual growth as it works to clear the chakras & energy bodies of any negativity, offering protection & strength. With that said, Frankincense can greatly enhance one's mood and bring a great energy to help one focus on their personal enlightenment & overall happiness. Frequently used in perfumes or potpourri blends, Frankincense can also double as a paint, as it was used in Ancient Egypt to paint the eyelids of Women, keeping them blessed with the gift of 'sight.' Often before Mass, the Catholic church uses Frankincense resin burned over charcoal, to cleanse the sacred space & consecrate the environment before prayer or ritual, Helping to attune one's vibrations to a higher light. Frankincense makes for a powerful tool when one is working on deepening their communication with their higher self during a meditation. Incorporate Frankincense as an offering at for your next ritual or ceremony, honoring the gift of illumination.


Ginger

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Love, Money, Success, Power, Speed

Horehound

Element Correspondences: Air

Planetary Correspondences: Mercury 

Zodiac Correspondences: Gemini/Virgo

Gender: Masculine

The aromatic and perennial characteristic of Horehound stems from its linkage to the mint family. Horehound has oval-shaped leaves cloaked with white, soft hair and has tiny and delicate white flowers. This herb grows best in coastal zones and pastures of North America and Europe. Soldier’s tea, as other cultures call it, prefer growing in sunny and dry places. Its capacity to keep thriving even on poor, dry soil, makes it easier for modern witches to grow this plant on their gardens even on hot seasons. 

Its name originated in Egypt and has a strong derivation from the ancient God of light and sky named Horus. This herbaceous plant was valued by the Romans for its medicinal properties. Horehound is said to be one of the bitter herbs used in the Jewish Passover rites. Many cultures associate Horehound with anti-venom properties that are powerful in healing poisons, rabies, and serpent stings. Its rich history shows its valuable contribution as a folk remedy for respiratory maladies and even as a magical herb that shelters people against evil spells. 

Horehound is an exceptional herb for blessing the home and workplace. It intensifies concentration and focus when used in rituals and meditations. Horehound provides mental sharpness while keeping any distraction at the arm’s length and unites the mind and body into a higher spiritual realm and purpose.

Hawthorn Berries

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Fertility, Happiness

Hibiscus

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Lust, Divination, Love

Honeysuckle

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Love & Money

 

Hops

Element Correspondences: Air

Planetary Correspondences: Mars/Sun

Zodiac Correspondences: Aries

Gender: Masculine

The hop plant is rambling, climbing perennial with lobed leaves that grow off a central, slightly rough surfaced stem. The plant requires support and can often be found growing up trees or, if cultivated, on trellises. The plants are either male or female. Male hop plants have small, rather insignificant flowers, while the female plants have small cone shaped flowers that ripen into the well known, papery fruits from September onwards.

The shoots, leaves and flowers are the primary parts used, predominantly the dried female flowers. When the plant is dried, valeric acid is produced, which is possibly responsible for its uses in treating insomnia. Interestingly, both Hops and Valerian have a sedative fragrance when dried, possibly due to the presence of valeric acid.

The common name 'hop' may derive from the Anglo Saxon 'hoppon', meaning to climb, referring to the climbing habit this plant has. Hops are associated with wolves, and by extension, the winter months. As a result, the plant has some connections with Brighid and the early spring festival of Imbolc. Because the plant is associated with the wolf, it also has some ties with underworld deities.

One of the predominant uses for hops in modern herbal medicine is as a sedative, for those who have trouble sleeping for a variety of reasons. It can also be used for restless legs, a problem that can be the bane of anyone trying to sleep. Use the plant to treat nervous anxiety, stress, hysteria and insomnia.


Horsetail

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Fidelity, Fertility

Hyssop

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Protection, Purification, Curse Breaking, Cleansing

Jasmine

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Love, Commitment, Money

Juniper

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Love & Protection

Lavender

Planet: Mercury

Element: Air

Astrological:

Love, Healing, Protection, Commitment, Peace

Lemon

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Clear Obstacles, Purification, Cleansing, Rejuvenation, Love, Friendship

Lemon Grass

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Cleansing, Purifying, Passion

Lemon Verbana

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Purification & Love

Licorice

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Passion, Love, Fidelity, Compelling

Lotus

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Protection, Spirituality, Love

Lovage

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Love

Mandrake

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Protection, Love, Fertility, Money

 

Marigold

Element Correspondences: Fire

Planetary Correspondences: Sun

Zodiac Correspondences: Leo

Gender: Masculine 

Marigolds are herbaceous plants, some perennial, some annual, of the Asteraceae family, the blooms made up of many tiny florets. They are native to North and South America but are popular garden plants throughout the world. Some of the more popular cultivated varieties are Mexican Marigold Tagetes erecta and French Marigold Tagetes patula. The Latin name Tagetes comes from the name Tages, an Etruscan prophet of ancient fame who taught others about divination. The common name, marigold, is from Mary’s Gold, though it was originally applied to Calendula. The marigold is used in certain religious ceremonies in Nepal and is also used to decorate Hindu temples in India. Marigold is considered the flower of the dead in Mexico where it is used to decorate ancestral altars for Day of The Dead celebrations.

In the language of flowers, marigold means “pain and grief” or signifies a wish to comfort one who is grieving hence, why Marigold is frequently located at graves. It is widely used in bouquets for the people that passed away since it is believed that the light collected by their flowers will accompany them wherever they go. In folklore, there are many different legends related to this magical plant. One of these legends tells that a Greek maiden in love with Apollo waited every night in search of the first ray of the sun every day. One day Apollo noticed her, and he gave her the love she was longing for. However, the love he gave her was so strong that she died by this affection (sun rays). On the place where she died, marigolds were sprang forth.

In another legend referencing Apollo, four nymphs fell in love with him and fought due to jealousy and in the end, Artemis, Apollo’s sister, turned them into marigolds.


Marjoram

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Peace & Happiness

Mint

Planet: Mercury

Element: Air

Astrological: Taurus/Virgo

Gender: Masculine

Money, Protection, Purification, Passion

Across Europe and the Middle East, mint was used to remove negative energies, keep away pests and pestilence, and mixed with marjoram and rosemary to asperge sacred space. Keep mint on your altar to invite helpful spirits and drive away negative ones, rub on your body to protect your person, keep in your shoes to protect you during travel, or use in floor washes to cleanse your home. Due to its prolific nature, mint is also strongly associated with abundance. Its bright green leaves resemble money and can be placed in a wallet, purse, or cash register to bring abundance to one's life or used in prosperity sachets and spells to invite money. Mint can be used in a number of spells including: Protection Spells, Healing Magic, Prosperity Magic, Exorcisms, Love Spells, Travel Spells


Mugwort

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Psychic Abilities, Healing, Strength, Astral Travel, Prophetic Dreams

Mustard Seed

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Forgiveness, Healing, Love, Peace

 

Myrrh

Element Correspondences: Water

Planetary Correspondences: Moon

Zodiac Correspondences: Mercury

Gender: Female

Myrrh is not an herb but a resin, and appears with some relevance in a number of religious and spiritual contexts. Perhaps the best known of these is in the Christian bible, where myrrh is described as one of the three gifts given by the Magi to the newborn baby Jesus.

Myrrh also appears in the book of Exodus as one of the ingredients in the “oil of holy ointment,” and in the book of Esther as an item which was used in the purification of women. Even more interestingly, it’s mentioned as a fairly sensuous perfume in the Song of Solomon. Why was it so important in the early books of the bible? Possibly because it was an item that was sacred to the Hebrew people, and is described in the Tanakh and Talmud. Myrrh was used to make Ketoret, which was an incense blend consecrated and used in the early temples of Jerusalem.

In some forms of Eastern medicine, myrrh is used for its restorative properties. The scent is said to boost the spirits and the soul, and is often used to alleviate the symptoms of nervous system disorders. In the Western world, myrrh sometimes is included as an ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes, thanks to its analgesic properties.

In addition to the resin, which is commonly used in spellwork and ritual, myrrh can be purchased as an oil as well. Found in many aromatherapy practices, myrrh oil is used to aid with healing of coughs and colds, insomnia, pain relief, and stimulation of the immune system.


Nutmeg

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Luck, Money, Health, Fidelity

Orange

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Luck, Love, Money

Orris

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Love, Protection, Divination

Parsley

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Passion, Purification, Protection

Passion Flower

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Love, Peace, Healing, Friendship, Forgiveness

Patchouli

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Money, Passion, Fertility

Pepper

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Cleansing, Purification, Protection, Exorcism

Pine

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Money, Fertility, Purification, Healing, Protection

 

Raspberry Leaf

Element Correspondences: water

Planetary Correspondences: Venus 

Zodiac Correspondences: Scorpio 

Gender Correspondences: Feminine 

Wild raspberry remains have been discovered at a variety of stone-age dig sites across Europe, Asia, and Northern America, and raspberries have been a part of our diet ever since.

In Hellenistic Troy, Raspberry was linked to fertility and young children in the story of Ida, nursemaid to the infant Zeus, who pricked her finger while picking the snow-white berries thus staining them red for all eternity. Another similar story shares that Raspberry received her name when the Olympian Gods were searching for berries on Mount Ida. Raspberry’s Latin name, Rubus idaeus, means “bramble bush of Ida.”

By the European middle ages, raspberry was recognized as a favorite women’s tonic, used to soothe many of the complaints of the childbearing years. Wealthy medieval Europeans used raspberry for nourishment and as a pigment. In early Christian artwork, raspberries were used to symbolize kindness. Raspberry’s red juice invoked the energy of the blood, which runs from the heart and carries love, nutrition, and kindness through the body.

Indigenous people of the Americas recognized raspberry’s powerful medicinal and protective properties. In the Philippines, raspberry canes were hung outside homes to protect those who resided within from any souls who may inadvertently wander in. Various first nation tribes of Northern America used raspberry to soothe labor pains, ease contractions, and ease nausea.


Rose

Element Correspondences: Water

Planetary Correspondences: Venus

Zodiac Correspondences: Taurus

Gender: Feminine 

The first known uses of this flower reach back to the seventeenth century BC. On the island of Crete, in Egypt and Greece, the rose bushes had special importance. In Babylon, Persia, and the entire Mediterranean, they were a symbol of beauty.  The Romans cultivated this beautiful plant in their gardens which they called rosetum (rosebush) since they used their petals in all kinds of celebrations.

In the Middle Ages, the usage of roses was restricted to monasteries, at least in the western world. From the nineteenth century, its most exotic variants were introduced in Europe, such as the yellow rose bush. If we were to associate a flower with love, romanticism, and poetry, a rose would undoubtedly be the first to come to mind.

The wide variety of roses and their relationship with the different cultures throughout history make their origins somewhat uncertain, but without a doubt, there is some legend and folklore to learn. The essential oil of rose is said to have been discovered accidentally in Persia when hundreds of rose petals were thrown into the water because of a wedding. Because of the heat and high temperatures, petals released an oily substance with a delicious smell and Rose Essential Oil was born. Egyptians used the roses in their funeral rites. As we also know with certainty that the Romans used them to decorate doors and images of Gods like Bacchus, Cupid, or Venus. The rose has always been used and considered in the magical world as a flower capable of attracting good fortune, love, and health.


Rosemary

Planet:Mercury

Element:Air

Astrological: Leo

Healing, Peace, Protection, Love, Purification, Mental Clarity

Rosemary is male in nature and ruled by Leo, the element fire and the sun.

It’s sacred to Hebe, Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary. Rosemary can be used in spells for fidelity and remembrance as well as to dispel jealousy. Rosemary is useful for ritual baths, and for making sacred herbal water for ritual cleansing, blessing and purification. Bathing in rosemary will enhance your memory and will make you more memorable to those you meet throughout the day. Use rosemary in spells to enhance memory, including those spells for success in school. Also use for spells to retain youth and burn as incense when you are meditating or doing dream work to remember your past lives.

Place rosemary under your pillow to help you to remember your dreams and to keep away nightmares and other unwanted nighttime visitations. Rosemary may be used in handfasting ceremonies in a variety of ways. It can be carried or worn by the bride and/or groom to symbolize love and loyalty and it may also be gifted to guests for the same purpose. If a bride and groom plant a rosemary plant together on their wedding day, they can watch it as it grows to divine the family’s fortune.


Rue

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Purification, Curse Breaking, Cleansing, Protection, Clarity, Exorcism

Sage

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Wisdom, Spirituality, Purification, Offering, Cleansing

Sandalwood

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Love, Protection, Healing, Spirituality, Cleansing

Slippery Elm

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Stops Slander & Gossip

Snakeroot

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Luck, Money, Lust, Love

Solomon’s Seal

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Wisdom, Protection, Mental Clarity, Exorcism, Luck

Star Anise

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Psychic Ability, Luck

Thyme

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Healing, Sleep, Calming, Peace, Protection, Courage

Tobacco

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Healing, Purification, Offering

Tonka

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Love, Luck, Wishes, Strength

Valerian

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Love, Protection, Purification, Peace

Vanilla

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Love, Passion, Mental Clarity

Vetivert

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Luck, Money, Love

Violet

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Healing, Love, Passion, Luck, Wishes, Peace

Wood Betony

Element Correspondences: Fire

Planetary Correspondences: Jupiter

Zodiac Correspondences: Cancer, Sagittarius

Gender: Masculine

An herb that's "Good for the Head." Wood Betony is long associated with casting out evil & darkness, it is said to be the cure-all for almost every disease, problem or curse. Women would add a little Wood Betony to food to help resolve and argument with a loved one or end a grudge that caused a rift between lovers. It is said that the druids have long used this powerful herb during their midsummer rituals, to help aid in fertility & health, with the banishment of sickness or infertility in mind. For those who suffered night terrors or sleep paralysis, Wood Betony would offer a protective shield to the subconscious mind when kept in the pillow or by the bedside. When added with a pinch of Patchouli for manifestation power and ground into a powder for incense, it's believed that any darkness in your life will be banished & removed upon burning. Why does Wood Betony work so well with ridding us of the darkness? Because it blends with our energy & emotions, to build a protective barrier of our subconscious or overly conscious thoughts that come from a place of fear. It helps to raise our own vibrations, shifting us into an energetically higher vibration, helping to ward off the lower energies that no longer resonate with us. 

Wintergreen
Hex-breaking, Protection, Luck, Healing

Wormword

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Communication with Spirits, Psychic Power, Love

Yarrow

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Yucca

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Shape-shifting (transmutation), Protection, Purification