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.
Frankincense: This is one of the most ancient incenses, suitable as a general offering, or more specifically as an offering to any male, sun, or fire deity. It banishes impure thoughts and attracts positive spiritual vibrations, and so is ideal to burn while praying or meditating. It can also be burned to attract money or success.
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.