practices:

Herbalism

Herbalism is the practice of using plants to cure ailments and use to use to enhance a spell. It is an ancient practice that has been used throughout the history of witchcraft, with many practitioners growing witch herbs themselves for their personal practices. In medical-related uses, it is used to detoxify the body, eliminate waste and help the body heal itself. Witch herbs can be taken in many ways: teas, tinctures, ointments, capsules, inhalation, and many more.

Besides medicinal purposes, herbs are also heavily used in spell work and rituals. They have great magickal power since they are directly from the earth. Each herb has unique properties that can enhance your spells and rituals. Herbs are best collected in the morning after the sun has dried the moisture on them. Use a boline to cut them, and harvest only the amount needed unless you are pruning to ensure healthy growth for future plants.

After your plants are collected you can preserve them by drying them for extended use, which will allow you to work with plants that are out of season of those that can’t be grown in your region. You can dry them by hanging them upside down in small bunches, making sure to give them enough room for the air to circulate around it, away from sunlight until dry and in a well-ventilated area. Dried witch herbs are frequently used already chopped, cut or powdered. Make sure to label your herbs if you are doing so they don’t get confused. Another botanical that is often used in witchcraft are roots. They are a very magickally potent part of the plant. If you can, buy the whole root and grind and powder yourself, so you know that the herb is actually the herb you need. When ground down, roots can look similar so when purchased they may be mislabeled.

Below is an index of different herbs and intentions that can be used for each and categories of spells. It will be updated often, so make sure to check back for new herbs that you can use. 

PLEASE NOTE, research thoroughly before harvesting and working with herbs. We are not professional herbalists and the info below is a starting point to understand the purpose and general usage or witch herbs. Some herbs can be poisonous and harmful if touch and/or ingested. All plants with the potential of being harmful will be labeled as such below. Be smart, and make sure you know how to work with them properly and safely. Some herbs have not been listed due to their dangerous and deadly properties.

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acacia

Acacia

Protection, Psychic Powers, Love Spells, Money Spells and Secret Love

aconite

Aconite

Protection and Invisibility. Also called wolfsbane, monkshood, blue rocket. DO NOT INGEST – POISON

acorn

Acorn

Growth, Luck, Money, Popularity and Safety

adam and eve root

Adam & Eve Roots

Love and Happiness

adders tongue

Adders Tongue

Healing

african violet

African Violet

Spirituality and Protection

agaric_

Agaric

Fertility. Also known as magick mushroom, redcap, death angel and death cap. DO NOT INGEST – POISON.

agrimonia

Agrimony Herb

Protection, Sleep and Reversal of Spells

alfalfa

Alfalfa

Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Brings in Money and Protects against Financial Misfortune

alkanet

Alkanet

Purification and Prosperity

allspice

Allspice

Money, Luck and Healing

almond

Almond

Money, Prosperity and Wisdom

aloe vera

Aloe Vera

Protection and Luck

aloe wood

Aloes, Wood

Love and Spirituality

althea

Althea

Protection and Psychic Powers

alyssum

Alyssum

Protection and Moderating Anger

amaranthus

Amaranth

Healing, Protection and Invisibility

anemone

Anemone

Health and Protection

angelica leaves

Angelica Leaves

Protection and Healing

angelic root

Angelica Root

Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions, Cures and Bewitchment. Deflects Curses

anise seeds

Anise Seed

Awakening Subtle Energies for magick, Ward Against “the Evil Eye,” Keeps Away Nightmares

apple bard

Apple Bark

Leadership, Negativity and Power

apple blossom

Apple Blossom

Preference, Good Fortune and Perfection

apple fruit

Apple Fruit

Love, Healing, Garden magick and Immortality

appricot

Apricot

Preference, Good Fortune and Perfection

arabic gum

Arabic Gum

Purify Negativity and Evil

arbutus

Arbutus

Protection and Exorcism

asafetida

Asafetida

Exorcism, Purification and Protection

ash prickly bark

Ash Prickly Bark

Protection against Sorcery, Prosperity, Sea Rituals and Health

ash

Ash

Protection, Prosperity, Health and Sea Rituals

aspen

Aspen

Eloquence and Anti-Theft

aster

Aster

Love

avens

Avens

Love, Purification and Exorcism

avocado

Avocado Fruit

Love, Lust and Beauty

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“Using terms like magic and witchery—it’s limiting to have a strict definition. We don’t tell anyone what to be.”

Susie Furst