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Quality: hot and dry
For: blessings, rain, security, money spells, fertility charms
For: purification, neutralizing empower objects such as amulets; with water for: asperging, sea spells, consecration, casting circles
Sacred to: Aphrodite, the Goddess, sea god/desses, Sulis
For: purification rituals; with garlic and rosemary to banish spirits
Sacred to: ocean deities
For: love spells, sex magic
For: strength, courage, money spells
For: love spells
For: banishing, binding, averting
Common Household Culinary Herbs
Aloe (Aloe vera) :
Called the "Burn Plant" because of its effect on burns, aloe is also effective in preventing accidents involving fire or heat. An Aloe growing in your kitchen affords not only it's healing properties, but also protection against kitchen burns and fires.
Anise (Pimpinella anisum) :
A daily cup of anise tea will preserve youth.
Anise burned on charcoal before bed will promote prophetic dreams.
Balm (Melissa officinalis) :
Bathe in a bath of Balm to attract love. Add to
incense and sachets for love and to promote healing.
Barley (Hordeum spp.) :
Sprinkle Barley around the perimeter of your yard [or on windowsills] to ward off evil. A few grains under your doormat will offer protection and repel negativity and evil that would enter.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) :
Basil oil rubbed on a green candle before burning will attract wealth. Use Basil as a floor wash to rid house of all evil and negativity. The incense smoke is beneficial for the same, plus banishing, exorcising and for protection.
Blackberry (Rubus villosus) :
To work your way through a bramble of blackberries is damn near impossible - but it is rumored to dispel, and protect from, all disease.
Caraway (Carum carvi) :
Use in your wedding cake, and throw caraway seeds after the ceremony. It promotes lust and fidelity. Of course - it doesn't have to be your wedding night/cake.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) :
Well, we've seen it's effect on our feline friends... giving your cat this herb can help create the psychic link needed for a familiar. Add catnip to your sachets to attract love [but keep it away from your cat].
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) :
Eat a meal hot with cayenne before a night of Bacchanalian celebrating - it will curb drunkenness.
Chamomile (Anthemsis nobilis) :
Ancient wiccans associated Chamomile with Ra for its healing powers. Even other plants in your herb garden will benefit from this herb, as it repels insects & promotes healing. Chamomile also has the properties of attracting wealth.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) :
First cultivated and used in the East, Cinnamon was burned to purify the temple. It also promotes health, vigor and libido.
Clove (Caryophyllus aromaticus) :
burned or ingested, clove promotes visions.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) :
If you see a puff off a dandelion, but there's no wind, rain is on the way.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgar) :
Ingested, Fennel promotes virility, fertility, and libido in general. Also acts as a protective herb.
Garlic (Allium sativum) :
Ropes of garlic are used to ward off evil. Garlic is also known as a lustful herb when ingested.
Lavender (Lavendula officinale) :
Especially useful in attracting men. Lavender promotes happiness and harmony in the home, whether burned or simply used in potpourri and sachets.
Marigold (Calendula officianis) :
Use as a visionary herb. Burn when doing a divination for love.
Marjoram (Origanum majorana) :
Use as a floor wash to dispel negativity and promote love & happiness.
Onion (Allium cepa) :
Ingested, onions can promote prophetic visions and dreams. Onion also promotes virility and libido.
Parsley (Retroselinum sativum) :
Sacred to Persephone, and a favorite herb of Venus and Aphrodite - Parsley also promotes communion with the Maternal Aspect of Goddess.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) :
Burn before bed for phrophetic dreams.
Peppermint tea aids in divination.
Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) :
Increases memory and protects against evil. It has been used in conjunction with juniper berries for centuries to purify the air.
Sage (Salvia officianus) :
Make a broom out of Sage to really sweep away undesired influences from your circle. Promotes strength, courage, longevity and wisdom. It also banishes negativity and evil.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) :
Used to invoke the Faery folk. Burn when asking advice of loved ones who have passed to the Summerlands.
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