Magic is the use of natural energies to bring
about needed change. Listed here are some herbs and their associations.
LOVE: Cube berries, orris root, spikenard,
vanillin, vervain, violet flowers, laurel, Adam and Eve root, Beth root, horse
chestnut, thus thus, ladies thumb, lavender, lotus, lovage, magnolia, mistletoe,
passion flower, patchouli leaves, lesser periwinkle, queen Elizabeth root,
quassia chips, rose buds, herba mate, sweet bugle, skullcap, rose hips, orange
blossoms, five-finger grass, heratease herb.
PASSION: Myrtle, absinthe, aloes, cloves, darniana,
dill seed, coriander, dulse herb, sweet basil, juniper berries, saw palmetto
berries, Canada snake root, fennel seed, grains of paradise, satyrion root,
snake root, verbena root, liquorice stick herb, patchouli leaves.
MONEY: Buckeye, clover, fenugreek, high John the
Conqueror root, low John the Conqueror root, nutmeg, marjoram, ruler's root,
smart weed, tonka been, thyme, bayberry herb, echinacea, five-finger grass,
Guinea paradise seeds, Irish moss, kelp, lemon verbena, scented lucky beans,
silver weed, comfrey, colts foot, black snake root, rattlesnake root.
LUCK: Alfalfa, angel's turnip, ash tree leaves,
basil, blessed thistle, camomile, galangal root, grains of paradise, mustard
seed, peony, yellow dock, wonder of the world root, Jezebel root, May apple
(mandrake) root, little John chew, tonka beans, Irish moss, queen of the meadow
root, quince seeds, parsley, five-finger grass, swiss leaves, silver weed, seven
barks, sacred bark, John the conqueror root, four leaf clover, Jamaica ginger
root, rosemary, sumbul root.
SUCCESS: Cinnamon, yellow dock, squill root, John
the conqueror root, silver weed, Jezebel root, prince's pine, red clover,
buckeye, Irish moss, five-finger grass, elm bark, thus thus, May apple
(mandrake) root, scented lucky beans, tonka beans, sweet flag root, vervain
leaves, golden seal herb.
HEALTH: Vervain, thyme, sassafras leaves (and
root), peppermint, horehound, hops, eucalyptus, fever few, asafoetida, catnip,
dandelion leaves, sarsaparilla, life everlasting, holy herbs, heal-all herb,
golden seal herb, betony, hyssop, pumpkin seed.
PROTECTION FROM EVIL: Vetivert, bold leaves,
mandrake root, garlic, snake head, gilead buds (balm of), stone root, basil
leaves, bay leaves, asafoetida, quince seeds, lucky hand root, five-finger
grass, dragon's blood reed, blood root, brimstone, frankincense, high John the
conqueror root, sacred bark, Saint John's wort, African ginger root, black
cohosh, grape vine, fern, rattlesnake root, plant of peace, wolf bane root,
CURSING: Balmony root, blueberry, cruel man of the
woods, Guinea pepper, knot grass, black mustard seed, pepper tree leaves, poke
root, poppy seed, rue, tormentillia, twich's grass, valerian, wormwood, chicory
root, flaxseed, jimson weed, mullein, red chincona bark, skunk cabbage root,
yohimbee root, pepperwort.
PSYCHIC & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT: Five-Finger
grass, anise seed, burning bush, celery seed, lemon balm, gotu kola, mugwort,
acacia, marjoram, parsley, cinnamon, mint, thyme, sage, rosemary, frankincense,
bethel root, buchu leaves, bugle weed, calendula flowers, eye bright herb.
Suggested further reading
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook Series)
chockfull of knowledge
This is the most carefully researched compendium of pagan herbal lore I've ever found. He has everything in here from the botanicals themselves to astrological correspondences to powers attributed to the plants and their parts. And to his credit, he has appendices in this book to cross-reference all of the information contained in the encyclopedic body of the book. His bibliography is also very valuable as he gives astute advice and observations on some of these resources, such as the Golden Bough ("Take with a large grain of salt"). I still refer to this book regularly and I've had it 10 yrs now. Excellent scholarship and of interest whether you are pagan or not, whether you are Wicca or Witch (and thank you, Scott, for giving us the difference between Wiccans and Witches in your glossary). Mr. Cunningham left us a wonderful legacy of practical pagan resources in his books.