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To start off, it’s important to be aware of the fact that the descriptions I am about to give are based on magical symbolism and NOT medical prescriptions. There is a crossover between medical herbalism and magical herbalism because they have a common origin. Witches were medicine women and what they prescribed was later on proved by medical research. But this is not the case with all the herbs that I am going to talk about here.
This list is a combination of information I got from “The Wicca Bible” from Ann-Marie Callagher supplemented with information from Wikipedia and several YouTube Magical practitioners. The mayority of the pictures are copyright free and from Wikipedia. When the photographer was known, I did attribute him or her.
The herbs can be used in several ways. For example:
...and many other ways. If you have another suggestion, please share it with us!
Here is my list of herbs and their magical properties...
Ocimum Basilicum by Castielli - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Basil comes from the Greek basileus, meaning "royal" because Basil may have been used in some royal unguent, bath, or medicine. Basil is still considered the "king of herbs".
Basil has a variety of magical uses, including purification, love and protection.
Borago Officinalis by © Hans Hillewaert, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Borage, also known as starflower, is an annual herb. In Botany, an annual plant is a plant that usually germinates, flowers and dies in one year. The leaves and flowers of borage may be carried by those desiring courage and willpower under challenging situations. Borage also promotes strength and endurance.
Nepeta Cataria By D. Gordon E. Robertson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
The Catnip has its name because of its fame for driving cats wild. The herb works on the whole cat family, not just on domestic cats. Several tests showed that leopards, cougars, servals, and lynxes often reacted strongly to Catnip like domestic cats. Catnip is used in love spells and is sacred to Bast Selchmet, Egypt's cat and lion-headed goddesses. Magical practitioners use Catnip for driving out negativity.
Euphrasia Officinalis by Arie M den Toom - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
The herb's Greek name, Euphrasia, means gladness, referring to how you may feel if the herb restores your eye health. Magical practitioners use it for clear-seeing and prophecy. It also raises the energy in all metaphysical work.
Hyoscyamus Niger by Jeantosti on French Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Henbane is hugely poisonous and hazardous to handle. It is often used in exorcism and banishing as well as to induce visions. It should never be inhaled, applied or taken internally. Magical practitioners working with this herb should take all necessary precautions to avoid poisoning through contact.
Marrubium Vulgare By Thomas Mathis, Veronica Sanchez - own workoto, Salsipuedes, provincia Córdoba, Argentina, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Egyptians once called Horehound the "Seed of Horus," which could be the strange name's origin. It also shows just how sacred they thought Horehound to be. Magical practitioners still use this herb in fertility spells and for protection and prosperity.
Mentha Spicata by Martin Kozák - Own work, Public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Mentha (mint) is a genus of about 25 species (and many hundreds of varieties) of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae (Mint Family).
It is an excellent herb for prosperity, cleansing, healing, money-luck and love. Mint is a good multi-tasker.
Mugwort Artemisia Vulgaris CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Mugwort was sacred to Artemis and is therefore known as Artemesia. Burning it dried helps induce psychic vision. It drives cats wild, so make sure your feline companion can't come close to it. Magical practitioners use it at the doors of their homes to keep felons and false friends away from mischief.
Nettle Urtica Dioica by Skalle-Per Hedenhös - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Urtica is a genus of plants commonly known as the nettles. They can produce an itching sensation when they touch the skin. The most well-known species is Urtica Dioica, the common stinging nettle.
Nettle is a protection herb that can be burned or buried in a jar to protect property and ward off gossip and hypocrisy. It is a good antidote for someone being spiteful. It is also excellent for banishing.
Rosmarinus Officinalis by Petar43 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Rosemary is a standard ingredient in the herb cupboard of most magical practitioners. It has several magical functions, including purification, protection, and the preservation of memory.
Ruta Graveolens by Rasbak - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
The botanical name "Ruta" comes from Greek, which means "to set free," referring to its use as a chief ingredient in mixtures used as antidotes to poisoning.
Many magical practitioners use Rue for purification and good health.
Valeriana Officinalis by AnRo0002 - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org
Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since Ancient Greece and Rome as a remedy for insomnia. The herb's name is derived from the Latin verb valere (to be strong, healthy). Also, in magical symbolism, Valerian is known for inducing sleep and used in love sachets.
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