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Herb s by Name
ACACIA – Blessing, raising of vibration, protection via spiritual elevation.
ACONITE – Cures Werewolves, Highly toxic, rituals of the dead, Herb or Hecate, used to cleanse and consecrate ritual tools. (Monkshood, Wolfsbane)
It has been said that during the Burning Times, witches would pass each other an acorn as secret a way to identify each other. It has also been said that at Samhain witches would give each other acorns as gifts. I’m not sure if these statements can be proven, but I love the idea of “passing the acorn”, and will try to incorporate it into my Samhain lore and rituals.
Long ago all of Europe was covered in a vast forest, and the oak tree was the most common and the most useful. “The proof of this is drawn partly from the statements of classical writers, partly from the remains of ancient villages built on piles in lakes and marshes, and partly from the oak forest which have been found embedded in peat-bogs.” The Golden Bough by James George Frazer
From 65,000 to 9,000 B.C.E. during the glacial ice age, forests and people migrated towards the more temperate areas of Earth. These tiny pockets of ice-free Earth were a refuge where the ice-age people created beautiful art painted on caves and carved into images. It was during this time that the mysterious Goddess of Willendorf was created (32,000-26,000 B.C.E). She is one of the most sacred of the Paleolithic images and may be evidence of the acorn as a food source and sustainer of life. If you look closely at the Goddess you will see that her face is an acorn snuggled into its cap which forms her hair. Her breasts look like a pair of acorns, and the skinny arms resting upon them resemble the acorn cap rims. Her rounded, full belly, rather than depicting pregnancy may be telling us that the acorn supply was plentiful and she has eaten well.
Could the Goddess of Willendorf be Acorn Mother rather than a Goddess of fertility?
Acorns can be eaten after being soaked in water to remove the tannin. The tannin water is a useful antiseptic and has anti-viral properties. It will relieve rashes, minor burns and poison ivy. The red tannin may also be used as a dye.
Metaphysically the acorn is a symbol of growth, potential, fertility, security and abundance. From a tiny seed comes a mighty tree whose roots extend as far into the Earth as its branches reach into the sky. As with the oak, human potential is begun from a seed of inspiration that with nurturing and patience will grow and flourish.
Magickally an acorn carried in your pocket will counteract loneliness, illness, and pain, aids longevity, brings luck, and preserves youthfulness.
Gather acorns and place them on your windowsill to protect against lightning strikes.
Acorns gathered during the Full Moon will attract Faeries. If you plant an acorn at Full Moon, the resulting oak will be a Faerie tree.
When the Moon is waxing, plant an acorn and gold will be drawn to you.
To find out if someone is your true love, use two acorn caps. Name one cap for yourself, the other cap for the significant other. Float the caps in a bowl of water. If they float together, it is true love; if they float apart it is not love.
ADAM & EVE ROOTS – Love, happiness
ADDER’S TONGUE – Healing
AFRICAN VIOLET – Spirituality, protection
AGARIC – Fertility
AGRIMONY- (Cockle bur) -Helps to overcome fear, dispel negative emotions, overcome inner blockages., protection, sleep
AGUE ROOT – Protection
ALFALFA – Prosperity, anti-hunger, money
ALKANET – Purification, prosperity
ALLSPICE -Adds strength to Will, gives determination and perseverance. Gives added vitality, energy. Also good for social gatherings -increases harmony, sympathy and co-operation between people. Stimulates friendly interaction and conversation.
ALMOND -Attracts money. Promotes alertness, wakefulness.
ALOE -Promotes patience, persistence, resolve. Also inner healing and overcoming blockages.
ALTHEA – Protection, psychic powers
ALYSSUM – Protection, moderating anger
AMARANTH – Healing, protection, invisibility
AMBER -Mental clarity and focus. Protection from harm, outside influences, psychic attack.
AMBERGRIS -Strengthens the effect of anything it’s added to or used with. By itself gives strength and vitality. (Substitute -Cypress and Patchouli mix).
ANEMONE – Health, protection, healing
ANGELICA – Exorcism, protection, healing
ANISE – Protection, purification, youth, opens Third Eye, connects to the Divine
APPLE – Love, healing, garden magick, immortality,peace of mind, contentment, happiness, success in all undertakings.,
APRICOT -Encourages sexuality and sensual passion. An aphrodisiac.
APHRODISIA -Passion, sexuality, romance.
ARABIC, GUM – Spirituality, purification
ARBUTUS – Exorcism, protection
ASOFOETIDA -Protection, banishing negativity, purification
ASH – Protection, prosperity, sea rituals, health, prophetic dreams
ASPEN – Eloquence, anti-theft
ASTER – Love
AVENS – Exorcism, purification, love
AVOCADO – Love, lust, beauty
AZALEA -Encourages light spirits, happiness, gaiety.
BACHELOR’S BUTTONS – Love
BALM, LEMON – Love, success, healing
BALM OF GILEAD – Love, manifestations, protection, healing
BALSAM – Healing, eases worries and mental stress, stimulates libido, enhances spiritual connection to the earth,vigor, longevity, brings together the energies of Earth and Sky, aligns Sacral & Heart Chakras to restore emotional balance.
BAMBOO – Protection, luck, hex-breaking, wishes
BANANA -Helps to overcome serious blockages or obstacles.
BANYAN – Luck
BARLEY – Love, healing, protection
BASIL – Promotes wealth, prosperity, sympathy, peace, understanding. Helps to avoid arguments, clashes.
Basil is the herb most associated with attracting prosperity and wealth. The leaves are thought to resemble paper money and basil is also identified with Lakshmi the Goddess of good fortune. Legend has it that Lakshmi was transformed into a pot of basil by a rival for her husband’s affections. Though She was able to shape-shift back into her original body, all basil plants have retained Her essence.
Placing pots of basil near your front door to bring luck and wealth. While you nurture the basil you also nurture your wealth and success.
Make a strong tea of fresh basil leaves, let the tea steep for three days, strain, then add the liquid to your floor washing water to ensure wealth and luck.
Add fresh basil leaves to your bathwater to increase your personal magnetism.
BAY – Protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength
BEAN – Protection, exorcism, wart – charming, reconciliations, potency, love
BED STRAW, FRAGRANT – Love
BAYBERRY -Good fortune, blessing, money and prosperity.
BAY LEAF (Laurel) -Protection, purification, repels negativity. Promotes good fortune, success, victory.
BEECH – Wishes
BEET – Love
BELLADONNA – Highly toxic, astral projection, visions
BENZOIN -Use for cleansing and purification. Helps to remove blockages. Promotes strength, confidence, will power. Strengthens the effect of anything it’s added to or used with.
BERGAMOT -Protection, prosperity. Combine with Mint to work faster.
BE-STILL – Luck
BETONY, WOOD – Protection, purification, love
BIRCH -Spiritual and psychic opening, connecting with spirit helpers. Promotes balance, harmony, connection to others.
BISTORT – Psychic powers, fertility
BITTERSWEET – Protection, healing
BLACKBERRY – Healing, money, protection
BLADDERWRACK – Protection, sea spells, wind spells, money, psychic powers
BLEEDING HEART – Love
BLESSED THISTLE – Protection, Anti-Hex, Spiritual, Physical and Financial Blessings, Use as magick wands and to communicate with Spirits
BLOODROOT – Love, protection, purification
BLUEBELL – Luck, truth
BLUEBERRY – Protection
BLUE FLAG – Money
BODHI – Fertility, protection, wisdom
BONESET – Protection, exorcism
BORAGE – Courage, psychic powers
BRACKEN – Healing, rain magick, prophetic dreams
BRAZIL NUT – Love
BRIONY – Image magick, money, protection
BROMELIAD – Protection, money
BROOM – Purification, protection, wind spells, divination
BUCHU – Psychic powers, prophetic dreams
BUCKTHORN – Protection, exorcism, wishes, legal matters
BUCKWHEAT – Money, protection
BURDOCK – Protection, healing
CABBAGE – Luck
CACTUS – Protection, chastity
CALAMUS – Luck, healing, money, protection
CAMELLIA – Riches
CAMPHOR -Increases ones’ persuasiveness, personal influence. Adds strength to any mixture it’s part of. Also used for purification.
CAPER – Potency, lust, love
CARAWAY -Luck, good fortune, prosperity. Also promotes passion and enjoyment of sensuality.
CARDAMOM -Promotes love, sensuality, and sexuality. Also calmness and tranquility.
CARNATION -Attract love or friendship, improve or deepen relationships. Promotes feeling of security and confidence. Aids in recovery from illness or difficulties.
CAROB – Protection, health
CARROT – Fertility, lust
CASCARA SAGRADA – Legal matters, money, protection
CASHEW – Money
CASTOR – Protection
CATNIP – Cat magick, love, beauty, happiness
CAT TAIL – Lust
CAYENNE -Cleansing and purification. Repels negativity. Speeds up the effect of any mixture that it’s added to.
CEDAR – Confidence, strength, power. Protection, perseverance, healing, purification. Spiritual opening.
CELERY -Promotes sexuality, sensuality, ecstatic trance.
CHAMOMILE – Promotes meditation, tranquility, inner peace.
CHERRY or CHERRY BLOSSOM -Happiness, good cheer, gaiety.
CHIVES – Protection.
CHOCOLATE -Adds to ones influence and persuasiveness. Helps others to be receptive to one.
CHYPRE – money, success in gambling, promotes persuasiveness and eloquence.
CINNAMON -Luck, strength, prosperity. Increases effectiveness of any mixture it’s added to. Promotes calmness and tranquility, especially for children. Also used as a strong protection.
CINQUEFOIL – Money, protection, prophetic dreams, sleep
CITRONELLA -Promotes eloquence, persuasiveness, prosperity. Draws friends to the home, customers to the business.
CIVIT -Strength and protection. Promotes confidence and sexual attractiveness.
CLEAVERS – Relationships, commitment, protection, tenacity
CLOVER -Strengthens and deepens existing love.
CLOVES -Courage, self-confidence, very strong protection. Dispels negativity, strengthens psychic shielding. Can act as an aphrodisiac.
CLUB MOSS – Protection, power
COCONUT -Strengthens confidence and inner resolve, heightens allure and sexual attraction.
COFFEE -Grounding and protection from negativity. Peace of mind. Helps to dispel negative thoughtforms, nightmares, overcome internal blockages.
COHOSH, BLACK – Love, courage, protection, potency
COLTSFOOT – Love, visions
COLUMBINE – Courage, love
COMFREY – Safety during travel, money
COPAL – Promotes spiritual opening. Also protection, purification, overcoming obstacles. Repels negativity.
CORIANDER – Love and healing. Also used for protection.
CORN – Protection, luck, divination
COTTON – Luck, healing, protection, rain, fishing magick
COWSLIP – Healing, youth, treasure -finding
CRAB APPLE -Promotes calm and tranquility, helps settle unrest, conflict, anxiety.
CROCUS – Love, visions
CUBEB – Love
CUCKOO-FLOWER – Fertility, love
CUCUMBER – Chastity, healing, fertility
CUMIN -Promotes peace and tranquility.
CURRY – Protection
CYCLAMEN -Draws and strengthens love.
CYPRESS -Calm, tranquility, spiritual opening. Associated with death and mourning, Cypress stimulates healing and helps overcome the pain of loss.
DAFFODIL – Love, fertility, luck
DAISY – Lust, love
DAMIANA – Lust, love, visions
DANDELION – Divination, wishes, calling spirits
DATURA – Hex-breaking, sleep, protection
DEERSTONGUE – Lust, psychic powers
DEVIL’S BIT – Exorcism, love, protection, luck
DEVIL’S SHOESTRING – Protection, gambling, luck, power, employment
DILL -Mental strength and quickness. Aids focus and concentration. Also used for blessing.
DITTANY OF CRETE – Manifestations, astral projection
DOCK – Healing, fertility, money
DODDER – Love divination, knot magick
DOGBANE – Love
DOGWOOD – Wishes, protection
DOVE’S BLOOD -Promotes peace and tranquility. Helps to settle disputes, conflict.
DRAGON’S BLOOD -Love, protection, exorcism, potency
DULSE – Lust, harmony
DUTCHMAN’S BREECHES – Love
EBONY – Protection, power
ECHINACEA – Strengthening spells
EDELWEISS – Invisibility, bullet-proofing
ELDER – Exorcism, protection, healing, prosperity, sleep. Elderberry has the power to bridge the divide between physical and the spiritual realm. It represents Holle, Goddess of Death and Regeneration, who protects the life cycle and who also protects those transitioning into death and the Underworld. Elder twigs were often placed in coffins or buried with loved ones to beseech the protection of the Goddess Holle and grant them safe passage into the Underworld. Magical tools made with elder branches can ward off evil from magical practice.
Use a wand made of Elder to summon spirits.
To use Elder for blessing make an oil using the flowers or scatter the flowers and leaves to the wind while naming the person or thing that you wish to bless.
ELECAMPANE – Love, protection, psychic powers
ELM – Love
ENDIVE – Lust, love
ERYNGO – Traveler’s luck, peace, lust, love
EUCALYPTUS -Spiritual cleansing, purification, and healing. Helps to overcome spiritual blockages.
EUPHORBIA – Purification, protection
EYEBRIGHT – Mental powers, psychic powers
FENNEL -Strength, protection, healing
FENUGREEK -Mental clarity, focus, dispels negativity.
FERN -Cleansing and purification, dispels negativity.
FEVERFEW – Protection
FIG – Divination, fertility, love
FIGWORT – Health, protection
FIVE FINGER GRASS (Cinquefoil) -Protection. Also stimulates memory, eloquence, self-confidence.
FLAX – Money, protection, beauty, psychic powers, healing
FLEABANE – Exorcism, protection, chastity
FOXGLOVE – Protection
FRANGIPANI -Attracts love, trust, and admiration. Promotes openness in those around one.
FRANKINCENSE -Blessing and spiritual opening. Aids meditation.
FUMITORY – Money, exoorcism
FUZZY WEED – Love, hunting
GALANGAL -Success in court or legal disputes.
GARDENIA -Promotes peace, repels strife, protects from outside influences.
GARLIC and GARLIC SKINS -Cleansing, purification. Used to dispel depression, negativity, obsessive thoughts. Draws money, prosperity. Also used as a strong protection.
GENTIAN – Love, power
GERANIUM -Overcomes negative thoughts and attitudes, lifts spirits. Promotes protection, happiness.
GINGER -Draws adventure and new experiences. Promotes sensuality, sexuality, personal confidence and prosperity. Adds to the strength of any mixture of which it is part, and makes it work more quickly.
GINSENG -Asian variety of Mandrake. Promotes vitality, strength, personal power. Heightens sex drive and sexual attractiveness.
GOAT’S RUE – Healing, health
GOLDENROD – Money, divination
GOLDEN SEAL – Healing, money
GORSE – Protection, money
GOTU KOLA – Meditation
GOURD – Protection
GRAIN – Protection
GRAINS OF PARADISE – Lust, luck, love, money, wishes
GRAPE – Fertility, garden magick, mental powers, money
GRAPEFRUIT -Cleansing and purification.
GRASS – Psychic powers, protection
GROUND IVY – Divination
GROUNDSEL – Health, healing
HAWTHORN – Fertility, chastity, fishing magic, happiness
HAZEL – Luck, fertility, anti-lightning, protection, wishes
HEATHER – Protection, rain-making, luck
HELIOTROPE -Protection, prosperity, invisibility, cheerfulness and gaiety.
HELLEBORE, BLACK – Invisibility, exorcism, astral projection
HEMLOCK – Astral projection, empower magickal tools
HEMP – Healing, love, visions, meditation
HEN BANE – Love, rain-making
HENNA – Healing
HIBISCUS – Lust, love, divination
HICKORY – Legal matters
HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR – Money, love, success, happiness
HOLLY – Protection, anti-lightning, luck, dream magick
HONESTY – Money, monster repellent
HONEYSUCKLE -Draws success, money. Aids persuasiveness and confidence, sharpens intuition.
HOPS – Healing, sleep
HOREHOUND – Protection, mental powers, exorcism, healing
HORSE CHESTNUT- Money, healing
HORSERADISH – Purification, exorcism
HORSETAIL – Snake charming, fertility
HOUNDSTONGUE – Tying dog’s tongues
HOUSELEEK – Luck, protection, love
HUCKLEBERRY – Luck, protection, dream magick, hex-breaking
HYACINTH -Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. promotes peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love.
HYDRANGEA – Hex-breaking
HYSSOP -Promotes spiritual opening. Also used for cleansing and purification. Lightens vibrations.
INDIAN PAINT BRUSH – Love
IRIS – Purification, wisdom
IRISH MOSS – Money, luck, protection
IVY – Protection, healing
JASMINE – Love, success, spiritual aid and opening. Connected to the Moon and Lunar magic.
JOB’S TEARS – Healing, wishes, luck
JOE-PYE WEED – Love, respect
JUNIPER -Protection, purification, healing.
KAVA-KAVA – Visions, protection, luck
KELP – Travel, protection
KNOTWEED – Binding, health
LADY’S MANTLE – Love
LADY’S SLIPPER – Protection
LARCH – Protection, anti-fire
LARKSPUR – Health, protection
LAVENDER – Love, protection, sleep, peace and tranquility.
LEEK – Love, protection, exorcism
LEMON – Cleansing, purification, removal of blockages, spiritual opening.
LEMON GRASS – Psychic cleansing and opening.
LEMON VERBENA – Purification, love
LETTUCE – Chastity, protection, love, divination, sleep
LICORICE – Lust, love, fidelity
LIFE-EVERLASTING – Longevity, health, healing
LILAC – Lilac drives away evil where it is planted or strewn, and indeed in New England lilacs were originally planted to keep evil from the property. The flowers, fresh, can be placed in a haunted house to help clear it.
LILY – Protection, breaking love spells
LILY OF THE VALLEY -Soothing, calming, draws peace and tranquility, repels negativity.
LIME – Used for purification and protection. Promotes calmness, tranquility. Also strengthens love.
LINDEN – Draws friendship and love. Also promotes healing and rejuvenation.
LIQUIDAMBER – Protection
LIVERWORT – Love
LOBELIA – Halting storms, love
LOOSETRIFE – Peace, protection
LOTUS -Psychic opening and spiritual growth.
LOVAGE – Love
LOVE SEED – Love, friendship
LUCKY HAND – Employment, luck protection, money, travel
MACE -Promotes self-discipline, focus, concentration. Good for meditation, study.
MAGNOLIA -Promotes psychic development. Aids meditation and spiritual opening. Promotes harmony, peace, tranquility.
MAIDENHAIR – Beauty, love
MALE FERN – Luck, love
MALLOW – Love, protection, exorcism
MANDRAKE – Mandrake comes in two forms, a long root like a carrot and more rarely with a head, two arms and legs in the form of a man. The carrot shaped root can be cut into pieces to use in magick concerning money, fertility, sex, love, virility and good luck. The man shaped root is never cut up, instead it is preserved whole and used for all magickal workings. It is a most powerful herb, and will become a vessel for other spirits or familiars to live within.
To make an alliance with a Mandrake root, it should be cleansed and “fed” on a regular basis with milk or wine.
MAPLE – Love, longevity, money
MARIGOLD – Promotes healing, psychic opening, and clairvoyance. Helps one to focus on what is truly needed, even if one is not conscious of what that is.
MARJORAM – Cleansing, purification, dispels negativity, bring happiness. Use in Love spells and love sachets.To banish grieving burn on charcoal. Sacred to Aphrodite and Isis.
MASTERWORT – Strength, courage, protection
MASTIC – Psychic powers, manifestations, lust
MAY APPLE – Money
MEADOW RUE – Love, divination
MEADOWSWEET – Love, divination, peace, happiness
MESQUITE – Healing
MIMOSA -Aids psychic development, clairvoyance. Draws prophetic dreams.
MINT -Promotes energy, vitality, communication. Draws customers to a business.
MISTLETOE -Promotes prosperity, draws customers, money, business.
MOONWORT – Money, love
MONKSHOOD – Consecration, purification, the Underworld (Aconite, Wolfsbane)
MORNING GLORY – Happiness, peace
MOSS – Luck, money
MULBERRY – Protection, strength
MULLIEN – Courage, protection, health, love, divination, exorcism
MUSK – Increases confidence, self-assurance, persuasiveness. Draws new situations and prosperity.
MUSTARD, BLACK – Fertility, protection, mental powers
MUSTARD SEED – Courage, faith, endurance.
MYRRH – Spiritual opening, meditation, healing.
MYRTLE – Psychic opening, spiritual aid. Enhances any mix its added to.
NARCISSUS – Promotes harmony, tranquility, peace of mind. Calms vibrations.
NEROLI – Joy, happiness, overcoming emotional blockages.
NETTLE – Exorcism, protection, healing, lust
NORFOLK PINE – Protection, anti-hunger
NUTMEG -Aids clarity, perception, ability to see below surfaces. Promotes social interaction, emotional openness, personal confidence.
NUTS – Fertility, prosperity, love, luck
OAKMOSS – Draws money, prosperity, good fortune.
ONION and ONION SKINS – Protection, stability and endurance. Also prosperity.
ORANGE or ORANGE BLOSSOM -Harmony, peace, emotional openness, love. Attracts prosperity and stability. Also used for purification. Considered very Solar.
ORCHID – Concentration, focus, will power. Also strengthens memory.
OREGANO – Joy, strength, vitality and added energy.
OREGON GRAPE – Money, popularity
ORRIS – Love, protection, divination
PALM, DATE – fertility, potency
PANSY – Love, rain magick, love divination
PAPAYA – Love, protection
PAPYRUS – Protection
PARSLEY – Lust, protection, purification
PASSION FLOWER – Peace, sleep, friendships
PATCHOULY – Money, fertility, lust
PEA – Money, love
PEACH – Love, exorcism, longevity, fertility, wishes
PEAR – Lust, love
PECAN – Money, employment
PENNYROYAL – Strength, protection, peace
PEONY – Protection, exorcism
Peony is of the Sun and Leo, but also has to properties of the Moon, and so balances both sources of light. Legend has it that the peony flower was created by the Moon Goddess to reflect Her light during the night to protect Her children. Gather Peony roots, flowers and seeds at night during a waxing or full Moon.
Peony seeds are very magickal, and are said to shine with their own inner light. If you’re lucky enough to have flowers that have set seed, harvest them under the light of the Full Moon, and allow them to dry. They may be used in charms and talismans of protection or threaded on a white string to be worn as a necklace of protection against harm.
Peony roots have the power to protect against misfortune, bolster health, break jinxes, and draw good fortune. Peony roots may be carved into protective amulets or made into beads that can be worn during rituals. After harvesting, clean the roots with water and then carve them while they are still fresh. Once dried the roots become as hard as rocks! To make beads slice the roots into thin rounds and pierce the rounds with a fat needle. Allow the amulets or beads to dry before using them.
Dried peony flowers have a subtle, intoxicating scent. Because they are a perfect balance of the Sun God and the Moon Goddess, I often use them as a ritual offering. The lovely pale, scented, petals sprinkled on or around the Altar draw me deeply into the magick and mystery of witchcraft.
PEPPER – Protection, exorcism
PEPPERMINT – Purification, sleep, love, healing, psychic powers
PEPPER TREE – Purification, healing, protection
PERIWINKLE – Love, lust, mental powers, money, protection
PERSIMMON – Changing sex, healing, luck
PIMENTO – Love,
PIMPERNEL – Protection, health
PINE – Healing, fertility, protection, exorcism, money
PINEAPPLE – Luck, money, chastity
PISTACHIO – Breaking love spells
PLANTAIN – Healing, strength, protection, snake repelling
PLUM – Love, protection
PLUM, WILD – Healing
PLUMERIA – Love
POKE – Courage, hex-breaking
POMEGRANATE – Divination, luck, wishes, wealth, fertility
POPLAR – Money, flying
POPPY – Fertility, love, sleep, money, luck, invisibility
POTATO – Image magick, healing
PRICKLY ASH – Love
PRIMROSE – Protection, love
PURSLANE – Sleep, love, luck, protection, happiness
QUINCE – Protection, love, happiness
RADISH – Protection, lust
RAGWEED – Courage
RAGWORT – Protection
RASPBERRY – Protection, love
RATTLESNAKE ROOT – Protection, money
RHUBARB – Protection, fidelity
RICE – Protection, rain, money, fertility
ROOTS – Protection, power divination
ROSE – Love, psychic powers, healing love divination, luck, protection
ROSEMARY – Protection, love, lust, mental powers, exorcism, purification, healing, youth, sleep
ROWAN – Psychic powers, healing, power, success, protection
RUE – Healing, health, mental powers, exorcism, love
RYE – Love, fidelity
SAFFRON -Promotes clairvoyance and psychism. Also attracts prosperity and good fortune through spiritual openness.
SAGE -Used for cleansing and purification, and to promote wisdom and psychic opening. Also promotes mental clarity.
SAGEBRUSH – Purification, exorcism
SANDALWOOD -Blessing, healing, spirituality. Promotes clairvoyance, psychic opening. Also used for protection, banishing negativity.
SARSAPARILLA – Love, money
SASSAFRAS -Good for legal situations, self-empowerment, success and overcoming obstacles.
St. JOHN’S WORT -Protection. Removes negativity, dispels depression and anxiety.
SAVORY -Sensuality, sexuality, passion. Good for sexual magic.
SENNA – Love
SESAME -Opens doors, draws new opportunities, new directions, hope. Dispels depression and negativity.
SHALLOT – Purification
SKUNK CABBAGE – Legal matters
SLIPPERY ELM – Halts gossip
SLOE – Exorcism, protection
SNAKEROOT – Luck, money
SNAPDRAGON – Protection
SNOWDROP- The beautiful snowdrop heralds the coming of spring and when its flowers open wide in the winter sun after months under the ground, is symbolic of eternal life.
Triumph over adversity,eternal life, spiritual initiation, hope, consolation, strength
Your house can be ritually purified by carrying a bouquet of snowdrops from room to room. This type of purification is called The White Cleansing and is best performed on Imbolc morning.
SOLOMON’S SEAL – Protection, exorcism
SORREL, WOOD – Healing, health
SOUTHERNWOOD – Love, lust, protection
SPANISH MOSS -Protection, dispels negativity, opens blockages.
SPEARMINT -Psychic or physical protection. Repels negativity. Strengthens mental speed and clarity. Increases speed and effectiveness of any mixture its added to.
SPIDERWORT – Love
SPIKENARD -Blessing, psychic opening and spiritual elevation.
SQUILL – Money, protection, hex-breaking
STAR ANISE – Psychic powers, luck
STILLENGIA – Psychic powers
STRAW – Luck, image magick
STRAWBERRY -Attracts success, good fortune, and favorable circumstances.
SUGAR CANE – Love, lust
SUNFLOWER – Fertility, wishes, health, wisdom
SWEETGRASS – Calling spirits
SWEET PEA – Draws the loyalty and affection of others, attracts friends and allies.
TANGERINE – Promotes strength, vitality, energy.
THYME – Purification, healing, strength. Attracts loyalty, affection, and the good opinion of others.
TOBACCO – Used to promote peace, confidence, personal strength. Also promotes love and sensuality. Also used for protection and freedom from outside influences. Voodoo/hoodoo/Voodon choice gift to the spirits.
TONKA BEAN – Draws love, money, promotes the accomplishment of goals.
TUBEROSE – Serenity, peace, tranquility. Calms the nerves and promotes romance and sensual love.
VANILLA – Joy and good fortune.
VERVAIN (Verbena) – Protection, repels negativity, promotes peace and tranquility, vervain tea will ward of vampires, burn leaves to attract wealth, combine with dill to create a wash to banish baneful energy, sacred to Thor and Jupiter, infuse in water and sprinkle on the Altar for purification, carry a sprig to protect against baneful magick, Vervain enhances the magick of other herbs when combined with them
VETIVERT -Protection, overcoming obstacles, repels negativity. Also draws money, prosperity.
VIOLET -Promotes peace, tranquility, happiness. Calms the nerves, draws prophetic dreams and visions. Stimulates creativity.
WILLOW -Used for drawing or strengthening love, healing, overcoming sadness. Lunar magic.
WINTERGREEN -Repels disharmony, negativity, and disease. Promotes good health, tranquility, and peace in the home. DO NOT USE INTERNALLY.
WISTERIA -Raises vibration. Promotes psychic opening, overcoming obstacles, draws prosperity.
WITCHHAZEL – Protection, hex- breaking, sooth emotions. Burn the flowers or infuse in hot water as a tea for banishing unwanted emotions and baneful energy.
WOLFSBANE – Consecration, Hecate, Werewolves, Rituals of the dead (Aconite, Monkshood)
WOOD ALOE (Lignaloes or Lignam Aloes) – Protection, success and prosperity. Often used in consecration.
WORMWOOD – Overcomes negativity, breaks through obstacles. Especially useful for dealing with spirits or the Ancestors.
YARROW – Promotes courage, confidence, protection and psychic opening. Draws love. Sacred to the Horned God.
YLANG YLANG -Increases sexual attraction, persuasiveness.
Herbs by Property
Abundance – Acorn
Astral Projection, to aid – Dittany of Crete, Mugwort,
Beauty, to attain – Avocado, Catnip, flax, Ginseng, Maiderhair, Yerba Santa
Chastity, to maintain – Cactus, Camphor, Coconut, Cucumber, Fleabane, Hawthorn, Lavender, Pineapple, Sweetpea, Vervain, Witch Hazel
Cleansing – Marjoram
Courage, to attain – Borage, Cohosh, Black columbine, Masterwort, Mullein, Poke, Ragweed, Sweetpea, Tea, Thyme, Tonka, Wahoo, Yarrow
Dead, raising the – Yew
Divination – Broom, Camphor, Cherry, Dandelion, Fig, goldenrod, Ground Ivy, Hibiscus, Meadowsweet, Orange, Orris, Pomegranate
Employment, to attain/maintain – Devil’s Shoestring, Lucky Hand, Pecan
Exorcism – Angelica, Arbutus, Asafoetida, Avens, Basil, Beans, Birch, Boneset, Buckthorn, Clove, Clover Cumin, Devil’s Bit, Dragon’s Blood, Elder, Fern, Fleabane, Frankincense, Fumitory, Garlic, Heliotrope, Horehound, Horseradish, Juniper, Leek, Lilac, Mallow, Mint, Mistletoe, Mullein, Myrrh, Nettle, Onion, Peach, Peony, Pepper, Pine, Rosemary, Rue, Sagebrush, Sandalwood, Sloe, Snapdragon, Tamarisk, Thistle, Witch Grass, Yarrow,
Fertility, to increase – Acorn Agaric, Banana, Bistort, Bodhi, Carrot, Cuckoo-Flower, Cucumber, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Dock, Fig, Geranium, Grape, Hawthorn, Hazel, Horsetail, Mandrake, Mistletoe, Mustard, Myrtle, Nuts, Oak, Olive, Palm/Date, Patchouli, Peach, Pine, Pomegranate, Poppy, Rice, Sunflower, Wheat
Fidelity – Chickweed, Chili Pepper, Clover, Cumin, Elder, Licorice, Magnolia, Nutmeg, Rhubarb, Rye, Scullcap, Spikenard, Vetch/Giant, Yerba Mate
Friendships, to promote – Lemon, Love Seed, Passion Flower, Sweetpea
Gossip, to halt – Clove, Slippery Elm
Grief, banish – Marjoram burn on charcoal
Growth – Acorn
Happiness, to promote – Catnip, Celandine, Cyclamen, Hawthorn, High John the Conqueror, Hyacinth, Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Marjoram, Meadowsweet, Morning Glory, Purslane, Quince, Saffron, St. John’s Wort, Witch Grass
Healing, to promote – Adder’s Tongue, Allspice, Amaranth, Angelica, Apple, Balm/Lemon, Balm of Gilead, Barley, Bay, Balsam, Bittersweet, Blackberry, Bracken, Burdock, Calamus, Carnation, Cedar, Cinnamon, Citron, Cowslip, Cucumber, Dock, Elder, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Figwort, Flax, Gardenia, Garlic, Ginseng, Goat’s Rue, Golden Seal, Grounsel, Heliotrope, Hemp, Henna, Hops, Horehound, Horse Chestnut, Ivy, Job’s Tears, Life-Everlasting, Lime, Mesquite, Mint, Mugwort, Myrrh, Nettle, Oak, Olive, Onion, Peppermint, Pepper Tree, Persimmon, Pine, Plaintain, Plum/Wild, Potato, Rose, Rosemary, Rowan, Rue, Saffron, Sandalwood, Sorrel/Wood, Spearmint, Thistle, Thyme, Ti, Tobacco, Vervain, Violet, Willow, Wintergreen, Yerba Santa
Health, to maintain – Anemone, Ash, Camphor, Caraway, Coriander, Fern, Galangal, Geranium, Groundsel, Juniper, Knotweed, Larkspur, Life-Everlasting, Mandrake, Marjoram, Mistletoe, Mullein Nutmeg, Oak, Pimpernel, Rue, St. John’s Wort, Sassafras, Sorrel/Wood, Spikenard, Sumbul, Tansy, Thyme, Walnut
Hexes, to break – Bamboo, chili Pepper, Datura, Galangal, Huckleberry, Hydrangea, Poke, Squill, Thistle, Thistle/Holly, Toadflax, Vetivert, Wahoo, Wintergreen
Hunting, to aid – Fuzzy Weed, Mistletoe, Parosela, Yellow Evening Primrose
Image Magick – Ash, Briony, Mandrake, Potato, Straw
Immortality, to attain – Apple, Linden, Sage
Infertility, to create – Walnut
Invisibility, to attain – Amaranth, Chicory, Edelweiss, Fern, Heliotrope, Mistletoe, Poppy, Wolf’s Bane
Legal Matters, to assist in – Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada, Celandine, Hickory, Marigold, Skunk Cabbage
Locks, to open – Chickory, Lotus, Mistletoe, Moonwort
Longevity, to attain – Acorn, Balsam, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Life-Everlasting, Maple, Peach, Sage, Tansy
Love, to attract – Acorn, Adam and Eve, Aloes/Wood, Apple, Apricot, Aster, Avens, Avocado, Bachelor’s Buttons, Balm/Lemon, Balm of Gilead, Barley, Basil, beans, Bedstraw/Fragrant, Beet, Betony, Bleeding Heart, Bloodroot, Brazil Nut, Caper, Cardamom, Catnip, Chamomile, Cherry, Chestnut, Chickweed, Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Clover, Cohosh/Black, Coltsfoot, Columbine, Copal, Coriander, Crocus, Cubeb, Cuckoo-Flower, Daffodil, Daisy, Damiana, Devil’s Bit, Dill, Dogbane, Dragon’s Blood, Dutchman’s Breeches, Elecampane, Elm, Endive, Eryngo, Fig, Fuzzy Weed, Gardenia, Gentian, Geranium, Ginger, Ginseng, Grains of Paradise, Hemp, Hibiscus, High John the Conqueror, Houseleek, Hyacinth, Indian Paint Brush, Jasmine, Joe-Pye Weed, Juniper, Kava-Kava, Lady’s Mantle, Lavender, Leek, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Licorice, Lime, Linden, Liverwort, Lobelia, Lotus, Lovage, Love Seed, Maidenhair, Male Fern, Mallow, Mandrake, Maple, Marjoram, Mastic, Meadow Ruw, Meadowsweet, Mimosa, Mistletoe, Moonwort, Myrtle, Nuts, Oleander, Orange, Orchid, Pansy, Papaya, Pea, Peach, Pear, Peppermint, Periwinkle, Pimento, Plum, Plumeria, Poppy, Prickly Ash, Primrose, Purslane, Quassia, Quince, Raspberry, Rose, Rosemary, Rue, Rye, Saffron, Sarsaparilla, Scullcap, Senna, Snakeroot/Black, Southernwood, Spearmint, Spiderwort, Strawberry, Sugar Cane, Sumbul, Tamarind, Thyme, Tomato, Tonka, Tormentil, Trillium, Tulip, Valerian, Vanilla, Venus Flytrap, Vervain, Vetivert, Violet, Willow, Witch Grass, Wormwood, Yarrow, Yerba Mate, Yohimbe
Love, divination of – Acorn, Dodder, Lettuce, Mullein, Pansy, Rose, St. John’s Wort, Willow
Love Spells, to break – Lily, Lotus, Pistachio
Luck, to obtain – Acorn, Allspice, Aloe, Bamboo, Banyan, Be-Still, Bluebell, Cabbage, Calamus, China Berry, Cinchona, Cotton, Daffodil, Devil’s Bit, Fern, Grains of Paradise, Hazel, Heather, Holly, Houseleek, Huckleberry, Irish Moss, Job’s Tears, Linden, Lucky Hand, Male Fern, Moss, Nutmeg, Oak, Orange, Persimmon, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Poppy, Purslane, Rose, Snakeroot, Star Anise, Straw, Strawberry, Sumbul, Vetivert, Violet, Wood Rose
Lust, to increase or create – Avocado, Balsam, Caper, Caraway, Carrot, Cat Tail, Celery, Cinnamon, Daisy, Damiana, Deerstongue, Dill, Dulse, Endive, Eryngo, Galangal, Garlic, Ginseng, Grains of Paradise, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Licorice, Maguey, Mint, Nettle, Olive, Onion, Parsley, Patchouli, Radish, Rosemary, Saffron, Sesame, Snakeroot/Black, Southernwood, Vanilla, Violet, Witch Grass, Yerba Mate, Yohimbe
Lust, to decrease – Camphor, Lettuce, Vervain, Witch Hazel
Manifestations – Bodhi, Gota Kola
Mental Powers, to strengthen – Caraway, Eyebright, Grape, Horehound, Lily of the Valley, Mace, Mustard, Periwinkle, Rosemary, Rue, Savory/Summer, Spearmint, Walnut
Money, Riches, Treasures, Wealth, to obtain – Acorn, Alfalfa, Allspice, Almond, Basil, Bergamot, Blackberry, Bladderwrack, Blue Flag, Briony, Bromelaid, Buckwheat, Calamus, Camellia, Cascara Sagrada, Cashew, Cedar, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil, Clove, Clover, Comfrey, Cowslip, Dill, Dock, Elder, Fenugreek, Fern, Flax, Fumitory, Galangal, Ginger, Goldenrod, Golden Seal, Gorse, Grains of Paradise, Grape, Heliotrope, High John the Conqueror, Honesty, Honeysuckle, Horse Chestnut, Irish Moss, Jasmine, Lucky Hand, Mandrake, Maple, Marjoram, May Apple, Mint, Moonwort, Moss, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Oak, Oats, Onion, Orange, Oregon Grape, Patchouli, Pea, Pecan, Periwinkle, Pine, Pineapple, Pipsisewa, Pomegranate, Poplar, Poppy, Rattlesnake Root, Rice, Snapdragon, Sassafras, Sesame, Snakeroot, Snakeroot/Black, Squill, Tea, Tonka, Trillium, Vervain, Vetivert, Whear, Woodruff
Peace, Harmony, to instill – Dulse, Eryngo, Gardenia, Lavender, Loosestrife, Meadowsweet, Morning Glory, Myrtle, Olive, Passion Flower, Pennyroyal, Scullcap, Vervain, Violet
Power, to obtain – Carnation, Club Moss, Devil’s Shoestring, Ebony, Gentian, Ginger, Rowan
Prophetic Dreams, to cause – Bracken, Buchu, Cinquefoil, Heliotrope, Jasmine, Marigold, Mimosa, Mugwort, Onion, Rose
Prosperity, to obtain – Alfalfa, Alkanet, Ahnond, Ash, Banana, Benzoin, Nuts, Oak, Tomato, Tulip
Protection, to gain – Acacia, African Violet, Agrimony, Ague Root, Aloe, Althea, Alyssum, Amaranth, Anemone, Angelica, Anise, Arbutus, Asafoetida, Ash, Balm of Gilead, Bamboo, Barley, Basil, Bay, Bean, Betony/Wood, Birch, Bittersweet, Blackberry, Bladderwrack, Bloodroot, Blueberry, Bodhi, Boneset, Briony, Bromeliad, Broom, Buckthorn, Burdock, Cactus, Calamus, Caraway, Carnation, Cascara Sagrada, Castor, Cedar, Celandine, Chrysanthemum, Cinchona, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil, Clove, Clover, Club Moss, Coconut, Cohosh/Black, Cotton, Cumin, Curry, Cyclamen, Cypress, Datura, Devil’s Bit, Devil’s Shoestring, Dill, Dogwood, Dragon’s Blood, Ebony, Elder, Elecenpane, Eucalyptus, Euphorbia,, Fennel, Fern, Feverwort, Figwort, Flax, Fleabane, Foxglove, Frankincense, Galangal, Garlic, Geranium, Ginseng, Gorse, Gourd, Grain, Grass, Hazel, Heather, Holly, Honeysuckle, Horehound, Houseleek, Hyacinth, Hyssop, Irish Moss, Ivy, Juniper, Kava-Kava, Lady’s Slipper, Larch, Larkspur, Lavender, Leek, Lettuce, Lilac, Lily, Lime, Linden, Liquidamber, Loosestrife, Lotus, Lucky Hand, Mallow, Mandrake, Marigold, Masterwort, Meadow Rue, Mimosa, Mint, Mistletoe, Molluka, Mugwort, Mulberry, Mullein, Mustard, Myrrh, Nettle, Norfolk Pine, Oak, Olive, Onion, Orris, Papaya, Papyrus, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Peony, Pepper, Pepper Tree, Periwinkle, Pilot Weed, Pimpernel, Pine, Plantain, Plum, Primrose, Purslane, Quince, Radish, Ragwort, Raspberry, Rattlesnake Root, Rhubarb, Rice, Roots, Rose, Rosemary, Rowan, Sage, St. John’s Wort, Sandalwood, Sloe, Snapdragon, Southernwood, Spanish Moss, Squill, Tamarisk, Thistle, Ti, Toadflax, Tomato, Tormentil, Tulip, Turnip, Valerian, Venus Flytrap, Vervain, Violet, Wax Plant, Willow, Wintergreen, Witch Hazel, Wolf’s Bane, Woodruff, Wormwood, Yerba Santa, Yucca
Psychic Powers, to strengthen – Acacia, Altha, Bay, Bistort, Bladderwrack, Borage, Buchu, Celery, Cinnamon, Citron, Elecampane, Eyebright, Flax, Galangal, Grass, Honeysuckle, Lemongrass, Mace, Marigold, Mastick, Mugwort, Peppermint, Rose, Rowan, Saffron, Star Anise, Stillengia, Sumbul, Thyme, Uva Ursa, Wormwood, Yarrow, Yerba Santa
Purification – Balsam, Benzoin, Alkanet, Anise, Arabic Gum, Asafoetida, Avens, Bay, Benzoin, Betony/Wood, Bloodroot, Broom, Cedar, Chamomile, Coconut, Copal, Euphorbia, Fennel, Horseradish, Hyssop, Iris, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Marjoram, Mimosa, Parsley, Peppermint, Pepper Tree, Rosemary, Sagebrush, Shallot, Thistle/Holy, Thyme, Tobacco, Turmeric, Valerian, Vervain, Yucca
Rain, to cause to fall – Bracken, Cotton, Fern, Heather, Pansy, Rice, Toadstool
Sexual Potency, to regain or maintain – Balsam, Banana, Beans, Caper, Cohosh/Black, Dragon’s Blood, Oak, Olive, Palm/Date
Sleep – Agrimony, Chamomile, Cinquefoil, Datura, Elder, Hops, Lavender, Lettuce, Linden, Passion Flower, Peppermint, Purslane, Rosemary, Thyme, Valerian, Vervain
Snakes, to call – Horsetail
Snakes, to enrage – Thistle/Milk
Snakes, to repel – Clover, Elder, Juniper, Lemongrass, Geranium, Plaintain, Rattlesnake Root, Yellow Evening Primrose
Spirits, to call – Dandelion, Pipsissewa, Sweetgrass, Thistle, Tobacco, Wormwood
Spirituality, to strengthen – African Violet, Aloes/Wood, Arabic Gum, Balsam, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Gardenia, Myrrh, Sandalwood
Strength, to instill – Bay, Carnation, Masterwort, Mugwort, Mulberry, Pennyroyal, Plantain, Saffron, St. John’s Wort, Sweetpea, Tea, Thistle
Success, to attain – Balm/Lemon, Cinnamon, Clover, Ginger, High John the Conqueror, Rowan, Wahoo, Winter’s Bark
Theft, to prevent – Aspen, Caraway, Cumin, Garlic, Juniper, Vetivert
Visions, to induce – Angelica, Coltsfoot, Crocus, Damiana, Kava-Kava,
Wind, to raise – Bladderwrack, Broom, Saffron
Wisdom, to promote – Bodhi, Iris, Peach, Sage, Sunflower
Wishes, to manifest – Bamboo, Beech, Buckthorn, Dandelion, Dogwood, Ginseng, Grains of Paradise, Hazel, Job’s Tears, Liquidamber, Pomegranate, Sage, Sandalwood, Sunflower, Tonka, Violet, Walnut
Youth, to maintain – Anise, Cowslip, Fern, Myrtle, Rosemary, Vervain
Making Herbal Infusions
Herbal infusions are potent water-based preparations. They are superb for extracting the medicinal properties of dried herbs. You can drink them or use them externally as skin washes, compresses, douches, sitz baths,or poultices.
How are they different from a tea? They are made using larger amounts of herbs and are steeped in an air-tight container for at least several hours. You can drink them at room temperature, reheated, or over ice.
Quart size canning jars are ideal to use because they rarely break when you pour boiling water into them as long as they are at room temperature when water is added. They also allow for a tight seal.
Using Dried Leaves
Put 1 ounce (a large handful) of dried leaves into a quart jar and fill the jar with boiling water.
Screw the lid on tight and let steep until completely cool.
Strain out plant material.
Using Dried Roots or Barks
Put 1 ounce (a large handful) of dried roots or bark into a pint jar and fill the jar with boiling water.
Screw the lid on tight and let steep until completely cool.
Strain out plant material.
Using Dried Flowers
Put 1 ounce (a large handful) of dried flowers into a quart jar and fill the jar with boiling water.
Screw the lid on tight and let steep 2 or 3 hours.
Strain out plant material.
Using Dried Seeds
Put 1 ounce (a large handful) of dried seeds into a pint jar and fill the jar with boiling water.
Screw the lid on tight and let steep for 1/2 hour – no more or the taste will be bitter.
Strain out seeds.
When used in the tub, the medicinal properties of an herbal infusion will be absorbed through the skin.Add 2 quarts of a strained infusion to your bath water and enjoy!
Herbal Sitz Bath
For a sitz bath, fill a large, shallow bowl or pan with at least 2 quarts of strained infusion and have a seat!
For an herbal poultice you will retain the plant material from your infusion and apply it directly to the desired area. The liquid can be used to wash the area first if desired. This is an effective way to treat infections or wounds.
For an herbal compress you retain the plant material from an infusion and place it in a clean cloth or piece of gauze. Place it on desired area. You can dip it in the liquid from your infusion if desired. Compresses are useful for treating eye styes or when you don’t want plant material to enter open wounds.