Herbal Lore Part 3

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:

  • decoration for an altar
  • part of an incense blend
  • in a balefire (a fire set for magical or ritual purposes) 
  • in ritual or spell work by anointing a candle with a carrier oil and rolling it in the dried leaves or flowers
  • in pouches to be tied on bedpost or worn as a pendant around the neck
  • in the central point of the household or at the front or back door of your home, you can hang bunches with herbs that have protective or banishing properties
  • in herbal oils

...and many other ways. If you have another suggestion, please share it with us!

Here is my list of herbs and their magical properties...

 SPICY TYPES

Asafoetida Ferula assafoetida

Ferula Assafoetida by Patrick Verhaeghe - https://www.flickr.com/photos/28314792@N05/39909462250/, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

The name is derived from "asa", meaning 'mastic', and "foetidus", meaning 'smelling fetid', which refers to its strong sulfurous odour. Magical practitioners use this nasty-smelling herb by burning its leaves to drive away evil influences.

Cinnamon Cinnamomum Verum

Cinnamomum verum, public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Cinnamon also used the names Canel or Canella, similar to the current terms of Cinnamon in several other European languages, which are derived from the Latin word Cannella, a diminutive of canna, 'tube', from the way the bark curls up as it dries.

You can use Cinnamon magically to induce passion in man and for prosperity in business matters.

Cloves Syzygium Aromaticum

Syzygium Aromaticum, by Prof. Chen Hualin - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Cloves are aromatic flower buds native to  Indonesia and are commonly used as spice.

They are great for magical incense blends for general good health, attract others, and keep trouble away. 

Frankincense Boswellia Sacra 

Boswellia Sacra by Scott Zona from USA - Boswellia sacra, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

The English word frankincense derives from the Old French expression franc encens, meaning 'high-quality incense'. The word franc in Old French meant 'noble' or 'pure'.

Frankincense is excellent for protection and purification, sacred to the sun and suitable for healing work.

Myrrh Commiphora myrrha

Commiphora Myrrha by Franz Eugen Köhler, Public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org

The word myrrh corresponds with a common Semitic root m-r-r, meaning "bitter". It has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense and medicine. Myrrh is still being used in magic for purification, incenses and healing. Furthermore, it is associated with burials and rebirth (because of its use by the pharaohs) and protection.

Nutmeg Myristica Fragrans

Myristica Fragrans, By കാക്കര - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

The earliest evidence of Nutmeg usage comes from one of the islands in eastern Indonesia. Then, in the 6th century AD, Nutmeg spread to India, then further west to Constantinople. By the 13th century, Arab traders had pinpointed the origin of Nutmeg to the Indonesian islands, but kept this location a secret from European traders.

Worn in a red pouch around the neck, the magic of Nutmeg can draw good health and strength to the wearer. Particularly useful in healing spells for elders.

Orris Iris Germanica and Iris pallida

Iris Germanica by User: GinoMM, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Orris root (Rhizoma Iridis) is a term used for Iris Germanica and Iris pallida. It had the common name of Queen Elizabeth Root.

Magical practitioners will often use the dried and powdered root of the Orris in love incense blends. The perfume is pleasant as a purification charm in the home. It can be placed in muslin sachets with oats and used in the bath and lavender oil for a pre-ritual purification bath.

Patchouli Pogostemon Cablin

Pogostemon Cablin, no machine-readable author provided, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

The word derives from the Tamil patchai, meaning "green", and ellai, meaning "leaf", and grows well in warm, tropical climates.

This earthy herb attracts male sexual attention in love oils and incenses and is excellent as an earth correspondence in prosperity mixes.

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