Herbs

Kitchen Cupboard Magic

Kitchen Cupboard Magic
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions,
2001).

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
surfaces!)

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
cinnamon–delicious !

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
negativity.

Marjoram: Love, protection, antidepressant. You can sprinkle a little
of this dried herb in the corners of every room to promote love and
safety.

Peppermint: Purification, healing, soothing. A wonderfully relaxing
and refreshing scent.

Rosemary: Cleansing and protection; clears negativity; encourages
clear thinking.

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
of negativity.

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.

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Herbal Amulets

Herbal Amulets

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
to forget.

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.

Fertility (Male)

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
way up.

Fertility (female)

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
your pillow.

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.

For Courage

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.

For Money

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.

For prosperity

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.

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Herbal Gifts from the Kitchen

Herbal Gifts from the Kitchen

Little Cooking Wreaths – can go right into soup pot, or hang in the
kitchen to be plucked from and used

Twist chive stalks into a 4-5″ circle, forming a wreath base. Twist in sprigs of thyme, parsley, oregano, marjoram and basil seed heads,
to fill out wreath. Add a short sprig of rosemary or sage. Let dry
thoroughly –wreath will shrink slightly. Thread 3 or 4 dried chiles
on sewing thread and tie around wreath top. If wreath is to hang,
cover thread by embellishing with a bow of kitchen twine or narrow
ribbon. Present your gift in a bow-tied plastic bag to preserve
flavor and minimize shattering.

Herb & Spice Blends – To present your gift, pack blends into small
labeled jars with lids, attached to an herbal cookbook.
For Beef: mix 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon
red pepper flakes, 2 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon
dried minced onion.

For Fish: mix 2 tablespoons dried dillweed, 2 tablespoons crumbled
bay leaves, 2 tablespoons freeze-dried chives.

For Fruit Pies, Spice Cakes & Cookies: mix 2 tablespoons, 1
tablespoon ground nutmeg, 1 tablespoons ground mace, 1 tablespoon
ground allspice, 2 teaspoons ground cloves, 2 teaspoons ground
cardamon.

For Vegetables: mix 2 tablespoons dried oregano, 2 tablespoons dried
basil.

For Poultry: mix 2 tablespoons curry powder, 2 tablespoons paprika, 2
tablespoons dried lemon rind.

For Tomato Sauce: mix 2 tablespoons crumbled basil, 2 tablespoons
dried minced onions, 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon
crumbled dried oregano.

For Lamb: mix 1 1/2 tablespoons dried marjoram, 1 tablespoon crumbled
dried rosemary, 1 tablespoon white pepper, 2 tablespoons garlic
powder.

Good Bread Herbs include your favorite white or wheat bread recipe
with this blend presented in a decorated muslin bag.

Blend together 2 tablespoons dried crumbled sage, 1 tablespoon dried
rosemary, 1 tablespoon dill seed, 4 teaspoons caraway seed. On gift
tag: Will flavor 2 average loaves.

 

Citrus Spice Simmering Potpourri

Layer following ingredients in a gallon jar and add oils to
corresponding ingredients. Shake well and age 1 day before using:
Directions for Use on gift tag: Add 1/2 cup mixture to a small
saucepan filled with 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Reduce heat,
simmer for 15-20 minutes. Mixture may be reused several times, after
adding water to it.

1 cup 1″ cinnamon sticks 1 cup whole allspice
1 cup star anise 1 cup coriander seed
2 cups dried orange peel 1/2 cup cloves
1/2 cup crushed nutmeg 10 drops cinnamon oil
10 drops allspice oil 20 drops sweet orange oil

Lemon-y Footsoak a great treat at day’s end or for pampering someone
special! Present gift with instructions for use on gift tag, tied
onto a pretty jar or a plastic bag tied with a simple bow…

Crush and place in a jar, or tie in a bouquet and place in plastic
bag, for presentation: 5 sprigs of fresh lemon balm or10 sprigs
dried lemon balm. (Rosemary may be substituted.)

Recommended Instruction Tag to read: Bring 8 cups water to boil,
combine with contents in large pan or bowl, and let steep until

water is warm and comfortable. Soak feet 10-20 minutes.

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The Herbal Code

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.

The Herbal Code

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
Eyes: Eyebright
Fingers: Cinquefoil
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
Heart: Walnut
Lion’s tooth: Dandelion
Skin of a man: Fern
Skull: Skullcap
Snake: Bistort
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 Harvest

Through you
Oh Mother Goddess,
All abundance is known;
Your love cheers the heart
And sustains the soul.
 

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.

Harvesting Herbs

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.

 

Drying Herbs

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.

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Herbal Bathing

Herbal Bathing

By Kami McBride

Herbal bathing is a great way to relax, heal and support healthy skin function. The skin is the largest organ in the body. It contributes to many important functions such as secretion, absorption, excretion, temperature regulation, immune function, and sensory reception. The skin has receptor sites that transfer information through the nervous system to the spinal cord and brain. It not only provides a boundary between us and the rest of the world, but because of its millions of receptor sites, is a major player in how we perceive, experience, and interact with the world.

The skin is also a major organ of elimination just like our lungs, kidneys and colon. It plays a key role in helping our body to eliminate toxins, heavy metals, and carcinogenic substances. Herbs have many healing benefits for the skin and there are many simple herbal bathing treatments that can help our skin do its job of keeping us healthy.

Herbal Baths

Nerve Tonic Bath
4 gallons water
½ cup lavender leaf and flower
½ cup oatstraw
½ cup lemon balm
1 cup whole oats
 
 
Invigorating Bath
4 gallons water
½ cup rosemary
½ cup calendula
½ cup yarrow leaf
and flower
 
 
Bedtime Bath
4 gallons water
2 cups lavender
1 cup chamomile
 
Pleasure Bath
4 gallons water
4 cups rose petals
 
 
De-tox Bath
4 gallons water
1 cup burdock root
1 cup elder flowers
1 cup yarrow flowers
1 cup Epsom salts

 

Kami’s Calming Garden Bath
2 cups lavender flowers
2 cups lemon verbena leaf
1 cup rosemary leaf and flower
1 cup California poppy leaf and flower
½ cup catnip leaf

 

Healing flower Bath
½ cup fresh calendula flowers
½ cup fresh lavender flowers
½ cup rose geranium leaf
½ cup fresh rose petals
½ cup fresh peppermint leaf

 

GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

 

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Magickal Herbs Used for Immortality

** IMMORTALITY

* Apple
* Linden
* Sage  

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Magickal Herbs Used for Invisibility

** INVISIBILITY

* Amaranth
* Chicory
* Edelweiss
* Fern
* Heliotrope
* Mistletoe
* Poppy
* Wolf’s Bane

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Magickal Herbs Used for Infertility

** INFERTILITY

    *  ( to create: )

    * Walnut

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