Herbal Lore

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...

FLORAL TYPES

Belladonna Atropa belladonna

Atropa belladonna

Also known as Deathly Nightshade, this herb is highly poisonous, so you should take precautions to prevent poisoning by contact. However, it is excellent for vision work, banishings and bindings.

Chamomile  Chamaemelum nobile and others  

Chamaemelum Nobile by H. Zell  - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Chamomile is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. It can be used in a pillow to aid sleep and incense to assist meditation or success and money charms.

Carnation Dianthus caryophyllus

Dianthus caryophyllus by Kusabana Photo Studio Photographer :"Uncle Carl" 

The name is from the Ancient Greek words for divine ("Dios") and flower ("Anthos"). The term "carnation" probably originated from the Latin corona-ae, "Crown", as it was one of the flowers used in Greek and Roman ceremonial crowns. Also known as the Clove flower, it is used as an energy raiser, enhances blends, and protects charms. Carnations were mentioned in Greek literature 2,000 years ago. 

Cyclamen Cyclamen Persicum and others

Cyclamen Persicum by Hanay - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Cyclamen is the name given to a group of 23 species that have changed classification several times. The last change was in 2009 where they were reclassified back as to the subfamily Myrsinoideae within the family Primulaceae. Their magical use is for love protection and keeping nightmares at bay.

Geranium Geranium Cinereum and others

Geranium Dissectum by Alvesgaspar - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Geranium is the name given to 422 species of plants commonly known as geraniums or cranesbills. Their magical use is in love spells and for countering anxiety.

Heliotrope Heliotropium Peruvianum and others

Heliotropium peruvianum Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org

There are around 325 species commonly known as heliotropes. This herb is highly toxic for dogs and cats. It is used in magic, however, for prophecy and driving away negativity. 

Honeysuckle Lonicera Japonica and others

Lonicera Japonica by Aftabbanoori - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Botanists have identified approximately 180 species of honeysuckle. Sometimes it's used at handfastings to symbolize loyalty. In addition, magical practitioners use it in prosperity spells and aid in heightening female sexual energy if picked the day after Full Moon.

Hyacinth Hyacinthus Orientalis and 2 others

Hyacinthus Orientalis by The wub - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Dedicated to Aphrodite, hyacinth is a plant of love, and its scent is reputed to relieve grief and keep nightmares at bay. Used in healing and love spells.

Jasmine Jasminum Officinale and others

Jasminum Officinale by Jim Evans - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Having Earth and Moon correspondence, jasmine is associated with women's cycles and sometimes used in spells and problems with menstruation or conception. In addition, it is often used in love spells to attract a genuine and passionate lover and prosperity spells in line with its Earthly aspect.

Lavender Lavandula Spica and others

Lavandula Spica by User: Fir0002, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org

This herb, associated with Air and Mercury, is excellent in communication spells or usage combined with other flowers in love spells. Good at healing spells for skin ailments and troubles of the mind. Ideal in dream pillows to induce sleep and help the sleeper remember their dreams.

Lilac Syringa Vulgaris

Syringa Vulgaris by Jjron - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Magical practitioners use fresh flowers to induce clear memories and enhance trance-work and in love and healing spells.

Marigold Calendula Officinalis

Calendula Officinalis by Eatcha - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Marigold is used in healing and for success in incense blends. It is also used in love charms and sometimes threaded into a necklace to wish a bride good luck in handfastings. 

Rose Rosa Rubiginosa and others

Rosa Rubiginosa by Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Rose is a plant composed of 140-180 species divided into four subgenera. Sacred to Aphrodite, the rose enhances love-oils and incense blends. Associated with water, it is also suitable for healing charms.

Solomon's Seal  Polygonatum Multiflorum

Polygonatum Multiflorum by Frank Vincentz - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Magical practitioners use several parts of the flower for protection, dreaming and decision-making.

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