Written By Priestess Hypatia
For Witches of the Craft
Burn and banish with Bay
Burning of bay leaf has been used for banishing negative energies and cleansing space for eons!
An herb with a beautiful ancient history bay leaf is used to communicate with the Gods themselves.
Bay leaf also known as laurel is a hardy evergreen tree with deep green foliage native to the Mediterranean region. When the leaves are dried they can be used in cooking, infusing the food in beautiful aromatic herbal earthy flavors or can also be used as an incense.
History- The first record of banishing using Bay Leaf:
This was the sacred plant of Apollo one that was used by the Pythia in the temple to Apollo at Delphi. It was Apollo’s desire and near obsession of the Nymph Daphne that drove Daphne’s father, who happened to be a river God, turning her into a bay tree to protect her from the lustful grasps of Apollo.
As a regret for his actions the God Apollo wore a crown of bay to banish his stupidity and to encourage valor and honor.
- Ingredients- Dried Bay leaf, candle, fireproof bowl, lighter, pen marker
- Set up you altar space with the fire and bowl to the right and the bay leaf and marker to the left.
- You can have multiple leaves for each of the things you wish to banish, or you can write on one.
- Write- whatever it is that you want to banish, no longer need such as toxic friends, procrastination, fear.
- Light one by one and say “I release my attachment to old thoughts and patterns”
- Drop the bay leaf into the fireproof container and visualize all the negativity literally being banished in the plume of the bay smoke.
- Once this is done, dispose of the ashes outside of your home and as you do say “Be gone” releasing this negativity from your life for good!
Note: Clear your mind and relax into the stillness. Allow your thoughts to leave your head. Breathe in the feeling of peace, possibilities, and newness.
It’s always good to replace the banished negativity with something positive. Create a happy memory, sing a little sing, or ring some bells. Bring a little cheer into your home, mind, and body.