Harvesting herbs in the morning before the heat of the day sets in is the best time to do it. Using a sharp knife cut herbs; the knife should be consecrated specifically for this purpose. Thank the plants for its gifts, and offer it something in return, perhaps some water, organic fertilizer etc. Harvest only the amount of herbs needed, except when pruning the plants, to ensure healthy growth for the following season.
The most prevalent ingredients of magic spells are processed botanicals, especially dried plants, herbs and oils. Drying plants preserves them for extended use, allowing you to work with plants out of season and with those that are cannot be grown in your region.
Dried botanicals frequently are sold already chopped, cut or powdered. As these actions usually need to be done before spell casting, purchasing botanicals that are ready to be used can save time and effort. There is a caveat, of course. Leaves and blossoms, even chopped often retain their characteristics, such as aroma, and so are easily distinguishable. You are unlikely to confuse rose with peppermint or hibiscus!
Roots on the other hand – often the most magically potent part of the plant – once chopped or powdered are fairly indistinguishable one from the other. It is not uncommon for unethical or ignorant vendors to substitute one root for another. If you need a distinct root, buy the whole root and grind and powder it yourself, even thought this can be difficult and time consuming. This is the only way to guarantee that you are receiving what you want. The only way to maintain control over what may be a pivotal ingredient.
Familiarize yourself with herbs and other botanicals. Know what they should look like, and what they should smell like, and you’ll be less likely to be fooled.
If you grow plants or have access to fresh ones, it is quite easy to dry them yourself. Hang botanicals upside down in small bunches. Don’t overcrowd them – you want air to circulate. Allow the botanicals to hang in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight until dry.
Some Herbs Are As Followed:
Sage: Whether you like it in bundle or loose-leaf form, Sage is the most popular herb for cleansing and removing negative energy from your space. You can smudge your home or office, participants at a ritual, new possessions whose energy you mistrust.
Rosebuds: The most popular herb for love spells; it can be mixed into a love incense, added to a love drawing mojo bag, or sprinkled on your altar while burning love drawing candles or doing related spells. Red Rose is used for lust or passion, pink for friendship or other non-romantic love.
Lavender: THE SCENT OF THIS HERB promotes calmness, peace. Place a sachet of the flowers inside your pillowcase to help you relax, de-stress and sleep peacefully. replace with a fresh sachet every few weeks. Lavender is also said to attract love if used in a mojo bag.
Peppermint: Peppermint is a most commonly found in any incense designed to increase prophetic dreams or psychic abilities. It can also be used for banishing, healing, and cleansing; brew into a tea and add to your bathwater or mop bucket to dispel evil or negative energy, or add it to your favorite incense blend when doing spells for these purposes.
Dragon’s Blood: It is made from several species of palm tree. When cut, the roots and tree they “bleed” a deep red resin. The resin is often used as a substitute for human or animal blood when working with antiquated incense or spell recipes. It will also add strength and power to any working. A chunk of the resin can be carried in a mojo bag for luck and protection. It is also used in uncrossing rituals by burning some of it at midnight for seven days. (Make sure to have a window open while burning to give negative spirits an exit.)
Patchouli: Patchouli smells of rich earth, and so is frequently substituted for Graveyard Dirt in Gofer Dust mixtures. It is most commonly used for love drawing, money drawing or success; it can be added to any related incense or mojo bag. It can be mixed with Sandalwood carried in a green flannel bag anointed with money drawing oil in order to attract money and success.
SandalWood: Sandalwood is an good all purpose herb – from love to curses, healings to bindings, sacred offerings to banishings. Burned alone, Sandalwood cleanses and blesses a place, creates an atmosphere of love, and establishes sanctity. Sandalwood chips can be anointed with oils and added to mojo bags; sandalwood powder makes a fine base when making your own incense blends.
Rue: Protects your home and garden; carry the leaves of the Rue plant or place them about the house for protection from danger. Rue is a beneficial addition to uncrossing workings as well. A bit of Rue added to just about any love attraction incense is beneficial; since Rue is protective in nature, it has a way of bringing you only those who meet your specifications.
Agrimony: Ever found a Suspicious Item on your property, one that you suspected might have been left there by an enemy attempting to jinx or curse you? Agrimony is what you need! Toss some in a paper (or plastic) bag, put the Suspicious Item in, then toss some more Agrimony on top of it. Close the bag and dispose of it in a trash can that isn’t on your property. The Agrimony will send the curse back to whoever tried to put it on you. Since Agrimony has hooked seeds, it can also be used to attract business, that is, to ‘hook’ customers; brew it into a tea and sprinkle it around your place of business.
High John Root: The legend of High John the Conqueror goes all the way back to Africa; he has become a mythic, all powerful, trickster figure. After freeing himself from slavery, High John is said to have returned to Africa, but left his spirit and power in the High John Root, in order to continue to care for his people. This was the first root used for Hoo Doo in America. It is the most common Hoo Doo root, the one you’re most likely to have heard of. This is powerful magic that continues to be used for success over obstacles, male virility, trickery and getting your own way. This root can be used as a talisman in any positive working: health, wealth, love, courage, or luck.
Mugwort: Mugwort is used for a wide range of purposes, including love, healing, protection, prophecy, and dreams. Mugwort is a common ingredient in dream pillows; an infusion of this herb can also be used to wash one’s crystal ball or scrying mirror. Doing so will increase its power. Burning of the herb, alone or with its sister plant Wormwood, will heighten psychic ability. Carried, Mugwort will protect the bearer from all supernatural threats.
Bay Leaves: This is a very common spice found in cabinets. Its magical uses are just as versatile. It is often brewed in a tea to enhance clairvoyance and wisdom or induce prophetic dreaming. Bay Leaves is also wonderful for protection spells and purification rituals, making it as versatile as the crystal quartz. Some witches write wishes on bay leaves and burn them to help them manifest. Whatever you use bay leaves for, it is a must have in any home.
Rosemary: Rosemary is another common item found i any witch’s cabinet as well as most people’s spice cabinet. It is used for protection, purification, healing, and love. It is good to plant it by your garden gate or front door to protect your garden, home and to attract love.
Thyme: Attracts loyalty, affection, and good opinions from others, making it great for spells and rituals regarding relationships, especially new ones, and interviews. Furthermore, thyme can be used to attract good health, luck and money and to banish negativity.
Mint: Promotes positive energy while clearing the mind and increases communication to help stimulates the senses. It is perfect for eating or to smell before performing magical workings to get you “in the mood. Mint also attracts money and business, draws in good spirits, and protects your home.
Dandelion: Dandelions are one of the first flowers of spring, making them extremely important to bees. The Dandelion leaf can be used during divination practices, especially those involving the dead, as well as for healing, purification, and removing negativity from your home. The root is also used in divination and spirit calling. Dandelion is important in bridging the gap between our world and the spirit world.
Cinnamon: The smell of Cinnamon is a warm sweet cozy smell. Cinnamon is used to enhance spirituality, success, luck, and prosperity and can also be used in healing and protection rituals and spells. It is basically a go to for most spell work, making it a wonderful addition to the list. Many spell workers will wear cinnamon or hang it in their homes, especially around Yule, to attract love, money, and prosperity and protect their homes and bodies. Furthermore, cinnamon has great health benefits and is used in most herbal remedies to treat colds and coughs.
Clove: Commonly used in prosperity and luck spells, making them essential to have around. They can be burned to cleanse objects, people, or rooms and increase positive energy. Cloves are also used for protection and mental clarity. Because it is so versatile, many spells and rituals call for cloves and it is great to have on hand in case of a medical emergency such as a tooth ache. And not lets forget Clove can be stuck into a Ham before it is placed into the oven to increase and enhance the flavors. Mmmmm so yummy!
Frankincense Oil: One of the most ancient used herb, suitable as a general offering, or more specifically as an offering to any male, sun, or fire deity. It attracts positive spiritual vibrations, and so is ideal to burn while praying or meditating. It can also be burned to attract money or success. Frankincense is also thought to help you detach from thoughts and desires, which is beneficial to the highest self.
Myrrh: The ancient Egyptians burned Myrrh as an offering to Ra, the sun god. They also used it during the embalming process so it can accompany a soul to the afterlife because it was thought to have antibacterial properties. Myrrh is thought to unite heaven and Earth by awakening your awareness of the higher self. In Kundalini, it is used to strengthen the bond between the crown (Heaven) and base (Earth) chakras. It also helps you stay present and not worry about the future.
Lemon: Lemon is recognized because of its refreshing, energizing and uplifting scent. The health benefits of lemon oil can be attributed to its stimulating, calming, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and anti-fungal properties. Lemon essential oil is astringent and detoxifying. Its properties help in treating and clearing skin. Lemon oil also reducing excessive oils from within the pores.
Orange: Calms anxiety and quickly refreshes, re-energises and uplifts the mind. It is a Digestion booster with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that helps to treat Insomnia. The smell lifts your mood while reducing stress. Adding a few drops to your bath is good in treating skin conditions such as acne, reducing pain or inflammation and stomach upset.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, found in Australia. The oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties. A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, cradle cap, dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a purifying, cleansing, clarifying, and immune-boosting oil that is ideal for use on skin, in aromatherapy, and as a surface cleaning agent and a fabric freshener. It also supports the respiratory system and soothe physical discomforts.
Bergamot: Bergamot mixed with water vapor reduces feelings of anxiety and fatigue. Doing aromatherapy with bergamot (among other essential oils) can relieve depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders by signaling the brain. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make bergamot oil an effective treatment for acne in people who do not have sensitive skin.
Cedarwood: Cedarwood as well as the pine needles and the bark of the tree, have been used in traditional and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Cedarwood has been used to cure illnesses ranging from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis to less severe hiccups, coughs and colds.