Herbs and Magical Properties – B

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.



Bachelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) aka devil’s flower, red campion
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deity: Robin Goodfellow

Love. Women wear this flower on their breast to attract love.

Balm, Lemon (Melissa officinalis) aka bee balm, lemon basalm, melissa, sweet balm, sweet melissa
Feminine. Moon. Water. Deity: Diana

Love. Success. Healing, especially for those with mental or nervous disorders. Use in love charms and spells to attract a partner. Opens one to the divine love of the Goddess. Gives energy to make one more desirable to the opposite sex.

Balm of Gilead (Commiphora opobalsamum) aka balsam tree
Feminine. Venus. Water.

Love, Manifestations, Protection, Healing. Carry the buds to mend a broken heart. Also steep them in red wine for a love potion. One of the best forms of magickal oils to be used to dress candles in magickal healing.

Bamboo (Bambusa Vulgaris)
Masculine. Deity: Hina

Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes. Excellent for magick wands, representing all four elements. “Growing up from the earth through water, it passes through the sky as it reaches toward the fire of the Sun.” Crush the wood to a powder and burn for protection — or grow by the house for good fortune.

Banana (Musa sapientum)
Feminine. Venus. Water.

Fertility. Cures impotency. Use leaves, flowers, and fruits in prosperity and money spells.

Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) aka Indian fig tree, vada tree
Masculine. Jupiter. Air. Deity: Maui


Barley (Hordeum spp.)
Feminine. Venus. Earth. Deity: Venus

Love, Healing, Protection. Use the grain or barley water in love spells.

Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) aka Witches herb, American dittany, St. Joseph’s herb
Masculine. Mars. Fire. Deity: Vishnu, Ezrulie

Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection. Causes sympathy between two people and soothes tempers between lovers. Add to love sachets and incenses. Place in cash register or on doorsill of business to attract customers. Use when invoking elemental salamanders or communing with dragons. Also used for courage.

Bay (Laurus nobilis) aka bay laurel, laurel, sweet bay
Masculine. Sun. Fire.

Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength. Used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews. Place leaves under pillow for prophetic dreams. Burn to cause vision. Attracts love and romance. Use to consecrate musical instruments. Bay leaves impart strength to athletes. Write wishes on bay leaves and burn.

Bean (Phaseolus spp.)
Masculine. Mercury. Air. Deities: Demeter, Cardea.

Protection, Exorcism, Wart Charming, Reconciliations, Potency, Love. Used in rattles, they scare away bad spirits. Rub a dried bean on warts during the waning Moon. As you do so, say “As this bean decays, So wort, fall away!”

Bedstraw (Galium triflorum)
Feminine. Venus. Water.

Worn or carried to attract love.

Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
Feminine. Saturn.


Beet (Beta vulgaris)
Feminine. Saturn. Earth.

Love. Use as an ink in love magick, also as a blood substitute.

Belladonna (Atropa belladonna) aka banewort, witches berry, sorcerer’s berry, deadly nightshade, death’s herb, devil’s cherries *Poison*
Feminine. Saturn. Water. Deities: Hecate, Bellona, Circe

Highly toxic. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous. Encourages astral projection and produces visions, but belladonna is best avoided. A primary ingredient in flying ointments. Used in funeral rituals to aspurge the circle, helping the deceased to let go and move forward. Used to invoke Circe. Gather berries when they are ripe (around Samhain.) Store with onyx. Medicinally, it has been used as a sedative.

As every part of the plant is extremely poisonous, neither leaves, berries, nor root should be handled if there are any cuts or abrasions on the hands. The root is the most poisonous, the leaves and flowers less so, and the berries, except to children, least of all. It is said that an adult may eat two or three berries without injury, but dangerous symptoms appear if more are taken, and it is wiser not to attempt the experiment. Though so powerful in its action on the human body, the plant seems to affect some of the lower animals but little. Rabbits, sheep, goats and swine eat the leaves with impunity, and birds often eat the seeds without any apparent effect, but cats and dogs are very susceptible to the poison. — Grieve’s Modern Herbal

Benzoin (Styrax benzoin)
Masculine. Sun. Air. Deities: Venus, Aphrodite, Mut.

Purification, Prosperity. Provides focus. Enhances concentration. Useful in astral travel (protects spirit while travelling). Promotes generosity. Brings increased success to any magickal working or to attain magickal goals. Used as a base for incense. Make an incense of benzoin, cinnamon, and basil to attract customers to your place of business.

Bergamot, Orange (Mentha citrata) aka orange mint, bergamot
Masculine. Mercury. Air.

Money. Put leaves in wallet or purse to attract money. Rub fresh leaves on money before spending.

Be-Still (Thevetia nereifolia) aka trumpet flower, yellow oleander *POISON*

Wear beans as a talisan to attract luck.

Betony, Wood (Betonica officinalis) aka bishopwort, lousewort, purple betony
Masculine. Jupiter. Fire.

Protection, Purification, Love. Placed under the pillow, it shields the sleeper from dreams. Throw in the Midsummer fire and jump through the smoke to purify the body. Very powerful in its ability to protect against dark and negative energy.

Birch (Betula alba)
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deity: Thor

Protection, Exorcism, Purification. The traditional broom of the witch is made from birch twigs. Since birch is sacred to Thor, it is best to take the bark after the tree has been “kissed” by Thor, that is, hit by lightning. A circular grove of oak trees is among the most magickal of sites.

Bistort (Polygonum bistorta) aka dragonwort, snakeweed, sweet dock
Feminine. Saturn. Earth

Psychic Powers, Fertility. Carry bistort if you wish to conceive. Burn with frankincense to increase psychic powers or when using divination. Add to money and wealth incenses.

Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
Masculine. Mercury. Air

Protection, Healing

Blackberry (Rubus villosus)
Feminine. Venus. Water. Deity: Bridget

Healing, Money, Protection. Bake blackberry pies at Lammas. Use leaves and berries in spells of wealth. Dry fruit and powder it for use in magickal healing potions. Weave pentagrams from the brambles to hang in the home for protection.

Bladderwrack (Fucus visiculos) aka kelp, sea spirit, seawrack
Feminine. Moon. Water.

Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells, Money, Psychic Powers. Fill a small jar with whiskey, add kelp and cap tightly. Place in kitchen window to ensure a steady flow of money in the household.

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis or D. formosa)
Feminine. Venus. Water

Love. When grown, the plant brings love. If growing indoors, plant a penny in the soil to offset negative vibrations. (For some reason, this plant emits negativity when grown indoors — maybe because love needs freedom to grow?) Lore: crush the flower. If the juice is red, your love has a heart full of love for you. If it is white, he or she does not.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) aka king root, red root *POISON*
Masculine. Mars. Fire.

Love, Protection, Purification. Wear or carry the root to draw love and to avert evil spells and negativity.

Bluebell (Campanula rotundifolia) aka harebell

Luck, Truth. Anyone who wears a bluebell is compelled to tell the truth in all matters. Plant on graves. Comforts those left behind.

Blueberry (Vaccinum frondosum) aka bilberry

Protection. Keeping blueberries under the doormat will keep away undesirables. Eat blueberry pie when under attack. This gets the protection inside you and increases the herb’s protectiveness.

Blue Flag (Iris versicolor) aka iris, liver lily, poison lily, flag lily, fleur-de-lys *POISON*
Feminine. Venus. Water.

Money. Carry the root for financial gain. Place in cash registers to increase business.

Bodhi (Ficus religiosa) aka bo-tree, peepul tree, pipul
Gender. Jupiter. Air. Deities: Vishnu, Buddha

Fertility, Protection, Wisdom, Meditation.

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) aka Indian sage, feverwort, sweating plant, teasel, wood boneset
Feminine. Saturn. Water.

Protection. Exorcism.

Borage (Borago officinalis)
Masculine. Jupiter. Air.

Courage. Drink a tea for psychic powers. No matter how difficult the times, borage will always lift spirits.

Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
Masculine. Mercury. Air.

Healing, Rain Magick, Prophetic Dreams. If bracken is burned outside, rain will fall. Place the root under the pillow and solutions to problems will appear in dreams. Also used for fertility and protection.

Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excellsa)
Masculine. Mercury. Air.

Carry as a talisman for love.

Briony (Bryony, spp.) aka wild hops, wild vine, wood vine, gout root, mad root, snake grape
Masculine. Mars. Fire.

Image Magick, Money, Protection.Often used as a substitute for the rare mandrake root in poppet magick. Money placed near briony root will increase, as long as it is left there. Hang in houses to protect against bad weather.

Bromeliad (Crypanthus, spp.) aka chameleon star, Earth star
Masculine. Sun. Air.

Protection, Money. Grow in the home for protection, money, and luxuries.

Broom (Cytisus scoparius) aka besom, basam, broom tops, Irish broom, Scotch broom *POISON*
Masculine. Mars. Air.

Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination. Makes an excellent ritual or handfasting broom. Use to create sacred space. Blooms bring good fortune and plenty. To raise the winds, throw broom into the air while invoking the spirits of the Air. To calm the winds, burn broom and bury the ashes. An infusion sprinkled throughout the house exorcises poltergists.

Buchu (Agathosma betulia or Barosma betulina) aka buku, oval buchu, short buchu
Feminine. Moon. Water.

Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams. Drink to foretell the future. Mix with frankincense and burn before sleep for prophetic dreams (only a small amount in the bedroom).

Buckthorn (Rhammus spp.)
Feminine. Saturn. Water.

Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters.

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum spp.) aka beechwheat, French wheat, Saracen corn
Feminine. Venus. Earth.

Money, Protection. Form magick circles with the flour for protection. Add a few grains to money incenses and keep in the kitchen to guard against poverty.

Burdock (Arctium lappa) aka beggar’s buttons, cockleburr, great burdock
Feminine. Venus. Water.

Protection, Healing



  If you have any additional herbs to share and/or your experiences with using them in a positive manner, please share with us below!

Useful References:

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick)

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn’s Sourcebook Series) (Cunningham’s Encyclopedia Series)

NEW Box: Triple Moon Herb – FBWB435

Starter Herb Set

The Complete Medicinal Herbal: A Practical Guide to the Healing Properties of Herbs, with More Than 250 Remedies for Common Ailments


Angels 101: An Introduction to Connecting, Working, and Healing with the Angels

The Angel Bible: The Definitive Guide to Angel Wisdom
(book) – angelology, etc.

Healing With The Angels