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Some Alternatives to Lavender

Lavender is a plant that’s very commonly recommended for usage in spellcraft and witchcraft, for spells related to everything from sleep to anxiety to depression to protection. However, it’s also a plant many people are allergic to! So, here’s a list of a few plants that people with allergies to lavender might be able to use instead.

Sleep and relaxation: 

  • Wild lettuce - Also known as a hallucinogenic plant that is often used in spiritwalking potions, wild lettuce is a mild hypnotic and will induce sleeping in low dosages. It can be used in any spell where sleep, trance, or visions are the intended goal. Burning this herb is sometimes acceptable, as it is occasionally smoked, but in general this should be avoided. 
  • California poppy - Whilst it’s not as famous as its more highly known cousin the opium poppy, California poppy has sedative and hypnotic effects in its own right. However, unlike the opium poppy, California poppy will not give you narcotic or euphoric side effects, so don’t bother trying to smoke it or anything. It can be used for any spell in which dreamless sleep is desirable. 
  • Lemon balm - This is a herb with very similar relaxing and sleep-inducing properties to lavender, so it’s a great first plant to try if you have an allergy to lavender and want something very similar. It’s a kind of mint though, so it’s relatively closely related to lavender, and so if you’re allergic to lavender you should make sure you’re not allergic to mints as well before you try it. 
  • Motherwort - This herb is well-known in many kinds of old world herbal medicine, and has a history of usage for assisting with labour in birthing mothers. However, scientific evidence is currently disputed about its safety at any point of breastfeeding or pregnancy, especially because it seems to cause abortions in high dosages. When taken by someone who ISN’T pregnant, it has calming and soothing properties, especially for emotional distress. Do not burn this herb. 

Anxiety and calming: 

  • Skullcap - This is one of the most well-known nervine treatments, and is often recommended for people suffering with anxiety disorders that may be milder than should be medicated by a psychiatrist. It’s longterm usage can assist in helping those with anxiety remain clear-headed and balanced. However, it’s a plant that’s quite easy to be allergic to it seems, so do please get a skin-prick test if you’re allergic to lavender just in case. Do not burn this herb.
  • Vervain - As a gentle anxiolytic, this plant is suitable for those who don’t have an anxiety disorder but do have issues with mild, recurrent anxiety. It’s also safer than skullcap and can be burnt safely, so it’s suitable for incenses and spells that involve fire. It is also associated magickally with purging of illnesses and sicknesses, and is a good element of any spell that seeks to purge a body clean of sickness and malignancy.
  • Roman chamomile - Also known as English chamomile, this herb has been used for centuries by those who seek to rest and sleep, especially if they are plagued by painful dreams or distressing thoughts. This herb is safe for burning and fire-based spells, and is commonly used in many supermarket herbal teas. It is strongly magickally associated with calm, and is a potent calming herb as an element of spells as a result. 
  • Clover - A common calming remedy in herbal magick, the flowering tops of simple clovers taken from a field can be an excellent element of any spell that seeks to bring calm and clearheadedness to any problem. Worn around the neck or head in a flower-chain, clover flowers will ensure your mind is unclouded by anxious or worried thoughts, and will help smooth over thoughts that are unwanted. This plant is safe to burn, but please try to avoid consuming or burning clover that you collected from beside a road. Plants growing in the verges and banks of major roadways have lots of exhaust chemicals in them, which isn’t great for your health. Try to get them from gardens, parks, fields, little-used back-roads, or meadows if possible. 

Protection and psychic power:

  • Sage - Lavender is one of the less-well-known protective plants, and both its leaves and its flowers are usually burnt in order to bring protection to a house or sacred space. Sage is an excellent alternative, as it is highly purifying. White sage is good, but as it’s endangered it would cause more harm than good to use it for purification - always remember that we should balance our magick with how much harm it may cause others to perform it in a certain way. White sage being endangered means it’s unsuitable, so common sage or purples sage is a good alternative. Safe for burning. 
  • Agrimony - One of the herbs commonly used as a ward against malicious energies, people, and in Abrahamic traditions as a ward against demons. Agrimony is a great protective herb if you’re searching for a flower to protect against harm, and as a common meadow flower it’s not too hard to find. Safe for burning. 
  • Rosemary - This common culinary herb that grows almost everywhere is a staple in any witch’s garden, for it’s usage in healing magick and protective spells as well as its delicious taste. Burning rosemary in a crucible will help keep foul influences and sicknesses at bay, and is a better protector against psychic penetrations and psychic vampires than lavender or sage. Safe to burn.

Purple plants

  • Violet - The classic purple plant, since a type of purple is named for it!
  • Fuschia - More of a pinky hue, but still good.
  • Purple sage - A light purple, similar to lavender
  • Purple basil - A deep purple, like purple ink.
  • Purple carrots - The original colour for carrots, their pigment is very staining.
  • Beetroot - A reddish-purple that stains deeply
  • Tricolore Pansy - Also known as love-in-idleness, heartsease and love-lies-bleeding. Strongly associate with love magick, arguably more so than roses.


I hope this helps some poor witch with allergies! 

– Juniper

•ºProtection & Comfort Bottleº•

Made by Alex-@ohnoregrettio/@spell-bound-life (same person two accounts :3)


§White Candle, sage, incense-optional
∞Spell Bottle (I got mine from hobby lobby and made it into a necklace, but you can use whatever size/shape/etc thing you want)
∞Salt and Salt Water 
§Dried Ginger
§Hemlock (DO NOT DAMGE THESE TREES. These Trees are going extinct. I live in the mountains and found mine on the ground and collected a ton of needles.)(also its poisonous so dont eat it buT DONT HURT THE TREES)
§Dried Rose Petal(s)
§Something that brings you happiness (mine were blue beads from a bracelet my aunt gave me that broke but I kept them anyways dont tell my mother)
§Dandelion Puff(s)

How To

∞If you choose to use the White Candle, sage, or/all incense, light it now
∞Lay your ingredients out and put your hands over it, focus your energy and good intent on these items and say (in Latin or English, whatever you are comfortable this):
                      “Decedatis phantasmis malis hic locus”
Pronunciation: “Deh-s-ay-dah-tees faunt-aus-m-es mah-lees hic low-coos”

              (translates literally to “Leave spirits evil this place” 
            The english translation is “Evil spirits leave this place”

∞Ask your God/god/goddess/fae/elf/deity/whatever I forgot (if I missed something let me know so I can include it next time!) for protection and comfort 
∞Crush and mix dried ginger/rose petals however you want (I used my fingers over a plate) 
∞Put all ingredients in a bottle of choice and thank whatever you believe in 

I gotta leave and im rushing to get this done (::

Witchy Meanings:

Love - protection - good luck - helps relation ships - freedom - chastity - purification - increases energy - speeds up things - aids in curing sickness - happiness - calming - good vibes

Witches Who Would Dig This:

All - Green - forest - earth - weather - kitchen - spirit - dark - fae - elf - ahhh i gtg ill update this later 

Moon Magic

Wolf moon- January
Good luck, protection, meditation
Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts
Colors: white, blue, black
Stones: garnet, onyx, jet , chrysoprase

Ice moon-February
Peace, boundaries, blessing
Herbs: balm of glens, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard
Colors: light blue, violet
Stones: amethyst, jasper, quartz crystal

Storm moon- March
Warding, freedom, ridding of bad luck
Herbs: broom, high john, yellow dock, wood Betony, Irish moss
Colors: green, red violet
Stones: aquamarine, bloodstone

Growing moon- April
New begging, love, blessing
Herbs: basil, chives, dragons blood, geranium, thistle
Colors: red, gold
Stones: ruby, garnet, sard

Hare moon- may
Cleaning, purification, prosperity
Herbs: dittany of Crete, elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme, yarrow
Colors: green, brown, pink
Stones: emerald, malachite, amber, carnelian

Mead moon- June
Survival, wisdom, love
Herbs: skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses
Colors: orange, gold green
Stones:topaz, agate, alexandrite, fluorite

Hay moon- July
Peace, truth, justice
Herbs: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop
Colors: silver, blue grey
Stones: pearl, moonstone, agate

Corn moon- august
Protection, opportunity
Herbs: chamomile, st johnswort, bay, Angelica, fennel, rue, orange
Colors: yellow, gold
Stones: cats eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate

Harvest moon- September
Harvest, divination
Herbs: Copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap
Colors: brown, yellow green, yellow
Stones: periot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine

Blood moon -October
Purification, underworld
Herbs: pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, UVA ursi, Angelica, burdock
Colors: dark blue, green
Stones: opal, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise

Snow moon- November
Peace, happiness, skills
Herbs: grains of paradise, verbena, Betony, borage, cinquefoil, blessed thistle
Colors: grey, sea green
Stones: topaz, hyacinth, lapis lazuli

Cold moon- December
Success, prosperity, the fates
Herbs. Holly, ivy, fir, mistletoe
Colors: red, white, black
Stones: serpentine, jacinth, peridot

* New Moon Magic *

The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.
The energy of the dark moon is useful for working magick against attackers, and for understanding your own angers and passions. Also for rituals designed to bring justice to bear in very negative situations. Also use the new moon for love spells, job hunting, and healing.

* Waxing Moon Magic *

Use the waxing moon for constructive magick, such as llove spells, magic for wealth and success, courage, friendship, luck or good health.
* Full Moon Magic *

Prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also for love, gaining sacred knowledge, legal matters, attracting money and prophetic dreams.

* Waning Moon Magic *

he waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.

* Dark Moon Magic *

The dark moon is a time for ridding oneself of bad habits, Binding spells, for exploring our darkest recesses and understanding our angers and passions. Also it is a time of bringing justice.

-I learned this info from Conway and Cunningham.
Clear the Air

To use if an argument or upsetting experience has left bad vibes in your living space.


a broom

a bowl


sea salt

sage (bundled, loose, or incense)

a fireproof holder that you can carry easily

If possible, open the windows and doors. Start sweeping your home with a broom – not just the floor, but the air as well. Wave the broom through the entire area, side to side, up and down, until you feel you’ve whisked away the emotional “dirt”. Next, fill a bowl with water and add a pinch of sea salt. Sprinkle a little in each corner of your home, then flick some water in the centre of each room. Finally, put the sage into the holder and light it. Blow out the flames and let it smoke. Carry the burning sage from room to room, allowing its cleansing smoke to clear the air and restore peace to your home.

☽ Excerpt from The Only Book of Wiccan Spells You’ll Ever Need by Marian Singer, Trish MacGregor and Skye Alexander ☾


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Health and Healing Spell

You will need:
- cleansed water, moon water or rain water
- clear quartz
- blue candle, green candle and black candle
- 4 white tea lights
- sage
- thyme
- basil
- saffron

1. arrange your candles in a circle with the three coloured candles at the apex
2. iight your candles in a clockwise rotation
3. add your dry ingredients to your pot (or cauldron if you a fancy witch)
4. add the cleansed/moon/rain water
5. place the clear quartz next to the pot, but still within the circle of candles
6. Drip some of the wax from each of the coloured candles into the pot
7. blow out all candles and finish the spell