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Love spells.

Also Called: Devil’s Flower, Red Campion

Bakuli Pods

Difficult to find magic item also used in sachets and potpourri.

Balm of Gilead Tears

Love, manifestations, protection, healing, de-stressing, and assisting in healing from the loss of a loved one. Use in love sachets; carry for healing, protection, and mending a broken heart. Use to dress candles for any form of magical healing. Burn to attract spirits.

Also Called: Poplar Buds, Balsam Poplar, Balm of Gilead, Mecca, Mecca Balsam, Balessan, Bechan

Steadfastness, patience, and perseverance. Associated with the tortoise or turtle.

Also Called: Hummingbird Tree, Bitter Herb, Snake Head, Turtle Head, Turtle Bloom

Balsam Fir

Strength and breaking up negativity; Insight, progress against goals, and bringing about change. Balsam fir needles can be burned on charcoal as an incense and also make a great ingredient in sachet bags, dream pillows, and potpourri mixes.

Hex breaking, wishes, luck and protection. Carve a wish into bamboo and bury it in a secluded area to make your wish come true. Carry a piece of bamboo for good luck.

Fertility, potency, and prosperity

Happiness, Luck

Cleansing, sorcery, atonement, freeing oneself from the power or control of another.

Also Called: Witches Sweets

Love, healing, and protection. Harvests. Scatter on the ground to keep evil at bay. Tie barley straw around a rock and throw into a river or lake while visualizing any pain you have to make the pain go away.

Love, exorcism, wealth, sympathy, and protection. Dispels confusion, fears & weakness. Drives off hostile spirits. Associated with Candlemas. Carry to move forward in a positive manner despite perilous danger. Strewn on floors to provide protection from evil. Sprinkle an infusion of basil outside of the building where you hope to be employed for luck in a job interview (be careful not to be seen!) or in your business to attract money and success. Wear or carry to aid in attracting money and prosperity.

Basil is sacred to Vishnu, Tulasi and Erzulie, masculine in nature, and associated with the element of fire and the planet Mars. Basil helps steady the mind, brings happiness, love, peace, and money and protects against insanity. Use basil in spells to attract love and in preparation for astral projection or to bring luck in physical journeys. Apparently carrying a leaf in your pocket or wallet will attract money. Placing one in your cash register will attract money there too. Soak basil in water for three days and then sprinkle the water over the threshold of your place of business to bring in customers and keep away thieves. (Haiti) Dust the upper half of your body, especially over your heart, with powdered basil to keep your lover’s eyes only on you. (S. America) Keep a bit of basil in each room to protect the home and family. To protect you when leaving the house, rub some basil on your forehead. (Hindu) Also used in peacemaking spells and to make up after a fight.

Not to be confused with Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum), Sweet Basil is the herb most likely found in spice cabinets. If you do not have this herb in your kitchen, shame on you! Add to cart! Also, add to spaghetti sauce, beef stew, and frozen pizza. magically, Sweet Basil is used for happiness and peace in the family. Soak dried Basil in water for three days, strain and sprinkle the water at your doorstep to bring money and success, drive away evil and have a happy family. Basil is a family protection herb, so when combined in a bath with love herbs, it is said to increase affection in the family. To protect the home from evil, brew a tea of Basil, Rosemary, and Rue and use it as a cleansing and protective floor wash. Dried Basil can also be sprinkled about the kitchen floor and swept out the back door as a purifying floor sweep. To make a personal protection wash, boil Basil in water, strain out the leaves and wipe yourself downward with a white handkerchief dipped in the water. Do this every morning for nine days. On the last day, throw the remaining water out your front door, and your enemies cannot harm you.

Also Called: Common Basil, Sweet Basil, St. Josephwort, St. Joseph’s Wort, Tulsi, Tulasi, Krishnamul, Kala Tulasi, Witches’ Herb, Alabahaca, American Dittany

Bat’s Head Root

Use in spellwork, rituals, gris gris bags, etc. to obtain wishes.

Bay Laurel

Purification, house and business blessing, and clearing confusion. Attracts romance. Keep potted plant to protect home from lightning. Place in a dream pillow for sound sleep and to induce prophetic dreams.

Also Called: Bay, Sweet Laurel, Sweet Bay, True Laurel, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Baie, Daphne

Protection, good fortune, success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Write wishes on the leaves and then burn the leaves to make the wishes come true. Place under the pillow (or use in dream pillow) to induce prophetic dreams. Place in the corner of each room in the house to protect all that dwell there. Carry bay leaf to protect yourself against black magic.

Good fortune, luck, healing, and stress relief. Burn a white candle sprinkled with bayberry bark for good fortune and money.

Also Called: American Vegetable Tallow Tree, Myrtle, Wax Myrtle, Candleberry, Candleberry Myrtle, Tallow Shrub, American Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Tallow, Waxberry, Pepperidge Bush, Berbery

Bedstraw (Fragrant)

Love and lust

Bee Pollen

Friendship, attraction, love, strength, happiness, and overcoming depression.

Wishes, happiness and divination. Improves literary skills. Place a leaf of beech between covers of Book of Shadows to increase inspiration.

Traditionally used for making candles, decorative seals, natural polish, protective finish, and use as a base for herbal salves.

Love. Beet juice can be used as ink for love magic or as a substitute for blood in spells and rituals.

Belladonna 

Healing & forgetting past loves. Provides protection when placed in a secret place in the home. Place on a ritual altar to honor the deities and add energy to rituals. Note: Deadly poison, do not ingest.

Also Called: Banewort, Deadly Nightshade, Sorcerer’s Berry, Witch’s Berry, Death’s Herb, Devil’s Cherries, Divale, Dwale, Dwaleberry, Dwayberry, Fair Lady, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries

Purification, prosperity, soothing tension, dispelling anger, diminishing irritability, relieving stress & anxiety, and overcoming depression. Promotes generosity and concentration. Good to burn while using the Tarot or for success in intellectual matters. Smoulder for purification. An incense of benzoin, cinnamon and basil is said to attract customers to your place of business.

Also Called: Snowbells, Storax, Gum Benzoin, Siam Benzoin, Siamese Benzoin, Benzoin Gum, Ben, Benjamen

Money, prosperity, protection from evil and illness, improving memory, stopping interference, and promoting restful sleep. Carry in a sachet while gambling to draw luck and money. Very powerful for attracting success. Burn at any ritual to increase its power.

Also Called: Orange Mint

Protection and banishing

Bilberry Bark

Used for protection.

Also Called: Whortleberry, Black Whortles, Whinberry, Huckleberry, Bleaberry, Blueberry, Airelle

Protection, exorcism and purification. A birch planted close to the home is said to protect against lightning, infertility, and the evil eye.

Also Called: White Birch, Canoe Birch, Paper Birch, Tree of Life, Lady of the Woods

Fertility, divination, clairvoyance, psychic powers. Carry in a sachet for fertility and conception. Add to any herbal mixture to boost divination. Burn with frankincense during divination or to enhance psychic powers. Carry in a yellow flannel bag to attract wealth & good fortune. Sprinkle an infusion of bistort around the home to drive out poltergeists.

Also Called: Bistort Root, Dragonwort

Black Cohosh

Love, courage, protection and potency. Use in love sachets or in the bath to prevent impotence. Carry in pocket or amulet for courage and/or strength. Sprinkle around a room to drive away evil. Add an infusion of the herb to bath water to ensure a long and happy life. Burn as a love incense. Put in purple flannel bag for protection for accidents and sudden death and to keep others from doing you wrong.

Also Called: Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Squawroot, Bugwort, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Rattlesnake Root, Richweed

Protection, gambling, luck, power and employment. Carry in the pocket while seeking employment, if you are having problems at work, or if you are asking for a raise.

Also Called: Devil’s Shoestring, Stagbush, American Sloe

Black Peppercorns

Banishing negativity, exorcism, and protection from evil. 

Courage, banishing negative vibrations. Burn to rid the home or office of bad vibrations. Carry to ward off petty jealousy against you or aid in providing courage to face difficult situations.

Peppercorns are traditionally used for cursing. One way to do this is with a black candle revenge spell. Cut the top off of a black jumbo candle, turn it upside down and carve a new tip at what was the bottom. Carefully heat it a section at a time and press 99 whole Peppercorns into it all over the surface. Place it in a saucer on top of your enemy’s name paper and dress it by pouring a whole bottle of Crossing Oil over it. At midnight, the candle is carried to a deserted crossroads, or if possible to the enemy’s yard while he or she is away. It is set down in the middle of a large X inside a circle made by walking backward while sprinkling Crossing Powder diagonally from one corner of the crossroads or yard to the other, then around the X in a circle. As the candle burns, a detailed list of the enemy’s sins is spoken aloud, followed by the worker’s requirements for true justified and lasting retribution. Beware the tower of flames this will produce!

Also called:  Pepper, African Black Pepper, Cubeb Pepper (Not to be confused with Cubeb Berries), Piper

Black Walnut

Access to divine energy, bringing the blessing of the Gods, wishes.

Blackberry

Healing, protection and money. Sacred to Brighid. Leaves and berries are said to attract wealth and healing.

Bladderwrack

Protection, sea spells, wind spells, money, psychic powers, and attracting customers. Wear in a charm for protection during travel, especially when traveling by water.

Also Called: Kelp, Seawrack, Kelpware, Black-tang, Cutweed, Sea Oak, Sea Spirit

Blessed Thistle

Purification, protection against negativity and evil, hex breaking. Carry for strength and protection. Place a bowl of blessed thistle in a room to renew the vitality and strengthen the spirit of its occupants. Men who carry thistle become better lovers.

Also Called: Holy Thistle, Saint Benedict Thistle, Spotted Thistle, Cardin

Love, protection, and purification. Steep in red wine for a full cycle of the moon to use as a “blood offering” for spells that call for this — DO NOT DRINK THE WINE. Place in windows and doorways to keep curses and evil spirits out. A favorite root for use in voodoo to defeat hexes and spells aimed against you.

Also Called: Red Root, Red Indian Paint, Tetterwort, Bloodroot, Indian Paint, Pauson, Red Paint Root, Red Puccoon, Sanguinaria

Love and wishes. Carry in a red bag to grant wishes. Blow to the four directions when searching for love.

Blue Cohosh

Empowerment, purification, money drawing, love breaking, and driving away evil.

Blue Violet

Love, inspiration, good fortune, and protection from all evil. Carried for protection and to encourage fortune and changed luck. Mixed with lavender to attract lust and love. Worn to calm tempers and bring sleep.

Also Called: Sweet Scented Violet

Luck, truth and friendship. Incorporate into rituals of death & dying to comfort those left behind and ease their sorrow.

Also Called: Jacinth, Culverkeys, Auld Man’s Bell, Ring o’ Bells, Wood Bells

Protection. Though not recommended, blueberry is said to cause confusion & strife when tossed in the doorway or path of an enemy.

Protection, exorcism and warding off evil spirits. Sprinkle an infusion of boneset around the home to rid it of evil and negativity. To curse an enemy, burn as an incense with a black candle inscribed with the name of the enemy (not recommended — remember the law of threes!).

Also Called: Feverwort, Agueweed, Crosswort, Eupatorium, Indian Sage, Sweating Plant, Teasel, Thoroughwort, Vegetable Antimony

Courage and psychic powers. Float the flowers in a ritual bath to raise one’s spirits. Carry or burn as an incense to increase courage and strength of character. Sprinkle an infusion of Borage around the house to ward off evil.

Also Called: Bee Bread, Starflower, Herb of Gladness, Bugloss, Burrage, Cool Tankard

Brazil Nut

Good luck in love affairs

Brewer’s Yeast

Used in facial mask potions.

Dispels or prevents a hex on you; destroys an enemy’s power over you. Burn at midnight near your back door to ward off evil.

Also Called: Sulfur Powder

Broom Tops

Purification, wind spells, divination and protection. Sprinkle an infusion of broom tops around the home to clear away all evil.

Also Called: Irish Broom, Scotch Broom, Besom, Broom

Divination, wind spells, psychic powers and prophetic dreams. Add buchu leaves to the bath to enable yourself to foretell the future.

Also Called: Bucco, Agathosma Betulina, Bookoo, Bucku, Buku and Bucco

Divination, good luck, and attracting money & wealth. Carried whole anointed with money oil and/or wrapped in a dollar bill for constant increase in money flow. A popular Hoodoo charm for gamblers. Carry in pocket for protection against arthritis.

Also Called: Horse Chestnut

Sorceries, elf magic, and driving away enchantments. Used as a luck generator in legal matters and for winning in court. Place the branches of a Buckthorn near doors or windows to drive away evil and bad vibrations. To make a wish, stand in an open area facing east and concentrate on your wish; turn to your left until you are facing east again, continually sprinkling buckthorn bark powder (or an infusion made with buckthorn bark) as you turn.

Also Called: Arrowwood, Black Dogwood, Black Alder Dogwood, Black Alder Tree, Persian Berries

Money, protection, and fasting. Use in charms and spells to obtain treasure, riches, and wealth.

Used for cleansing magic when feeling highly negative about oneself or others. Use in protection incenses and spells. Rinse with a decoction of burdock to remove negative feelings about yourself or others.

Also Called: Bardana, Burr Seed, Clotbur, Cocklebur, Hardock, Hareburr, Hurrburr, Turkey Burr Seed, Fox’s Clote, Happy Major, Lappa, Love Leaves, Personata, Beggar’s Buttons

Used for protection, consecration of ritual tools, and counter magic; also used to magically treat depression and despondency.

Also Called: Italian Pimpernel, Salad Burnet, Greater Burnet

Butchers Broom

Wind spells, divination, protection, psychic powers.

Used for love divination and to raise one’s spirits by increasing sense of hope and faith.

Also Called: Bog Rhubarb, Butterdock, Umbrella Plant, Lagwort, Sweet Coltsfoot

Last updated byHP Tamie on January 4, 2021
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