Herbal Characteristics & Properties
Why Herbs Are Used In Magick
Herbs are used in magick for their "vibrations" or "essences." Just as with people, herbs have gender, are ruled by a planet, an element, and are often sacred to a god or goddess. This is known in Wicca as the Herbal Correspondence, and it is an important element in Wiccan Magick spells. Growing and nurturing herbs in our own magickal garden can give you the advantage of having your own energies already influencing the plant. A plant such as the Angelica, ruled by the Sun, will then have all of the influence of the Sun and Fire, along with your personal energies.
Wiccan Ways To Use Herbs
Charms & Sachets
Fill a small bag, of the correct color and/or material, with herbs to make a charm or sachet. You can carry the charm with you, hang it in your house or car, or bury or burn it, depending on your intended purpose, and the spell you are performing.
Incense Herbs can be burned as a ritual incense, such as the sage smudge used to clear negative vibrations from a space.
Bath Make a sachet and place it in your ritual or healing bath. Fragrant herbs like lavender make a very relaxing bath, and you can use certain herbs to alleviate skin and other conditions, such as using eucalyptus in a bath when you have a cold or the flu.
Oils Place herbs in an oil, let them steep for a few days, then strain. You can make anointing oils for your ritual work, beauty oils for your hair, skin and nails (try coconut or jojoba), such as steeping rosemary in olive oil.
Teas Use herbs to make teas for healing illnesses. Some herbs can be used to mildly alter consciousness, such as valerian or kava kava, which can facilitate trance-like states.
You can make herbal smoking mixtures, which will also facilitate altered states of consciousness.
Herbs & Spellwork
In spellwork, herbs can be sprinkled or placed around or within boundaries (such as your home, altar, or magaick circle) to define a "territory" for your magick to work. Of course, you can always use flavorful herbs in cooking and seasoning your food. There are many healthful benefits, and they taste great! Always give all plant life respect, where ever you are. Remember, the word "weed" is simply a value judgement. Dendelion, for instance, has many, many healing and nutritional qualities which are extremely beneficial, not only to the wildlife which feeds on it, but to you as well. Learn to recognize the herbs around you---even in a city there are many wonderful herbs growing wild, which you can gather and use. Herbs are nature's gift---use them with wisdom and joy!
Listed below are many of the more commonly used herbs, which also are the more populare and useful herbs in Wicca. Many of the herbs on this list can be found in your kitchen's spice rack.
Angelica Root (Sun-Fire-Masculine)
Use in protection and exorcism incense, and also carry the root in a pouch as a protective talisman. Add to your bath to remove hexes. Smoking the leaves can cause visions. Angelica protects both by creating a barrier against negative energy, and by filling it's user wiht positive energy. Angelica Removes curses, hexes, or spells that have been against you. It enhances your aura, giaving you a more joyful outlook. It relieves tension and headaches, is a diuretic, is beneficial to the stomach and to digestion. Angelica relieves the build-up of phlegm due to asthme and bronchitis. Use this herb with caution---large doses can adversely affect blood pressure, heart and respiration, and it has been found to cause miscarriages.
Use in live and prosperity spells. Carry to attract wealth. Sprinkle Basil over your lover while he/she is sleeping to insure faithfulness. Use in ritual bath to attract new love, or to free yourself from an old love. Basil can also be used for purification baths. It can be scattered over the floor for protection, and burned as an exorcism incense.
Bay Leaves (Sun-Fire-Masculine)
Use in potions for visions, clairvoyance and wisdom. Place under your pillow to induce prophetic dreams. Carry to ward off evil, and scatter or burn for exorcism. Add to cleansing teas and baths. Scatter on the floor and then sweep out for protection. The priestesses at Delphi are said to have chewed Bay Leaves to induce their visions and prophesies.
Blessed Thistle (Mars-Fire-Masculine)
Purification, hex breaking, protection from evil, removes unwanted influences, particularly of maleolent intent. Scatter to cleanse rooms or buildings. Iss considered to be a good "ingredient" in hearing spells. Strengthens liver functionit combats, hepititis, aids memory and purifies to blood stream. Is good for migraine headaches, nausea and gallstones.
Used in protection incenses and healing, especially the feet. Carry as a protection sachet, or burn for the purification of a room. Rinse with a root decotion for reading oneself of a gloomy feeling about yourself or others.
Bramble (Blackberry) Leaf (Venus-water-Feminine)
Powerful herb of protection, and used in invocations to the Goddess Bright, who presides over healing, poetry, sacred wells, and smithcraft. Also used to attract wealth. If twined into a wreath or Rowan and Ivy, it will keep away evil spirits. A Bramble patch is a favorite hiding place for faerie folk. Use Bramble Leaf to invoke and attract faerie spirits.
The Aztec's food of the gods. An aphrodisiac, a mild euphoric, and helps to heal depression. IT is extremely effective in love potions and spells. Cacao is a required offering during "day of the dead". It can be used to appease restless spirits, or attract loved ones during a seance.
Brings riches and luxury, and expresses gratitude. Place fresh blossoms in water on your altar during a ritual to attract money and prosperity. Used in traditional Chinese medicine fdor treating skin conditions.
Carry for protection against spirits who mean harm, especially Lilith. The seeds can be used to ensure filelity, and can be used in spells to attract a lover. Used in cooking. Can induce lust.
Carob is often used as a cacao substitute. Although the flavor is similar, their correspondences are opposites. Useful for protection and prosperity (the dried pods were once used as currency). Can be burned as an incense to attract spirit helpers and familiars, or to deter poltergeists.
Animal magick and healing pets, increases psychic bond with animals. Use as a tea dfor happiness and relaxation. Can also be used during meditation, increases psychic abilities. Useful in love magick---try burning dried leaves for love wishes.
Cayenne Pepper (Mars-Fire-Masculine)
Use in hexes, or to break a hex. Use in love or separation spells. The fire or spark of the spirit, it adds power to any spell. Contains capsaicin, which acts as a stimulating digestive aid. Apply externally for joint pain. Aids circulation, blood pressure and colds. Those with ulcers or chronic bowel disorders should avoid using in large quantities.
Chamomille tea is a great relaxer. Prosperity wishes, use to attract money, use as an amulet for prosperity. Use in sleep and meditation incense. Prepares body and mind for magick. Add to a bath or use to wash your face and hair to attract love.vBath children in Chamomille tea to protect them from the evil eye. Useful in breaking curses cast against you.
Spirituality, success, healing, psychic powers, lust, protection, love. Burning cinnamon as an incense or use in sachets and spells for healing, money-drawing, psychic powers, and protection. Mix with Frankincense, Myrhh, and Sandalwood for a strong protection incense to be burned every day. A male aphrodisiac.
Protection, exorcism, love money, good luck. Use in incense to attract money, drive away negativity, purify, gain luck, or stop gossip. Wear to attract the opposite sex or for protecrtion. Worn or carried to repel negative energies around you. Also said to protect babies in their cribs if hung over them strung together.
Add to love saschets and use in spells for peace and tranquility. Smoke the leaves to aid in obtaining visions. A soothing expectorant and anti-spasmodic, which can be used to treat bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma and chronic emphysema. Caution: Don't use if pregnant or nursing.
Burn with Frankincense fdor protection. Mix with salt and scatter to keep away evil spirits and bad luck. Use in love spells. Steep Cumin Seed in wine to induce lust. Burn with Frankincense for protection.
Red Clover (Mercury-Air-Masculine)
Protection, money, love, fidelity, exorcism, success, clairvoyance, beauty. Brings good luck. Induces clairvoyant powers. Use for rituals to enhance beauty and youth.
Comfrey Leaf (Saturn-Air-Feminine)
A strong herb for protection against any type of negativity, especially when traveling, and particularly for protection in the astral realm. Very nutritious, beneficial for healing sprains, strains, fractures and sores. Also soothes an upset stomach.
Sex magick, lust love, visions. Use in lust spells. Use in love baths. Burn to enhance visions. Damiana can be prepared in a tea for use in sex magick. It is a mild aphrodisiac. It produces a marijuana-like euphoria when smoked. Good for enchanting a male lover. Damiana tea is the best thing for hangovers. Use caution with this herb.
Dandelion Leaf (Jupiter-air-Masculine)
Divination, wishes, calling spirits. Use the root in a tea to enhance psychic powers. Used in dream pillows and sachets, the leaves and flowers can be used in tea for healing.
Hang in the doorway to protect your home, or carry to protect your person. Can be used in money spells. Add to a ritual bath to become irresistible to the one you desire. Use in love and lust spells.
Eucalyptus Leaf (Moon-Air-Feminine)
Uses in clude great healing properties, kills germs, infections, eases lung congestion, heart stimulant. Attracts healing vibrations and protection. Use to purify and cleanse any space of unwanted energies. Also useful in dream and sleep pillows.
Fennel Seed (Mercury-Fire-Masculine)
Healing, longevity, courage, vitality, and strength. Use for protection spells of all kinds. Prevents curses. Possession and negativity. Use for purification. Gives strength, courage, and longevity. Delicious flavor. Purifies breath, aids digestion and weight loss.
Love and protection. Include in charms or sachets. Also a strong herb for health and spiritual healing. Use to ward off sicknes and bolster the immune system. Protects travelers. Keep in your suitcase or car the next time you travel. Excellent treatment for migraine headaches - it eases inflammation and constriction of the blood vessels in the head. Reduces sensitivity to light and nausea.
Dried Fig (Jupiter-Fire-Masculine)
Fertility, love spells---excellent ingredient in spell bags. Divination. Sacred to Dionysus, Juno and many others. Recommended for a beltane altar. If placed on the doorstep before leaving it will ensure you will arrive home safely.
Flax Seed (Mercury-Fire-Masculine)
Used to keep the peace at home - place in a bowl to absorb negative energy. Useful in healing and protection spells. Also, carry Flax Seeds in your wallet, pocket or purse to attract money. Very nutritious. Good for cholesterol.
Galangal Root (Mars-Fire-Masculine)
Psychic abilities, luck, money. for courage, strength, and for avoiding legal problems. Worn or carried, it protects its bearer and draws good luck. Placed in a sachet of leather with silver, it brings money. Powdered Galangal is burned to break spells and curses. It is also carried or sprinkled around the home to promote lust. Worn as a talisman, galangal aids psychic development and guards the bearer's health. A mild hallucinogen---eat about three inces of the root for this effect. Use caution with this plant!
Used in protection spells---traditionally used to ward off vampires. Great healing properties, antiviral, antifungal, strengthening. The ancient Greeks placed Garlic on the stone cairns at crossroads as an offering to Hecate. Eat before prforming spells to increase your power.
Ginseng Powder (Sun-Fire-Masculine)
Rejunivation, longevity and sexual potency. Use the root in spells to attract love, maintain health, draw money, and ensure sexual potency. Carry to enhance beauty. Burn to break courses or to wasrd off evil spirits. Make into a lust-enhancing tea. Useful as an anti-depressant, equalizes blood pressure, and aids digestion.
Hibiscus Flower (Venus-Water-Feminine)
Useful as an aphrodisiac and in love spells. Also used to induce dreams, and to enhance psychic ability and divination. Soothes nerves, anti-spasmodic. Tea aids digestion, and sweetens breath. Helpdful with itchy skin.
Holly Leaf (Mars-Fire-Masculine)
Luck, dream magick. An excellent protective herb, keeps away lightening, poison, evil spirits, and other maligned forces. The wood is used for all magickal tools, as it will enhance any wish you have. A powerful protection. Do not consume - For ritual use only.
Use in healing incenses and spells. Put inside pillows to induce sleep. Tea helps with a restful sleep. Also, drink the tea after magickal practices to balance and re-focus your energy back to ordinaray reality. Use in healing sachets and amulets. Also burned during healing prayers.
As a tea to increase energy and strength, both physically and mentally---it increases concentration and focus. Carry or burn for protection wishes. Called the "seed of Horus" by the ancient Egyptians, Horehound is escellent for blessing one's home. Gather flowering Horehound and tie with a ribbon, then hang it in your home to keep it free from negative energies. The leaves and stems are used in candles, cough drops and syrups. Used to treat athsma, coughs, colds, bronchitis, sore throats, and skin irritations. Also used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, stimulant and stomachic.
An excellent purifying herb. Use in purification baths and spells. Associated with serpents and dragons, and can be burned as an incense to call on dragon energy. Aids in physical and spiritual protection.
Juniper Berries (Sun-Fire-Masculine)
Useful for protection magick of all kinds. Makes a nice incense for protection. Ut can be burned or carried to enhance psychic powers. Attracts good, healthy energies and love. Aids in digestion. Intestinal cramps, diuretic, eases arthritis. Banishes energies injurious to good health.
Mandrake Root (Mercury-Fire-Masculine)
Protection, love, money, fertility, health. Mandrake intensifies the magick of any spell. To charge Mandrake Root with your personal power, sleep with it for three nights during the full moon. A hallucinogen when used in tea---it has great power as a visionary herb, empowering your visions and propelling them into manifestations. A whole Mandrake Root placed in the home will bring protection and prosperity. Carried, it will attract love and courage.
Morning Glory Blossoms (Neptune-Water-Masculine)
Happiness, peace, visions. Place under your pillow to stop nightmares and induce beneficial psychic dreams. Sacred th the Aztecs.consume! Caution: Toxic - Do NOT consume!
To ensure good luck, especially with money. Carry any type of Moss removed from a gravestone. Use in prosperity spells. Gnome magick and spells to Mother Earth. Use in "Witch Bottles" for home and business. Place in your bra when your male lover is near to attract sexual attention.
Use in dream pillows for prophetic dreams. Burn with Sandalwood or Wormwood scrving rituals. Drink as a tea sweetened with honey before divination. The plain tea can also be used to wash crystal balls and magick mirrors. The leaves of mugwort can be placed around these to aid in scrving.
Protection and courage. Keeps demons and nightmares away while sleeping. Also protects against wild animals. Useful in protection and exorcism spells. Invokes spirits. Use on scrying tools to aid divination. This plant is the original witch's torch, used to illuminate spells and rites. Useful as an expectorant to clear and heal lungs, stops diarrhea and soothes hemerroids.
Carry to remove a curse and send it back, or sprinkle around the house to keep evil out. Use in purification baths. Highly nutritious for anemia, skin disorders and allergies. Restores health, expectorant, stops bleeding. One of the nine sacred herbs of the Anglo-Saxons.
Luck, money, health. Carry for good luck, and to strengthen clairvoyant powers. Use in money and prosperity spells. A hallucinagen when made into a tea. Caution: Toxic in large doses! Never use more than a pinch.
Orris Root (Venus-Water-Feminine)
Love, protection, divination. Use to find and hold love---a powder made from the root is used as a love-drawing powder. Protection from evil spirits. Roots and leaves hung in the house and added to the bath are god for personal protection.
Pau D'Arco (Pluto-Fire-Masculine)
Works best during the waning moon---can be empowered by drawing down the moon directly into the herb. The active ingredient is xyloidin, a very potent antibiotic and antiviral. Can relieve arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, exzema, gastritis, psoriasis, pyorrhoea, rheumatism, skin and nails, and ulcers. Used to treat chronic candida. Potent tonic and cel regenerator, stimulating natural defenses and revitilizing the body. Also a sedative, an analgesic, and a diuretic.
Passion Flower (Venus-Water-Feminine)
Proomotes emotional balance, peace, attracts friendship and prosperity. Heightens libido. Use in love spells. Calming and soothing, promotes emotional balance, aids in sleep. Use to relieve nerve pain and hysteria.
Carry in a green bag to attract money and to aid in business transactions. Burn for protection in meditation and astral travel. Use for ridding negative thoughts against you, carry when dealing with negative vibrations of all kinds. Caution: stimulates menstruation when consumed, and can induce miscarriages.
Purification, sleep, love, healing, psychic powers. Promotes sleep and visionary dreams. Use in healing and purification baths. Burn as a winter incense. Very useful for stomach upset and heartburn, nausea, and to ease congestion during colds and flu.
For sacred wisdom. Prosperity, fertility, healing. The Pine tree is an evergreen. Its old title was "The Sweetist of Woods". Its needles are a valuable source of Vitamin C, and can loosen a tight chest. The scent of Pine is useful in the alleviation of guilt. Burn for strength, and to reverse negative energies.
Raspberry Leaf (Venus-Water-Feminine)
Protection, healing, love. Claming, promotes sleep and visions. Useful during pregnancy and childbirth, eases diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Beneficial to the kidneys.
Rose Petals (Venus-Water-Feminine)
Love, psychick powers, healing, luck, protection. Use in love spells of all kinds. Drink Rose Tea before bed for prophetic dreams. Domestic peace and happines, promotes the joy of giving. Helps clear away headaches, dizziness, mouth sores, and menstrual cramps. Heart and nerve tonic.
Rose Hips (Venus-Water-Feminine)
Rose Hips are very high in Vitamin C. Rose Hips also contain A, B, E, and K, Organic Acids and Pectin, and have a high concentration of Iron. The Hips are strung like beads and worn to attract love. A woman should eat Rose Hips during her menstrual period. A woman's lov er should gather roses for this purpose. The earliest known gardening was the planting of roses along the most travelled routes of early Nomadic humans.
Protection, love lust, mental powers, exorcism. purification, healing, sleep, youth. Burn to purify and cleanse. Use in love and lust incenses and potions. Use fdor healings of all kinds. A tea of Rosemary causes the mind to be alert. Circulatory, digestive and nerve stimulant. Heals headaches, depression, and halitosis.
Immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection, prosperity. Use in healing and money spells. Purifying, use as incense during sacred rituals---walk the smoke to the four corners of the room to repel and rid negative energies and influences. Especially good when moving into a new home. Heals wounds, aids digestion, eases muscle or joint pain, colds and fever.
Prosperity, protection, purification, consecration of ritual tools. Sjprinkle a few grains around your sacred space to clear it of any unpleasant presences. Some ancient rituals call for pouring dry salt into a receptacle of water to symbolize the dissolving of evil.
Also known as Horsetail. Fertility spells. Nutgritious, helps the body absorb Calcium, may help to strengthen bones, hair and nails. Control excess oil on the skin. Diuretic, helps to relieve urinay disorders. May help blood to clot, reduce fevers, and calm nervous tension. Also can be used in snake charming!
Scotch Broom Leaf (Mars-Air-Masculine)
A Druid sacred tree. Use in purification and protection spells and scatter to exorcise evil spirits. Burn to calm the wind. The branches are used to make traditional besoms. The tea can induce psychic powers, and its smoke is a sedative. Use in moderation - can be toxic!
Offers protection to those at sea. Summons sea spirits and sea winds. Use in sachets and spells to increase psychic powers. Scrub floors and doors of businesses with infusion to attract customers and bring in positive energy. Use in money spells. Fill a small jar with whiskey, add kelp, cap tightly and place in a kitchen window. Ensures a steady flow of money into the household. Helps regulate an under-active thyroid. Relieves the pain of rheumatism and rheumatic joints.
Spanish Moss (Jupiter-Earth-Masculine)
Luck, money, banish poltergeists---to ensure good luck, especially with gambling, carry Spanish Moss. Use in "Witch Bottles" for home and business. Place around home, or burn to banish polteergeists.
St. John's Wort (Sun-Fire-Masculine)
Health, protection, strength, love divination, happiness, exorcism. A Druid sacred herb. Use in protection and exorcism spells and incenses of all kinds. Use as a tea to treat depression. Use the leaves in a necklace to ward off sickness and tension. Carry to strengthen your courage and conviction. Burn to banish negative thoughts and energies.
Star Anise (Jupiter-Air-Masculine)
Protection, purification, youth, psychic powers, luck. Use for protection, meditation, and psychic power incenses. Can be used in purification baths. Wards off evil and averts the Evil Eye. A iillow stuffed with Anise Seeds will keep away nightmares. The tree is planted by the Japanese around temples and on graves as an herb of consecration and protection. The seedsd are burned as incense to increase psychic powers, and are also worn as beads for the same purpose. Sometimes Star Anise is placed on the altar to give it power; one is placed to each of the four directions. It's also carried as a good luck charn, and the seeds make excellent pendulums. The tree is often grown near Buddhist temples where it is revered. A stimulant and diuretic. Promotes digestion and relieves flatulence.
Riches, courage, strength. Use the leaves in money sachets, incenses and spells. A stimulant, Green Tea is rich in anti-oxidents, and other youth-enhancing compounds. The leaves can be used in scrying.
Tobacco Leaves (Mars-Fire-Masculine)
Sacred to the Native American tradition. Tobacco ties---wrap Tobacco leaves in pieces os white, red, yellow and black cloth, and hang them around the ceremonial space at the four cardinal directions. Smoke to allow communicatin with spirits. Burn as an incense to purify a space. Spirits appreciate offerings of Tobacco.
Thistle Flower (Mars-Fire-Masculine)
Represents courageous defense and deep-rooted ideals. Protection spells, also used to bring spiritual and financial blessings. Carried in an amulet for joy, energy, vitality, and protection. Can be burned as an incense for protection and also to counteract hexing.
Burn for good health and use in healing spells. Burn as purification incense. Wear to increase psychic powers.
Valerian Root (Venus-Water-Feminine)
A muscle relaxant and a tranquilizer. Use for dream magick and sleep protection baths. Keep in the home or grow in the garden to aid in keeping harmony. May be used to purify a ritual space. Useful in consecrating incense burners. Drink tea daily, in moderate doses, during times of purification.
Love, secuction, mental powers. Use in love sachets, and wear the fragrant oil as an aphrodisiac.
White Willow Bark (Moon-Water-Feminine)
Love, divination, protection, healing. Carry and use in spells to attract love. Use the leaves, bark, and wood in healing spells. Burn with Sandalwood to conjure spirits. Brings blessings of the Moon into one's life. Eases muscle and joint pain. Beneficial for arthritis.
Yarrow Flower (Venus-Water-Feminine)
Use to dispell melancholy, negative energy, lingering sorrow, or depression. Carried as a sachet or amulet, it repels or rids negative influences. Aidsd in divination. Good remedy for colds. Opens the pores and purifies the blood. Said to prevent baldness when used as a hair wash.