We have a brief history, a list of herbs and thier properties and at the bottom of the page how to prepare them.
Over the centuries the healing properties of plants and herbs has not changed. What was a healing plant or herb five thousand years ago is still a healing plant or herb. Because great confidence was placed in them, Witches and physicians of the ancient world were expected to know their herbs. Plants gave healing powers to those who studied them, worked with them, and respected them. In many lands and in many times, healers spent a good part of their lives in the field and forest gathering green medicines. They remembered and scribed what they learned passing it on.
Today we have the opportunity to benefit from the accumulated herbal wisdom of the ages. This advantage allows us to peer back through history, harvesting for our own benefit only those herbs that have stood the test of time. But even the herbal uses that didn't pan out are fascinating. While the story of healing herbs has it's comic episodes, it is also a dramatic story of human sacrifice, complete with medical hero's, men and women whose work deserves to be recognized. Much of this credit in my opinion should go the the Witches of the past because they are the ones who essentially began the work of learning and understanding herbs and their benefits. However when the male physician arrived on the scene, they essentially benefited from the inquisitions and burnings claiming the right to and credit for this knowledge
Acacia Gum: Psychic Powers, Protection. When burned with sandalwood it stimulates psychic powers. Used in attraction spells (money, love).
Agrimony: Protection. Used in protection spells and sachets to protect and banish all negative energies and spirits. Also used to reverse hexes, ie; not only breaks hexes but sends them back to the hexer.
Allspice: Money, luck, Healing. Burn as incense to attract money or luck.
Almond: Money, Prosperity, Wisdom.
Althea (Marshmallow) Root: Protection, Psychic Powers. Known to attract good spirits during rituals when placed upon the altar. Burn as incense to protect or stimulate psychic powers.
Angelica Root: Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions. Used in Protective and exorcism rituals and healing incenses. Sprinkle either the perimeter of your property or the four corners of your house to ward off evil. Added to the bath Angelica removes curses, hexes and any spells cast against you. The root carried in the pocket was often used as a gambling talisman, especially amongst some American Indian tribes.
Anise: Purification, Protection, Prevents nightmares.
Apple: Love, Happiness, Healing, Immortality.
Basil: Purification, Protection, Prosperity, Exorcism, Love. To protect the home place small amounts of the herb in each room of the house, for where basil is no evil can live. For this reason basil is often used in purification baths and exorcism incenses. Basil is also used to bring wealth to those who carry it. Alternatively, place basil in a cash register or on the door sill to attract customers
Bay: Strength, Psychic Powers, Curse Breaker. Often worn or carried as an amulet to ward off negativity and evil, burned or scattered during exorcism rituals or hung to prevent any poltergeists from working any mischief in the home. To remove curses and evil spells burn with sandalwood. Place beneath your pillow to induce prophetic dreams, or burn to cause visions.
Bayberry: Money, Good Luck, Peace, Harmony, Well-being.
Benzoin: Purification, Prosperity. Excellent 'clearing' herb, Burn to purify. To attract customers to your business burn a mixture of Benzoin, Cinnamon, and Basil.
Bergamot: Attract Money, Hex-breaking.
Betony (wood): Protection, Purification, Love. Traditionally burned at the midsummer bonfire, jump through the smoke and purify the body of all ills. Add to purification and protective incenses or place beneath your pillow to shield yourself from visions or dreams. Betony is also a good herb to carry if making love advances and is said to reunite quarrelling couples if the herb is added to food.
Birch leaf: Protection, Exorcism, Purification. The wytch's broom was traditionally made from birch twigs. Renown for its purifying nature. It is also highly protective.
Bistort root: Psychic Powers, Purification, Money. Sprinkle an infusion of bistort to dispel negative spirits or energies. Burn with frankincense to enhance psychic power or simply carry, or add to wealth mixtures to attract money.
Black Cohosh: Purification, Love. Sprinkle an infusion of Black Cohosh to dispel negative spirits or energies. Also added to love sachets or baths to attract love.
Bladderwrack: Protection, Money, Safe Travel. Wash the floors and doors of your business to attract customers and bring good vibrations. Carry to protect yourself whilst traveling over water. Also used to summon the wind or sea spirits.
Boneset: Protection, Exorcism. Sprinkle an infusion of boneset to drive away negative or evil spirits.
Borage: Courage, Psychic Powers. A tea made from borage induces psychic powers.
Burdock: Protection, Healing. Cast around the home to ward off negativity or add to protection incenses and mixtures. It is also said the leaves of burdock when laid to the soles of the feet help to cure gout.
Caraway seeds: Protection, Lust, Health, Mental Powers. When carried, the herb is known to protect against all forms of negative or evil spirits. To attract a partner, add to sachets.
Cardamon: Lust, Love. To make a quick lust potion add a crushed seed to warmed wine. Alternatively, add to love sachets and incense.
Carnation: Protection,Strength, Healing, Vitality.
Cascara bark: Protection, Money, Legals. Often used in money spell mixtures, carry to protect against curses or negative spirits. To assist with court cases sprinkle around your home before going to court.
Catnip: Cat Magick, Love, Beauty, Happiness. Catnip is often used in love sachets and spells designed to enhance beauty and happiness. Given to your cat it is said to create a psychic bond between the two of you.
Cedar & Maple powder: Healing, Courage, Purification, Protection, Money, Hex-breaking. Excellent incense base especially when mixed with sandalwood. The smoke is both purifying and uplifting.
Celery seeds: Mental powers, Lust, Psychic Powers. Chew the seeds to aid in concentration and focus (although they may also induce lust). Burn with orris root to increase psychic powers.
Chamomile: Prosperity, Meditation, Calmness. Sprinkled around your property, chamomile protects and purifies whilst removing spells and curses cast against you. Add to the bath to relax and attract love into your life. The herb is also used to attract money, sometimes gamblers use an infusion as a hand wash to ensure winnings.
Cherry: Divination, Love.
Chickweed: Fidelity, Love. Carry or use in spells to attract love or to maintain a relationship.
Cinnamon: Psychic Powers, Protection, Success, Healing, Clairvoyance, Prosperity. When burned, cinnamon raises high spiritual vibrations, aids in healing, draws money, stimulates psychic powers and produces protective vibrations. Cinnamon should also be used in any love sachets or incense.
Clove: Money, Love, Exorcism, Protection. Burnt as incense cloves purify the area, drive away hostile or negative forces produce high spiritual vibrations and attract riches. It will also stop others from gossiping about you.
Clover red: Protection, Money, Love, Fidelity, Success, Exorcism. Add to your bath water to aid in financial dealings. Sprinkle an infusion to remove negative spirits. Also used in lust potions.
Colts foot: Love, Visions. Add to love sachets and use in spells of peace and tranquillity.
Comfrey: Safety during travel, Money. Comfrey protects and ensures safe travel when carried or worn. Pack in your suitcases to ensure they don't get lost or stolen. Comfrey root can also be used in money spells and incenses.
Copal gum: Love, Purification. An excellent gum to use in love and purification incenses.
Coriander: Love, Lust. Often used in love spells and sachets. To make a quick lust potion add a crushed seed to warmed wine.
Cumin: Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism, lust. Scatter on the floor with salt to drive out evil or burn with frankincense for protection. When given to a lover it will promote fidelity, and when steeped in wine it makes an effective lust potion.
Damiana: Visions, Lust, Love. Burn to assist with divination. Often used in lust spells or spells designed to add spice to an existing relationship.
Dandelion root: Divination, Calling Spirits. Burn with acacia gum or frankincense to promote visions or spirit communications.
Dill: Seeds and flowers, Attraction for money or Love, Lust. Add to a bath to make you irresistible or eat to stimulate lust. Also used in money spells.
Dittany of Crete: Manifestations, Astral Projection. Mix with equal parts of vanilla benzoin and sandalwood to make an astral projection incense. It also makes an excellent base for manifestation of spirits; the wraiths will appear in the smoke rising from the censor.
Elder berries: Exorcism, Protection, Prosperity. The Elder tree is sacred to many Goddesses, due to its white flowers. Grown in the garden it protects the household against the ravages of sorcery whilst it attracts prosperity. Hung over doorways and windows it keeps evil from the house. Wear to ward off attackers and protect against evil and negativity. Elder also has the power to force evil magicians to release any spells they may have against you. To bless a person, place, or thing, scatter the leaves and berries to the four winds in the name of the person or object to be blessed. Then scatter some more Elder over the person or object itself. Elder is also used at weddings to bring good luck to the couple.
Elecampane: Protection, Love, Psychic Powers. Smoulder the herb on charcoal to sharpen psychic powers, especially when scrying. Carried or worn, elecampane protects and attracts love. To make a love pouch sew some of the leaves or flowers into pink cloth.
Eucalyptus: Protection, Healing. Use the leaves to stuff healing poppets and carry to maintain good health and ensure protection.
Fennel: Protection, Healing, Purification. Often used in healing and purification mixtures. Hang above windows and doors or carry to ward off evil spirits and negativity.
Fenugreek: Money. To attract money into the house, add a few fenugreek seeds to the mop water or make an infusion then add to water.
Frankincense: Spirituality, Protection, Exorcism, Consecration. When burned the gum releases powerful uplifting vibrations driving out all evil and negativity. Burn to protect, purify, and consecrate, to aid meditation, induce visions and to enhance spiritual growth.
Galangal Root: Luck, Money, Hex-breaking, Protection. Burn powdered galangal to break spells or curses. Place together with silver in a sachet of leather to attract money. Worn or carried it protects the bearer and draws good luck.
Gardenia: Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality.
Gentian: Love, Power, Curse breaker. Add to any mixture, especially those for love or breaking curses to intensify its power.
Ginger: Success, Power, Money, Love. Add a pinch of ginger to any of the above mixtures to ensure success and increase its power. To attract money, sprinkle the powdered root on a green candle and burn during the waxing moon. Add a pinch to love mixtures to add some spice.
Ginseng: Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection. To ward off evil spirits break hexes and curses, smoulder on charcoal. Carry the root to enhance beauty, to attract love or money. Ginseng is often substituted for Mandrake.
Grains of paradise: Lust, Luck, Money, Wishes. Use this herb in lust luck love and money spells, incenses and sachets. To make a wish, hold some of the herb in your hand, concentrate on your intent, then throw a little to each direction, starting and ending in the north.
Hazel: Mental powers, Hazel nuts are used in fertility spells.
Hops: Healing, Sleep. Add hops to healing sachets and incenses. A pillow stuffed with dried hops brings on sleep and rest.
Horehound: Protection, Mental powers, Exorcism. Burn to honour the Egyptian god Horus. Use in protective sachets or scatter as an exorcism herb. Excellent for clearing ones mind, promoting quick thinking, and strengthening mental powers by drinking an infusion of the herb.
Hyssop: Purification, Protection. One of the most widely used purification herbs used in magick. Use in purification baths or sachets or hung up in the home to purge it of evil and negativity. To cleanse a person or object, sprinkle with an infusion.
Irish Moss: Money, Safe Travel. To attract money or luck into your home place beneath rugs. Carry to ensure safe and protected travel.
Jasmine: Love, Money. Carry or burn the flowers to attract wealth or money. Add to sachets to attract spiritual love.
Juniper: Protection, Anti Theft, Exorcism. Hang above the door or windows to protect against evil forces or theft. Breaks hexes or curses when carried or burned and is often used in exorcism rituals.
John the Conqueror: Money, Love, Happiness, Hex-breaking, Protection. Long been used for love spells.
Lavender:Love, Sleep, Purification, Happiness, Peace.The scent of Lavender can also be worn to attract men. Burn to induce sleep or rest, or scatter around the home to maintain peace and happiness.
Lemon Balm: Health, Success, Love. Often used in spells to ensure success. The herb is also used in healing incenses and sachets. To influence love, soak the herb in wine for several hours, strain and share with that special person. To find love, carry the herb around with you
Lemon grass: Lust, Psychic Powers. Planted around the home lemon grass is known to repel snakes. Commonly used to aid in developing psychic powers by making an infusion of the herb. Often mixed with sage and copal gum to make smudge sticks.
Lemon Verbena: Purification, Love. Burn to purify an area or add to purification baths. Often added to other mixtures to increase thier strength and potency. To become attractive to the opposite gender carry the herb or use in love incenses and mixtures.
Liquorice: Lust, Love. Add to love and lust sachets or simply carry to attract love. Liquorice sticks also make useful wands.
Lilac: Protection, Banishing.
Lotus: Spirituality, Love, Protection. (leaves and roots) Ancient Egyptians held this plant sacred and often used it as an offering to the gods. Therefore any part of the Lotus carried or worn is said to ensure the blessings of the gods and good luck. Lotus seeds and pods are used as an antidote to love spells
Magnolia: Peace, Nature spells, Hair growth.
Marigold: Protection, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers. Marigold flowers strung in a garland placed at the doors will stop evil entering the house. Scattered under the bed will protect you while you sleep. Carried in your pocket, will help justice to smile favourably upon you in court and added to bath water will help you win the respect and admiration of those you meet.
Marjoram: Protection, Health, Money. When placed around the house (a little in each room and replaced monthly) or carried, it shields against evil, protecting against ill intent and negativity. Marjoram is also used in love spells or added to food to strengthen love.
Meadowsweet: Love, Peace, Happiness. The scent is said to cheer the heart. Often used in love spells or strewn about the house to keep peace.
Mint: Money, Protection. Often used in money and prosperity spells. To attract money, place a few leaves in your purse or wallet, or rub where money is kept. Mix with rosemary, marjoram,salt and water and sprinkle to rid a place of evil.
Mistletoe: Protection, Mistletoe is an all-purpose herb, favoured by the Druids. Burn or carry to banish evil or to protect against misfortune.
Mug wort: Divination, Clairvoyance, Psychic powers, Protection, Sleeping on a pillow stuffed with mug wort will help produce prophetic dreams. To enhance psychic powers drink an infusion before divination. To cleanse crystal balls or magick mirrors wash them in an infusion of mugwortt. Strongest when picked on a full moon night.
Musk: Courage, Fertility, Lust.
Mustard: Fertility, Protection, Money. Crush in your mortar and pestle mustard seeds, cloves cinnamon, and sandalwood. Carry the powder with you (preferably in a green bag) or place anywhere money is kept, to attract money and prosperity.
Myrrh: Spirituality, Consecration, Protection, Exorcism, Transformation, Healing. Burn to purify and lift the vibrations of the area to create peace. Also used to purify bless and consecrate objects such as amulets, talismans, charms and magick tools. Often burned with frankincense. It also aids in meditation.
Nettle: Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust. Nettle is widely known for its protective powers. To remove a curse and send it back to its owner, stuff a poppet with nettle or simply carry some in a sachet. Sprinkle around the house to keep out evil, or throw into a fire to avert danger.
Nutmeg:Luck, prosperity.Nutmeg is used in many money and prosperity spells and mixtures. One of the easiest is to sprinkle on green candles and burn down to their socket on a Thursday.
Oak moss: Money. To attract money: carry with you (in a green or gold bag) rub onto money, or use in money spells and mixtures.
Orange: Divination, Love, Luck, Money.
Orris Root: Love. Orris is often known as 'love drawing powder' so has long been used to find and hold love. The root can be carried or the powder may be sprinkled on the sheets, clothing, around the house or on the body to attract love.
Parsley: Purification, Protection. Parsley is often used in purification baths and to stop all misfortune. Fresh Parsley eaten also aids in reducing blood pressure.
Passionflower: Peace, Friendships. Place around the house to reduce problems and troubles and bring peace. Carry to attract friends and enjoy great popularity.
Patchouli: Fertility, Lust, Money. Often used in money and prosperity spells. Sprinkle onto money, place around green candles and burn, or add to purses or wallets to attract money. Also used on a fertility talisman and is often substituted for 'graveyard dust' where called for.
Pennyroyal: Protection, Peace, Strength. Known as a herb of peace. Given to quarrelling couples it will cause them to cease fighting, and when worn it guards against the evil eye. Aids in making business deals. When placed in the shoe it also prevents weariness during travel and strengthens the body in general.
Pepper: Protection, Exorcism. Mix with salt and scatter to dispel evil. Pepper is also added to amulets to protect against the evil eye.
Peppermint: Purification, Healing. Often used in Healing and purification spells and mixtures. It is excellent for cleansing furniture, walls and floorboards of any evil or negativity by steeping the herb in your washing water It will also raise the vibrations of the area.
Pimento: Love. Used in love spells and sachets especially amongst the gypsies. Eaten it will also induce feelings of love.
Pine: Healing, Protection, Exorcism, Fertility, Money.
Poppy: Fertility, Love, Sleep, Money, Luck. Carry to promote fertility, attract luck and money. The seeds are also added to food and sachets to induce love.
Quassia: Love. Use in love mixtures to draw and maintain love.
Raspberry: Love. Often served as a love inducing food, raspberry leaves are also carried to alleviate the pains of pregnancy and childbirth.
Rose: Love, Beauty, Luck, Protection. Due to the flowers association with the emotions, roses have long been used in love spells and mixtures. Add to the bath water to attract love or simply scatter the petals on your altar to enhance the power of your love spell. Roses are also added to fast-luck and protection mixtures.
Rose Geranium: Protection, Fertility, Love, Health.
Rosemary: Protects from negativity, Blessing, Consecration, Aids memory, Protection rituals. Rosemary is one of the oldest incenses. When burned it emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. Place under your pillow to ensure a good night's sleep and to drive away nightmares, or place under your bed to guard against all harm whilst you are sleeping. When hung over doors rosemary is said to keep thieves away. Used in purification baths, infusions of this herb are also used to wash the hands prior to healing work. Burn with juniper to promote healing.
Rue: Curse-Breaker, Healing, Love, Mental Powers. Add to all banishing mixtures and baths to break any curses cast against you, or wash the floors with an infusion. Hang above the doors to protect the home or burn to clear the head where love is confused.
Sage: Wisdom, Prosperity, Healing, Longevity. Carry to promote wisdom or wear a small horn filled with sage to guard against the evil eye. Sage is used in countless healing and money spells. it is also the main ingredient used in smudging.
Sandalwood: Spirituality, Protection, Wishes, Healing, Exorcism. When burned sandalwood emits very powerful spiritual vibrations whilst being very grounding. Often used as a base ingredient in incense especially for protection, healing and full moon rituals.
St John's Wort: Health, Strength, Happiness, Protection. This herb is often dried over midsummer fires and hung near the window to protect against evil spirits. If you can't do this place the herb in a jar and place it near the window as it will have the same effect, or burn to banish spirits and demons.
Skullcap: Love, Fidelity, Peace. Use in peace and relaxation spells and rituals. (Never burn as the fumes are poisonous) It is said that a woman who wears or carries this herb will protect her partner from the charms of another woman.
Sesame: Money, Lust. Leave a jar of sesame seeds open in the house to attract money. (The seeds should be changed every month.)
Star Anise: Protection, Purification. Sleep on a small pillowcase filled with Star Anise seeds to chase nightmares away. Mix with Bay leaves for purification baths.
Tangerine: Psychic powers, mental powers.
Tea Tree: Healing, Anti fungal.
Thyme: Healing, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification, Courage. Thyme is often burned prior to rituals to purify an area or mixed with Marjoram especially in Spring to create a magickal cleansing bath to remove all sorrows and ills of the past. For this reason Thyme is often burned or carried in healing rituals as well. Placed beneath a pillow Thyme will ensure a peaceful sleep.
Turmeric: Purification.Scatter on the floor to protect a magick circle, or mix with salt water and sprinkle to purify an area.
Valerian: Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection, Powdered Valerian root is often used as a substitute for 'graveyard dust' when called for due to its protective qualities. The herb is also used in love spells and mixtures, especially to soothe and settle tension or calm quarrelling in a relationship.
Vanilla: Magickal powers, Mental powers, Love, Lust, Rejuvenation.
Vervain: Love, Protection, Peace, Money, Healing. Vervain is a common ingredient used in love, protection/exorcism and purification mixtures and spells. Sprinkle an infusion around the home to chase off evil spirits or malignant forces, or scatter the herb around to bring peace and calm the emotions. the herb is also used in money and prosperity spells. In fact when the herb is burned in the garden or placed in the house it is said that wealth will flow.
Vetivert: Hex-breaking, Peace, Love, Protection, Exorcism.
Violet Leaf: Wishes, Love, Lust. Carry to attract luck and good fortune. Or burn with Lavender to arouse lust and stimulate love.
White Willow: Protection, Love, Healing, Spirit Communication. To communicate with spirits, burn outdoors with Sandalwood during the waning moon. Often used in love and healing mixtures. Carry or place in your home to protect against evil or negative spirits.
Witch Hazel: Cool Passions, Protection. Carry to help mend a broken heart, or to cool passions. Carry to protect against negative influences.
Wormwood: Psychic powers, Calling spirits, Protection, Love. Burn to aid in developing psychic power or mix with Sandalwood to summon spirits. When carried the herb also protects against bewitchment or when hung on the rear view mirror it protects the vehicle from accidents on treacherous roads.
Yarrow: Courage, Love, Psychic powers, Exorcism. Yarrow is often carried to bring love and attract friends, ie: it draws the attention of those you most want to impress. Yarrow is often used in wedding decorations to ensure a love lasting at least seven years and is therefore used in many love spells. The herb is also used to exorcise evil or negativity and protect the wearer
Ylang Ylang: Love,Lust, Peace.
How to prepare Medicinal Herbs for use
Capsules The herb is powdered with your Mortar and Pestle, then placed into a gelatine capsule. (that can be purchased at most health food shops)
Decoction Boil herbs in water (one ounce of herb for every half litre of water) for 20-30 minutes. (roots need longer) Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain, Bottle, and use as neccessary.
Infusion Pour one half litre of water over one ounce of herb and let stand for 20 minutes
Macerate Warm 1/2 - 1 cup of oil in a pan, wrap and tie 1/2 - 1 ounce of herb in cheesecloth or loose weaved undyed cloth. Place the herb into the oil and leave on low heat for 20 minutes or until the herb has lost its colour.
Ointment Powdered herb is added to cream or lotion and applied to affected areas
Poultice Wrap and tie one cup of herb in cloth then soak in about half litre of boiling water for 1 - 2 minutes. Remove and cool to a comfortable temperature and apply to painfull area.
Syrup Boil 1,1/2 Kg of Sunacat (sugar cane extract) with 1/2 litre of water until sticky . Soak herbs tied in cloth for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Store and refrigerate in air tight bottles.
Tincture Seal five ounces of herb and ten ounces of medicinal alcohol in a dark glass bottle. Store in a dark cool place and shake daily for two weeks. Strain before use