Sunday, March 11, 2012

Basics~Herbs~Majickal Uses

First let me start with some terms you'll find when working with herbal spells, keep in mind this is in no way complete, but a start. This is kind of unorganized but i will redo it when I complete my Herbal encyclopedia, however that may be a couple of more years . ;)

ABORTIFACIENT---an herb or other means which induces premature expulsion of a fetus. Do NOT use lightly! You must know what you are doing here, too little will result in birth defects, too much will kill the patient.

ACRID--having a biting taste or causes heart and irritation when applied to the skin.

ADJUVANT--an herb used to aid the effect of a principal ingredient when added to an herbal mixture.

ALTERNATIVE--indicates a substance which alters a condition by producing a gradual change in the health.

ANALGESIC--relives or diminishes pain a/k/a ANODYNE.

ANAPHRODISIAC--reduces sexual desire.

ANTHELMINITIC--expels intestinal worms (or destroys them).

ANTIBIOTIC--destroys or arrest micro-organisms.

ANTICOAGULANT--Prevents the blood from clotting.

ANTIDOTE--an agent which counters the effects of poison or other medicines.

ANTIEMETIC--Counters nausea and ceases vomiting.

ANTIHYDROTIC--reduces perspiration.

ANTILITHIC--reduces urinary stones and helps dissolve them.

ANTIPERIODIC--counteracts intermittent disease like malaria.

ANTIPHLOGISTIC--reduces inflammation.

ANTIPYRETIC--prevents or reduces fever.

ANTISEPTIC--destroys or inhibits bacteria.

ANTISPASMODIC--prevents or relieves spasms or cramps.

ANTITUSSIVE--relieves coughing.

APHRODISIAC--stimulates sexual desire.

APERIENT--herbals that act as mild laxatives.

APPETIZER--stimulates the appetite.

AROMATIC--herbs or agents that have a fragrant smell and produce a pungent taste.

ASTRINGENT--causes contraction of tissues.

BALSAMIC--a healing or soothing herb or agent.

CARDIAC--having an effect on the heart.

CARMINATIVE--expels gas from stomach, intestines or bowels.

CATHARTIC--strong laxative than APERIENT

CHOLAGOGUE--increases flow of bile and it's expulsion.

CORDIAL--invigorating herb.

DEMULCENT--soothing, bland. Used to relieve internal inflammations.

DEPRESSANT--eases nervousness.

DIAPHORETIC--increase the eliminative secretions through the sweat glands, facilitates elimination of toxic and accumulative waste matter.

DIURETIC--promotes the flow of urine

EMETIC--causes evacuation of the stomach contents by inducting vomiting.

EMMENAGOGUE--acts on the reproductive system, strengths and balances the cellular tissues by regulating the body's hormonal flow.

EUPHORANT--brings an abnormal sense of vigor.

EPISPASTIC--causes blisters when applied;plies to the surface of the skin.

FEBRIFIGE--reduces fever.

GALACTAGOGUE--increased the flow of mothers milk.

HEMOSTATIC--capable of slowing down or stopping hemorrhage.

HEPATIC--acts upon the liver.

HYDTAGOGUE--produces large amounts of watery discharge.

NEPHRITIC--applies to disease of the kidneys.

NERVINES--regenerates the nervous system, having a calming effect.

OXYTOCIC--capable of producing uterine contractions.

PECTORAL--relieves affections of the chest and lungs.

POISON--harmful, destructive, fatal.

PURGATIVE--evacuates the bowels. These are very strong and NEVER given to children!

RUBEFACIENT--used externally and causes redness and increased blood supply when rubbed into the skin.

SEDATIVE--calms the nerves

SIALAGOGUE--increase saliva.

SOPORIFIC--induces sleep.

SUFORIFIC--increase perspiration and facilitates elimination of toxins through through the skin.

STOMACHIC--stimulates the flow of digestive secretions and increases the volume of such.

STYPTIC--contracts blood vessels and stops bleeding.

TENIAFUGE--expels tapeworms.

TONIC--tones the alimentive tract and corrects problems of the digestive system. They are normally mild and taken daily.

TOPICAL--applied to the skin only.

VASOCONSTRICTOR--narrows blood vessels and raises blood pressure.

VULNERARY--tones and heals the muscular and skeletal system and often used with emollients in a poultice for external wounds.

And remember to know your herbs well and be comfortable with them before using, as with anything

THE HERBS ( a few of the ones you will come across the most in spellwork)
Acacia Gum:
 Psychic Powers, Protection. When burned with sandalwood it stimulates psychic powers. Used in attraction spells (money, love).

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.

Money, luck, Healing. Burn as incense to attract money or luck.

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.

Purification, Protection, Prevents nightmares.

Love, Happiness, Healing, Immortality.

Balm of Gilead:
Love, Manifestations, Protection, Healing. Carry the herb for protective and healing purposes or to mend a broken heart. To make a love potion simply steep in red wine.

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

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.

Money, Good Luck, Peace, Harmony, Well-being.

Purification, Prosperity. Excellent 'clearing' herb, Burn to purify. To attract customers to your business burn a mixture of Benzoin, Cinnamon, and Basil.

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.

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.

Protection, Exorcism. Sprinkle an infusion of boneset to drive away negative or evil spirits.

Courage, Psychic Powers. A tea made from borage induces psychic powers.

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.

Lust, Love. To make a quick lust potion add a crushed seed to warmed wine. Alternatively, add to love sachets and incense.

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.

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.

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.

Divination, Love.

Fidelity, Love. Carry or use in spells to attract love or to maintain a relationship.

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.

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.

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.

Love, Lust. Often used in love spells and sachets. To make a quick lust potion add a crushed seed to warmed wine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Protection, Healing. Use the leaves to stuff healing poppets and carry to maintain good health and ensure protection.
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Protection, Healing, Purification. Often used in healing and purification mixtures. Hang above windows and doors or carry to ward off evil spirits and negativity.

Money. To attract money into the house, add a few fenugreek seeds to the mop water or make an infusion then add to water.

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.

Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality.

Love, Power, Curse breaker. Add to any mixture, especially those for love or breaking curses to intensify its power.

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.

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.

Mental powers, Hazel nuts are used in fertility spells.

Healing, Sleep. Add hops to healing sachets and incenses. A pillow stuffed with dried hops brings on sleep and rest.

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.

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.

Love, Money. Carry or burn the flowers to attract wealth or money. Add to sachets to attract spiritual love.

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.

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.

Lust, Love. Add to love and lust sachets or simply carry to attract love. Liquorice sticks also make useful wands.

Protection, Banishing.

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

Peace, Nature spells, Hair growth.

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.

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.

Love, Peace, Happiness. The scent is said to cheer the heart. Often used in love spells or strewn about the house to keep peace.

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.

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.

Courage, Fertility, Lust.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Purification, Protection. Parsley is often used in purification baths and to stop all misfortune. Fresh Parsley eaten also aids in reducing blood pressure.

Peace, Friendships. Place around the house to reduce problems and troubles and bring peace. Carry to attract friends and enjoy great popularity.

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.

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.

Protection, Exorcism. Mix with salt and scatter to dispel evil. Pepper is also added to amulets to protect against the evil eye.

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.

Love. Used in love spells and sachets especially amongst the gypsies. Eaten it will also induce feelings of love.

Healing, Protection, Exorcism, Fertility, Money.

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.

Love. Use in love mixtures to draw and maintain love.

Love. Often served as a love inducing food, raspberry leaves are also carried to alleviate the pains of pregnancy and childbirth.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Psychic powers, mental powers.

Tea Tree:
Healing, Anti fungal.

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.

Purification.Scatter on the floor to protect a magick circle, or mix with salt water and sprinkle to purify an area.

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.

Magickal powers, Mental powers, Love, Lust, Rejuvenation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

More Herbs and Their Uses

Aloe (Aloe vera) :
Called the "Burn Plant" because of its effect on burns, aloe is also effective in preventing accidents involving fire or heat. An Aloe growing in your kitchen affords not only it's healing properties, but also protection against kitchen burns and fires.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) :
A daily cup of anise tea will preserve youth. Anise burned on charcoal before bed will promote prophetic dreams.

Balm (Melissa officinalis) :
Bathe in a bath of Balm to attract love. Add to incense and sachets for love and to promote healing.

Barley (Hordeum spp.) :
Sprinkle Barley around the perimeter of your yard [or on windowsills] to ward off evil. A few grains under your doormat will offer protection and repell negativity and evil that would enter.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) :
Basil oil rubbed on a green candle before burning will attract wealth. Use Basil as a floor wash to rid house of all evil and negativity. The incense smoke is beneficial for the same, plus banishing, exorcising and for protection.

Blackberry (Rubus villosus) :
To work your way through a bramble of blackberries is damn near impossible - but it is rumored to dispell, and protect from, all disease.

Caraway (Carum carvi) :
Use in your wedding cake, and throw caraway seeds after the ceremony. It promotes lust and fidelity. Of course - it doesn't have to be your wedding night/cake.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) :
Well, we've seen it's effect on our feline friends... giving your cat this herb can help create the psychic link needed for a familiar. Add catnip to your sachets to attract love [but keep it away from your cat].

Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) :
Eat a meal hot with cayenne before a night of Bacchanalian celebrating - it will curb drunkeness.

Chamomile (Anthemsis nobilis) :
Ancient Egytians assiciated Chamomile with Ra for its healing powers. Even other plants in your herb garden will benefit from this herb, as it repells insects & promotes healing. Chamomile also has the properties of attracting wealth.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) :
First cultivated and used in the East, Cinnamon was burned to purify the temple. It also promotes health, vigor and libido.

Clove (Caryophyllus aromaticus) :
burned or ingested, clove promotes visions.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) :
If you see a puff off a dandelion, but there's no wind, rain is on the way.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) :
Ingested, Fennel promotes virility, fertility, and libido in general. Also acts as a protective herb.

Garlic (Allium sativum) :
Ropes of garlic are used to ward off evil. Garlic is also known as a lustful herb when ingested.

Lavendar (Lavendula officinale) :
Especially useful in attracting men. Lavendar promotes happiness and harmony in the home, whether burned or simply used in potpourri and sachets.

Marigold (Calendula officianis) :
Use as a visionary herb. Burn when doing a divination for love.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) :
Use as a floor wash to dispel negativity and promote love & happiness.

Onion (Allium cepa) :
Ingested, onions can promote prophetic visions and dreams. Onion also promotes virility and libido.

Parsley (Retroselinum sativum) :
Sacred to Persephone, and a favorite herb of Venus and Aphrodite - Parsley also promotes communion with the Maternal Aspect of Goddess.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) :
Burn before bed for phrophetic dreams. Peppermint tea aids in divination.

Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) :
Increases memory and protects against evil. It has been used in conjunction with juniper berries for centuries to purify the air.

Sage (Salvia officianus) :
Make a broom out of Sage to really sweep away undesired influences from your circle. Promotes strength, courage, longevity and wisdom. It also banishes negativity and evil.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) :
Used to invoke the Faery folk. Burn when asking advice of loved ones who have passed to the Summerlands.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) :
The herb of Witches. Use for cleansing and self-purification. Ingest with care (See Medicinal Herbs).

Vervain (Verbena officinalis) :
One of the Seven Sacred Herbs of the Druids. Aids in visionary work. The Welsh called it 'llysiaur hudol' - or enchanting herb. It promotes love, lust and sexual fulfillment. Use when performing sexual magic. Helpful when invoking Goddess Diana. An herb of artists - use before any artistic performances.

Willow (Salix alba) :
An herb of immortality. Willow is sacred to Hecate, Hermes, and other Underworld deities.

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) :
Use to remove jinx. Also good for protecting children.

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginica) :
Excellent for making divining rods - which can be used to find more than just water.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) :
A powerful tool in conjunction with I-Ching divination. Use the flowers in Handfastings. Yarrow is sacred to Cernunnos. Associated [as the Latin name shows] with Achilles.

- above section from Strega's Lair

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