Herbs are one of the oldest forms of medicine that can be traced back to the civilizations of Rome, Greece, Assyria, Babylon, even to Sumerian times. Those involved in herbalism were attributing the healing qualities of the herbs to their magical properties. The belief is that the spirit of a plant can assist in magical and healing practices. Ancient druids were convinced that herbs have enormous magical power, as they hold the earth’s energy within them. Each herb has unique belongings that can improve one’s magical goals.
So, let us explore Mother Nature as an abundant repository of magical resources and focus for a while on the magical properties of the herbs.
The following list covers some aromatic and culinary herbs.
Allspice (Pimenta Officinalis)
Also known as pimento or Jamaica pepper, the dried allspice berry is an everyday staple in the kitchen spice rack. Called “allspice” because it combines flavors such as clove, cinnamon, and pepper, it is a common flavoring for spice cookies. The sweet yet spicy aroma is released when the dried berry is crushed. Allspice berries make beautiful additions to prosperity blends and any magic focusing on increasing energy, love, healing, and luck.
Angelica (Angelica Archangelica)
The archangel or angel’s herb, this aromatic plant has been used throughout the centuries for improving digestion, adding flavor to wines and cocktails, and making candy. Magically, it is particularly compelling when used for protection and purification.
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)
Basil is commonly found in our kitchen spice racks and gardens all over Europe and the Americas. It is particularly versatile in the culinary arts and is an excellent all-purpose magical herb as well. Basil brings magic for prosperity, success, peace, protection, happiness, purification, tranquility, and love. In rural places, you can still find people wearing a bunch of basil leaves to protect them from evil spirits.
Bay (Laurus Nobilis)
Also known as sweet bay and sweet laurel, the bay was used to crown the conqueror of games in ancient Greece and Rome. Bay is magically related with success, wisdom, and divination. Write a wish on a bay leaf and burn it, or sleep with it under your pillow for dreams that offer some guidance as to how to pursue your goal. (If you burn the bay leaf, make sure you have a proper ventilation because the smoke can be mildly hallucinogenic.)
Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile, Matricaria Recutita)
Chamomile is another multipurpose magical and medicinal herb. It is exceptional for soothing stomach problems, headaches, and nerves and is an ideal herb to give to children. Magically, it is used for prosperity, peace, healing, harmony, and happiness.
Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Although sometimes identified as the pot marigold, calendula is not the typical marigold (Tagetes spp.). Calendula is edible, whereas the garden marigold is not. As a medicinal herb, it can treat skin irritations, such as eczema, bruises, scars, and scrapes. Magically, it is used for happiness, prosperity, love, psychic powers, and harmony.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Spp.)
Cinnamon possesses a considerable amount of energy, and a pinch can be added to anything to rev up the power level. It is also excellent for spells and charms involving money. Magically, cinnamon is associated with success, action, healing, protection, energy, love, prosperity, and purification.
Caraway (Carum Carvi)
The seed of the caraway plant is excellent to use for defense against negativity. It’s also an excellent antitheft herb, so add some to the garden sachets you place outdoors to keep little animal intruders from chewing at your plants, as well as in protective sachets or charms in your home. Magical associations include health, mental abilities, protection, fidelity, and antitheft.
Clove (Syzygium Aromaticum)
The small dried bud of the clove plant is used in cooking, baking, and magic. Magically, clove is associated with protection, purification, mental ability, and healing. Add three cloves to a sachet or charm to tie in protective and cleansing energy to keep the charm’s action pure and focused for a more extended period. A potpourri of rosemary, angelica, sage, three cloves, and a pinch of salt tied shut with red thread or ribbon is an excellent all-purpose sachet to hang above a door or in your car to turn away negativity and protect the area.
Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale)
Comfrey is well-known as a healing herb. Modern research indicates that comfrey’s active ingredient is allantoin, a substance soluble in hot water. Allantoin is also found in the urine of pregnant women and plants, suggesting that its function is related to growth. Magically, it is associated with health, healing, protection during travel, and prosperity.
Dill (Anethum Graveolens)
Dill comes in two forms: seed and weed, which is the feathery dried leaves of the plant. Both may be used for magic. Dill is magically used for good fortune, tranquility, prosperity, lust, and protection.
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
Wild or cultivated, ginger root is a perfect herb to add to rituals and spells because it acts as a booster for the power involved. Like the energy of cinnamon, the heat of the ginger revs up the energy related to your work. Ginger can also be used to jump-start love, stimulate finances, and increase the potential for success in just about anything.
Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
The soothing properties of lavender make it perfect for dream pillows, as incense and as an essential oil. Magically, it is associated with happiness, love, beauty, protection, purification, relaxation, sleep and psychic knowledge. In astrology, lavender is associated with the planet Mercury; with the element of air; and with Gemini and Virgo.
Marjoram (Origanum Majorana)
Also known as wintersweet, marjoram is similar to oregano but sweeter and milder. Marjoram was used by the ancient Greeks to crown newly married couples. It is used for happiness, protection, love, and joy, particularly in family environments. Oregano, or a wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare), is used for love, courage, and action.
Mint (Mentha Spp.)
There is a wide variety of green or garden mints, which are useful herbs to grow in a garden or on the kitchen shelf. An infusion of the leaves will help ease most headaches, stimulate the appetite, and aid digestion. Magical associations are prosperity, joy, fertility, purification, love, and success.
Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)
Also known as Artemisia and sailor’s tobacco, mugwort is another universal magical herb. A decoction of the leaves is said to help open your mind before you try divination. In magic rituals, we can use it for prophetic dreams and prophecy, relaxation and tranquility, protection, banishing, and consecration.
Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans)
Medicinally, nutmeg suppresses nausea and soothes digestive problems (BE CAREFUL: it can be toxic in large doses). Magically, it is associated with psychic abilities, happiness, love, money, and health.
Parsley (Petroselinum Crispum)
In ancient Greece, parsley has such wide-ranging purposes as sprinkling on corpses to neutralize the smell of decay and making victors’ crowns to celebrate success. Magically we associate parsley with power, strength, lust, purification, and prosperity. You can use both the seeds and the leaves.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Practical applications of rosemary include use as a skin tonic applied externally and as a hair rinse to add shine to dark hair and soothe an itchy scalp. An infusion taken as a tea will help ease a headache. Magical associations include protection, improving memory, wisdom, health, and healing. Rosemary is associated with the Sun and with the zodiac sign of Leo.
Sage (Salvia Spp.)
Sage is perhaps the herb most commonly used for purification and protection. An infusion taken as a tea will help settle a sour stomach and ease digestion and can help calm anxiety as well. Magical associations include purification and protection, wisdom, health, and long life.
Verbena (Verbena Officinalis, Verbena Spp.)
Also known as vervain, enchanter’s herb, herb of grace, verbena is an excellent all-purpose herb. Medicinally, an infusion of verbena helps calm headaches, eases stress, and makes a relaxing bedtime tea. Magically versatile, we bring verbena in connection with divination, protection, inspiration, abundance, love, peace, tranquility, healing, prosperity, skill in artistic performance, and the reversal of harmful activity.
Make a verbena oil by infusing the fresh plant in a virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil to use as a regular blessing/protection oil. Add crumbled verbena leaves to any sachet to round out the positive energies you are drawing together. It is an excellent all-purpose herb to add to any charm bag or spell to encourage success.
Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)
Yarrow is a common garden herb grown for its attractive silvery foliage. The leaves and stem of yarrow, have traditionally been used as a compress to stop the wound from bleeding. Magically, we can use it for courage, healing, and love.
Moss is a type of plant that is the first to grow in a seemingly barren area. It’s also stubborn and survives in the oddest places where you wouldn’t think anything could grow. Moss prefers a humid, shady location, and can and will grow on trees, rocks, dead wood, and soil—anywhere there may be a small crack or gap where particles of dirt can collect. It can grow with no apparent place to root whatsoever, which is possible because moss technically does not have roots. Moss absorbs water through its leaves. Because it survives with little maintenance and in remote locations, moss is associated with perseverance, patience, nurturing, and grounding. Because it is lush even in seemingly inhospitable areas, it’s also associated with serenity and calm.
Ferns are lovely ethereal plants that range from fragile to remarkably sturdy. They grow in a variety of climates and settings, depending on the genus and species. In magic, we associate ferns with invisibility, love, fidelity, protection from evil, and unlocking doors.
The grass isn’t found only on our lawns; it’s also found tall and waving by the roadside or growing through cracks in alleyways or vacant lots. Like the moss, the magical association of grass is serenity. Grass also has a quirky humor: if you want it to grow, it will resist, whereas if you try to get rid of it, it will keep popping up. The grass is a trickster. It’s also highly adaptable.