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Getting started with herbal magick can be daunting, especially if you’re on a budget. Don’t worry! Many of the essential herbs for Wiccans can be found right in your home, whether in your medicine cabinet, or in your kitchen.
Essential herbs for Wiccans include: aloe, catnip, chamomile, eucalyptus, ginseng, lavender, mint, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, and witch hazel.
These are quite common herbs, so after reading this article, take a look around your home and see what you can find. Now, let’s get into it!
Essential Herbs for Wiccans
A quick warning: Working with herbs should be done with care, always do your own research, and consult your doctor. When possible, I mention if herbs are unsafe for consumption, however this should not be taken as medical advice.
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Aloe is a common houseplant. It has been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities. If you have an aloe plant at home, break off a piece from one of its large leaves to find a cool and sticky mixture that you can applied to your skin.
It’s great for soothing burns, cuts, scrapes, dry skin, and itching from allergic reactions. In fact, many people keep an aloe plant in the kitchens to quickly apply in case they burn themselves.
Magickally, it’s a comforting plant. It can alleviate your emotional distress to make you feel calmed and reassured inside. It can eliminate inner barriers you set up for yourself and help you to get through mental blockages. Aloe can also increase your self-control, give you diligence, and harden you with grit.
Keep a plant in your home (especially near the front door) to keep out negative influences and draw good luck. If you don’t have an aloe plant already, check out your medicine cabinet for a bottle of aloe vera gel you may have purchased at the pharmacy.
If you have a cat (or cats) at home you may have catnip on hand. If not, it’s easy to find, and can also be grown in the home! This herb promotes love and romance, and it can make you more attractive to prospective partners. It brings out the beauty and joy in our lives.
You can also use catnip for animal and cat magick. Burn catnip with incense, carry a sachet, or sprinkle it around your home.
A well-known herb for relaxation that might just be in your tea cabinet! The most common use is of course in tea, as it helps you unwind at the end of a long day. It’s also healing by reducing anxiety and decreasing stress.
Drink it to increase energetic focus and to foster protection. Chamomile also attracts luck and prosperity.
Burn some flowers to induce business success, or include in money spells. Also carry the flowers with you– consider wearing a few flowers in your hair, pinning flowers to your clothing, or carrying a dried flower in your wallet. Strew some flowers around the home for good luck.
Another herb which is another medicinal staple like aloe. It has a pleasant, refreshing smell and you can find it in medicines like Vick’s. The scent is great for opening up airways and easing congestion, so it’s often used to relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Eucalyptus has a cooling, prickly feel to it when added to balms, so it may also be used in creams to ease body aches and sore muscles. Use eucalyptus oil in your magickal work for anointing too.
You can burn dried eucalyptus leaves, sprinkle them around the home, or put them into a sachet. Aside from its healing properties, it’s a great protector and it can be used to create a barrier between you and negative energies.
Eucalyptus is a great cleanser and purifier as well. Use it to create a clean slate, both energetically and mentally. It can clear your mind, give you a clear perspective, let you see others in a new light, and create fresh starts.
A plant whose root is harvested, ginseng is a remedy herb in Asian cultures. It’s different from ginger, which looks similar and has a similar name, but they are entirely different herbs. Ginseng is excellent to use for love and sexual attraction. It’s an aphrodisiac and will increase the sex drive. It increases virility, natural beauty, and sexual vitality.
The root is the most important part of the ginseng plant. It’s commonly brewed into tea or burned as incense.
A versatile herb which is great in love spells. It has an attractive, relaxing scent. Put it in a sachet to keep in your home or carry it with you as you go about your day to draw love.
It’s a very powerful herb to aid in sleep as well. It brings serene sleep with pleasant dreams. It also brings a general sense of peace, calm, tranquillity, and happiness. Keep a sprig of lavender in your pillowcase or a sachet near your bed. You can use lavender for protection and purification as well.
Many personal products are scented with lavender. You may even have a lavender tea in your cupboard. Some chocolate bars contain lavender too.
Who doesn’t love mint? It’s cooling, flavorful, and refreshing. You probably have mint in your home already, from herbal tea to toothpaste and other dental products. You also may have breath mints at home.
There are two varieties of mint– peppermint and spearmint.
Peppermint is a genetic hybrid which is a cross between two species. It has a higher menthol content, giving it a cooling feeling. So it’s great for relaxation, tired muscles, and sore throats.
Spearmint, on the other hand, is not a hybrid (it occurs naturally). It has a sweeter and milder taste and scent.
Both herbs are healing when ingested and can soothe upset stomachs, nausea, and promote a sense of calm. They are cleansing and purifying as well.
Mint can stimulate mental focus and psychic abilities– use it before or during divination. It brings positivity, optimism, and happiness. Use it for work- or business-related inspiration as well. Consider adding mint as a strengthener to any spell or ritual you do.
A timeless flower, roses can be grown, purchased in a bouquet, or dried. Given its pretty colors, roses are excellent at attracting love in all its aspects, from romance to passion. Use rose for healing and protection, and drawing luck as well. You may also use rose to increase psychic abilities during divination.
Look for rose in any bath products you may use, perfumes or rose water, or possibly in a sachet in your sock drawer.
You may not have heard of sandalwood, but it’s a common ingredient in salves, packs, and facial masks to treat skin conditions. Use it as an antiseptic, astringent, and for healing acne. Sandalwood is highly protective and keeps negative energies away. Use it for healing, consecration, blessing, and to open yourself up spiritually.
Much like its sweet scent, vanilla draws romantic love and happiness. Keep it near you to enhance your inner and outer beauty. Wear vanilla oil as an aphrodisiac. Use vanilla too to attract good luck and bliss into your life. It draws good fortune and creates a happy, blissful home.
Use vanilla for its calming powers, to soothe the mind into a state of enhanced mental powers. You may find vanilla in your kitchen, either as whole vanilla pods or vanilla extract. In your bathroom, you may have vanilla-scented items such as bath products or perfumes.
With a name like witch hazel, it must be magickal! Often sold in bottles as a topical liquid, it is used medicinally as an astringent and anti-inflammatory. It’s applied topically to treat itching, burns, acne, insect bites, sunburn, and other skin conditions.
Witch hazel is a plant that’s native to the Americas, so its history has to do with Native American uses. Include it for protection in your magickal work. It protects against evil spirits and hexes. It can help you handle negativity in your life and build up emotional resilience.
I hope this guide on essential herbs for Wiccans was useful! If you’d like further herbal magick information, check out my other article about the herbs you can find easily in your kitchen!