A word from Aldora…”Holistic Medicine can be dangerous!” Please use our Recipe’s carefully. Some herbs may be harmful to pregnant women, or types of medical conditions… Holistic & alternative medicine should be researched and studied fully before ingesting any herbal recipes.
Aromatherapy has been a staple in spiritual practices for thousands of years. Many Wiccans practice Witchcraft, some might make potions, elixirs, infusions, tinctures and some may not. It’s up to the individual solitary witch or the coven.
If you believe the herbs have energy, you might mix a potion just to keep in a bottle to dab some on yourself when you need that energy (health, courage) or when you want to draw something to you (money, love) or to repel something you don’t want and to protect you (negativity, illness). This Infusion of herbs only becomes a potion when the energy, purpose and spells are added. You must have a good understanding of how the potion is suppose to work, both scientifically and spiritually. Use only properly stored herbs, as any that are over a year old have lost a lot of their potential.
By reciting spells and sending energy into the herbs, your raising energy from the natural items you are using. Largely, though, they work on a psychological level (aromatherapy, color, scent, etc., which has an effect on the brain). I personally don’t believe there is white magic or black magic, it is the intent behind the spell that causes it to be negative or positive.
Some people practice magic timing it with moon phases because they believe the moon, sun, stars or planets have different energies and influences, so they can help (or hinder) your spell. A new moon might be chosen if you are starting a new spell, while a waning moon might be chosen if you are trying to banish something.
Methods when making Concoctions for Wicca & Witchcraft;
Elixir (sweet flavoured liquid to cure ills)
Infusion (herbs steeped like tea but not consumable)
Tincture (Tonic) extract (Scented liquids – Ethyl alcohol based infused with dry plant materials)
Salve / Balm (healing paste or ointment laced with herbs)
Essential Oils (magical oils)
Poultice (a soft moist mass often heated and medicated by use of herbs to relieve aches, pains & inflammation)
Smudge (smudge stick) (a bundle of dried herbs bound with string used for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification)
Common Herbs, Flowers & Spices and their Spiritual Uses & Medicinal Properties:
(Some plants listed may be toxic – use caution, do not use if pregnant)
Please note that we are not advocating thatpeople stop using their normal medication, but would like to make people aware that some alternative therapies can be very effective to help treat problems.
Acacia- Spiritual- Used as a holy oil, to anoint altars, incense burners & candles. Medicinal- As a herb Acacia gum may be used to rid the mouth of the bacteria that causes periodontal disease. It can be used to treat wounds or relief for a cough & sore throat.
Agrimony- Spiritual- Protection, Sleep. Agrimony is best known for its sleep-inducing qualities, therefore it is excellent in dream pillows, especially mixed with mugwort. Enhances magical 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. Create`s 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. Medicinal- Great for incontinence and bed wetting in children. Agrimony is perhaps best known as a wound herb used on medieval battlefields to staunch bleeding.
Alfalfa- Spiritual- Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money. Brings in money and protects against financial misfortune. Medicinal- Alfalfa builds up for a healthy and vigorous old age and resistance to infection. The juice of alfalfa in combination with those of carrot and lettuce, if taken daily, helps the growth of hair to a remarkable extent.
Allspice- Spiritual- Healing, Money, Compassion & Luck. Medicinal- Antiseptic properties aid in fighting chest infections aids in digestion, and externally helps muscle pain. Aromatically the oil is burned to treat stress & mild depression.
Almond- Spiritual- Said to attract money & good fortune when added to incense. Medicinal- Their abundance of Vitamin E, makes almonds almost the elixir for healthy hair and skin.
Aloe- Spiritual- Protection, Luck. Guards against evil influences and prevents household accidents. Use for success in the world. Prevents feelings of loneliness. Medicinal- useful in the treatment of wound and burn healing, minor skin infections. Aloe-vera juice is used for consumption and relief of digestive issues such as heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome.
Allspice- Spiritual- Rubbed on the feet & chest, this is to add strength to one’s will power. Medicinal- It has antiseptic and pain relieving properties. Aids in gas, bloating & toothache, may also fight certain bacteria, viruses and fungi and improve digestion. Used as a poultice it can relieve muscle aches.
Ambergris- Spiritual- Very popular as a protection against evil & ill luck. It is an awakener, sparks interest, arouses curiosity, dispels apathy – Arouses emotion, opens the door to affairs of the heart. Medicinal- Tonic, stimulant, a booster added to therapeutic blends when subject is slow to respond.
Angelica- Spiritual- Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions. 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 and gives a joyful outlook on life. Medicinal- Used in the treatment of fevers, colds, coughs, flatulent colic and other stomach disorders. It aids in obstructed menses. An infusion of Angelica root, used as a wash for the face, is said to prevent acme. A powder made from the dried root is used for athlete’s foot, as well as an insecticide and pesticide.
Anise (star anise)- Spiritual- Consecration, Purification, Curse breaking, Luck & Happiness. Use it to increase clairvoyant abilities. Put in dream pillows to protect from nightmares. Medicinal- it aids in cough & colds, digestive aid, helps flatulence, eases migraines. Good for hiccups, breath freshening and improves the memory.
Apple- Spiritual- A witch`s natural pentacle, cut in half through the middle reveals the 5 pointed star, an emblem of protection. Use apple branches to make wands ideally suited for emotional and love magic. The apple branch will gain you admittance to the faery underworld. Medicinal- Packed with vitamins…You know what they say, an apple a day….don`t forget the skin has the most nutritional value.
Apricot- Spiritual- used by both sexes as a love oil to heighten passion & bind lovers together. Medicinal- Ingested they can reduce fevers and It tones up the eyes, stomach, liver, heart and nerves by supplying vitamins and minerals.
Aster- Spiritual- A quieting oil which soothes ruffled feelings & calms tensions. Medicinal- Using the flowers as a smudge will chase away evil spirits. In Chinese medicine it`s used for haemorrhage, hepatitis, malaria, snakebite, and traumatic bleeding. The entire plant was used as a smoke or steam in the sweat bath by the Meswaki who also smudged only the blossoms to cure a crazy person who had lost his mind.
Avocado- Spiritual- According to legend, this will bring one happiness, wealth & long life. Medicinal- Made into a paste it will help with skin disorders, bringing smoothness. It`s a cancer preventative, aids in circulation and digestion. Many benefits as well as being a heart healthy aphrodisiac. Grow a plant wand from the pit of an avocado, charge it with energy as it grows. Wands made from avocado wood make potent all-purpose instruments.
Bamboo- Spiritual- Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes. Excellent for magic wands, representing all four elements. The leaves of bamboo tree are stimulant, aromatic and tonic. They are- useful in counteracting spasmodic disorders, and arrest secretion or bleeding. They are also an effective aphrodisiac.
Banana- Spiritual- The scent is used to excite great passion in another. Medicinal- Good for intestinal disorders, as it eases ulcers and known for its help with impotency. Mashed banana together with little salt is a very valuable remedy for dysentery. Bananas are useful in the treatment of arthritis and gout, and are beneficial in the treatment of anemia. A poultice made from banana is excellent for burns and wounds. You can take it one step further and use the inside of the peel to buff your leather shoes!
Basil- Spiritual- Draws poisons from the body and lends courage and strength. 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. Medicinal- For anxiety, nervous spasms and depression. One drop of basil juice can relieve ear inflammation. Great for headaches, migraines, vertigo and colic. Heals kidney and urinary problems, and another one of nature`s wonderful aphrodisiacs. Long day up on your feet…rub them with basil oil and it will soothe the tired aches and pains.
Bay- Spiritual- If used on the body, it is said to purify the soul. 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. Medicinal- Orally it`s great for infections, spasms, congestion, allergies asthma, anxiety & psychosis.
Bayberry- Spiritual- Brings money to the pockets and blessings to the home. Medicinal- it aids in reducing fevers, colds, flu, excessive mucus and excessive or heavy menstruation, as well as vaginal discharge. Externally it is for itching skin, ulcers, sores, dandruff and hair loss.
Bee Balm (lemon balm)- Spiritual- Bee Balm flower essence is good for manifesting joy. Medicinal- Can be used on infections of any kind- a great all around healing tea with numerous abilities. Great culinary herb, tastes like a spicy (hot) oregano. For aromatherapy a sachet of leaves in a hot bath can ease the symptoms of a cold or flu.
Belladonna- aka banewort, witches berry, sorcerer’s berry, deadly nightshade, death’s herb, devil’s cherries *Poison* Highly toxic. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous. Spiritual- Encourages astral projection and produces visions, a primary ingredient in flying ointments. Used in funeral rituals to aspurge (purify) the circle, helping the deceased to let go and move forward. Medicinal- it has been used as a sedative.
Benzoin- Spiritual- Add to any incense to heighten its effectiveness & for cleansing & purifying. Purification, prosperity, provides focus, enhances concentration. Useful in astral travel (protects spirit while travelling). Promotes generosity Medicinal – Benzoin oil’s greatest benefit lies in that it has a calming effect on the nervous and digestive system. In vapour therapy Benzoin oil can be used for the nervous system, calming and bringing comfort to the depressed and emotionally exhausted.
Bergamot- Spiritual- Money & Success spells. Wearing it on the palm of each hand to protect from all harm. Medicinal- Externally it`s great for cuts, scrapes, skin ulcers, acne & bruises.
Blackberry- Spiritual- Apply to all seals, talismans, charms & candles for good luck. Healing, Money, Protection. Bake blackberry pies at Lammas. Use leaves and berries in spells of wealth. Dry fruit and powder it for use in magical healing potions. Weave pentagrams from the brambles to hang in the home for protection. Medicinal- known for their anti-cancer properties, used as an anti-inflammatory. The leaves of Blackberry can even be chewed to cure mouth sores and sore throat.
Black Pepper- Spiritual- Protection, Inner Strength, Exorcism – Warding off bad people & negative energy. Medicinal- anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant properties. Accelerates energy metabolism in the body and also increases the serotonin and Beta-endorphin production in the brain. Also helpful when treating skin pigmentation problems.
Broom- Spiritual- Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination. Makes an excellent ritual or handfasting broom. An infusion sprinkled throughout the house exorcises poltergeists. Medicinal- Oil from the stems can relieve toothache and clear the skin of parasites. When consumed in large doses it can cause excitability and hallucinations. This has been speculated as the reason Broom is associated with witches flying around on brooms. The strong smell of Broom can tame wild horses and dogs.
Camphor- Spiritual- Brings power to the user, breathing it is great for congestion & neuralgia. It will clear the mind and help you focus. Good for Chastity, Health & Divination. Medicinal- eases spasms and pain. Camphor is reported to enhance digestion and to kill internal parasites. Used as an inhalant to revive people from faints and other unconscious states, for various skin diseases and to treat wounds.
Caraway Seed- Spiritual- Calmness, De-stressing & Meditation. Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-Theft, Mental Powers. Any object which holds some caraway seeds is theft-free. Induces lust when baked into breads, cookies, or cakes. The seeds strengthen the memory. Medicinal- In a tea the seeds are used as a remedy for colic, loss of appetite and digestive disorders. An infusion of fruits and foliage is used as a Vermifuge (to dispel intestinal worms).
Carnation- Spiritual- Protection, Strength, Healing. Use in all-purpose protection spells. Gives strength and energy to the sick. Used for gambling luck. Medicinal- they are believed to guard against poisoning, help increase the production of sweat and calm the nervous system. Petals in the bath will soothe eczema and other skin rashes.
Cascara Sagrada- Spiritual- Legal Matters, Money, Protection. Sprinkle infusion around your home before going to court. It will help you win your case. Medicinal- The dried bark is used for its medicinal properties. Used as a tonic for the liver and the digestive system and acts as a laxative.
Catnip- Spiritual- Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness. Give to your cat to create a psychic bond between the two of you. Use in love sachets with rose petals. Attracts good spirits and great luck. Used in beauty and happiness spells. Large pressed leaves are used for bookmarks in magical texts. Medicinal- Used for migraine`s, eases the stomach, calms stress, anxiety and nervousness.
Cedar (oil)- Spiritual- Protects you from misery & misfortune. Used as a household protectant insecticide. Medicinal- Bronchitis, Chest Infections, Asthma and Breathing Difficulties Congestion, Urinary Tract Infection, Acne & Skin disorders.
Celery (seed)- Spiritual- Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers. Chew seeds to aid concentration or in dream pillows to induce sleep. Burned with orris root, seeds increase psychic powers. Eat stalk to induce lust. Medicinal- it fights fatigue, weight gain, kidney and prostate congestion & fever. Reduces high blood pressure, and lowers the risk of cancer. The leaves contain the most vitamins.
Chamomile- Spiritual- Worn by the daring to incite sexual feelings & attract attention. Money, Sleep & Love Purification. Chamomile is used in prosperity charms to attract money. Sprinkle around property to remove curses and spells cast against you. Medicinal- It’s taken internally to promote sleep, reduce anxiety, and relieve diarrhea and other gastrointestinal complaints. It’s also applied topically to speed wound healing and reduce inflammation.
Cherry- Spiritual- Love, Divination. Add to the bath to cause one to be cheerful & good humoured. Medicinal- When consumed they have a stronger anti-inflammatory effect than aspirin. So they are great for arthritis.
Chocolate- Spiritual- The first cocoa tree was given to humans by the Gods. Chocolate oil is enticing and designed to soften the hearts of foes. Orally dark chocolate has been known to act as an aphrodisiac. In the 1600’s chocolate was said to be used as a potion for seduction by witches. A thick chocolate drink masked ill flavours and powders that could be mixed into a concoction. Medicinal- Dark Chocolate eaten in moderation has been shown to lower blood pressure, it possess substantial amount of antioxidants that reduce the formation of free radicals. Remember chocolate is toxic to cats & dogs.
Chrysanthemum- Spiritual- To increase ones strength, Protection. Promotes mental health. Use in rituals of death and dying. Medicinal- improves circulations, improves varicose veins. Good morning tea as it wakes you up. It aids in relieving congestion, dizziness, migraines and headaches.
Cinnamon- Spiritual- Used for good luck, money-drawing, fast action & love. When burned as incense, it raises high spiritual vibrations. Aids in healing & draws money. Stimulates psychic power and produces protective vibrations. Medicinal- Orally taken it fights chill, fatigue, flatulence, constipation, infections, loss of appetite, and is a great sexual stimulant.
Citronella- Spiritual- Psychic Powers, Healing. Attracts friends to the home & customers to a place of business. Medicinal- When applied externally it aids skin irritations, wrinkles and makes a great natural insecticide. It has a softening effect on the skin and also helps to combat excessive perspiration – making it extremely useful for use on feet.
Clove- Spiritual- Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money. Worn or carried, they attract the opposite sex. Acts as an aphrodisiac when applied to the base of the neck and on the thighs. Medicinal- Orally it is a stimulant, helps stimulate circulation. Great for toothaches! Cloves also kill intestinal parasites and act as an antimicrobial agent against fungi and bacteria. Use caution when applying it to the skin as it heats up the area you apply it to!
Clover (red clover)- Spiritual- Place on a lover or spouse`s pillow to ensure faithfulness. Protection, love, money, fidelity, exorcism & success. Medicinal- it`s pain relieving, fever lowering, and sleep inducing. Good for bronchial asthma, and it`s a known cancer fighter. It contains natural plant estrogen so it`s a good preventative for menopause.
Coconut Oil (virgin)- Spiritual- Purification, Protection, Chastity. Anoint on a fast luck candle for luck in a hurry. Medicinal- Taken orally it`s an antiviral, antifungal (kills yeast too) and antibacterial. It aids in weight loss and improves digestion. It`s great to apply it directly on your hair and skin as a moisturizer.
Coffee- Spiritual- Ritual stimulant. Has healing properties when added to the bath water. Medicinal- Increases alertness and concentration, elevates the mood. When drinking coffee keep in mind it`s a high stimulant and after 2 cups your blood pressure will rise therefore increasing your risk for high blood pressure and heart attack. 1 cup paced out every few hours is recommended.
Cucumber- Spiritual- Takes away rowdiness & unruliness when rubbed on anyone acting “ugly”. Chastity, Healing, Fertility. Cooling and soothing to the psyche. Slices laid on eyes assists astral travel. Medicinal- Raw cucumber applied to the skin helps to quickly reduce heat & inflammation. (great for bags & wrinkles under the eyes) It`s has numerous benefits to the body when ingested.
Cumin- Spiritual- Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism, Anti-theft. Burned with frankincense for protection and scattered on the floor (sometimes with salt) to drive out evil. Used in love spells. When given to a lover, promotes fidelity. Cumin seed steeped in wine makes a lust potion. Medicinal- Prevents flatulence and bloating. Chewing roasted cumin seeds can also heal soars in the mouth and reduce excess saliva. Boiling a teaspoon of cumin in a glass of water to make a tea cures problems in the urinary tract, cleans the bladder and kidneys and acts as a natural sleep aid.
Cypress- Spiritual- Brings calm & tranquility in stubborn cases. Used by parents of high strung children. Longevity, Healing, Comfort & Protection. Wear at time of crisis. Taken to funerals, eases grief and calms mind. Throw a sprig of cypress into a grave to give the deceased luck and love in the hereafter. Medicinal- Great for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, excessive sweating, rhinitis, sinusitis and congested prostate.
Dandelion- Spiritual- Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits. The root of the dandelion promotes one`s psychic abilities. Medicinal- Good for all bone disorders. It aids in detoxifying the liver and gall bladder. Aids in those suffering from hepatitis. It`s a general tonic for supporting the waste systems of the body. The milk from a dandelion can eliminate warts.
Dill- Spiritual- Protection, Money, Lust, Luck. Medicinal- Dill is a stimulant, useful in increasing secretion and discharge of urine and in counteracting spasmodic disorders and overall help improve the function of the stomach.
Dogwood- Spiritual- Wishes, Protection. Keeps writings and meetings secret, therefore is an excellent herb for your Book of Shadows (grimoire). Rub on the outside of doorknobs so that evil will not be able to enter. Dogwood leaves or wood can be placed in protective amulets. Medicinal- Dogwood bark is tonic, astringent, and slightly stimulant.
Dragon`s Blood (red resin of Dracaena)- Spiritual- Love, Protection, Exorcism, Potency. A stick placed under the pillow will cure impotency. A pinch added to other incenses will increase their potency. Burn the resin to entice errant lovers to return. Medicinal- Invigorates the blood and stops pain.
Echinacea- Spiritual- Used for strengthening spells. Medicinal- A bitter herb with some aromatic properties, and is used for the boosting effect it has on the immune system. This healing herb also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects.
Eucalyptus- It is a strong, healing & protection oil. An aromatic stimulant for when you need to clear your mind and concentrate. Medicinal- Treats arthritis and rheumatic pain, neuralgia, muscular pain & inflammation. It has anti-tumor properties.
Eyebright- Spiritual- Mental Powers, Psychic Powers. Helps mental clarity, to see through lies and deceit to see things with a clearer mind. Medicinal- eyebright has an anti-inflammatory action which is useful when there is a cough, hoarseness, or sore throat. This also accounts for eyebrights well known reputation for soothing tired and inflamed eyes as well as improving weak eyesight with its cooling and detoxifying effect.
Fennel- Spiritual- Protection, Healing, Purification. Longevity, courage and strength. Fennel wards off negative energies by its purifying properties. Fennel provides protection to the human energy field and fortifies healthy boundaries, which is why witches used to hang it in doorways. Prevents curses, negativity and possession. It is of great assistance in influencing others to trust your words. Medicinal- Highly beneficial in digestive disorders & colic, especially in children. Chewing on the seeds prevents foul breath, indigestion, constipation and vomiting. It aids in heavy, painful menstruation.
Fenugreek- Spiritual- Renewed Life. Sprinkle Fenugreek outside around the house in flower beds and gardens for a soil rejuvenator. Medicinal- Fenugreek is a bitter herb that increases milk-flow, stimulates the uterus, soothes irritated tissues, lowers fever, reduces blood sugar, improves digestion, promotes healing, and has laxative, expectorant, diuretic, anti-parasitic and anti-tumor effects, increases milk production in lactating women. Men benefit from it for loss of libido, painful testicles and premature ejaculation. Fenugreek sprouts are also used to promote hair growth.
Feverfew- Spiritual- Protection, Travelling, Health & Inner Strength. Medicinal- A tea will aid in the relief of migraines. Helps regulate the menses, arthritis pain, rheumatism, and muscle spasms.
Frankincense- Spiritual- Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality. A sacred oil for anointing objects & to bring many blessings. Medicinal- Orally It is often used for bronchial and urinary infections. Externally it’s good for arthritic and inflammation symptoms, a mouthwash and a douche for infections, and an anti-wrinkle skin cream. In Aromatherapy it’s good for calming, meditating expanding your conscious. It clears the lungs and mucous problems.
Garlic (stinking rose)- Spiritual- Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft. Medicinal- prevents or clears bacterial infection, lowers fever by increasing perspiration, reduces blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels. It has antibacterial & antiviral properties, it’s used as a detoxifier, and is great for fighting colds & flu. A great cancer fighter of the stomach and colons.
Ginger- Spiritual- Love, Money, Success, Power. Adds spice to one’s relationship when applied behind the ears & knees. Medicinal- it increases perspiration, improves digestion and liver function, controls nausea, vomiting and coughing, stimulates circulation, relaxes spasms and relieves pain.
Ginkgo Biloba- Spiritual- A tree of the gods & goddesses, the tree species has separate male and female trees and it’s been living on this planet for 190 million years. Medicinal- dilates the bronchial tubes, blood vessels and controls allergic responses. The leaves stimulate the circulation and the seeds have anti-fungal and antibacterial effects. Ginkgo can significantly improve attention, memory and concentration in healthy individuals – before Alzheimer’s and Dementia set are diagnosed. It is used to treat tinnitus (ringing in the ears) & impotence.
Ginseng- Spiritual- Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection, Lust. Enlightens the mind and increases wisdom. It will also ensure sexual potency. Ginseng is an effecitve substitute for mandrake in all spells. Medicinal- stimulates and relaxes the nervous system and encourage the secretion of hormones, improves stamina, lowers blood sugar as well as cholesterol levels and increases resistance to disease. It improves mood, memory, physical and intellectual performance, and a powerful aphrodisiac. Externally it has rejuvenating properties.
Goldenrod – Spiritual- Money, Divination. Medicinal- A bitter astringent and relaxant herb that reduces inflammation, stimulates the liver and the kidneys and is used as a urinary antiseptic and also has an expectorant, healing and anti-fungal effect. Used to treat kidney & bladder stones. An infusion of golden rod can be used as a face wash for oily skin and is added to a bath to tone up flabby muscles and skin.
Goldenseal- Spiritual- Healing, Money, Spring Purification. Medicinal- It is a bitter herb that has blood purifying, stomachic and laxative properties, that reduces bleeding, reduces inflammation, stimulates the flow of bile as well as uterine contractions, while acting as a mild laxative as well. It improves digestion and has a decongestive effect and is effective against bacterial and amebic infections. Wild goldenseal is now so rare that the herb is listed in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. A good substitute is – Oregon Grape Root.
Hawthorn- Spiritual- Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magic, Happiness, Wishes, Lust. Used in making magic wands & faery magic. Medicinal- A tea of the leaves and flowers will improve circulation and lower blood pressure. It aids in most heart problems especially the tightness around the heart feeling, reduce stress and treat insomnia.
Heather- Spiritual- Protection, Rain Making, Luck. When the fern is burned as a smudge stick it will attract rain. Anoint your purse or wallet with this daily so you will never be without money. Medicinal- Great for treating arthritis, spleen complaints, prevention and formation of kidney stones, stomach and back ache, even paralysis and tuberculosis.
Hemlock- Spiritual- Astral Projection, Protects against negative energy and spiritual entities. Destroys sexual drive. Juice rubbed on magical blades empowers and purifies them. Used in medieval flying ointments. Medicinal- POISONOUS – Has no medicinal value – In Greek literature it was administered to criminals as a deathly poison producing complete paralysis and loss of speech.
Hemp (Medical Marijuana)- Spiritual- Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation. Eases upset stomach & vomiting. Promotes an appetite, in chemotherapy and aids patients. Effective in treating glaucoma. The THC helps treat Alzheimer’s from accelerating. THC has a tumor killing cell that is useful especially in brain tumour patients.
Hibiscus- Spiritual- Lust, Love, Divination. Anoint the temples to draw wisdom & better concentration. Medicinal – Hibiscus tea great for lowering and controlling blood pressure, diuretic properties and helps to lower fever as well as providing vitamin C.
Holly- Spiritual- Protection, Luck, Dream Magic. One of the best protective herbs. Decorate the house with Holly at Yule for good luck. The holly berry can be carried by women who wish to be treated royally by their lovers. Medicinal– ( none )– Toxic to humans.
Hops – Spiritual- healing, sleep. A pillow filled with hops is a popular folk remedy for sleeplessness. Medicinal- A treatment for anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia. It has hormonal as well as anti-bacterial effects and is a bitter, tonic herb that is diuretic, relieves pain and relaxes spasms. Use caution in the bedroom for Hops slows down the sexual desire. Which is why beer drinkers could make lousy lovers.
Honey- Spiritual- Is recognized as having seductive, enticing qualities. Honey is frequently a symbol or talisman for sweetness of every kind, also a symbol for all that is pleasant and desirable. Medicinal- it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and Scientists claim to have discovered that honey can be used as a natural remedy to hospital infection “superbugs” which are resistant to strong antibiotics. It promotes the healing process and relieves allergies.
Honeysuckle- Spiritual- Money, Psychic Powers, Protection. Anoint on the temples to heighten psychic powers, increases spiritual sight. Aids in cauldron magic, when burned as an incense. Medicinal- some types can be mildly poisonous and therefore we don’t recommend it for this purpose.
Hyssop- Spiritual- Purification, Protection. A holy oil, dress all candles with this before you use them & add to bath water. Medicinal- It is a bitter, astringent herb with expectorant, anti-inflammatory and tonic effects (especially for the digestive, nervous and upper-respiratory systems). It lowers fever. The mold that produces penicillin grows on Hyssop leaves.
Jasmine- Spiritual- Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams. A powerful love oil, used to bind someone to you. A drop of the essential oil in almond oil, massaged into the skin, is said to overcome frigidity. Medicinal- Jasmine is an astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, cooling and bitter herb. It stimulates the uterus, calms nerves and is reportedly an aphrodisiac for women.
Juniper- Spiritual- Worn to attract wishes, honours & glory. Protection, Anti-Theft, (Grown at your doorstep, it will offer your home protection) Love, Exorcism, Health. Medicinal- Juniper is a bitter, aromatic herb that has antiseptic and diuretic properties, improving digestion, stimulating the uterus and reducing inflammation. The berries can be used externally for rheumatic pain and neuralgia. Great for toning congested skin with blocked pores and fighting acne, eczema, and psoriasis, as well as skin inflammations. Great aromatherapy oil.
Lavender- Spiritual- Relaxation, Peace, Friendship, Protection & Happiness. To promote peace in the home, add to mop water to stop gossip. Medicinal- Lavender oil has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. It’s great for the skin, and circulation – sachet’s make a great additive to your bath water.
Lemon- Spiritual- Longevity, Purification, Love & Friendship. Used by healers to in aid in calling the spirits, also for protection of the home. Essence of the lemon oil can increase concentration. Medicinal- Classed as a sour to bitter, aromatic and cooling herb, with diuretic, anti-inflammatory properties, helping to improve peripheral circulation, reduces a swollen spleen, purifies the blood. Externally it’s used to soothe poisonous stings and insect bites, eczema, chilblains, sunburn and as a gargle for sore throats. A few drops can brighten the hair when added to the final rinse water while washing hair.
Lemongrass- Spiritual- Repel Snakes, Lust, Psychic Powers. Said to be very soothing & quieting to the nerves. Medicinal- It has a pleasant lemony fragrance and has antimicrobial, analgesic, antipyretic, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties. Externally it treats ringworm, lice, athletes foot, arthritis, scabies, normalize and balance overactive oil glands, dandruff and similar skin problems. The aromatherapy oil is invigoration and it’s a cure all for something like Jet lag.
Licorice Root- Spiritual – Love, Lust, Fidelity. The ancient Hindus believed it would increase sexual vigour when prepared as a beverage with milk and sugar. Medicinal- A tea of licorice is used for laryngitis and will restore the voice. It’s a mild laxative for babies. It contains Estrogen, and supresses the pituitary. It’s 50 times sweeter than sugar and is used to cover up the bitter taste of other herbs.
Lilac- Spiritual- Love, Exorcism, Protection & Hypnotizing. Anoint the back of the neck to improve the memory & draw health & long life. Homemade lilac perfume can be a powerful way of capturing this powerful scent all year round. Medicinal- its flowers contain ethereal oil. Folk medicine uses flowers for kidney diseases. It’s not known for its medicinal properties.
Lily- Spiritual- Protection, Breaking Love Spells. A quieting agent, used on the forehead of someone who is emotionally upset. Medicinal- externally only, an astringent mucilaginous herb that heals damaged and irritated skin and tissue, external inflammation, as well as for tumors, corns, burns and scalds. To treat dry, irritated or sensitive skin.
Lime- Spiritual- Healing, Love, Protection. Add 3 drops to controlling incense & burn once a week to keep your mate faithful & loyal. Medicinal- Internally, with leaves infused as a herbal tea, it is helpful for bilious headaches. The fresh juice is also used to counter diarrhea. Lime essential oil will energize a tired mind, while banishing apathy and anxiety. Therapeutic properties of lime oil are antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, restorative and tonic.
Mandrake- Spiritual- Protection, Love, Money, Fertility, Health. One of the most powerful wiccan herbs. Mandrake is used in the home as a powerful protection. Best herb for love magic, visionary powers, intensifies the magic of any situation. A whole mandrake root placed in the home will bring protection and prosperity. Carried, it will attract love. Medicinal- All parts of the plant are poisonous, mandrake contains delirian hallucinogenic tropane alkaloids.
Marigold– Spiritual- Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers. Aids visionary sight and helps find stolen property by producing a vision of the thief in the mind and the location of the stolen property. Dried petals may be used alone or mixed with dried incense to consecrate divination tools. Petals may be macerated in sunflower oil to make an oil of consecration. Adds a special, loving magic to rituals of death and dying. Carry marigold petals with a bay leaf to quiet gossip. Medical – Other than acting as an insect repellent because of its pungent smell it’s also used in companion planting for tomato’s & potato’s there are no medical uses for marigold. It’s known as Mexican’s flower of the dead and still used in “Day of the Dead” celebrations.
Marshmallow- Spiritual- Love, Protection, Exorcism. Great herb to use in purification ritual. Medicinal- Soothes and softens tissue, while controlling bacterial infections. Aids in removing stones from the urinary tract. Boosts the immunity at a cellular level. Try a rinse of it after washing your hair to help with detangling and for nourishing the hair.
Milk Thistle- Spiritual- Strength, Protection, Hex Breaking, Healing, a symbol of nobility. Medicinal- It is bitter, diuretic herb, with a regenerative tonic effect on the liver cells, stimulating bile flow, increasing lactation and relaxing spasms. It is also beneficial in minimizing the side effects of cancer chemotherapy. In mushroom poisoning, it reactivates the protein synthesis in the liver which is blocked by amanitin and other mushroom toxins. Even known as a good tonic for a hangover.
Mistletoe- Spiritual- For attracting customers, developing business when used in in your place of business. The sticky juice of mistletoe berries was used as adhesive to trap small animals or birds. Medicinal- Some herbalists collect the young leaves and branches for treating circulatory and respiratory problems. It is believed that it can help certain cancers.
Mugwort- Spiritual- Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection. Use a wash or the oil to consecrate or anoint crystal balls or any tool of divination. Produces visionary dreams and is a prime ingredient in dream pillows. Keeps one safe from dark forces. Protects children. Carried, it brings loved ones safely home from journeys. A tonic for the soul, it keeps us aware of our spiritual direction. A mugwort infusion sweetened with honey will enhance divination. Carried, it also increases lust and fertility. Medicinal- used for cardiac complaints as well as feelings of unease, unwellness and general malaise.
Mustard- Spiritual- Mustard seeds symbolize opportunities and change. The ancient Greeks believed it had been created by Asclepious, the god of healing, as a gift to mankind. Medicinal- A poultice pack applied externally to the chest -made of black mustard seed is used in the treatment of bronchial pneumonia and pleurisy. Mustard plasters stimulate the immune system, relieve pain and also have an anti-inflammatory effect on sore muscles.
Myrrh- Spiritual- A powerful guard against any evil directed towards you. Medicinal- Myrrh is a pungent, stimulating, astringent, carminative, astringent and aromatic herb that has good antiseptic and expectorant properties. It is useful to relieve spasms, assist healing, fight inflammation, and reduce digestive discomfort.
Myrtle- Spiritual- Attract love, Fertility, Youth, Peace, Money & good fortune. Myrtle was sacred to the Goddess Aphrodite & Demeter. A sachet under the pillow will aid in dream interpretations. Medicinal- in aromatherapy the oil is great for sinusitis, and such infections. The oil is also used by those with herpes infections.
Nettle (Stinging)- Spiritual- Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust. Nettles yield a strong fibre which can be made into thread, linen, ropes, sailcloth, twine, fishing nets and paper. Nettle was sacred to thunder Gods, like Thor, and was thrown onto fires during storms, as an offering to invoke protection. A bunch of freshly cut nettles placed under a person’s sick bed helps to facilitate a rapid recovery. Carried in the hand nettles ward off ghosts and evil spirits. Dried and sprinkled around the home nettle keeps out evil spirits. Medicinal- The leaves are used internally for anemia, hemorrhage (specially of the uterus), heavy menstrual bleeding, hemorrhoids, arthritis, gout, rheumatism, allergies and skin complaints – especially for eczema. The roots are used for allergies and to reduce prostate enlargement and interact with testosterone binding protein.
Nutmeg- Spiritual- Used for removing a jinx from someone, add to bathwater. Also used for luck drawing. Nutmegs are carried as good luck charms. In Elizabethan times, it was believed nutmeg could ward off the plague. Medicinal- Internally treats diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, vomiting, abdominal distension and bloating, indigestion, colic, as well as for respiratory catarrh. Caution – Nutmeg can be an intoxicant hallucinogen if abused and taken in large doses, by way of snorting or smoking and is very dangerous.
Olive – Spiritual- Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust, Power & pureness. Olive oil has long been considered sacred; it was used to anoint kings and athletes in ancient Greece. It was burnt in the sacred lamps of temples as well as being the “eternal flame” of the original Olympic Games. Victors in these games were crowned with its leaves. Today, it is still used in many religious ceremonies. It was ritually offered to the deities, and sacred to Athena. Olive trees can live to be well over 2000 years old. Medicinal- The leaves of the olive tree is an antiseptic astringent herb that lowers fever and blood pressure, improves kidney function and has a calming effect. The olive oil is very beneficial to overall health.
Oregano- Spiritual- Astral Projection, Health & Happiness. Medicinal- Caution: is a dermal toxin, and should not be used in aromatherapy. It has antimicrobial activity against strains of the food-borne pathogen Listeria. It has very little medicinal uses other than being a great herb for culinary use.
Oregon Grape- Spiritual- Money, Prosperity. Medicinal- Oregon grape detoxifies and cleanses the liver, the spleen and in some cases the blood too. The purple fruits can have a cooling effect when crushed and put in drinks used by herbalists to break fevers. High in vitamin C, the berries were used to prevent and treat scurvy. The root is often administered as an infusion for eczema & psoriasis. Oregon Grape is an effective alternative to the endangered Goldenseal.
Orris- Spiritual- Love, Protection & Divination. The root powder is known as “Love Drawing Powder.” One of the most potent of love oils. Is thought to work where all others have failed Protects from evil spirits. The roots and leaves hung in the house and added to the bath are good for personal protection. Make a pendulum with a small piece of the wood. Medicinal- Orris tea has diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, it is mostly used in the preparation of culinary and perfumery arts, than in healing and medicines field.
Parsley- Spiritual- Love, Protection, Purification. Medicinal- Parsley is a bitter, aromatic, and diuretic herb that relaxes spasms, reduces inflammation and clears toxins. It is also said to inhibit tumour-cell growth and stimulates the digestion and uterus, and is a kidney stimulant. But use it sparingly as it can cause kidney stones. Parsley tea can be used as an enema.
Passion Flower – Spiritual- Peace, Sleep, Friendship, frequently used with sexual or romantic innuendo. Passionflower will calm a troubled household when placed inside the home. Medicinal- is a bitter, sedative, cooling herb that relieves pain, relaxes spasms, and lowers blood pressure. Used internally to treat nervous restlessness, sleep disorders, anxiety, neuralgia, irritability and overcoming the difficulty in falling asleep. Useful in assisting with withdrawal from addictive drugs, including Benzodiazepines and Vallium.
Patchouli- Spiritual- Virility, Sexuality, Fertility, Divination & Money. Regarded as an aphrodisiac with magical powers. it is used in potpourris and sachets and place between linen, to keep bedbugs away. Medicinal - Patchouli oil has a grounding and balancing effect on the emotions. On the skin, this oil is one of the most active and is a superb tissue regenerator, which helps to stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
Peppermint- Spiritual- Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers. Invigorating, adding spice to your life & pep to your body. The aroma of peppermint is known to enhance memory. Great tea to drink as your studying or taking an exam. Peppermint is used in charms to heal the sick, as well as in incenses in the sickroom of the patient. It is burned to cleanse the home, and is used in sleep pillows to aid in getting to sleep. Placed beneath the pillow, it can bring dreams that give a glimpse into the future. Medicinal- Peppermint has promising radio protective effects for cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment, and it aids insomnia. It is a decongestant, cooling, fragrant and bitter herb that is anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, digestive, antiseptic and slightly anaesthetic. It is used for flu, colds, sinus and headache.
Periwinkle (Madagascar)- Spiritual- Patron herb of Wiccans. Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Money, Protection. The dried flowers may be added to any magical mixture to enhance the working. Banishes negative energy. Makes one feel desirable. Medicinal- it have been used to treat numerous diseases, including diabetes, malaria, Hodgkins disease and leukemia. It can be dangerous if consumed orally. It can be hallucinogenic, and poisonous.
Pine– Spiritual- Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money. A cleansing, purifying scent used in the bath to erase past mistakes & sins and let one start over. Medicinal- Help fights convalescence and fatigue, rheumatism & arthritis, spasms & tension.
Poppy – Spiritual- Fertility, Love, Sleep, Money, Luck, Invisibility. Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death, and are used as offerings to the dead. Medicinal- The opium poppy is so widely used, for both drugs and food, that its worldwide production is monitored by international agencies. It yields opium and opiates, poppy seed for use in cooking and baking, poppy seed oil for both culinary and other uses, and is also cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Raspberry Leaves- Spiritual- Protection, Love. Medicinal- Used by pregnant women for a successful pregnancy, and to help regulate the menses. Red raspberry leaf provides an effective treatment to soothe diarrhea or intestinal inflammation, especially in children. It can also be used as a mouth wash to soothe mouth and throat irritations. Raspberry leaf tea also acts as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness.
Rhubarb- Spiritual- Protection, Fidelity. Medicinal- Leaves are toxic. Rhubarb stalk can be used as a strong laxative. Its roots have been used as a laxative for at least 5,000 years, which explains the sporadic use of rhubarb as a dieting aid. Rhubarb has an astringent effect on the mucous membranes of the mouth and the nasal cavity.
Rose (Buds, Petals & Rose Hips)- Spiritual- Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection. Rose water is used in gourmet dishes and in love potions. A gentle love oil used to attract affection & love. Petals are used in healing incense and sachets, and burned to provide a restful night’s sleep. Medicinal- The rose is an astringent, toning and aromatic herb which helps to control bacterial infections and promotes healing. The rose hips are used for colds, influenza, scurvy, gastritis and to control diarrhea, while the fruits from Rosa laevigata are used to treat urinary dysfunction, infertility, chronic diarrhea and to regulate kidney function.
Rosemary- Spiritual- Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep & Youth. A highly respected healing oil used to heal the pain of heartache & heartsickness. It is hung on porches and doors to keep thieves out. Rosemary is grown to attract elves. Medicinal- Rosemary is a tonic, astringent, restorative herb that relaxes spasm and increases the rate of perspiration, while stimulating the liver and gall bladder. It improves digestion and circulation and controls pathogenic organisms. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, spasmolytic, antioxidant, smooth muscle modulating, analgesic, venotonic, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Sage- Spiritual- Immortality, Longevity, Cleansing, Protection, Wisdom & Animal magic. Used for all those who wish to for-see the future, rub on the forehead before divining. Burned in the home, it removes impurities and banishes evil, as well as providing protection. Medicinal- Sage relaxes spasms, suppresses perspiration and lactation, improves liver function and digestion and has anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and estrogenic effects. The aroma lightens a tired mind and fights depression and grief. Applying oil to the skin clear up sores, ulcers and dermatitis.
Saffron – Spiritual- Love, Healing, Happiness, Wind Raising, Lust, Strength, Psychic Powers. Medicinal- A placebo-controlled study found saffron helped mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. It’s beneficial in reducing depression and also enhances the activity of mood-boosting medications.
Sandalwood- Spiritual- A powerful healing oil, also thought to increase clairvoyant powers. It is wonderfully relaxing, reducing confusion and balancing the mind. Medicinal- a cooling and calming aromatic herb, with astringent, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, analgesic and antiseptic properties.
Spearmint- Spiritual- Healing, Love, Mental Powers. A protective oil which keeps one’s home from an attack, danger & intruders. Medicinal- used for indigestion, gas and colic, as well as hiccups, fever and upper respiratory tract infections in children.
St. John’s Wort – Spiritual- Health, Power, Protection, Strength, Love, Divination, Happiness. Burnt it will banish evil and negativity. Wearing the herb aids you in war and other battles. Medicinal- St. John’s Wort is used internally for anxiety, mild to moderate depression, nervous tension, insomnia, menopausal disturbances, premenstrual syndrome, shingles, sciatica and fibrositis. It is also used to treat inflammation of the stomach and intestines and against internal worms.
Sweet Grass- Spiritual- Calling Spirits. This is one of the most sacred herbs used for smudging. This herb is used to bring positive energy in after negative energies are banished by using sage. It changes the energy of one’s space and the self. Sweet grass is traditionally braided and used as a smudge by lighting the tip. It banishes negative energy as it draws in positive vibrational energy along with purifcation. Medicinal- Has none and can be slightly toxic if ingested.
Tarragon- Spiritual- Self-confidence, aids in dragon magic. Medicinal- Tarragon oil stimulates the appetite and has a pronounced effect on the sluggish digestive system. It can be helpful for anorexia, dyspepsia, flatulence, hiccups, internal spasm and nervous indigestion, as well as helpful for menstrual pains and to regulate periods.
Valerian- Spiritual- Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection. Valerian is used to get fighting couples back together, in spells of love, and in purification baths. Medicinal- Valerian is a warming and sedative herb with bitter principles and is used to calm the nerves, help with pain relief, stimulate the appetite, lower blood pressure, relax spasms and improve digestion.
Vanilla (Bean, pod)- Spiritual- Love, Lust, Mental Powers. It is a comfort to the soul. Added to floor wash to bring happiness to the premises, and good fortune. Medicinal- vanilla is described as an aphrodisiac and a remedy for fevers.
Vervain- Spiritual- The Witches Herb. Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep. Healing. Empowers any magic, especially love spells. Enhances dream quests, empowers ritual tools, protects from negativity, great for house blessings. Buried in a field, it will make your crops abundant. It is burned to attract wealth, and hung above a bed to prevent nightmares. Medicinal- A tonic for the nervous system, helps stress and tension, promotes sleep. Increases milk production after child birth. It relieves premenstrual syndrome.
Violet- Spiritual- Protection, Love, Lust, Luck, Wishes, Peace, Healing. A very strong love oil, use in a daily bath to bring marital peace & happiness. Medicinal- used to clear toxins with anti-inflammatory actions. In aromatherapy it is useful for insomnia and letting go of anger.
Witch Hazel- Spiritual- Protection, Chastity. Witch hazel’s branches were once the wood of choice for dowsing rods (witching stick), whose purpose was to locate water, or “witch” a well. Medicinal- a superb astringent herb, with slight aromatic properties and is used to curb bleeding, reduce inflammation, lessen mucus discharge and has local haemostatic qualities. It can be used internally for acute diarrhea, varicose veins, painful and heavy legs, and for hemorrhoids as well as colitis, excessive menstruation and prolapsed organs. Externally, it is used for varicose veins, hemorrhage, skin inflammations, eyewashes, oral hygiene, sprains, bruises, burns, hemorrhoids and sore nipples.
Yarrow- Spiritual- Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism. Medicinal- An aromatic, bitter, astringent, choleretic and antibacterial herb. Its antispasmodic activities are used to reduces inflammation, promote perspiration and relieve indigestion. It acts as a diuretic, lowering blood pressure, relaxing spasms and arresting hemorrhage. The yarrow plant is also valued by women who suffer from heavy periods and white discharge.
Ylang Ylang- Spiritual- Sleep, Calmative, Seducer. Used to draw attention to ones-self, but also of value when seeking employment. Medicinal- An antiseptic, sedative herb, which helps to reduce fever, blood pressure and tension, as well as some aphrodisiac properties.
A Scotsman makes brooms from Heather. Doormats & baskets were also woven from Heather. The Scottish also made thatched roofs from Heather.
Cover heather with the water and boil for one hour. Strain off liquid and measure. Restore to one gallon, and add sugar. Stir until completely dissolved. When the temperature drops to 70F, add yeast and nutrient. Leave for 14 days. Then strain into fermentation jar, and when fermentation ceases, strain and bottle. Keep for at least six months!