Updated: Aug 19, 2021
What are Magickal Herbs used for
Magickal herbs are plants that have magical properties and associations with love magic, protection magic, cleansing magic, and a variety of other types of magic. They are used to enhance spells to increase the spell's chance of success.
In general, herbs in culinary use have savory or aromatic properties for flavoring and garnishing food, medicinal purposes, or fragrances, excluding vegetables and other plants consumed for macronutrients.
When someone selects a herb for general purposes, they do it based on what they want the herb to achieve. Will it spice up your dinner or make your room smell amazing.
When considering selecting a herb for magickal purposes like a ritual, magical spell, or potion, you will want to choose the herb based on its magical properties.
Adding certain magickal herbs to the correct type of magic will enhance your spell, ritual, or potion. This will increase the odds of your magic being successful.
When to use Magickal Herbs
There are several ways to work with magickal herbs. You can incorporate them into your skincare routine, in your daily ritual practice, and of course in your spells.
Some examples of when you can use magickal herbs could be making herbal teas, tinctures, elixirs, ritual baths, essences, and waters.
My favorite way to use magickal herbs is to incorporate them into my cooking. I like to bless my food as I cook it and use condiments to draw banishing or invoking pentagrams or sigils. If I need extra protection that day, I can use rosemary or sage (which are magickally associated with protection).
A great way to start using magickal herbs more often, especially in the kitchen, is to put your magickal herbs in decorative jars and display them somewhere in your kitchen. Whenever you begin to cook, you will not miss them, which should serve as a great reminder.
There are just so many different and exciting ways to work with the energy of the Earth. If you are not using magickal herbs, you need to reconsider your magical ways and incorporate these powerful enhancements into your craft.
How to Harvest Magickal Herbs
If you grow your plants in a garden, in your home, or get them from the outdoors, you will need to know how to harvest the plant properly.
When harvesting a plant, always make sure you know what part of the plant to harvest. Do you need the leaves, stems, flowers, or roots?
Make sure when harvesting a plant, you never collect the entire plant. A good rule of thumb is to collect less than a quarter of what is available for harvesting. The majority of the spells you will be using will only require a pinch or spoonful of any herb. There is no need to let a plant go to waste; that is not the way.
Remember, if you are not using the plant shortly after harvesting it, you will need to dry it out before storing it. Make sure to wash off any dirt and allow the plant to air dry.
Another method to dry your plants is to use the oven. You can chop up the plants' pieces and scatter the stems, leaves, and flowers in a single layer on a baking pan. Cover the plants with parchment and place it in the oven at 100F with the door cracked open for an hour or two.
You will need to invest in the proper type of containers to store your herbs. You can use opaque plastic containers or ceramic kitchen canisters. You can use whatever works best for you. Just make sure the seal is tight on whatever canister you select.
The last item you need to remember when harvesting herbs is when you harvest a plant, you are doing an energy exchange. It would be best to give something back in exchange for what you are taking from the Earth. A standard method is to bring a bottle of water and after harvesting a piece of a plant, give the plant a few drops of water.
How to use Magickal Herbs
You can use magickal herbs to prepare food in your kitchen, make tea, incense, or as an addition to enhance a spell. The options are almost limitless.
A great way to use your magickal herbs is to create a spell bag. Spell bags are fabric bags of any size that you can place various herbs in that have been selected based on their magical associations.
A spell bag can be used in many different situations. You can put them in your dresser drawers, purse, your car's glove compartment, hang them on your bedpost, or place them above your door. My preferred use of a spell bag is as a protection charm.
How to make a Protection Charm using Magickal Herbs
You can hang this protection charm somewhere in your house, usually on a door leading to the outside. But you have many options like putting it in your pocket or dresser drawer.
What you will need to create this protection charm:
A blue pouch (you can make it or purchase from the store)
red yarn or ribbon (to tie the pouch closed)
Why the color blue: Like a calm day at the beach, blue is a color of peace and protection.
One snowflake obsidian:
Snowflake Obsidian is a stone of purity, bringing balance to our mind, body, and spirit. An excellent stone to remove negativity from all aspects of our lives, Snowflake Obsidian keeps us grounded and balanced during chaotic times.
One teaspoon of caraway seeds:
Caraway seeds are ideal to use for protection against negativity, evil spirits, or entities. Caraway seeds are used in particular for protection magic.
One teaspoon of basil:
Basil is simple to find and is an excellent all-purpose magickal herb. Basil has magical properties of protection, prosperity, success, peace, purification, and love.
And a pinch of salt:
It has been long used by witches as an agent of purification and to ward off negative energy, evil vibrations, and foul spirits. It symbolizes the element of the Earth and is a staple in the magical arts.
Once you have all of your ingredients gathered, begin placing each item into the pouch. While you are putting ingredients into the pouch, say the following incantation.
"I seek protection, my body, my mind, and my spirit, be safe from harm.
My charm shall shield me from harm and keep me safe, It will block negativity
and all that is wrong."
Your protection charm made of magickal herbs is complete. Place your charm anywhere you desire added protection.