Alfalfa – a feminine herb, ruled by Venus and earth as its element.
Alfalfa, either fresh sprout or dried, is used in food to bring money into the home and ward off the effects of illness. Its tiny delicate strands, when spread out in a small dish, dry to create an interwoven web, ensuring protection against poverty.
Anise – a masculine herb, ruled by Jupiter and air as its element.
Anise is best known for its powers of protection and awareness. Keep in a sachet on your person for protection, psychic power and concentration
Basil – a masculine herb, ruled by Mars and fire is its element.
Basil is best known for its properties to aid and strengthen love. Although known to bring about prosperity, love spells are the general domain for basil. It is used to soothe communication between two people, to draw a lover to you and to celebrate love. Basil can be tucked fresh or dried into a sachet and carried to strengthen feelings of love.
Betony – a masculine herb, ruled by Jupiter and fire is its element.
Betony is best in love spells, purification and protection packets. Use in sachets and pillows. To calm an unsleeping youth, place betony under the pillow.
Burdock – a feminine herb, ruled by Venus and water is its element.
Burdock is commonly used for purification, strength of character and protection. Dried, hung burdock is placed in rooms for studying, creative work and divination areas because of its tendency to strengthen one’s strongest talents.
Chamomile – a masculine herb, ruled by the Sun and water is its element.
Sleep, calm, purification and preparation for psychic or magical working. Can be carried in a sachet or consumed in tea.
Catnip – a feminine herb, ruled by Venus and its element is water.
Catnip is used in magic for contract law, legal confrontations and signing of documents. Its robust aroma lends itself well to matters of money and winning arguments.
Cinnamon – a masculine herb, ruled by the Sun and fire is its element.
Cinnamon is used in magic for deep spirituality and healing, protection, scrying and power. Its ability to retain energy makes this one of the basic staples in your magical herb cupboard. Cinnamon is a favorite herb for the brazier or hot coal. Burned as a powder, it creates a pleasant aroma.
Clove – a masculine herb, ruled by Jupiter and fire is its element.
Clove is used as a magical pain suppressant, carried in a pouch or sprinkled at the corners of a sickroom. To calm upset infants, hang a pouch of clove and lavender near the crib.
Dandelion – a masculine herb, ruled by Jupiter and air is its element. (some choose to use the Sun and fire element because of its association with its translation *teeth of the lion*)
Dandelion can be used when casting wishes, for sleep, physical energy and courage. Use it in spell work to strengthen contractual agreements.
Dill – a masculine herb, ruled by Mercury and fire is its element.
Dill is used in magic for love, prosperity and matters of contract. As a powerful agent in protection work, dill has a potency that stays strong and sharp even when in a dried form. Dill is a favorite in kitchen magic, as a cooking accent.
Hawthorn – a masculine herb, ruled by Mars and its element is fire.
Hawthorn is used to fill a home with laughter and balance. Its wood makes wonderful wands, candle holders and for burning in the Lammas fires. Use hawthorn leaves for wishing spells and healing.
Juniper – a masculine herb, ruled by the Sun and fire is its element.
Juniper is used for household protection, seeing ghosts and health. Use the dried berries to include in sachets, potpourris and as decoration for altar dressings. When used on an incense coal, juniper is said to intoxicate spirits into becoming visible as well as increasing your power to see them.
Lavender – a masculine herb, ruled by Mercury and air is its element.
Lavender is best known for its properties of contentment, balance, love and good health. Use it when any of these aspects is required. Because of the amazing scent to the flowers, lavender is often combined in light potpourris for keeping a home in balance.
Lemon Verbena – a masculine herb, ruled by Mercury and air is its element.
Lemon Verbena is a powerful herb used in many love spells. It is often associated with Venus because of the love aspects to it. Sachets for love, live plants for attraction of love and dried dishes for family love are three of its main uses.
Mint – a masculine herb, ruled by Mercury and air is its element.
Mint is a near-essential herb for your cabinet because of its powerful healing ability. Prosperity can come in many forms including good health, both physical and spiritual. For healing spells and prosperity in all forms, mint is a desirable base. Mint tea, sipped slowly, brings the body into attunement with the elements of air and water, to ensure robust health.
Parsley – a masculine herb, ruled by Mercury and air is its element.
Parsley is used in magic for purification and protection. As is often the case, an herb’s medicinal properties will mirror its magical aspects. Parsley is used as a breath purifier, to cleanse the pallet and aid in ridding the body of excess gas. As a magical purification herb, Parsley is one of the best. Parsley makes a fine addition to any meal, as a garnish but more importantly, as a way to ensure a stress-free environment for eating.
Patchouli – a feminine herb, ruled by Saturn and earth is its element.
Patchouli is most commonly used in money spells, success, job interviews and contract negotiations. Because of its elemental earth, patchouli remains the perfect herb for any spell that is earth related, such as healing, garden success and the building of a new home (including a move). Psychic awareness is yours if patchouli is used before scrying. Anoint your third eye before reading the tarot.
Pepper – a masculine herb, ruled by Mars and its element is fire.
Pepper is used in magic for driving out negative energy and protection. Its distinct aroma and untouchable properties make it perfect for cleansing a previously occupied home or garden. Pepper is said to cause sneezing, which in old lore was a way to drive out demons.
Rose and Rose Petals – a feminine herb, ruled by Venus and its element is water.
Rose petals are perfect for love spells. Matching their colour magically will enhance your work. Sprinkle the petals around your bed for lovers dreams. Use the full flowers to fill a home with love. Dry the buds for use in potpourris and sachets. Healing and divination are also aspects of the rose. Use rose essential oils for anointing ceremonies and baby namings.
Rosemary – a masculine herb, ruled by the Sun and fire is its element.
Rosemary is used in magic for mental ability, healing, love and purification. Its element fire gives this herb its strength and heavy aroma. Rosemary is used as a smudge or dried and sprinkled on coal to release the smoke to purify an area.
Sage – a masculine herb, ruled by Jupiter and air is its element.
Sage is used in magic for wisdom, psychic awareness, long life and protection. As secondary aspects, spells for money use sage. But, by far, its most potent aspect is wisdom and learning. Sage is often bundled tightly into smudge sticks and burned as a scent.
St. Johns Wort – a masculine herb, ruled by the Sun and its element is fire.
St. Johns Wort is used for protection, calming anxiety and the hearing or auditory perception of spirits. Keep the dried leaves with you to rub on your wrists and temples when stress or anxiety begins to take hold. Sleep on a sachet of St. Johns Wort and Sage to bring on prophetic dreams.
Tea – a masculine herb, ruled by the Sun and its element is fire.
Black tea is used in magic for prosperity, strength and fortitude. It is often burned near the room of a sick person to open the doors to good health. Drinking a cup of black tea is said to bring money immediately.
Thyme – a feminine herb, ruled by Venus and water is its element.
Thyme is used in magic for healing, psychic awareness and purification. Often used in love spells, Venus lends this herb high potential in this purpose. Thyme can be used in air magic, releasing its essence slowly.
Wormwood – a masculine herb, ruled by Mars and air is its element.
Wormwood is used heavily in protection spells and when attempting to communicate with those who have passed over. Decorate your Samhain table with wormwood or when using your clairvoyant skills.
Yarrow – a feminine herb, ruled by Venus and water is its element.
Yarrow is used for love, scrying and gratitude (when an herb is needed). Hang in bundles to give thanks for life and spiritual energy. Use the flowering tops for potpourris and the fern-like leaves, dried, for incense bases mixed with saw dust.