The Power of Herbs

Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Working with herbs is an easy way to apply energy correspondences. Every Kitchen Witch knows that even the most
common herb welds magickal energies. Parsley is used for fertility, thyme for clairvoyance, garlic for protection... And that
sprinkling an herb over a dish or simmering a few into a dinner can imbue a meal with energy. Energy abounds in nature. In
magick natural aspects are gathered and infused with intent. Learning how these natural energies complement and work
together is how an apprentice becomes a magi. Adding herbs to your cooking not only adds nutrients (yes, each herbal
teaspoon is loaded not only with flavor but with antioxidants and vitamins too) it will add energy to manifest intent. For
example: while the French regard their food as 'the food of Love', it's actually the Italians that steps up to the magickal
index.  Basil, Marjoram, Rosemary, and Thyme are all herbs with magickal properties used to kindle affection. One of the
easiest love spells to work is to serve a nice Italian meal incorporating these herbs into a sauce. As you make the sauce
firmly hold your intention in your mind then serve the meal to the object of your desire.

The Crafty Witch
...You have to get crafty. Making real magick is about investing energy and infusing it with intent. Which means that little
pretty potion you picked up at the market is probably pretty tepid. Think about it. Was it manufactured in a giant industrial
plant or was it created with intent? How many miles did it travel to reach you? Through how many hands did it pass? What
energy was it subjected to? Real magick is born in individual creation. It is the act of an individual's labor, infused with
their own energy signature, molded by a unique intent. This is the applied to Know, to Will, to Dare of it.

Here are some ways herbs are commonly used:
Amulets, Sachets, Talismans – Herbal mixtures that are bundled together for a specific purpose.
Aspersers - Bundles of herbs that are used to sprinkle salt water in a ritual or around the home in purification.
Baths - Mixtures of fresh or dried herbs or oils to create
magickal baths. Oils can be added to mixtures of Epsom salts and
baking soda to create wonderful bath salts.
Brews and infusions - Herbs combinations that are steep and can be taken internal or externally. Can be added to baths,
used as wash or sprinkled.
Dream Pillows - Herbs stuffed into pillows for a particular purpose; better sleep, psychic dreams, vivid or lucid dreams.
Incense - Burning dried plant materials or formed into sticks or cones.
Inks - for creating Talismans on Parchment paper and other magickal writings. Doves Blood ink is tradition made of amber
resin and orris root
Ointments -  Herbs or essential oils mixed into some kind of fat/lard/oil and bees wax.
Essential Oils - Used for anointing people, candles or objects.
Powders - Finely ground herbs added to mixtures, ritual fires or sprinkled on an altar or ritual space to add energy to the
Potpourri - Attractive mixtures of scented, usually dried, plant materials. Can be simmered or added to infuser or ritual fire.
Tinctures - Plant materials are added to an alcohol base. The energies are released into the alcohol and the plant material
is strained.

And don't forget about the importance of with aromas. Of all the senses, the sense of smell is often the sense considered
least important. Yet a scent has the power to set the mind reeling. Scent not only has the power to affect mood and invoke
memories, a scent can shape your entire sense of well-being. Scent can even affect the way others respond to you.
Fragrances have been casting their spells for thousands of years. The olfactory nerves are connected directly with your
brain, where scent impulses create instant memories and reaction. A single scent has the power to trigger feelings of
peace, energy and even a good night's sleep. Use the scent of rose and vanilla evoke feelings of romance, lavender is for
inner calm, while rosemary is for remembrance.

Intention           Herbal Correspondence
        Anise, Arrow Root, Garlic, Hyssop, (Ghost) Lilac, Tobacco
Beauty             Avocado, Catnip, Rose, Strawberry, Violet
Calling spirit      Dandelion, Wormwood
Courage           Borage, Mullein, Ragweed, Rose, Sweetpea, Tea, Thyme, Tonka Beans, Yarrow
Divination         Anise, Basil, Broom, Camphor,  Cherry, Clove, Dandelion, Hibiscus, Ivy, Meadowsweet, Orris
Dreams            Anise, Cinnamon, Holly, Jasmine flowers, Marigold, Mugwort, Yarrow
Employment      Devil's Shoestring, Lucky Hand, Pecan
Faery magick     Black Berry Leaf,  Ylang Ylang
Fertility             Daffodil, Date, Ginseng, Grape, Hazel, Mandrake, Mistletoe, Mandrake, Mugwort, Narcissus
Nuts, Oak, Parsley. Patchouli, Poppy, Rice, Sunflower, Wheat
Friendship        Apple,Arrow Root, Lemon, Love Seed, Passion Flower, Rosemary, Sweetpea
Luck                Allspice, Aloe, Bluebell, Clover, Daffodil, Fern, Goldenrod, Heather, Honeysuckle, Irish Moss,
Job's Tears,Moss, Nutmeg, Rose,  Rue, Sandalwood, Spikenard,  Strawberry, Tonka Beans, Violet
Happiness       Catnip, Cyclamen, Hawthorn, Hyacinth, John the Conqueror , Lavender, Marjoram,
Meadowsweet, Niaouli, Saffron, Witch Grass
Healing           Allspice, Apple, Bay, Bittersweet, Blackberry, Carnation, Cedar, Cinnamon, Fennel, Flax, Gardenia,         
Garlic,Ginseng, Henna, Hops, Ivy, Job's Tears, Mint, Mugwort, Myrrh, Niaouli, Oak, Pine, Potato,
Rose,  Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thistle, Thyme, Violet, Willow
Love               Apple, Apricot, Almond, Barley, Basil, Brazil Nut, Chamomile, Cherry, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Clove,
Clover, Coriander, Daffodil, Daisy, Gardenia, Ginger, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender,
Lemon, Marjoram, Meadowsweet, Mistletoe, Orange, Plum, Poppy, Raspberry, Rose, Rosemary,
Sienna, Strawberry, Thyme, Valerian, Vanilla, Violet, Willow, Yarrow
Money, Wealth, Prosperity        Alfalfa, Almond, Basil, Blackberry, Cat's Claw, Cedar, Chamomile, Cinnamon,
Cinquefoil, Clove, Comfrey, Dill, Fern, Ginger, Goldenrod, Honeysuckle, Irish Moss, Jasmine,
Lucky Hand, Mint, Moss, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Oak, Oakmoss, Orange, Patchouli, Pine, Rice, Sage, Snapdragon,
Tea, Vervain Wheat
Peace            Coltsfoot, Gardenia, Lavender, Meadowsweet, Pennyroyal, Violet
Protection        Acacia, Aloe, Angelica, Anise, Arrow Root, Ash, Basil, Birch, Blackberry, Blueberry, Broom, Caraway,
Carnation, Cedar, Cinquefoil, Clover, Cotton, Cypress, Dill, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Flax, Foxglove,Galangal,
Garlic, Hyacinth, Grass, Hazel, Heather, Holly, Hyssop, Irish Moss, Ivy, Juniper Berries, Lilac,
Mandrake, Marigold, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mulberry, Niaouli, Oak, Olive, Pine, Primrose, Raspberry,
Rice, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spanish Moss, Thistle, Valerian, Violet, Willow
Psychic Ability     Arrow Root, Bay, Cinnamon, Honeysuckle, Juniper Berries, Lemon grass Marigold, Rose, Thyme,
Wormwood, Yarrow
Purification       Bay, Broom, Cedar, Chamomile, Hyssop, Iris, Mustard Seed, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage,
Valerian, Vervain
Removing Hexes        Cinquefoil, Galangal Root, John the Conqueror, Vetivert
Sleep               Chamomile, Hops, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Vervain
Spirituality        Cinnamon, Frankincense, Heather, Myrrh, Sandalwood
Strength           Bay, Date, Carnation, Mugwort, Mulberry, Sweet Pea, Thistle
Success            Cinnamon, Clover, High John the Conqueror, Mistletoe, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla
Wisdom            Iris, Sage, Sunflower
Wishes              Bamboo, Beech, Dandelion, Dogwood, Job's Tears, Sage, Sandalwood, Sunflower, Violet

"Herbal potion, cauldron brew,
now be charged with magick true.
With intent I speak this charm,
all be blessed and none be harmed.
Ever minding the law of three,
This is my will, so mote it be..."

Common Herbal Correspondences

Here is a list of 45 of the more common flower, herb and resins you should try to memorize. They can be invaluable to you
for their convenience, low price and effectiveness. These herbs are both reliable and relatively potent in magickal workings.
Many on this list fall into the category of Culinary Herbs which means you should be able to find them at any grocery
store. The rest can be found as loose herbs, incense or oils in most health food stores.

All-Heal: Healing, Health, Vitality

Aloe: Healing, Protection Against Harmful Spirits, Luck, Water Elemental Invocation

Allspice: Money, Luck, Healing

Amber: Mental Magic, Balance, Protection, Protection Against Harmful Spirits, Protection Against Hexes, Protection Against
Psychic Attack

Anise: Preventing nightmares, Protection, Psychic Abilities, Purification

Angelica: Exorcism, Hex Breaking, Divination, Prophecy, Disburses Negative Energy, Protection, Healing

Arrowroot: Banishing, Defense, Protection, Psychic Awareness

Basil: Circle Casting, Flying, Exorcism, Protection, Warding Off Harmful Spirits, Love, promotes harmony, helps stop fighting
between loved ones, Wealth

Bay: Curse Breaker, Psychic Development, Purification, Strength, Victory, Vitality

Bayberry: Business Success, Wealth

Bergamot: Money, Prosperity, Success and Destiny

Caraway: Clarity, Health, Lust, Anti-Theft, Protection

Caramom: Lust, Love and Mental Powers

Catnip: Familiar Magic, Spirit Familiar Invocation, Beauty, Love, Joy

Cayenne Pepper: Cleansing, Energy, Healing, Heating, Protection

Chamomile: Rest, Prosperity, Purification, Water Elemental Invocation, Romance

Cinnamon: Lust, Success, Strength, Spirituality, Healing, Divination, Protection, Love

Clary Sage: Euphoria, banishing the blues, protection

Clove: Prosperity, Romance, Protection, Exorcism

Dandelion: Spirit Magic, Wish Magic, Prophetic Dreams, Divination, Health

Echinacea: Healing, Protection, Strengthens Spells, Defensive Magic

Eucalyptus: Protection, Healing, Water Elemental Invocation

Fern: Weather Magic, Exorcism, Air Elemental Invocation, Good Fortune, Immortality, Protection, Wealth, Healing

Garlic: Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Protection from Theft, Fertility

Ginger: Courage, Strength, Romance, Love, Prosperity, Control, Success, Mental Magic

Hyssop: Healing Purification, Protection

Ivy: Health, Healing, Protection

Lavender: Healing, Love, Anti-depression

Marjoram: Protection, Love, Joy, Healing, Prosperity - when combined with thyme becomes a powerful spring cleanser

Mistletoe: The Hunt, Lust, Healing, Love, Romance, Protection, Exorcism, Fertility, Air Elemental Invocation

Mugwort: Astral Projection, Potency, Mental Magic, Earth Elemental Invocation, Dream Magic, Protection, Healing

Mullein: Courage, Healing, Protection, Love, Romance, Divination, Exorcism

Myrrh: Protection, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Spirituality

Nutmeg: Clarity of Vision, Friendship, Confidence, Divination, Prosperity

Parsley: Purification, Romance, Protection

Patchouli: Lust, Protection, Reversals, Hex Breaking, Returning Negative Energy To Its Source, Returns Harmful Magic,
Wealth, Money, Fertility, Riches, Earth Elemental Invocation

Rose: Love, Healing, Mental Magic, Divination, Wish Magic, Protection

Rosemary: Protection, Exorcism, Love, Friendship, Lust, Mental Magic, Purification, Rest, Beauty

Sage: Protection, Wisdom, Youth, Longevity, Wish Magic

Summer Savory: Air magic, Animals, Attracts males, Happiness, Love, Satyrs, Sensuality, Virility

Sandalwood: Purification, Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality, Consecration

Tobacco: Purification, Exorcism, Healing

Valerian: Love, Purification, Rest, Protection

Vervain: Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep, Healing

Ylang Ylang: Lust, Fertility, Power, Social Power

NOTE: Some of these herbs are *
POISON* Just because they are listed does not mean they are safe for ingestion.
Do your research before creating any potion to be used on the skin or in the body.

If the herb you were looking for was not on this list try our
Comprehensive Herbal Index Page

For more info on herbs as home remedies. Check out this page for a list of  herbal home remedies
Art of the Spell