The more you work with herbs the more you can find out what works for you. It seems that what works best for me does not necessarily work for my children, sister or husband. I think it has something to do with our elemental alignment and physical make up. Nothing works better than trial and error to discover what works best for you. Remember that herbs, ingested and sometimes applied topically can interact with medication so check with your doctor before treating yourself with homeopathic remedies. The information presented here is from Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, general folklore, regional folklore and personal experience. The beautiful photography and artwork have been collected from all over the internet. Each picture links back to it’s source and no infringement is intended. If anything, it’s like free advertising for the owners of the artwork and photos.
+Wear acacia barrettes for protection & psychic powers or hang a twig above the bed.
+African Violets grown in the house promote spirituality & offer some protection.
+Agrimony (cockleburs) banish negative energies, return spells to sender & break hexes; sew into protection satchels.
+Aloe is a protective plant displayed & grown throughout the world for good luck & prosperity.
+Anemones, red in particular, protect the garden they are grown in… as well as the home. Use the blooms in all healing rituals.
+Ash trees are representative of the Celtic tree of life, Ygdrasill. Ash carved into the shape of a cross will keep ocean voyagers safe from drowning. Leaves under a pillow bring prophetic dreams while carried in a satchel the leaves provide protection. A staff of Ash over a doorpost also provides protection. Snakes are repelled by Ash & to burn Ash at Yule provides the household with a prosperous year. Ash is known to call lightning.
+Aspen leaves under the tongue provide elegance when speaking & a tree on the property provides protection from thieves.
+Avens are used to sprinkle holy water during exorcisms & for purification when made into incense. An aven amulet protects the wearer from venomous beasts.
+Bamboo over a door brings luck. Plant it in the yard for protection. When carried, grown or used as incense it removes hexes.
+Bay leaf tea aids in clairvoyance. Placed under the pillow bay induces prophetic dreams. Burned as incense Bay causes visions. As an amulet, burnt & scattered or as incense, Bay is great for protection & purification as it wards off evil spirits. Placed in the window Bay protects against lightning. Hung in the house it keeps poltergeists at bay. Bay tree planted near the house protects against illness. Mixed with sandlewood, bay can remove hexes. Worn it can provide strength and cunning. Carried in the mouth Bay brings luck. If a couple breaks a twig from a bay tree then divides it, each partner keeping half, love will stay.
+Beans are dried then carried as an amulet for protection from negativity. In rattles they scare away evil spirits. To end a disagreement with your partner string three lima beans on a silk thread and wear it for three days. Problems will be smoothed over. Beans help to cure impotency if carried or eaten. To remove warts rub a dry bean on the wart during the waning moon & say, “As this bean decays, so wart, fall away!”
+Birch is a protective wood: grown, carried, burned or made into a wand.
+Blackberries & their leaves are used in money spells as well as lending protection when grown on the property. To heal a burn take nine of the leaves and dip them in rosewater and place on the burn while saying (3x for each leaf) “Three ladies came from the East, one with fire & two with frost, out with the fire, in with the frost.”
+Blueberries protect. Placed under a doormat they prevent evil entry, eaten they rid negative influence.
+Bromeliad’s help bring in money & luxuries. They are also protective.
+Burdock wards off negativity, adds protection & protects against evil. It can be worn or cast around the house. The leaves placed on the soles of the feet cure gout.
+Cacti spines provide protection by absorbing negative energy & repelling malevolent spirits.
+Caraway seeds protect from evil & illness as well as strengthening memory. Chew the seeds to gain the love of the one you desire. Place a small bag of seeds in a child’s bed to protect them from illness.
+Carnations are used in all purpose protection and healing spells (red are best). Place dried flowers in sachet for healing as well.
+Castor beans protect against the evil eye & absorb evil.
+Cedar burned in the house will purify the space & prevent bad dreams. To cure a cold the twigs are placed on hot rocks in sweat lodges. Hung in the home it protects against lightning strikes. In the wallet is draws money. It can be used in love & money incenses as well as to induce psychic powers.
+Chamomile (Roman & German) is used as tea to relax, as hand wash to draw money, in the bath to attract love, sprinkled around the house to remove curses & spells plus grown around the house for protection.
+Use in love spells or to ignite passion. Red chili peppers scattered around the house protect all within. For chastity bind two chili peppers together with red or pink ribbon, then place under your pillow.
+Chrysanthemum tea sobers a drunk. In the garden it protects from evil spirits. Worn it protects from the wrath of the gods.
+Cinnamon is useful in money spells & potions, raises spiritual vibration, stimulates psychic powers & protects.
+Cloves purify, protect, attract riches, produce spiritual vibrations, stop gossip, comfort mourners & attract the opposite sex.
+White clover works against harmful magic. Use red clover in lust potions, to remove negative vibrations & to bring money. Three leaf clovers are especially protective. Four leaf clovers are lucky in detecting spirits, finding money & treasure, preventing madness & increasing psychic powers. Snakes hate clovers.
+A split coconut stuffed with protective herbs & buried will protect an entire property. Hung dried husks are protective too.
+Comfrey protects the traveler. Root is useful in money spells too.
+Cumin protects from theft. Burnt cumin mixed with frankincense then scattered drives away evil. Promotes fidelity when given to significant other. Carried for peace of mind. Plant when angry to get a good crop.
+Hang dill over the door to keep ill wishers & envious persons from entering. Carry it for protection, too. Useful in money spells. Bathe in it to be irresistible & smell it to cure hiccups.
+Dogwood leaves & bark are used as protective amulets. If sap is collected on a kerchief, on Midsummer’s Eve & faithfully carried it will grant one wish.
+An Ebony wand denotes unadulterated power & the wood is carried as a protective amulet.
+Use Eucalyptus leaves for healing poppets. Carry leaves to maintain health & for protection. Use 1 pt essence mixed with water 7 pts water as a spray to kill dust mites & increase respiratory health of your family.
+Burn Fern in the house for protection & to drive out evil spirits. Burn outdoors to bring rain, drive away snakes & noisy creatures. Carry or wear it to find buried treasure. Carry the seeds for invisibility. Ingesting the sap is said to encourage youthfulness.
+To use fig leaves in divination write your question on the leaf. If the leaf dries slowly your answer is what you had hoped for. If the leaf dries quickly then the outcome will not be the one you desire. Keep figs in the kitchen to ensure the family never goes hungry & in the bedroom to restful sleep. Fig anywhere else in the house provides the grower with protection & good luck.
+Poisonous Foxglove can be made into a protective black dye as well as protect the home & garden when grown on the premises.
+Frankincense incense removes evil spirits & vibrations, raises spiritual vibrations & improves the mood. It also aids in meditation, visions & spiritual growth as well as providing protection & luck.