Mistletoe, also known as golden bough, carried in a little hand sewn cloth bag is a traditional Celtic method of protecting the self and is also used by the followers of the magic from America’s South.
Marjoram or wild oregano is believed to absorb dangerous negative energies when powdered and sprinkled about the home.
In Italy the followers of Italian witchcraft or stregheria make this herb into a tea and add it to the wash and scrub water to protect the home and its inhabitants.
Cuban and Puerto Rican followers of the folk religion known as Santeria regularly burns brown sugar, a pinch of sulfur and garlic powder on charcoal within their homes to cleanse them of any negative energy. When the home has been cleansed it is protected by praying to Santa Barbara, the saint of protection, by the light of a red and a white candle.
A pinch of sulfur powder and cayenne pepper carried in a little brown paper pouch upon which a sword has been drawn, can be carried to ward off hostile words and deeds.
Plain bluing (used to whiten clothes in the wash) is said to ward off evil spirits in the magic of America’s South. The bluing is generally carried in a little blue paper pouch. When a little sulfur and blue metal stone (the type often used in the process of making concrete) are added to bluing and carried in a blue cloth pouch, the charm is said to simultaneously ward off evil and attract lucky energies to the bearer.
Mirrors are said to frighten away dark spirits and tiny pieces of silvered glass are often sewn into Indian cotton dresses as are bells which are also used for this purpose. A tiny silver bell worn about the neck is a very potent protective charm as evil spirits cannot abide the sweet ring of any bell.
Travelers are especially in need of protection when in a foreign land. A tiny mirror smeared with a clove of garlic and placed beneath the bed is said to protect the sleeper when away from his or her own home.
The mirror may also be carried on one’s person for this same purpose.