When we start performing magick we learn of tons of tools that enhance our practice. We add in different colors of candles, oils, and even different types of stones. But one thing we use more than anything else is herbs. There are whole spells and rituals that use only herbs to create the desired effect. So what exactly do these herbs do and how can we best utilize them? And the biggest question of them all how to start incorporating them into your craft.
Why Are Herbs Used in Magick?
Herbs have been used in magick since the beginning of time. They are natural, accessible and easy to come by, which made them perfect for early spell casters. But what exactly do they do? Herbs contain a vibration that helps to raise your own energy to match the frequency of what you are trying to manifest. This is why it’s important to use the right herb for your specific spell.
How to Use Them
The easiest way to start using herbs in your magick is by opening your kitchen herb cabinet. There are probably more magickal herbs in there than you realize. Bay leaves can be used for protection, rosemary for cleansing, and basil for prosperity. The list goes on and on. Different herbs can have different effects, both physically and energetically. If you’re not sure what an herb is typically used for, a quick Google search will give you tons of ideas.
When it comes to adding herbs to your spells there are a few different ways you can do it. The most common way is by mixing them into your spell mix. You can also add them to your altar or use them as an offering. And lastly, you can carry them with you or wear them. This is a great way to keep magickal properties with you throughout the day.
Types of Herbs
The list of herbs that can be used in magick is seemingly endless. But there are a few that are more commonly used than others. Some of the most popular and commonly found in the kitchen include:
Basil: Used for prosperity, wealth, and success
Rosemary: Used for cleansing, protection, and purification
Thyme: Used for healing, courage, and strength
Sage: Used for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding
Cinnamon: Used for success, prosperity, and luck
Vanilla Extract: Used for love, relationships, and attraction
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These are just a few of herbs readily available. But don’t feel limited to only using these in your spells. There are many more out there that can be used for just about any purpose you can think of but the kitchen cabinet is a great place to start.
Herbs in Your Spells
So you've found some herbs and now you want to use them in a spell. There's a could things you can do to start working with herbs.
1. Dress your candle: This is a great way to add herbs into your spell work. Simply take the herb of your choice and hold it in your hand. Visualize your intention while you charge the herb with your energy. Once it’s charged, rub it all over the candle. You can do this before or after you carve your intention into the candle. (check out the blog post on dressing candles)
2. Add it to your spell mix: This is probably the most common way to use herbs in spells. Simply add a pinch or two of the herb to your spell mix. You can also create an infusion by boiling the herb in water and then adding the water to your mix.
3. Make an herbal sachet: These are great for carrying your herbs with you or for placing under your pillow. Simply take a small piece of cloth, add your herbs, and tie it up.
4. Add it to your altar: This is a great way to keep the energy of your intention surrounding you. Place the herb on your altar or in a special place where you will see it often.
5. Use it as an offering: If you’re working with a nature spirit or want to leave an offering for the fairies, herbs are a great way to do it. Place them in a special place outside or on your altar.
There are many ways to incorporate herbs into your spell work. These are just a few of the most common. Get creative and see what works best for you. How do you like to work with herbs?