How to Use Magical Plants and Herbs in Witchcraft
Updated: February 12, 2023
Truthfully, there is no such thing as witch herbs. I’ve heard this term used a lot and it’s just not an accurate description of our herbal allies.
Plants, as you know have been here inhabiting this planet far longer than us humans have. We owe our very existence to them, and together, they create the network that sustains all life on earth.
And it’s this change of mindset–that plants and herbs are not here because of me, I am here because of them–that brought me to become the green witch I am.
This guide is meant to impart knowledge of these wonderful, magical herbs to you, so that you may also come to understand the power they have to work wonders in your life, and the lives of those you care about, as a witch.
It is by no means a complete list of herbs. Nor, does it list all the herbs you can use in your magick. This is simply a starting place for you to discover how to use herbs in your witchcraft and to learn the deep wealth of knowledge that plants and herbs can offer us in this life.
Any herb is a witchcraft herb. In fact, every plant also carries with it immutable properties of magick and energy.
Be creative as you look around you, but just to give you a starting point, here are some of the most common herbs used in spells, as well as their magical properties.
THYME MAGICAL PROPERTIES
When working with Thyme, we can increase strength, courage, and happy dreams and dispel the stagnant negative energy that tends to build up in our hearts and homes. Place Thyme beneath your pillow for a restful sleep and relaxing dreams.
Thyme is considered to be associated with the element of water and has strong feminine energy.
MUGWORT MAGICAL PROPERTIES
Mugwort is commonly used as a psychic enhancer in modern magick, which makes it a great herb for increasing divination clairvoyance and astral travel. Many hedgewitches use Mugwort frequently as incense and teas to increase overall clarity within all things spiritual.
Mugwort is associated with the element of earth and has a strong feminine energy.
BAY LEAF MAGICAL PROPERTIES
Bay lear (or bay laurel) is a very popular herb to enhance manifestation and prosperity rituals. It’s been said that it helps to make wishes come true more consistently and that it can even aid in breaking curses more quickly.
Bay leaf is associated with the element of fire and has a strong masculine energy.
JASMINE MAGICAL PROPERTIES
Jasmine is a beautiful flower that carries with it the fragrant aroma that stirs emotions of love and sensuality. It’s no surprise that Jasmine is used in love, attraction and sex spells in the form of incense, tea and ritual oils.
Jasmine is commonly associated with the element of water and has a feminine energy.
LAVENDER MAGICAL PROPERTIES
Lavender is useful in spells to sharpen the mind and to strengthen and encourage pure or true love. A small bunch of lavender can be used to sprinkle blessed water with in rituals and when dried, it makes
a wonderfully fragrant incense to be burned in spell work.
Lavender is usually associated with the element of air and has a masculine energy.
BASIL MAGICAL PROPERTIES
Basil has been referred to as “the hitch’s herb” and it’s frequently used in money and prosperity spells and in general, to bring purification and positive attraction of energy to any space.
Basil is commonly associated with the element of fire and has a strong masculine energy.
ROSEMARY MAGICAL PROPERTIES
Rosemary holds strong ties to purification and the cleansing of negative or unwanted energy. Bum a smudge wand of bundled rosemary to wash away the bad and replace it with a bright, pure energy instead.
If you’re needing to increase your self-love, there is no better herb than Rosemary to help you to increase the power of your self-love rituals. Teas, baths, incense and room sprays made from Rosemary will all help as you open your heart to spiritual love and conscious compassion for yourself.
Rosemary is often associated with the element of fire and has strong masculine energy.
CINNAMON MAGICAL PROPERTIES
Cinnamon is a very common herb that increases the psychic ability and raises spiritual awareness. It’s also used heavily in money and prosperity spells to attract wealth. It’s a really versatile herb that has a ton of magickal uses!
Cinnamon is generally associated with the element of fire and has masculine energy.
You’re probably wondering what the whole point of these herbal correspondences even is. Well, herbs have practical uses in your everyday spells, rituals and candle-based magic!
They act like symbols and signposts that focus our intention and bring our spellwork to life.
Here are some of the most common uses of magick:
HERBS FOR SPELLS
HERBS FOR MONEY
These are herbs that attract wealth, money and prosperity. Each has its own unique way of ushering abundance into your life, so as you work with them individually, be observant to the energies they communicate to you.
- Bay Leaves
HERBS FOR PROTECTION
Herbs play a big role in protection spells for many witches.
Some of the most common ones are:
- Blessed Thistle
HERBS FOR PROSPERITY
Prosperity can come into our lives in many different ways. Money, love, security, you name it and work your spell around it.
These magickal herbs are useful for your prosperity magick spellwork and rituals:
HERBS FOR BANISHING
Herbs can assist you in the banishing spellwork that requires you to remove someone or something from your life or the lives of those around you.
Here are the most common banishing herbs:
- Black Pepper
- Dragon’s Blood
- Morning Glory
HERBS FOR HEALING
It could be argued that almost all herbs are healing herbs, but let’s focus on the classics here.
These herbs bring greater power to your healing spells and also have powerful abilites to heal physical ailments:
HERBS FOR CREATIVITY
Creativity sparks psychic development and powerful spellwork. These herbs can be used in incense, tea and oil infusions to grow your personal creative power.
HERBS FOR LOVE
Love is all about attraction, and the herbs that can aid us in our love spells and rituals are wonderfully attractive in their own right.
Love spells can be enhanced with sweet and sensual herbs like the following: