How does herbal magick work, anyway? A sachet of leaves tucked under a pillow, a handful of berries strewn across a doorway: Herbal charms and remedies are one of the most familiar forms of magick. Herbal (“green”) witches keep elaborate pantries of herbal ingredients, each with a different power to[…]

Four Theories of how Herbal Magick may Work

This spell will give your new romance a kick-start. As the plant grows, so will the love and affection between you and the one you desire. Items needed: One small basil plant, earth, one rose quartz crystal, and a red flower pot. Write your name and the name of the[…]

Herb Love Spell

Use this spell to protect your property or a loved one you may feel is in danger. Items needed. One black candle, one small stone from a cemetery, black cloth pouch filled with a pinch of each of the following herbs and plants: Vervain Wormwood Thyme Oak bark Spanish moss[…]

Herb Protection Pouch

The Window Box Even the city apartment dweller has room for herbs. Take clutter off the kitchen windowsill and replace it with an attractive planter, filled with fresh, growing herbs. The following herbs and small plants are attractive and easy to grow, and are the staples of most love spells.[…]

The Urban Herb Garden

Herbs provide us with an abundance of medicinal, as well as magickal substances. Most herbs are easily grown and cared for, because in reality they are weeds. Herbs will grow in the shade, in between rocks, thrive in sandy soil, and can go for long periods of time without water.[…]

Herbs

 A protection against witches, demons, vampires, the evil eye and other dark supernatural forces, and an ingredient in folk healing remedies. Garlands of garlic worn around the neck or hung in a house are said to ward off evil spirits, creatures and spells. In Mexico, the ajo macho is a[…]

Garlic

DILL (Anethum graveolens) G Folk Names: Aneton, Dill Weed, Dilly, Garden Dill, Chebbit, Sowa, Keper, Hulwa, Buzzalchippet Gender: Masculine Planet: Mercury Element: Fire Powers: Protection, money, Lust, Love Magical Uses: The herb is protective when hung at the door and carried in protective sachets. Placed in the cradle it protects[…]

DILL

CUMIN (Cumimum cyminum) G Folk Names: Cumino, Cumino Aigro, Sanoot, Kimoon Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism, AntiTheft Magical Uses: In Germany and Italy, cumin is put into bread to keep wood spirits from stealing it. Cumin seed also possesses the “gift of retention”; i.e., it[…]

CUMIN

CORIANDER (Coriandrum sativum) G Folk Names: Chinese Parsley, Cilantro, Cilentro, Culantro, Uan-Suy, Stinkdillsamen, Hu-Sui Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Love, Health, Healing Magical Uses: Coriander has long been used in love sachets and spells. Add the powdered seeds to warm wine to make an effective lust potion. The[…]

CORIANDER

Incense composition and use is an art form in itself. Basically, an incense is any combination of plant materials, perhaps combined with essential oils and a base, which are mixed together and burned or smouldered on charcoal. (This type of incense is known as “raw” or “granular.” It is usually[…]

Herbal Incense

Though extracting oils by steam distillation and other methods is almost prohibitively expensive, we are spared this cost by the wide availability of essential oils and synthetics on the market today. Many so-called “essential oils” are actually synthetic; this does not negate their use in magic, however. If they smell[…]

Herbal Oils

An old form of herb magic as well as medicine, an ointment is simply any fatty substance to which powdered herbs and/or oils have been added. A good example of this is found in the text under MALLOW. In the past, lard was generally used as the base, but today[…]

Herbal Ointments

Baths are often used in herb magic, for they are an easy way to spread an herb’s power over the entire body. There are two methods; one, make a sachet (use about one-half to one cup of the appropriate enchanted herb) of cheesecloth. Drop this into the warm bath water.[…]

Herbal Baths

Infusion The infusion is the origin of the “potion” so identified with Witches. It is simply a process of soaking herbs in hot water. There are some refinements, however. Use no metal pots when boiling water or during the steeping process, for they interfere with the herb’s powers. Keep the[…]

Herbal Infusions

This is also known as the “voodoo doll,” although it has been in magical use at least 4,000 years and was only lately associated with voodoo. Though they have been made out of roots, potatoes, lead, bark, paper, and other materials, in magical herbalism poppets are usually fashioned of cloth[…]

Herbal Poppets

Herbs to be carried or placed in the house (over doors, windows, etc.) should be made into sachets. A sachet is a small bag or piece of cloth in which herbs are contained. In voodoo magic this is often called a “charm bag” or “root bag.” They are exceedingly easy[…]

Herb Sachets

Enchanting Herbs Prior to actually using herbs in magic, they can be enchanted. Enchantment (in a magical context) aligns the vibrations of the plants involved with your magical need. Thus it is a process which increases the effectiveness of the herbs. Enchantment may be performed on a single herb or[…]

Enchanting Herbs