For centuries, herbs have been used in many ways. Two being medicinally and spiritually. Depending on the healing properties of herbs, they can be smoked, steeped as a tea or even used to make a poultice or tincture. This combination of natural herbs can assist in relieving multiple pain illnesses and promote relaxation when drunk as a tea.
General Aches & Pains, Migraines & Headaches, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Menstrual Cramps, PMS, and Stress.
Herbs & Properties
Blue Dream - I sprinkled a little Blue Dream in my blend because of it’s well known properties in healing pain, depression, nausea, stress, headaches, and fatigue. Adding this overall added a perfect balance because of it’s Sativa properties. This is great to add if you don’t want to feel extremely relaxed.
Chamomile - This herb has many therapeutic uses, in this case, it’s helpful uses are to calm the nervous system, promote general relaxation, and because of it’s muscle-relaxing effects, it can help sooth the muscles will relieving stress-related flatulences.
Feverfew - Used for the prevention of migraines & headaches, arthritis, fevers, muscle tension and pain, Feverfew is also used to lower blood pressure, lessen stomach irritation, stimulate the appetite and to improve digestion and kidney function. It has been indicated for colitis, dizziness, tinnitus and menstrual problems. Precaution: Not for use in pregnancy
Lavender - These flowers are full of medicinally active compounds. It can assist in healing depression, insomnia, stress, and headaches. When used as an essential oil for aromatherapy or used topically, Lavender has the same healing properties for these ailments and they do when steeped as a tea.
Licorice Root - Licorice root is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs worldwide. Apart from this herbs common use as a natural sweetener, Licorice Root is known to treat PMS, menstrual cramps, boost immune system, relieve pain & stress, and prevent heart disease.
Valerian Root - Valerian is well known for its sedative qualities and its ability to relax the central nervous system and the smooth muscle groups. With over 120 chemical components found in valerian, it is indicated for anxiety, confusion, cramp, depression, insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns, irregular menstruation, migraines, PMS, stress, tension and many more!
Willow Bark - Willow bark is the herbal analogue for aspirin. It is approved by the German Commission E in supporting joint health, as well as for alleviating occasional headaches in healthy individuals. It is traditionally used as an all-purpose pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.
🍒Wild Foods In Season🍒
Crab apples, cep, chaterelles, fairy ring champignon, giant puffball, gorse flower, green walnuts, rabbit, sea purslane, wild blackberries, wild mint, wild rose flower, wild strawberry, wood pigeon.
The full moon is July 9th and known as the Buck moon because this is when buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers.
Elm is the symbolic tree. Lavender, feverfew, mint, marjoram, jasmine, honeysuckle, crane’s bill, and meadow sweet are the herbs and flowers.
Colors associate are deep violet, dark blue, and green.
🔮Witchy Ways To Celebrate July🔮
Decorate your home and altar with beautiful stalks of lavender, honeysuckle, jasmine, or mint. Light beeswax candles to honor the honey bees!
Eat seasonal foods outside. Have a picnic, leave some food behind(that’s safe for animals) as an offering to the earth.
Don something new with you magic! Work with different elements, spell ingredients, or cook a new recipe. Explore your path and yourself.
Do a spell for the prosperity of other countries, send healing and blessings out to the world. Alternatively, do a spell for the LGBTQA+ and POC lives in the US to help them through this troubling time. Or curse Trump.
Spend time outside barefoot on the earth. Make a map of what’s around you and what they can be used for magically. Learn more about your town and it’s history!
As a practicing Witch and small-scale herbalist, I often find that when I’m out and about I’m also absentmindedly on the lookout for any new, interesting or useful herb species that might help me in my practice. I even carry a small clean jam jar and a sharp penknife in my handbag at all times for if I spot a herb I just can’t resist and need to take a cutting of it for my collection back home. However, while I’m avidly seeking out roadside feverfew or happily snipping cuttings of a rare cultivar of lavender or sage, I’m always acutely aware of why I call the etiquette of herb-gathering.
These are a few simple rules by which I suggest all foraging Witches, alchemists and herbalists should abide that dictate the correct course of action for those who seek to collect herbs from places other than their own gardens. They are mostly fairly common-sense, but a few are ones that might be overlooked, but which can actually be of profound importance!
I will list the rules below, but bear in mind that it’s not like this is some onerous obligation that must be fulfilled, and nor is it some sort of “Witchcraft commandment” or infallible and unchanging list of sacred laws. These are a few things that I created for my own usage, and nobody else is under any obligation to use them. If you choose to do so, I’ll be thrilled; if you find a way to improve them, please do reblog this post with your corrections!
The Etiquette of Herb-Gathering
Remember that all plants are living things, and if you harvest them too severely, they will die. This seems obvious, but you’d be shocked how many people forget! This is especially important when what you’re harvesting is the plant’s leaves - always remember that leaves are how plants make their food, so leave enough of them to enable the plant to keep growing strongly.
Never forget that you may not be the only one foraging. Make sure that, when you harvest a wild growth of a herb, there may be others in the area who would also like to harvest that plant. Take only a little from a lot of patches, rather than using only two or three patches, but taking almost all of what is available at each one. This will not only ensure that other foragers can use that patch too, but will mean that when the patch regrows, you’ll know where to go back to in order to find it again instead of needing to hunt down a new patch each time.
When foraging on another’s land, ask their permission first! This seems so straightforward, but sadly people forget that plants growing in other people’s gardens (yes, even their front lawn) are that person’s private property! Taking cuttings or fruits from plants on that property without the owner’s permission is legally theft, and can be punished just like shoplifting or stealing a bike from a railing. It also means that the owner will know that their plant is looking smaller because it’s been harvested, rather than them thinking it’s died or been eaten by some wild herbivore.
Always cut stems at a diagonal angle. Never snip a stem so that it forms a circular, blunted end, because this can allow rainwater to build up on the surface of the cut. This rainwater can trap fungal spores, and cause the plant to get a serious fungal infection that may damage or even kill that whole patch. Instead, cut the stems at a roughly 45° angle, so that water beads up and rolls off more easily.
When collecting flowers, remember that other people like to look at wildflowers. Never take ALL the flowers from any wild plant, both because it prevents that plant from reproducing as it naturally wants to do, and because it means others who walk past the plant don’t get to see it’s beautiful blooms! If you own the plant, that’s another matter - you may WANT to snip off all flowers to prevent it from bolting, like with parsley. However, with wildflowers, always leave at least half the flowers on the plant so that it can continue to reproduce as nature intended.
Never pick a plant you can’t identify with total certainty. Yet another seemingly-obvious one that is nevertheless often ignored. This is often quoted for fungi, because some fungi can be quite poisonous, but if anything it’s even worse for plants. The medicinally fabulous plant known as yarrow, Achillea millefolia, is a very useful plant and a common component of herbal medicines. However, it looks almost identical to spotted water-hemlock, a species of plant so deadly that one bite can kill you in 20 minutes. Make completely certain that all plants you collect are positively identified, and that you flag all plants with commonly-confused poisonous cousins for further identification later if you’re not 100% sure.
Never harvest flowers from plants around beehives. Bees are one of the most important families in the natural world, being responsible for the pollination of tens of thousands of species of flowering plants all over the world and on every forested continent. Whilst most species of bees are solitary, and don’t form the large hives we assume are common to all bees, those that DO form vast colonies need similarly vast numbers of flowers to support themselves. When you come across a beehive, especially a boxed hive that’s clearly domesticated by humans, try to avoid harvesting any flowers from within 500 metres (about a third of a mile) around the hive(s). The hive needs all the nectar and pollen it can get, and due to the rising threat of colony collapse disorder the life of every single hive is a precious thing that must be preserved at all costs. It might be inconvenient for you, but it’s worth it.
These are just a few of the major rules that I personally suggest all foragers and herb-gatherers take to heart. Remember that you’re not the only Witch who needs their supplies! Thank you for reading :)
Acorn: Used for good luck, protection, wisdom,
and personal power
Beans: carried in a
pocket, purse, or mojo for good luck
Agrimony: Overcoming fear & inner blockages and
dispelling negative emotions. Reversing spells. Use as a wash or oil for
healing rituals. Ward off evil entities and poisons
Alfalfa Leaves: Used in money, prosperity, and
Allspice: Money, luck, healing, and obtaining
treasure. Added determination and energy to any spell
Angelica Root: Very powerful. Protects against negative
energy and attracts positive energy. Used in healing and exorcisms. Protects
Anise Seeds: Used to help ward off the Evil Eye, find
happiness, and stimulate psychic ability. Used in sleep pillows to prevent
Anise Star: Burned to increase psychic awareness &
abilities. Placed on altar to increase
power generated or carried to bring good luck
Powder: Purification and
increased spirituality. Burned to reach meditative state
Arbica Flowers: Psychic powers and protection from
Root: Used for protection
Balm of Gilead
Tear: Used for love,
manifestation, protection, healing, assisting in healing from loss of a loved
Bark: Cleansing, sorcery,
atonement, freeing oneself from the power or control of another
Basil: Love, exorcism, wealth, and protection.
Dispels confusion, fears, and weakness. Drives off hostile spirits
Bat Head Root: Used in spell work, rituals, to obtain
Bay leaves: Used for protection, good fortune,
success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Write wishes on
the leaves and burn them to make the wish come true. Put in dream pillows for
Bark: Good fortune, luck,
healing, and stress relief
Bee Pollen: Friendship, attraction, love, strength,
happiness, and overcoming depression
Birch Bark: Powerful aid divination magic and finding
the heart of truth. Other uses protection, exorcism, and purification.
Root: Love, protection,
courage, protection, potency
Bark: Wish magic, access
to divine energy, and bringing the blessing of the Gods
Catnip Cut: Sacred to Bast. Used in ritual having to
do with cats or cat deities. Love, enhance beauty or happiness, protection, bad
Cedar: Confidence, strength, power, money,
protection, healing and purification. Use in sachets to promote calmness
Celery Seed: Used for mental and psychic powers and
concentration. Use in dream pillows for to help with sleep
Flowers: Used for love,
healing, production marriage proposals, gambling luck, prosperity, good
fortune, reducing stress, removing hexes, curses, and spells
Berries: Used in rituals
to draw down the moon, chastity, and protection of the home.
Cherry Bark: Lust, direction, frugality, invisibility,
magical potency. Burn as an increase while performing divination, or to during
Chickweed: Fertility and love, lunar magic, animal,
magic, healing with birds, carry to attract love.
Granules: favors, removing
obstacles, and invisibility, positive outlook, sense of humor. Use a black
candle and burn as an incense to hex someone.
Chive: Protection and weight loss
Flowers: Love, joy, humor,
Cilantro: Protection of gardeners, bring peace to
the home, and help attune one with their soul
Cinnamon: Spirituality, success, healing, personal
protection, love, luck, strength, passion, and prosperity, associated with fire
and the sun
Cinquefoil: An all-purpose magical herb. Love, money,
health, power, and wisdom, stimulates memory, eloquence, and self-confidence,
financial gain, or by those who are otherwise seeking good fortune and
self-improvement, bring love, money, health, power, and wisdom into their
live, business & house blessing
Clover: Ritual baths to aid in financial
estrangement. It is also used for lust, money, love, success, luck, blessing
and protection of animals.
Cloves: Protection, friendship, banishing hostel
or negative forces, mental clarity, money, purify, cleanses the aura.
prosperity, love, peace, and tranquility
Comfrey Leaves: Money, safety during travel, stability,
Coriander Seed: Love, health, protection, ease pain of
broken heart, peace, ward off disease and migraines
Milk Thistle Seed: Strength, perseverance, wisdom, aid in
Mistletoe: Fertility, creativity, prevention of
illness and misfortune, protection from negative spells, Carry for luck when
hunting, associated with Yule, Jupiter, and the sun, fertility, love,
protection, prophetic visions
Motherwort: Confidence, success and counter magic
Mugwort: Lust, fertility, prevent backache, cure
disease and madness, astral travel, prophetic dreams, clean crystal balls and
Mullein Leaf: Protection from nightmares & sorcery,
courage, cursing and invoking spirits
Mustard Seed: Courage, faith, endurance, luck
Myrrh: Spiritual opening, meditation, healing,
high psychic vibrations, peace, blessing of talismans, charms, and magical
Nettles Leaf: Dispelling darkness & fear,
strengthening will aiding in the ability to handle emergencies, drive off evil
There’s a lot of reasons to use herbs. You want a more natural medicine to treat something. You enjoy the taste of fresh herbal teas. You practice some form of paganism and/or witchcraft and use herbs in your craft. You should always consult with your medical care provider before starting any herbal regimen. Be sure to look into any herbs and natural remedies you want to try too, to make sure they don’t negatively effect you because of any pre-existing medical conditions.
This particular section though, I’m going to be talking about herbs and pregnancy. Some plants contain substances that we know can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and more. I know some people will use this list as a reference for natural contraceptives. That’s fine, but there is an important part to touch on with that.
When we think of contraceptives today, we think of hormonal contraceptives or barrier methods. Herbs are neither of those. Herbs that work as contraceptives are abortive. They don’t prevent you from becoming pregnant, they terminate a pregnancy very early on. It is important to note that if you’re using contraceptive herbs, and still become pregnant enough that you’re aware of it, you should either stop use immediately or look at your other options for terminating the pregnancy. I’m not promoting abortion, but you should be aware that using contraceptive herbs, and having them fail, can result in serious birth defects. If that’s not something you want to deal with, be aware that continuing to take the herbs may make it worse, not just get rid of the pregnancy.
If you’re looking at this for a list of herbs to avoid while you’re pregnant, so as not to risk hurting the fetus and ensuing baby, then you should be avoiding these herbs if you’re trying to become pregnant too. Studies show that 30% to 50% of all fertilized eggs are lost before a pregnancy is actually established, and the woman never even knows about it. Of known pregnancies, 10% to 20% end in miscarriage. So, it’s important if you’re trying to have a baby, to do everything possible not to contribute to those numbers.
So, with no further ado, these are the herbs to avoid if you are now, or are trying to become pregnant.
Donq Quai (used in combination with other herbs to induce miscarriage)
Black Cohosh (used in combination with other herbs to induce miscarriage)
Blue Cohosh (used in combination with other herbs to induce miscarriage)
Rosemary (in amounts greater than normally found in food)
Angelica (used in combination with other herbs to induce miscarriage)
Thyme (in amounts greater than normally found in food )
Also, while you (hopefully) don’t ever ingest known poisonous herbs, I’d also advise not handling them while pregnant as some things can be absorbed through your skin. Not a lot, but better safe than sorry. These are herbs that are listed by the USDA as Unsafe or Potentially Unsafe for use during pregnancy.
Martian energy is intense, and most of the time Mars’s herbs and oils are used in conjunction with the energies of other Planets to intensify their effects, rather than in a “simple”—a formula that uses only one Planet’s herbs. Here are some examples of how a touch of a Mars herb can act with and upon other Planetary energies to enhance their effectiveness:
Sun with Mars
Sun is confidence, personal power, health, and self-expression. Add a little Mars and increase your control over your life, enhance your ability to express your interests and goals with even greater success, or enable yourself to stroll through life with energy, health, and personal charisma.
Moon with Mars
Lunar energies keep you in touch with your emotions, your psyche, and your subconscious. Add some Mars to quicken the development of your psychic abilities, motivate yourself to transform bad habits into good ones, or add vitality to your system if you are working on fertility issues.
Mercury with Mars
Eloquence, intelligence, and business endeavors are some of the energies of Mercury. Combining Mercurial herbs and oils with an herb or oil belonging to the dominion of Mars will help you to be more persuasive, have an even quicker mind, and be charmingly assertive enough to get the job you deserve.
Jupiter with Mars
Expansion, honor, authority, and growth all belong to Jupiter. Add a Mars energy to grow and expand faster in an area of your ambition, garner recognition of your accomplishments, intensify your authority in any area of your life, or expand your understanding of the best ways to accomplish your goals.
Venus with Mars
Romance, beauty and the arts—what’s not to love? Combining Venusian energy with a touch of Mars will add passion to the romance, help you to express yourself confidently as an artist, and make people look twice when you pass.
Saturn with Mars
Protection, understanding of karma, endurance, self-discipline, and control are the areas where
Saturnian herbs are used. Add strength and energy with a Saturn-Mars combination to protect your home if you live in a particularly dangerous area, to work through karmic debt, to vitalize yourself in a situation which requires hard work and endurance, or to accomplish a difficult task requiring much self-control.
Neptune with Mars
Neptune is the Planet of out-of-body experiences, creative genius, and the mystical. Bringing a little Martian energy into the equation will help you to harness and express the creativity residing in your subconscious, master astral projection more quickly, and experience more intensely any meditation, trancework, or altered state.
Uranus with Mars
Intellectual genius, innovative thought, and transformation of thought patterns fall under the dominion of Uranus. Mars will increase the workings of your mind to higher levels, bring action to your original thoughts, and hasten your ability to change the way your brain works, taking you out of any thought doldrums.
Pluto with Mars
Karma, unconscious behavior patterns, letting go, facing fear, and your Shadow Self are all Plutonian in nature. Partnering Pluto’s herbs and oils with an herb or oil of Mars will help you open those scary “memory boxes” in the back of your mind that make you so uncomfortable, break through barriers when you are working in psychotherapy, recognize karmic debt, and enable you to actively work to release it. This is not a fun combination, be warned. It is very intense, and if you choose to work with this combination, expect dramatic changes that will rock your life.
Energies: communication, divination, business success, intellectualization, learning
The rest of the planets do not have seals because they are not the seven classical planets used in witchcraft. So many people many not agree with the rest of this lecture, but here is the rest and what the majority of people use.
Energies: illusion and imagination; useful in hypnosis, trance, dreamwork
Lemongrass is a lovely herb which has a strong sweet lemon scent, Hence the name. It is used medicinally to help combat common flu symptoms like fatigue, Muscle ache, and fevers which is why it is also referred to as “Fever Grass”. Easy enough to remember, Right?
It is also a popular herb to use magically in Hoodoo/Hispanic practices. Because of its fresh, And clean scent it is common to see Practitioners using it to Cleanse, or Purify themselves before and after a ritual or as a way to “Refresh” themselves from tiring workings. For these reasons it is also great herb to increase mental clarity, to help focus, And to help open your psychic awareness, and promote visions.
I would recommend using Lemongrass as a Tea for these purposes so you can fully appreciate the fresh aroma of the herb. But as always consult with a health professional before ingesting any unfamiliar herbs.