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Herb Magick:
Leaves from the Spiritual Spells Book of Shadows

    Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. How to Use Herbs

  3. How to Use Oils

  4. How to Use Incense

  5. How to Use Bath
    Crystals and Washes

  6. How to Use Powders

  7. Free Spiritual Spells

  8. Index


Many Wiccans, Pagans, Magicians, and Conjure folk pride themselves on their knowledge of herbs, and which ones can be used in which ways. Every herb and root has a medicinal and a magical property of some sort. Each shows its properties by its form, shape, and spirit; this is the Doctrine of Signatures. It is a part of the Craft of the Wise to learn to hear, see, smell, and feel these Signatures so that we may better use and understand these gifts from the Earth that are all around us.

The herbs used in Witchcraft and Wicca magick are not always the same as those used in Conjure, so we provide two lists here, covering the most popular herbs in both traditions. One difference between the two paths is that Conjure workers tend to use the roots of plants, while Pagans more often use the leaves and flowers. For this reason, Hoodoo plant lore and practice is called "rootworking" and Witchcraft plant lore and practice is called "herb magick." These differences are not hard and fast rules, however, and there is a lot of overlap between the two traditions, as they have influenced each other over the years.

Two books that we recommend to our own Coven members, and which we believe will set you on the path of discovery about the wonderful subject of herbal spell-crafting are:

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham, published by Llewellyn. This book gives thorough coverage of over 400 herbs, their magical uses, correspondences, and how to use these herbs in Pagan and Wiccan Magick. This a great book for helping guide the beginning Witch into the world of herbal magick. The bonus with this book is the correspondence tables, listing their planetary, gender, and elemental relationships.

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure by catherine yronwode, published by Lucky Mojo. This book is really an invaluable companion to Cunningham’s encyclopedia. It covers 500 herbs, roots, minerals, and rare zoological curios for working in traditions such as Hoodoo, Rootwork, Witchcraft, spell-craft, conjure, white magick, black magick, Pow-wow magic, hexenkraft, and herb magic. A bonus with this book is that it contains many more practical spells that you can use in ritual or when designing spells for love, money, protection, and blessing.

One final thought before we share our lists of spiritual herbs: Many of our magickal herbs are also medicinal herbs, when properly prepared and prescribed, and taken in proposer dosages. However, some of the most famous Magickal plants can be really toxic if ingested, so it’s very important to never ingest plants unless you know exactly what they are and what effect they will have on the human body or on pets. For this reason we think that in addition to becoming a repository for your growing knowledge of spell-craft, your personal Book of Shadows is also a really a good place to keep information on all aspects of herb and plant lore and use.

The Witches' Cupboard:
Witchcraft Herbs and Roots

Let us first review some of the herbs that you should already have in your Witches’ Cupboard.

  • Basil is a sacred herb used for peace and happiness at home.  Basil is used to protect the home from evil.  Basil is known as Albahaca, American Dittany, 'Our Herb', St. Joseph's Wort, Sweet Basil, and the Witches Herb.  Basil is considered masculine, associated with the Planet Mars and the element of Fire. An herb for money and success, a happy family, and a peaceful home, it drives away the Evil Eye.

  • Rosemary is a powerful guardian, and a protector of woman.  This wonderful herb is widely used to bring good dreams, keep marriage faithful and the home peaceful, and for brewing up cleansing and beautifying baths.  Rosemary is also known as Compass Weed, Dew of the Sea, Elf Leaf, Guardrobe, Incensier, Polar Plant, and Sea Dew.  Rosemary is considered masculine, and is associated with the Sun and the element of Fire.

  • Thyme is lucky in two ways.  Thyme can bring peace of mind while sleeping and it can protect you money. Thyme is also known as Common Thyme and Garden Thyme.  Thyme is considered feminine, and is associated with the planet Mars and the element of Fire.

  • Nutmeg is used to bring good luck in games of chance. Nutmeg is considered masculine, and is associated with the planet Jupiter and the element of Fire.

  • Cloves are used to draw friendship and money. Cloves are considered masculine, and are associated with the planet Jupiter and the element of Fire.

  • Allspice is a wonderful spice that is used magically for money-drawing, business success, and to relieve mental tension. Allspice is considered masculine, and is associated with the planet Mars and the element of Fire.

  • Bay leaves are also known as Baie, Bay Laurel, Bay Tree, Daphne, Greecian Laurel, Sweet Bay, and Laurier d'Apollon. Bay leaves are used for protection and to avoid being jinxed or hexed, especially if you are doing a job on someone else.

  • DANDELION can be drunk as tea or carried in a bag to enhance psychic dreams and second sight.

  • LAVENDER FLOWERS are a sweet-smelling herb, used to promote passion, romance, harmony, friendship, and cooperation with a lover.

  • CHAMOMILE FLOWERS are widely considered to be a Lucky herb, an herb used in gambling spells and washes, and also an herb for cleansing, un-hexing and uncrossing.

  • MUGWORT is burned and inhaled for psychic abilities and also made into tea to wash amulets and crystals.

  • DAMIANA LEAVES are used to draw a new lover, to intensify sexual passion, or to bring back a straying lover.

The Conjure Bag:
Hoodoo Herbs and Roots

Next we present some of the herbs that are used in the preparation of Hoodoo and Rootwork spells.

  • GINGER gives fiery protection from evil; it also heats up love affairs and sexuality.

  • HIGH JOHN THE CONQUEROR ROOT as an amulet has no equal. It is used for drawing luck, gaining mastery, and strengthening the libido of men. Folks make a dressing oil from chips of the root, and incorporate it into sachet powders, incense, and crystals for bath or floor wash.

  • QUEEN ELIZABETH ROOT, also known as ORRIS ROOT, can be used to attract men and to cause them to love you.

  • ANGELICA ROOT, also known as HOLY GHOST ROOT, ARCHANGEL ROOT, and DONG QUAI), enhances female magickal power and strength, and protects children.

  • LUCKY HAND ROOT is also known as HELPING HAND or SALEP ROOT. This unusual name refers to a rare wild orchid that grows in the form of a hand with 2 - 10 life-like "fingers." Gamblers say that its grasping action brings in the winnings -- and musicians employ it to help them with fingering of their instruments. "

  • FIVE-FINGER GRASS, also known as SILVERWEED) brings success in all the things that five fingers can do, and is used to get others to do you favours.

  • HYSSOP HERB is a purification herb for cleansing yourself or your hme, to put an end to crossed conditions, to take off a jinx, or break a hex.

  • THE DEVIL POD is known as BAT NUT, GOAT HEAD, BULL NUT and BUFFALO NUT and grants the owner strong protection from evil.

  • CALAMUS ROOT, also known as SWEET FLAG, is used by those who wish to control a situation or to dominate a specific person.

  • LICORICE ROOT will help you gain power over others and control them; it is also used to change someone's mind.

  • DEER'S TONGUE is used to get someone to love you, to obtain a proposal of marriage, and also for court cases.

  • LITTLE JOHN TO CHEW is also known as CHEWING JOHN and GALANGAL; folks chew it and spit it out to win in court.


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Herbs, Roots and Curios
Ritual Oils, Astrological Oils and Essential Oils
Self Lighting Incense
Bath Crystals for Protection, Love and Money
Waters and Washes for Spiritual Protection
Sachet Powders
Spell Kits in the Hoodoo Tradition

Index Listing

Anointing Oils

Baths, Overview

Baths, Ritual

Baths, Types of

Being A Witch

Blessing for Pets

Condition Oils

Conjure Incense

Conjure Oils

Conjure Powders

Coven Kyklos

Essential Oil

Fragrance Oil

Free House Cleaning

Free Love Spells

Free Magic Spells

Free Magick Spells

Free Money Spells

Free Spells

Herbs & Roots, Hoodoo

Herbs & Roots, Overview

Herbs & Roots, Witchcraft

Hoodoo Incense

Hoodoo Oils

Hoodoo Powders

Incense, Conjure

Incense, Hoodoo

Incense, Overview

Incense, Pagan

Incense, Witchcraft


Lucky Mojo Bag Spells

Oil, Essential

Oil, Fragrance

Oils, Anointing

Oils, Condition

Oils, Conjure

Oils, Hoodoo

Oils, Overview

Oils, Ritual

Oils, Types of

Pagan Incense

Pagan Powders

Powders, Conjure

Powders, Hoodoo

Powders, How to Use

Powders, Overview

Powders, Pagan

Powders, Witchcraft

Prosperity Spells

Protection Spells

Ritual Baths

Ritual Oils

Sachet, How to Use

Sachet, Overview

Witch, Being A

Witchcraft, Herbs & Roots

Witchcraft Incense

Witchcraft Powders



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