How to Charge Herbs and Plants: A Complete Guide

How to Charge Herbs Herbal Magic

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Pagans and Druids have used herbs in rituals and magickal evocations for millennia. The sacred groves where these plants once grew were venerated places where offerings were given to appease land spirits and ask favors of deities. There was widespread belief in the potency and power of herbs and medicinal plants. A belief that survives in Wiccan and pagan religions to this day. It is why we want to learn how to charge herbs.

In this article we’ll discuss how to charge herbs to enhance their magical properties. We’ll also touch on a few different applications for herbs in Wiccan practice. Let’s dive right in.

A Word on Sustainability

To be a Wiccan or Pagan in modern times requires an implied knowledge of our planet’s sacred nature. Wiccans value outdoor experiences. They venerate spirits of nature. And they incorporate the five elemental signs of earth, air, fire, water and aether into their rituals and spells.

That makes sustainability and the protection of local ecosystems a real concern for the practicing Wiccan. To perform rituals or spells in outdoor spaces, you’ll need to make sure your tools are organic and fair trade. If you’re going to leave anything after the ceremony, make sure it is biodegradable and safe to leave behind.

Dried (non-seeding) plants and herbs fit that description perfectly!

An Introduction to Herbs in Magick

There is great news about herbs when it comes to Wiccan magical practice and ritual! There really is no right or wrong way to go about your experiments.

In fact, when learning how to charge herbs, the simple act of growing your own herbs can almost complete the charging process by itself. Choosing, growing, drying and blending with care infuses your love and positive energies into the herbs. This is true just like other magickal processes which we do by hand.

Smell, touch, intuition and nurture all play a part in the process of readying herbs for use in Wiccan offerings and spells.

How to Charge Herbs

The ongoing process of cultivating herbs and charging them with magickal power is a long term project, but an enjoyable one.

Note: It’s perfectly possible to simply buy pre-dried herbs from a supermarket. There’s certainly no shame or negative magickal impact in doing so. Wiccans have many tools in their arsenals to bless and charge all kinds of objects to give them energy. Dried herbs are no different. However, for the most powerful impact we’d always recommend the lengthier process of growing and drying your own plants. It’s a simple process, and can work well even in the tiniest of apartments!

Here’s How the Process Plays Out

Choose a Sacred Time:

Many Wiccans choose to plant their herbs during specific lunar phases, like the full moon. Or sometimes they plant at other significant times of the year such as equinoxes or solstices.

It doesn’t really matter exactly when you choose to sow seeds. The important thing is that you pick a time to allow your plant to draw on the power of the moon and the energy of the sun at the moment of planting.

Establish a Sacred Grove:

If you really want to revive the ancient druidic spirit, consider planting a sacred grove.

You don’t have to make a sacred grove overly complex. Few of us have access to a shaded forest grove awash with lush plant life. If you live in an apartment, a simple planter can form the basis of a sacred grove. Think of it as a kind of “Altar to Nature”. A place where you can leave offerings, say prayers and bless your plants as they grow.

Processing Your Herbs:

Once you have a collection of well established herb plants, you can trim them as required without destroying them. After that, it’s simply a matter of drying out the clippings. Then add them to a pestle and mortar and grind them into a blend.

While grinding the dried herbs, you can repeat a mantra or to say a short prayer to amplify the ritual charging process. Try using a clockwise motion and repeating the following adapted from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.

“I gather you, rosemary, herb of the Sun, to increase my mental powers and concentration.”

(Adjust the name of the herb and its properties to suit your application.)

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Luna Clarke

Luna Clarke is a leading contributor to and is known for her open-minded and thorough interpretation of all things Wiccan and magickal. In her free time, Luna loves to worship her cat while he ignores her. She also has some great books for beginners, like her Guided Wicca Workbook: Wiccan Starter Series (click to view)

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