The Various Uses for Herbs

The Various Uses for Herbs

 

Most magical practices make use of herbs in various ways, often in rituals and magical workings. Often they are used as incense, when they are crushed and powdered, or as oils. Their properties mean that they create a type of force field that intensifies the vibration needed. Additionally, when the practitioner calls upon the power of the Gods and spirits, the herbs become even more effective.

 

Simply having particular herbs in your sacred space or having them about your person is sufficient to begin the process of enhancing the area or your personal vibration. You can use them in incense and dedicate them to the appropriate Elements and Deities. Many of the herbs mentioned can be obtained from a good herbalist, though for those of you who are truly interested it would be worthwhile creating a small herb garden or growing them on your windowsill.

 

Now for the Uses of Herbs

 

PROTECTION

Such herbs guard against physical and psychic attacks, injury, accidents and such things as wicked spirits. They usually offer protection in a general sort of way.

 
LOVE

The vibration of these herbs is such that they can help you to meet new people, to overcome shyness and let others know that you are open to new relationships. They put out a particular vibration so that those who are interested will answer the call. The safest way to use them is to accept that several people may be attracted to you and you will then be able to make an informed choice.

 
FIDELITY

Some herbs and plants can by tradition be used to ensure fidelity. You do have to have a firm belief that you have a right to another’s devotion before imposing your will on them. Using a spell for fidelity amounts to a binding spell and you must make allowances for the person’s own integrity. It should always be remembered that it is unwise, and sometimes unhelpful, to both parties to hold anyone in a relationship against their will.

 
HEALING

Many herbs have healing properties which can help from both a physical and a magical viewpoint. A practitioner working from both points of view can be of tremendous help in managing illness. However, always remember to advise anyone you work with in this way to seek qualified medical assistance. Never allow yourself to be drawn into being a substitute for medical help.

 
HEALTH

Not only the smell of herbs and plants, but also their vibration, can help to prevent illness and restore good health. So, if you are prone to illness, carry health herbs with you and make sure they are always as fresh as possible.

 
LUCK

Luck is the knack of being in the right place at the right time and being able to act on instinct. Luck herbs help you create your own good fortune. Once you have such a foundation, you can build upon it.

 
MONEY

It is sometimes easier to visualize the outcome of having money i.e. what you are going to spend the money on – than visualizing actual money coming to you. Certain herbs create an environment in which things can happen. They enable the creation of the means to fulfill your needs – perhaps a gift, a pay rise or some such thing.

ATTRACTING MEN

Jasmine, Juniper (dried berries worn as a charm), Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Lovage, Orris Root, Patchouli

 

ATTRACTING WOMEN

Henbane, Holly, Juniper (dried berries worn as a charm), Lemon Verbena, Lovage, Orris Root, Patchouli

 
BANISHING

Hyssop, Lilac, St John’s Wort

 
CLEANSING

Cinnamon, Clove, Lovage (powdered root), Pine, Thyme (in baths), Vervain (of sacred spaces)

 
COURAGE

Basil, Garlic, Mullein, Nettle, St John’s Wort, Thyme, Wormwood, Yarrow

 
EXORCISM

Angelica, Basil, Birch, Frankincense, Juniper, Garlic, St John’s Wort

 
FERTILITY

Acorns, Geranium, Hawthorn, Mandrake, Orange (dried and powdered peel), Pine, Poppy, Sage, Sunflower (seeds)

 
FRIENDSHIP

Lemon, Rose, Passion Flower

 
GOOD FORTUNE

Ash (leaves), Heather, Nutmeg, Rose, Vetivert

 
HAPPINESS

Anise, Catnip, Lily of the Valley, Marjoram, Saffron

 
HARMONY

Hyacinth, Heliotrope, Lilac, Meadowsweet

 
HEALING

Aloe, Ash, Camomile, Cinnamon, Comfrey, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Garlic, Hops, Marjoram, Mint, Nettle, Pine, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Sandalwood, Thyme, Yarrow

 
HEX-BREAKING

Chilli Pepper, Galangal, Vertivert

 
LOVE

Apple, Balm of Gilead, Basil, Caraway, Catnip, Coriander, Cowslip, Dill, Gardenia, Ginger, Ginseng, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lavender, Linden, Marigold, Marjoram, Meadowsweet, Mistletoe, Myrtle, Rose, Rosemary, Valerian, Vervain, Violet (mixed with Lavender), Yarrow

 
LUCK

Apple, Ash (leaves), Hazel, Holly (for newly-weds), Ivy (for newly-weds), Mint, Rose, Rowan, Vervain, Violet (flowers)

 
LUST

Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Nettle, Rosemary, Violet

 
MEDITATION

Camomile, Elecampane, Frankincense, Vervain

 
MENTAL POWERS

Caraway, Lily of the Valley, Rosemary, Vanilla, Walnut

 

MONEY

Camomile, Cinnamon, Clove, Comfrey, Fennel, Ginger, Mint, Poppy Vervain

 
PEACE

Aloe, Camomile, Gardenia, Lavender, Myrtle, Violet

 
POWER

Carnation, Cinnamon, Ginger, Rosemary, Rowan

 
PROSPERITY

Acorn, Almond, Ash, Basil, Benzoin, Honeysuckle

Note: There are so many herbs suitable for the next three categories and the choice is such a personal one that we have included only a few suggestions. Your own further research will very much enhance your magical workings.

 
PROTECTION

Aloe, Angelica (Root), Anise, Balm of Gilead, Basil, Bay Laurel, Black Pepper, Caraway, Camomile, Dill (for children), Dragon’s Blood, Fennel, Garlic, Hawthorn, Holly, Hyssop, Lavender, Mandrake, Meadowsweet, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Nettle, Periwinkle, Rose, Rosemary, Rowan, Sage, St John’s Wort, Sandalwood, Vervain, Witch Hazel, Wormwood

 
PSYCHIC POWERS

Ash (leaves), Bay Laurel, Bay leaves, Cinnamon, Cowslip, Elecampane, Eyebright, Hyssop, Lavender, Marigold, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Rose, Thyme, Wormwood, Yarrow

 
PURIFICATION

Anise, Betony, Cinquefoil, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon, Oak Leaves, Pine, Rosemary, Rue, Sandalwood, Thyme, Valerian, Vervain

 
SUCCESS

Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Rowan

 
SLEEP

Catnip, Hops, Lavender, Thyme, Valerian, Vervain

 
SPIRITUALITY

Cinnamon, Clover, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood

 
WISDOM

Peach (fruit), Sage, Sunflower

Decoctions

DECOCTIONS

Decoctions require simmering for a long time, opposed to steeping in boiled water like infusions. This means that the materials used in the tea must be crushed beforehand and cut into small pieces suitable for simmering temperatures. This method is just as simple as infusing as it only consists of a few simple steps.

Decoction – 30g herb to 750ml cold water which reduces down to approx 500ml. Bring up to heat and simmer gently for up to 30 minutes. This formula works on a standard dosage and makes approximately 3 doses. Decoctions should be made fresh each day and should be stored in the fridge. It may be sweetened and can be drunk hot or cold.

If you are using unusually hard roots then you may want to increase the simmering time until the roots begin to soften. If using fresh plant material double the quantity to dried. During this entire process you need to keep the saucepan covered to ensure the important oils and nutrients do not evaporate away. Strain before drinking.

 

Making Herbal Remedies (Herbology At Home)

Anke Bialas