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A summary of Herbs starting with the letters A to B.

ACACIA: Protection, psychic and spiritual enhancement, money, platonic love, and friendship. Use to anoint candles & censers and to consecrate chests or boxes that hold ritual tools. Use in incense to promote a meditative state.

Also Called: Gum Arabic, Arabic Gum

ACONITE:Use as a magickal wash for ritual tools & space. Wear as an amulet for protection from vampires and werewolves. Note: Poisonous, do not consume.

Also Called: Wolfsbane, Monkshood

ACORN: Good luck, protection, wisdom, and personal power. A dried acorn is an excellent natural amulet for keeping a youthful appearance.

ADAM & EVE ROOT: Principally used by lovers; one lover carries the Eve Root & the other lover carries the Adam Root. This keeps your lover true to you & discourages rivals. Carry both roots in a small bag at all times for attraction, to bring a love to you, or for a marriage proposal.

ADDER'S TONGUE: Stops gossip and slander, promotes healing. Sacred to serpent goddesses. Used in divination, healing magick, lunar magick, and dream magick.

Also Called: Dogtooth Violet

AFRICAN VIOLET: Spirituality, protection, and healing. Wear in an amulet for protection. Keep in the home to increase spirituality. Frequently burned as incense during the spring Equinox sabbat.

AGAR AGAR: Promote joy and success, attract opportunities and blessings to the household. Mix with Fast Luck powder and rub on hands before playing bingo or other games of chance.

AGRIMONY: Overcoming fear & inner blockages; dispelling negative emotions. Also used for reversing spells. Sew into a dream pillow with Mugwort for best results. Use as a wash or oil to increase the effectiveness of all forms of healing rituals. Wards off evil entities and poison.

AGUE: Protection, hex breaking. Used in amulets to protect against evil. Mix with incense and burn to break a hex that has been placed on you.

Also Called: Ague Root, Ague Weed

ALDER: Associated with divination, music, poetry, wind magick, weather magick, teaching, and decision making. Also used in rituals of death & dying to provide protection for the deceased.

ALFALFA: Money, prosperity, anti-hunger. Put a small jar in the cupboard or pantry to ward off poverty and hunger. Burn in a cauldron and use the ashes in amulets for protection from hunger and poverty.?

Also Called: Lucerne, Buffalo Herb, Purple Medic

ALKANET: Purification, prosperity. Protects from snakebites and helps ease fear of snakes. Burned as an incense to replace negativity with positive influence.

Also Called: Anchusa, Dyer's Bugloss, Orchanet, Spanish Bugloss

ALLSPICE: Money, luck, healing, obtaining treasure. Provides added determination and energy to any spells and charms. Burn crushed allspice to attract luck and money. Use in herbal baths for healing.?

Also Called: Jamaica Pepper

ALMOND: Wisdom, money, fruitfulness, and prosperity. Invokes the healing energy of the deities. Provides magickal help for overcoming dependencies & addiction. Associated with Candlemas and Beltane. Carry, wear, or use as incense to attract abundance.

Also Called: Greek Nuts, Shakad

ALOE: Protection and luck. Place on the grave of a loved one to promote peaceful energy. Thought to relieve loneliness and assist with success. Hang in the home to attract luck and protection for those who live there. Grow in the home to provide protection from household accidents. Burn on the night of a full moon to bring a new lover by the new moon.

Also Called: Burn Plant, Medicine Plant

ALTHEA ROOT: Burn or place in a sachet to bring protection, calm an angry person, and aid psychic powers. Keep on the altar or burn on candles to attract good spirits.

ALYSSUM: Protection and moderating anger, protection

AMARANTH: Healing, Summoning Spirits, Healing Broken Hearts, Protection from Bullets, Invisibility

AMBER: Protection from harm, outside influences, and psychic attacks. Mental clarity & focus. Transforming negative energy to positive energy.

AMBERGRIS: Enhance dreams and psychic ventures, attract men

ANEMONE: Healing and Protection

ANGELICA ROOT: Very powerful protection herb - protects against negative energy and attracts positive energy; creates a barrier against negative energy. Use in healing & exorcism incenses; scatter for purification, protection, and uncrossing. Add to incense to promote healing or to the bath to remove curses, hexes, or spells. Also thought to promote temperance. Sprinkle ground herb in the shoes to prevent tiredness and weakness. Sprinkle around the outside perimeter of the home for protection and exorcism. Burn to bring a lost love back to you.

Also Called: Masterwort, Archangel, Garden Angel, Angelica Root

ANISE SEED: Used to help ward off the evil eye, find happiness, and stimulate psychic ability. Fill a sleep pillow with anise seed to prevent disturbing dreams. Use to invoke Mercury and Apollo. Great for aromatherapy. Use in purification baths with bay leaves. A sprig of Anise hung on the bedpost will restore lost youth. Use in protection and meditation incenses.

Also Called: Aniseed, Anneys, Anise Seed

APPLE: Love, Garden Magick, Immortality, Friendship, Healing. Place seven apple seeds in a bag with Orris Root to attract sexual love. Use in rituals to give honor to gods and goddesses of fertility. Considered the food of the dead, which is why Samhain is called the 'Feast of Apples'. Symbolizes the soul and is burned at Samhain in honor of those who will be reborn in the spring. When doing a house blessing, cut an apple in half -- eat half and put the other half outside of the home as an offering.

Also Called: Fruit of the Underworld, Fruit of the Gods, Silver Brough, Silver Branch, Tree of Love.

APRICOT: Love. Add leaves and flowers to love sachets or carry apricot pits to attract love.

ARABIC GUM: Protection, psychic and spiritual enhancement, money, platonic love, and friendship. Use to anoint candles & censers and to consecrate chests or boxes that hold ritual tools. Use in incense to promote a meditative state.

Also Called: Acacia, Gum Arabic

ARNICA FLOWERS: Increases psychic powers

ARROW ROOT: Purification and healing; can be used as a substitute for graveyard dust.

ASH: Sea spells/magick/rituals, image magick, invincibility, protection from drowning, general protection, and luck. Burning an ash log at Yule brings prosperity. The leaf of this plant is used for travel safety. Place one tablespoon of ash leaves in a bowl of water in the bedroom overnight, then toss out in the morning. Doing this daily is said to prevent illness.

ASOFOETIDA: Protection and banishing negativity. Be forewarned that this herb is powerful, AND has an awful smell when burned.

Also Called: Devil's Dung, Food of the Gods

ASPARAGUS: Male Sex Magick

ASPEN: Eloquence, clairvoyance, healing, and anti-theft. Plant in your garden for protection against thieves.

ASTER PETALS: Love

Also Called: China Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Starwort

ASTRAGALAS ROOT: Protection and energy

AVOCADO: Love, lust and beauty. Also used for sex magick.

Also Called: Ahuacotl, Alligator Pear, Persea

AZALEA: Happiness, gaiety and light spirits, first love. Note: POISONOUS, do not consume.

BACHELOR BUTTON: Love

Also Called: Devil's Flower, Red Campion

BAKULI POD: A very difficult to find magic item also used in sachets and potpourri.

BALM OF GILEAD TEARS: Love, manifestations, protection, healing, de-stressing, and assisting in healing from the loss of a loved one. Use in love sachets; carry for healing, protection, and mending a broken heart. Use to dress candles for any form of magickal healing. Burn to attract spirits.

Also Called: Poplar Buds, Balsam Poplar, Balm of Gilead, Mecca, Mecca Balsam, Balessan, Bechan

BALMONY: Steadfastness, patience, and perseverance. Associated with the tortoise or turtle.

Also Called: Hummingbird Tree, Bitter Herb, Snake Head, Turtle Head, Turtle Bloom

BALSAM: Strength and breaking up negativity

BAMBOO: Hex breaking, wishes, luck and protection. Carve a wish into bamboo and bury it in a secluded area to make your wish come true. Carry a piece of bamboo for good luck.

BANANA: Fertility, potency, and prosperity

BANYAN: Happiness, Luck

BARBERRY: Cleansing, sorcery, atonement, freeing oneself from the power or control of another.

Also Called: Witches Sweets

BARLEY: Love, healing, and protection. Harvests. Scatter on the ground to keep evil at bay. Tie barley straw around a rock and throw into a river or lake while visualizing any pain you have to make the pain go away.

BASIL: Love, exorcism, wealth, sympathy, and protection. Dispels confusion, fears & weakness. Drives off hostile spirits. Associated with Candlemas. Carry to move forward in a positive manner despite perilous danger. Strewn on floors to provide protection from evil. Sprinkle an infusion of basil outside of the building where you hope to be employed for luck in a job interview (be careful not to be seen!) or in your business to attract money and success. Wear or carry to aid in attracting money and prosperity.

Also Called: Common Basil, Sweet Basil, St. Josephwort, St. Joseph's Wort, Tulsi, Tulasi, Krishnamul, Kala Tulasi, Witches' Herb, Alabahaca, American Dittany.

BATS HEAD ROOT: Use to obtain wishes.

BAY LAUREL: Purification, house and business blessing, and clearing confusion. Attracts romance. Keep potted plant to protect home from lightning. Place in a dream pillow for sound sleep and to induce prophetic dreams.

Also Called: Bay, Sweet Laurel, Sweet Bay, True Laurel, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Baie, Daphne

BAY LEAF: Protection, good fortune, success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Write wishes on the leaves and then burn the leaves to make the wishes come true. Place under the pillow (or use in dream pillow) to induce prophetic dreams. Place in the corner of each room in the house to protect all that dwell there. Carry bay leaf to protect yourself against black magick.

BAYBERRY: Good fortune, luck, healing, and stress relief. Burn a white candle sprinkled with bayberry bark for good fortune and money.

Also Called: American Vegetable Tallow Tree, Myrtle, Wax Myrtle, Candleberry, Candleberry Myrtle, Tallow Shrub, American Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Tallow, Waxberry, Pepperidge Bush, Berbery.

BEDSTRAW: (Fragrant)Love and lust

BEE POLLEN: Friendship, attraction, love, strength, happiness, and overcoming depression.

BEECH: Wishes, happiness and divination. Improves literary skills. Place a leaf of beech between covers of Book of Shadows to increase inspiration.

BEES WAX: Traditionally used for making candles, decorative seals, natural polish, protective finish, and use as a base for herbal salves.

BEET: Love. Beet juice can be used as ink for love magick or as a substitute for blood in spells and rituals.

BELLADONNA: Healing & forgetting past loves. Provides protection when placed in a secret place in the home. Place on a ritual altar to honor the deities and add energy to rituals. Note: VERY POISONOUS, do not ingest.

Also Called: Banewort, Deadly Nightshade, Sorcerer's Berry, Witch's Berry, Death's Herb, Devil's Cherries, Divale, Dwale, Dwaleberry, Dwayberry, Fair Lady, Great Morel, Naughty Man's Cherries

BENZION: Purification, prosperity, soothing tension, dispelling anger, diminishing irritability, relieving stress & anxiety, and overcoming depression. Promotes generosity and concentration. Good to burn while using the Tarot or for success in intellectual matters. Smoulder for purification. An incense of benzoin, cinnamon and basil is said to attract customers to your place of business.

Also Called: Snowbells, Storax, Gum Benzoin, Siam Benzoin, Siamese Benzoin, Benzoin Gum, Ben, Benjamen.

BERGAMOT: Money, prosperity, protection from evil and illness, improving memory, stopping interference, and promoting restful sleep. Carry in a sachet while gambling to draw luck and money. Very powerful for attracting success. Burn at any ritual to increase its power.

Also Called: Orange Mint

BETEL NUTS: Protection and banishing

BILBERRY BARK: Used for protection.

Also Called: Whortleberry, Black Whortles, Whinberry, Huckleberry, Bleaberry, Blueberry, Airelle.

BIRCH: Protection, exorcism and purification. A birch planted close to the home is said to protect against lightning, infertility, and the evil eye.

Also Called: White Birch, Canoe Birch, Paper Birch, Tree of Life, Lady of the Woods.

BISORT: Fertility, divination, clairvoyance, psychic powers. Carry in a sachet for fertility and conception. Add to any herbal mixture to boost divination. Burn with frankincense during divination or to enhance psychic powers. Carry in a yellow flannel bag to attract wealth & good fortune. Sprinkle an infusion of bistort around the home to drive out poltergeists.

Also Called: Bistort Root, Dragonwort

BLACK COHOSH: Love, courage, protection and potency. Use in love sachets or in the bath to prevent impotence. Carry in pocket or amulet for courage and/or strength. Sprinkle around a room to drive away evil. Add an infusion of the herb to bath water to ensure a long and happy life. Burn as a love incense. Put in purple flannel bag for protection for accidents and sudden death and to keep others from doing you wrong.

Also Called: Black Snake Root, Bugbane, Squawroot, Bugwort, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Rattlesnake Root, Richweed.

BLACK HAW: Protection, gambling, luck, power and employment. Carry in the pocket while seeking employment, if you are having problems at work, or if you are asking for a raise.

Also Called: Devil's Shoestring, Stagbush, American Sloe.

BLACK PEPPER: Banishing negativity, exorcism, and protection from evil.

BLACK WALNUT: Access to divine energy, bringing the blessing of the Gods, wishes.

BLACKBERRY: Healing, protection and money. Sacred to Brighid. Leaves and berries said to attract wealth and healing.

BLADDERWRACK: Protection, sea spells, wind spells, money, psychic powers, and attracting customers. Wear in a charm for protection during travel, especially when traveling by water.

Also Called: Kelp, Seawrack, Kelpware, Black-tang, Cutweed, Sea Oak, Sea Spirit.

BLESSED THISTLE: Purification, protection against negativity and evil, hex breaking. Carry for strength and protection. Place a bowl of blessed thistle in a room to renew the vitality and strengthen the spirit of its occupants. Men who carry thistle become better lovers.

Also Called: Holy Thistle, Saint Benedict Thistle, Spotted Thistle, Cardin.

BLOODROOT: Love, protection, and purification. Steep in red wine for a full cycle of the moon to use as a ''blood offering'' for spells that call for this -- DO NOT DRINK THE WINE. Place in windows and doorways to keep curses and evil spirits out. A favorite root for use in voodoo to defeat hexes and spells aimed against you.

Also Called: Red Root, Red Indian Paint, Tetterwort, Blood Root, Indian Paint, Pauson, Red Paint Root, Red Puccoon, Sanguinariat.

BLOWBALL: Love and wishes. Carry in a red bag to grant wishes. Blow to the four directions when searching for love.

BLUE COHOSH: Empowerment, purification, money drawing, love breaking, and driving away evil.

BLUE VIOLET: Love, inspiration, good fortune, and protection from all evil. Carried for protection and to encourage fortune and changed luck. Mixed with lavender to attract lust and love. Worn to calm tempers and bring sleep.

Also Called: Sweet Scented Violet.

BLUEBELL: Luck, truth and friendship. Incorporate into rituals of death & dying to comfort those left behind and ease their sorrow.

Also Called: Jacinth, Culverkeys, Auld Man's Bell, Ring o' Bells, Wood Bells.

BLUEBERRY: Protection. Though not recommended, blueberry is said to cause confusion & strife when tossed in the doorway or path of an enemy.

BONESET: Protection, exorcism and warding off evil spirits. Sprinkle an infusion of boneset around the home to rid it of evil and negativity. To curse an enemy, burn as an incense with a black candle inscribed with the name of the enemy (not recommended -- remember the law of threes!).?

Also Called: Feverwort, Agueweed, Crosswort, Eupatorium, Indian Sage, Sweating Plant, Teasel, Thoroughwort, Vegetable Antimony.

BORAGE: Courage and psychic powers. Float the flowers in a ritual bath to raise one's spirits. Carry or burn as an incense to increase courage and strength of character. Sprinkle an infusion of Borage around the house to ward off evil.

Also Called: Bee Bread, Starflower, Herb of Gladness, Bugloss, Burrage, Cool Tankard.

BRAZIL NUTS: Good luck in love affairs

BREWERS YEAST: Used in facial mask potions.

BRIMSTONE: Dispels or prevents a hex on you; destroys an enemy's power over you. Burn at midnight near your back door to ward off evil.

Also Called: Sulfur Powder

BROOM TOP(S): Purification, wind spells, divination and protection. Sprinkle an infusion of broom tops around the home to clear away all evil.

Also Called: Irish Broom, Scotch Broom, Besom, Broom.

BUCHU: Divination, wind spells, psychic powers and prophetic dreams. Add buchu leaves to the bath to enable yourself to foretell the future.

Also Called: Bucco, Agathosma Betulina, Bookoo, Bucku, Buku and Bucco.

BUCKEYE: Divination, good luck, and attracting money & wealth. Carried whole anointed with money oil and/or wrapped in a dollar bill for constant increase in money flow. A popular Hoodoo charm for gamblers. Carry in pocket for protection against arthritis.

Also Called: Horse Chestnut

BUCKTHORN: Sorceries, elf magick, and driving away enchantments. Used as a luck generator in legal matters and for winning in court. Place the branches of a Buckthorn near doors or windows to drive away evil and bad vibrations. To make a wish, stand in an open area facing east and concentrate on your wish; turn to your left until you are facing east again, continually sprinkling buckthorn bark powder (or an infusion made with buckthorn bark) as you turn.

Also Called: Arrowwood, Black Dogwood, Black Alder Dogwood, Black Alder Tree, Persian Berries.

BUCKWHEAT: Money, protection, and fasting. Use in charms and spells to obtain treasure, riches, and wealth.

BURDOCK ROOT: Used for cleansing magick when feeling highly negative about oneself or others. Use in protection incenses and spells. Rinse with a decoction of burdock to remove negative feelings about yourself or others.

Also Called: Bardana, Burr Seed, Clotbur, Cocklebur, Hardock, Hareburr, Hurrburr, Turkey Burrseed, Fox's Clote, Happy Major, Lappa, Love Leaves, Personata, Beggar's Buttons.

BURNET: Used for protection, consecration of ritual tools, and counter magick; also used to magickally treat depression and despondency.?

Also Called: Italian Pimpernel, Salad Burnet, Greater Burnet.

BUTCHERS BROOM: Wind spells, divination, protection, psychic powers.

BUTTERBUR: Used in love divination and to raise one's spirits by increasing sense of hope and faith.

Also Called: Bog Rhubarb, Butterdock, Umbrella Plant, Lagwort, Sweet Coltsfoot

 


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