The Magickal Properties of Herbs
Below I have included some very useful information on a website which I discovered while on my internet travels. All credit for these findings I give to the article originator. <3
I will be posting this information in a series-styled format alphabetically for your convenience. Please fee free to add this information to your Grimoire, Book of Secrets or Journal.
Protection, Psychic Powers. Burn with sandalwood to open psychic centers. Parts used: dried gum, leaves, wood
Protection, Invisibility. Use this herb with great caution to consecrate the athame or ritual knife. Make an infusion with the leaves or root to banish prior energy from magickal blades and to infuse it with protection. The root or leaves may be burned as incense for the same purpose. Gather the fresh flowers to make a tincture to refresh the power of the knives. Use an infusion as a magickal wash for ritual tools or sacred space. Brings protection and magickal watchfulness against negative energies in ritual. Wash a new cauldron in the infusion or burn aconite in its first fire. Used to invoke Hecate. Wrap the seed in a lizard skin and carry to become invisible at will. Used to poison arrow tips in early times. Also as protection from and a cure for werewolves.
African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
Gender: Feminine, Planet: Venus, Element: Water
Spirituality, Protection. Promotes spirituality when grown in the home.
Agaric (Amanita muscaria) aka magic mushroom, redcap, death angel, death cap
Gender: Masculine, Planet: Mercury, Element: Air, Deity: Dionysus
Fertility. Place on the altar or in the bedroom to increase fertility.
Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) Also called Church steeples, cocklebur, stickwort, sticklewort
Gender: Masculine, Planet: Jupiter, Element: Air
Protection, Sleep. Agrimony is best known for its sleep-inducing qualities, therefore it is excellent in dream pillows, especially mixed with mugwort. Enhances magickal healing. A wash or oil increases effectiveness of all forms of ritual healing, psychic healing, or distance healing. Anoint hands with oil to cleanse auras. Creates a barrier against negative energies. Use if you feel to be under psychic attack. A counter-magick herb, it not only breaks hexes, but sends them back to the hexer.
Alfalfa (Medicavo Sativa)
Gender: Feminine, Planet: Venus, Element: Earth
Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money. Brings in money and protects against financial misfortune. Harvest a small quantity at the full moon. Dry and burn in the cauldron. Place ashes in an magickal amulet.
Allspice (Pimenta officinalis or P. dioica)
Masculine, Mars, Fire
Money, Luck, Healing.
Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Masculine. Mercury. Air. Deities: Attis, Mercury, Thoth, Hermes
Money, Prosperity, Wisdom. Use oil, wash, or incense to anoint magickal wands or ritual candlesticks. (Almond wood makes excellent wands, especially for use in love magick). Excellent herbs for handfastings or other rituals of union. Also good for overcoming alcohol dependency. Almonds, leaves, and wood may be used in money magick. Placing almonds in your pocket will lead you to treasures.
Aloe (Aloe vera) aka burn plant, medicine plant
Feminine. Moon. Water.
Protection, Luck. Guards against evil influences and prevents household accidents. Plant aloe on the graves of loved ones to promote a peaceful existence until the deceased is reborn. Use for success in the world. Prevents feelings of loneliness.
Aloes, Wood (Aquilaria agallocha) aka Lignum aloes
Feminine. Venus. Water.
Althea (Althea officinalis) aka marshmallow, sweet weed, wymote
Feminine. Venus. Water.
Protection, Psychic Powers. Burn as incense or carry as a sachet for a good psychic power stimulator. A good “spirit puller.” It draws good spirits into workings and rituals when placed on the altar. An aphrodisiac — make an oil from seeds gathered under the full moon to use on the genitals. An amulet made of the leaf or root worn near the genitals will accomplish the same ends.
Alyssum (Alyssum spp.) aka Alison, Madwort
Protection, Moderating Anger
Amaranth (Amaranthus hydrochondriacus) Love-lies-bleeding, red cockscomb, velvet flower
Feminine. Saturn. Fire. Deity: Artemis
Healing, Protection, Invisibility. Used in pagan burial ritutals. Mends a broken heart.
Anemone (Anemone pulsatilla) aka Meadow Anemone, Wind Flower, Pasque Flower
Masculine. Mars. Fire. Deities: Adonis, Venus.
Health, Protection, Healing. Use the blossoms in all healing rituals. Grow red anemones in the garden to protect the garden and the home. Wrap flowers in a red cloth and wear or carry to prevent disease. Use the flowers to color Ostara eggs.
Anemone (Wood) (Anemone nemorosa) aka crowfoot, windflower
Mars. Deities: Adonis, Anemos, Aphrodite, Eurus, Venus
Healing.Used to invoke elemental air. Maturing flower is ideal nesting place for faeries. A charm against fevers. Use during rituals of death and dying.
Angelica (Angelica archangelica) aka archangel, masterwort
Masculine. Sun. Fire. Deity: Venus.
Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions. Use in all protection and exorcism incenses. Angelica protects in two ways: it creates a barrier against negative energy and fills you with good, radiant energy. Removes curses, hexes, or spells that have been cast against you. Enhances the aura. Gives a joyful outlook on life.
Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum) aka aniseed, anneys
Masculine. Jupiter. Air. Deities: Apollo, Mercury.
Protection. Purification. Youth. Deals with inner, personal issues related to lack of fulfillment. Helps one to become more open to happiness and enjoy company of others. Put in dream pillows to protect from nightmares. Brings protection when traveling in the astral. Include anise in handfasting and wedding cakes.
Anise, Star (Illicium verum) aka Chinese anise
Moon, Uranus. Aquarius.
Use to consecrate ritual cups and chalices. Powdered stars may be used as incense to invoke your Deities or banish negative energy. Used in death and dying rituals.
Apple (Pyrus spp.) aka Silver bough, silver branch, tree of love
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deities: Pomona, Venus, Dionysus, Olwen, Apollo, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Diana, Zeus, Iduna
Love, Healing, Garden Magick, Immortality. Use apple branches to make wands ideally suited for emotional and love magick. The apple branch will gain one admittance to the faery underworld. For healing, cut an apple into three pieces, rub on the afflicted part of the body, and bury outside. Do this during the waning moon to banish illness. Apples can be used for poppets or the apple wood carved into a poppet. Powder dried seeds and bark to burn as incense. (Caution: more than a few apple seeds can be poisonous). Apples are associated with the dead and Samhain, which is often called the Feast of Apples.
Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deities: Venus
Love. Use juice in love spells or potions. Eat fruit to obtain a sweet disposition. Leaves and flowers can be added to love sachets and the pits carried to attract love.
Arabic Gum (Acacia vera) aka Arabic, Egyptian gum, Indian gum
Masculine. Sun. Air.
Purifies negativity and evil. Add to incense for good vibrations.See Acacia.
Arbutus (Arbutus unede)
Masculine. Mars. Fire. Deity: Cardea.
Exorcism, Protection. Protects little children.
Arrow Root (Maranta arundinaceae)
Increases one’s good fortune and makes opportunity more visible on the horizon.
Asafoetida (Ferula Foetida) aka Devil’s dung, food of the gods
Masculine. Mars. Fire.
Exorcism, Purification, Protection. Horrid odor. Use with caution. Used by those seeking the mysteries of the Horned God. Helps us break free of our negative desires. Increases the power of any ritual.
Ash (Fraxinus excelsior or F. americana) aka Nion
Masculine. Sun. Fire. Deities: Uranus, Poseidon, Thor, Woden, Neptune, Mars, Gwydion
Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health. The Teutonic World Tree, Yggdrasil, is said to be an ash tree. An ash staff wards off evil. Healing wands should be made of ash wood. Carve poppets from the roots of the ash tree. Burning ash at Yule brings prosperity. Carry the leaves to gain love.
Aspen (Populus spp.)
Masculine. Mercury. Air.
Aster (Callistephus chinesis) aka China Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Starwort
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deity: Venus.
Use in love sachets, or carry the bloom to win love. Grow in the garden with a wish for love.
Avens (Geum urbanum) aka bennet, blessed herb, clove root, golden star, harefoot
Masculine. Jupiter. Fire.
Exorcism, Purification, Love. Brings protection to the home, kindred, and self. A whole root is needed for an amulet. Burn ground or cut root to promote blessings and keep out negativity.
Avocado (Persea americana) aka alligator pear
Feminine. Venus. Water.
Love, Beauty, Lust. Grow a plant from the pit of an avocado to bring love into it. Wands made from avocado wood make potent all-purpose instruments.
If you have any additional herbs to share and/or your experiences with using them in a positive manner, please share with us below!
Starter Herb Set
The Angel Bible: The Definitive Guide to Angel Wisdom
(book) – angelology, etc.
Healing With The Angels