Magickal Herbs Used For Mental Power
* Lily of the Valley
* Savory, Summer
* Lily of the Valley
* Savory, Summer
Most medicinal herbs contain many natural compounds that play off one another, producing a wide variety of results. Even medical science does not always understand how the compounds work together, or even exactly what they all are. As botanist Walter Lewis, Ph.D., and microbiologist Memory Elvin-Lewis, Ph.D., put it in their book Medical Botany: “Nature is still mankind’s greatest chemist, and many compounds that remain undiscovered in plants are beyond the imagination of even our best scientists.”
Some herbs that regulate the body almost seem to have an inner intelligence, with the ability to perform many different functions, depending upon what the individual needs. For example, ginger can raise or lower blood pressure, depending on what needs to happen to bring an individual’s blood pressure to a healthy level. And tonic herbs do more than clear up immediate, acute symptoms-they have the more general effect of renewing strength and vitality. Marshmallow, for instance, strengthens your digestive system and improves the functioning of your immune system while relieving your stomach distress.
Although 80 percent of pharmaceutical drugs are based on herbs, these drugs are generally based not on the whole herb but on one “active ingredient” derived from a plant. Modern medicine has become captivated by what it calls a “magic 0bullet”-a single substance that zeros in and destroys a germ or relieves a symptom. Whenever possible, the chemical structure of the active component found in an herb is duplicated in the laboratory and produced synthetically. This enables a drug company to produce formulas of consistent quality and strength and avoid the hassle and expense of collecting plants in the wild. (Not incidentally, it also enables them to patent the remedy and charge more money for it.)
These magic bullet drugs have several problems. First, they treat only specific problems. Well-known plant researcher and botanist James Duke, Ph.D., points out that “the solitary synthetic bullet offers no alternatives if the doctor has misdiagnosed the ailment or if one or more ailments require more than one compound.” Herbs, on the other hand, can cover many bases at once.
Also, magic bullets don’t give the body a chance to find its own solution. Dr. Duke theorizes that our bodies take fuller advantage than we realize of the complex chemistry in medicinal herbs. He believes that each herb contains hundreds of active compounds, many of which act “synergistically.” That means that all these compounds somehow combine to produce a greater effect than each has alone, and that the body extracts the compounds it needs and discards the others. One possible reason that scientific studies sometimes fail to confirm an herb’s traditional use in healing is that the studies often focus only on the isolated compound, not on the whole plant.0
Years ago, researchers extracted an active compound called silymarin from the herb;milk thistle and turned it into a pharmaceutical drug to treat liver damage. Only later did German scientists discover yet another compound in milk thistle betaine hydrochloride-that may be equally important.
The popular immunity-enhancing herb Echinacea has a similar story. For years, complex carbohydrates from Echinacea were thought to be its sole active ingredient and were extracted to produce a drug. But then a team of German researchers headed by Dr. Wagner discovered that;echinacea contains other compounds that enhance immunity.
In the case of the sedative herb valerian, medical researchers found that two compounds-valeric acid and essential oils-caused its calming effects, but for some time they remained unaware of still a third set of highly sedative compounds called valepotriates. And ginkgo, which is used to boost brain functions and circulation, has been found to be more effective when used in its whole form instead of its isolated active compounds.
In some areas, it is getting time to start planning and hoeing those gardens up. For those of us blessed with land attached to our homes, a mystic garden is an excellent addition to the magickal household. A garden brings beauty and ensures a steady supply of fresh and dried herbs. It also spreads an aura of protection around your home, shielding it from the outside world. When people approach, even before they have steppped over the threshold. they will have been enchanted by the garden’s subtle powers.
Not everyone has the space to plant a garden, but even apartment dwellers can grow herbs and flowers on window sills or porches in pots and planter. Indeed a garden can be maintained indoor with house plants.
Still, an outdoor garden is worth creating if you have the time, space and inclination. In fact, it is an ideal setting in which to perform magick. Spells cast in gardens are more powerful than those done indoors, for the forces of nature resident in the plants around you and the solid earth beneath your bare feet align with your own powers to produce the needed results.
Magical Herbalism describes one method of creating a magick garden. There are countless others–in fact, you should let your imagination run wild when fashioning your mystic green corner.
Your garden need not advertise its powers. It can be your secret with the Earth. Since no one seems to think twice about herbs or fruit trees growing in a garden, on the stairs or in window boxes, why not pick plants that will bring wealth, protection and love to your home?
Your garden can also be a source of help in fulfilling your personal magical goals. If you wish to improve your psychic powers, for instance, plant a bay tree, common celery, honeysuckle, marigolds, roses or thyme. While thriving in the garden, the plants will help attune your home to psychic vibrations. Plus, their flowers, leaves and seeds can be used in magick rites to further accentuate their effects.
Those desiring a loving household may wish to include such common plants and flowers as the gardenia, primrose, spearmint, tomato, pansy, jasmine and catnip, and (if space is no problem) a few trees such as cherry, apple orange, mape and willow.
To ensure happiness in a home, you might wish to fill a window box or ranks of flowerpots with hyacinth, lavender, marjoram, catnip and morning glory (care–it creeps everywhere).
If money is a problem, you could choose mint, onion, snapdragon, camellia, chamomile, clover, dill, basil and perhaps even a small section of what. Pine, oak, ash and apple trees planted near the house also help direct prosperity your way, as will a banana plant
To ward off thefts in your home, plant a “fence” of ti (ki) around its perimeter or be sure to include garlic, cumin, vetivert, a clump of thistlees, an aspen, catcus or a juniper tree.
Bamboo and hydrangea near the home offer it general luck, as does a sunflower, which is sometimes considered a prerequisite for a garden in Mexico. Myrtle-filled widow boxes, if planted by a woman are lucky too.
When all is growing greenly, no one will be the wiser concerning your garden’s powers, although every plant is virtually a spell in and of itself.
“The Magical Household” Book
Scott Cunningham & David Harrington
Kitchen Cupboard Magic
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions,
We don’t usually think of sea salt and basil and apples as magical,
but our more earth-centered ancestors knew they were.
Here, then, is a list of some traditional herb correspondences;
choose one or more according to your desire. You can add a handful to your
washing-water next time you mop the floor:
Apples: Food of the Goddess, love. Add a few pieces of fresh or dried
apple to your water (but not too much or you’ll end up with sticky
Basil: Love, fidelity, wealth, protection. A nice all-purpose herb
with a luscious summery scent.
Chamomile: Serenity and calm; purification. Smells like a blend of
apples and new-mown hay. While you’re at it, make yourself a cup of tea to
drink after you’ve finished cleaning; it’s very relaxing.
Cinnamon: Happy home, safety, healing, protection. The primal
home-and-hearth spice. Use pieces of cinnamon stick for your brew
(the powdered kind will turn into a gelatinous glop in the bucket).
Clove: Purification; promotes love and spirituality. Try it with
Eucalyptus: Health, protection. Warm and fresh, actually kills germs.
Evergreen: Health, purification, vitality. A few sprigs of pine,
cedar, or juniper growing nearby, a few sprigs placed in boiling water will add
green freshness to your housecleaning brew.
Lavender: Love, friendship, peace, happiness, protection. Such a
sweet, relaxing, and calm-inducing scent–and it’s also an antidepressant.
Lemon peel: Purification. It’s no accident that so many cleaning
products are lemon-scented; lemon smells fresh and uplifting and cleanses
Marjoram: Love, protection, antidepressant. You can sprinkle a little
of this dried herb in the corners of every room to promote love and
Peppermint: Purification, healing, soothing. A wonderfully relaxing
and refreshing scent.
Rosemary: Cleansing and protection; clears negativity; encourages
Sage: Purification, wisdom. It’s no coincidence that the word
for “wise one” is the same as the herb’s name. A traditional ingredient of many
Native American smudge bundles, a strong sage tea will help clear your home
Sea salt: Traditional for purification and protection. If you’ve been
feeling vulnerable or weird and you only have time to add one
ingredient to your wash-water, this could be it.
Vanilla: love, happiness. A piece of the bean or a few drops of
extract will make your home smell and feel delicious.
For Negative forces in the home
At the front and back door of your house, hand two
bunches of clover upside down. As you hang each bunch,
feel the negative energy around you and direct it to each
bunch. The cloves will then set out to fight the negativity
around your house.
Protection for the house
Get a fresh, whole coconut, drain it, then, cut it in half. In a
bowl mix fresh rosemary, basil, and half a cup of uncooked
rice. Blend these together, then cover both halves of the
coconut with the mixture. Fit the coconut together and wrap
a white ribbon around it to keep it shut. Go outside on a
Sunday night and bury it in the backyard. It will protect
your home and backyard.
Another Protection for the house
With a red ribbon tie a bunch of garlic to the corner of your
front door. It will protect you and your loved ones from
negative vibes that may enter your house. Never let
anyone use the garlic for anything else.
To improve the mind
In a little yellow drawstring bag carry vanilla beans, fresh
rosemary and petals of a lily of the valley and place it
around your neck. With each breath visualize your mind
becoming stronger, remembering dates you will not want
For a Job Interview
Fill a jar with crushed pecans, add three drops of rose oil
and keep a luck hand (root of an orchid)inside with the lid
shut tight. After three nights, place your lucky hand and
seven pecans in a little red drawstring bag and take it with
you to job interviews. With this little bag, you will feel
confident while questions are being asked and will have a
good chance of getting the job you want. Don’t let anyone
else, see the red drawstring bag.
If you want to enhance your fertility chances, eat lots of
carrots, carrot seeds and bananas in, groups of threes. It will
aid performance like never before with sperm count levels
Find some fresh mistletoe and leave it indoors to dry until it
becomes brittle. Place it inside a little orange drawstring bag.
It will strengthen the female reproductive system. Carry it
with you everywhere you go and at night place it under
For spiritual awareness and psychic strength
In a medium size jar half filled with almond oil, add a
teaspoon of dry yerba santa, damiana and spearmint leaves
with seven drops of lime essential oil. Mix together with a
plastic spoon and screw the lid on top. This is be used
before spiritual healings, or for divination purposes. Place
three drops on your hands before you start rub them gently
together and place on your forehead. Then take them to the
back of your neck, breathe deeply and start your work. You
may even like to use this blend in your bath.
For astral traveling
In a little purple drawstring bag, place two teaspoons each
of dry angelica and crushed peppermint leaves and add a
smoky quartz that has been cleansed with lavender essential
oil. As you do this visualize what you would like from the
astral realm and very night before you go to bed rub the
drawstring bag on the bottom of your feet. This will take
you where you want to go and protect you along the way.
Protection from evil
Make four little blue drawstring bags, each the same size.
Mix in a bowl dry angelica, Solomon’s seal and balm of
Gilead buds. As you do this visualize your house protected
from evil. Divide the mix into four equal amounts and fill
each bag with it. Hang them or hide them in the four,
corners of your house.
For sleeping problems
Make yourself a little purple drawstring bag and as you do
this think of a having a good night’s sleep. Inside add a
teaspoon of valerian and each night hold it in your hand
while you lay in bed. Before you know it you will be
soundly asleep and when you awake the little bag will be
somewhere in your bed.
Sprinkle dry yarrow and thyme in your shoes. It will not
only give you courage but it will stop the fear so you can
accomplish what you have set out to do.
For money in your purse or wallet
If you find yourself without a cent, sprinkle dry sassafras in
your purse or wallet and you will always have enough for
the things you need to buy.
In a green bowl mix equal parts of ginger, Irish moss and
sesame seeds. Crush together to form a powder and as you
crush it visualize your money needs. Light a charcoal tablet
(cube) and on top add a quarter of a teaspoon of your
money powder. Concentrate, inhaling deeply. Do this for
ten minutes every night for seven nights, beginning on a
Thursday night just after the sun goes down.
Sprinkle fresh alfalfa sprouts in the front and back of your
house. As you do this visualize your most wanted needs and
recite the following: “May the ground take this offering I
give. May it bring me prosperity which is in great need” Do
this, seven times every Thursday and don’t be shy
sprinkling plenty of alfalfa sprouts.
This list will include the following: What planet and element works best with the herb, the magickal use and the general use of the herbs. Of course, there are multiple uses for all of the herbs, to list them all would be impossible.
In old magickal recipes and spells, strange ingredients are often called for that cannot always be taken literally. In one ancient Greco-Egyptian spell, the recipe called for “the navel of a male crocodile”, which really meant pond weed; “the heart of a baboon” meant oil of lily. The “sacrifice” in folklore was usually an egg buried in the ground.
Here’s what those unusual nouns really meant!
Adder’s tongue; Plantain
Bat’s Wing: Holly Leaf
Bat’s wool: Moss
Blood: Elder sap
Bloody fingers: Foxglove
Bodily Fluids: Houseleek
Brains: Congealed gum from a cherry tree
Bull’s blood: Horehound
Corpse candles: Mullein
Crocodile dung: Black earth
Dead Man: Ash or Mandrake root carved in a crude human shape or poppet
Dragon’s scales: Bistort Leaves
Ear of an ass: Comfrey
Ear of a goat: St. John’s Wort
Hair: Maidenhair fern
Hand: The expanded frond from a male fern used to make the true hand of glory, which is nothing more than a candle made of wax mixed with fern
Lion’s tooth: Dandelion
Skin of a man: Fern
Snake’s blood: Hematite stone
Tongue of dog: Hound’s tongue
Tooth or Teeth: Pinecones
Unicorn horn: True unicorn root
Worms: Gnarled, thin roots of a local tree
Information from The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation Solitary Witch by Silver RavenWolf
Herb HarvestThrough you
Misty summer mornings are ideal times for harvesting herbs. To enhance the magical power of your herbs, it is best to make every step in the gathering of herbs a magical one. Rise early and rinse your hands in cool water. Wearing clean colothing, or nude if location permits, go out into the garden. Bring with you a small basket, a clean cloth, and a cutting tool. The tool you use to harvest herbs should be one specially designed for this purpose, and duly consecrated. Any sharp blade will do, but a lovely way of honoring the Moon Goddess who presides over the growth of green things is to use a small sickle-shaped knife. The shining surface of the blade and its shape both connect it to the power of the moon tides.
Consecrating Herb Tools
Any consecration rite for objects can be used to bless your cutting tool. A simple rite is to wash the tool in fresh water, ideally rain water or water from a stream. As you rinse the implement, visualize all past influences and impurities leaving it. If you prefer, do this rite at night where you can catch the moonbeams in the shining surface of the blade.
Say these words or similar:
Mighty Goddess of all that grows
Bless this blade as moonlight glows
With this blade of shining power
Let me cut both herb and flower
So mote it be.
Take your newly consecrated blade and wipe it dry with a clean, white cloth. Place it in your basket, along with the cloth.
Approach the herb you have decided to harvest. Praise its beauty and abundance. Explain that in exchange for the careful care you have given to it, you will now, with its permission, take a small portion of it in return. The following is a harvesting prayer based on one favored by Scott Cunningham, and should be said while touching the herb to be harvested with the point of the harvesting knife.
You have grown by favor of the Sun, the Moon, and the dew. I make this request, herb, I ask you to be of benefit to me and my art, for your virtues are unfailing. You are the dew of all the gods and goddesses, the eye of the Sun, the light of the Moon, the beauty and glory of the sky, the mystery of the earth. I purify you so that whatever is wrought by me with you may, in all its powers, have a good and speedy effect with good success. Be purified by my prayer and be powerful.
Cut some of the herb. Shake off any excess dew. Set the sprigs carefully on the cloth or into the basket. To retain maximum magical power, the herbs should not touch the ground. Do not harvest from plants that are not fully grown, and never take more than about a quarter of the plant. If you are harvesting roots or bulbs, always leave enough to ensure next year’s growth. After collecting the plant, you may want to leave an offering, particularly if you are gathering wild plants that you did not tend while they were growing. A silver coin, small crystal, bit of bread, or a few grains of a fertilizing compound are all appropriate offerings to the spirit of the plant.
Dry your herbs by tying them in bunches and hanging them up in a warm, dry area that is free of sunlight and dust. If you are harvesting the herbs for seed, tie brown paper bags loosely around each bunch of hanging herbs. The bag will catch the seeds, which fall away from the foliage as it dries. When the herbs are dry. Gently shake them before removing the bag to loosen any additional seeds.
If you need to hasten the drying process, place the herbs on a cookie sheet in a low-heat oven, checking them frequently to be sure that they do not turn brown. Store in clean, dry, airtight jars, preferably of amber or cobalt blue glass. Keep jars out of direct sunlight.
Some Magical Uses of Herbs
Love: Cardamom, chickweed, cinnamon, clove, lavendar, lemon balm, rose, rosemary, tansy, vanilla, violet, yarrow.
Good Luck: Allspice, heather, nutmeg.
Healing: Angelica, bufdock, cinnamon, eucalyptus, hyssop, lemon balm, peppermint.
Prosperity: Basil, benzoil, bergamot, cinnamon, cinquefoil, lemon balm, mint.
Protection: Alyssum, angelica, basil, bay, garlic, mullein, rue, sunflower, white sage.
Psychic Skills: Angelica, anise, bay, borage, cinnamon, fennel, mugwort.
Purification: Anise, bay, chamomile, clove, copal, fennel, lavender, white sage.
Acacia, Ash, Bay, Carnation, Cedar, Chamomile, Cimmamon, Hazel, Heliotrope, Juniper, Marigold, Misteltoe, Oak, Orange, Pam, Peony, Rice, Rosemary, Saffron, Sunflower, Tea, Walnut