Herbs & Ingredients - C

Fertility, profit, good luck, lunar magic, money magic.

Chastity, banishing and protection. Bury with other banishing symbols for protection. Grow in the home or garden to prevent unwanted intrusions. Place in all directions of the home (north, south, east, and west) for full protection.

Soothes sorrows and helps in recovery from emotional pain. Increase joy and restore a bright outlook on life.

Also Called: Basil Thyme, Mountain Balm, Mountain Mint

Luck, money, healing, and protection. Place in corners of the kitchen to prevent hunger & poverty. Use to strengthen and bind spells. Note: Use with caution, can be poisonous.

Also Called: Calamus Root, Bach, Vacha

Calendula Flowers

Protection, legal matters, and psychic/spiritual powers. Pick at noon for comfort and strength. Place garlands of calendula at doors to prevent evil from entering. Scatter under the bed for protection and to make dreams come true. Carry to help justice favor you in court. Touch the flowers with bare feet to better understand birds.

Also Called: Marigold, Summer’s Bride, Bride of the Sun, Sun’s Gold, Ruddes, Ruddles


Dreams, psychic awareness, and divination; Adds strength to any mixture; used for purification and to increase personal influence & persuasiveness. Burn on incense or use camphor oil for ritual cleaning when moving into a new home or setting up a new altar. Add to water when scrying.

Also Called: Laurel Camphor, Gum Camphor

Potency, lust, and love

Health, love, protection, mental powers, memory, passion, and anti-theft. Prevents lover from straying when used in love spells & potions. Ideal for consecrating ritual tools. Carry to improve memory or use in dream pillows to help you to remember your dreams. Sew caraway seed into a small white bag with white thread and hide it under the mattress of a child’s crib or bed to keep the child free of illness.

Lust, love, and fidelity

Protection, strength, healing, enhancing magical powers, and achieving balance. Burn to enhance creativity. Use in bath spells.

Also Called: Gilliflower, Jove’s Flower, Nelka, Scaffold Flower, Sops-in-Wine, Gillies

Health and protection

Lust, fertility

Cascara Sagrada

Legal matters, money spells and protection against hexes. Sprinkle an infusion of the herb around the home the night before court proceedings to help in winning a court case. Wear as an amulet for protection against evil and hexes. Wear or keep in a bowl on your altar or reading table to help you concentrate.

Also Called: Bearberry, Aulne Noir, Bitter Bark, Bois Noir, Bois à Poudre, Borzène, Bourgène, Buckthorn, California Buckthorn, Cáscara, Cascara Sagrada, Chittem Bark, Dogwood Bark, Écorce Sacrée, Frangula purshiana, Nerprun, Pastel Bourd, Purshiana Bark, Rhamni Purshianae Cortex, Rhamnus purshiana, Rhubarbe des Paysans, Sacred Bark, Sagrada Bark, Yellow Bark.


Sacred to Bast; should be used in any ritual involving cats or cat deities. Use with rose petals in love sachets. Use in sachets and spells designed to enhance beauty or happiness. Provides protection while sleeping. Mix with Dragon’s Blood to rid oneself of a behavioral problem or bad habit. Burn dried leaves for love magic. Grow near the home or hang over the door to attract good spirits and luck.

Also Called: Cat’s Play, Catmint, Nip, Nepeta, Field Balm, Catswort, Catnep

Cat’s Claw

Vision quests, shamanic journeys, and money drawing.

Also Called: Una de Gato


Dealing with separations or divorce; Cleansing & purification; Repels negativity; Speeds up the effect of any mixture to which it is added.

Confidence, strength, power, money, protection, healing and purification. Used in the consecration of magic wands. Carry a small piece of cedar in a wallet or near money to attract wealth. Hang in the home to protect against lightning. Use in sachets to promote calmness.

Cedar Berries 

Uses include anti-theft and repelling snakes.

Also Called: Juniper Berries

Cures depression, brings victory and joy, assists in legal matters. Serves as a protective ward when worn. Carry to increase self-confidence when facing adversaries. Use in ritual work when you feel trapped in undue negativity. Note: Deadly poison, use with caution.

Also Called: Devil’s Milk

Mental powers, psychic powers, lust, fertility, and male potency.

Celery Seed

Mental and psychic powers, concentration. Burn with orris root to increase psychic powers. Use in sleep pillow to induce sleep. Chew celery seed to aid in concentration.

Counter magic herb; snake removing. Adds power to any magical workings. Used to repel anger and hurtful energy.

Also Called: Bitter Herb, Lesser Centaury, Feverwort

Love, healing, and reducing stress. Add to a sachet or spell to increase the chances of its success. Sprinkle an infusion of chamomile around the house to remove hexes, curses and spells. Burn or add to prosperity bags to increase money. Burn as incense for de-stressing, meditation, and restful sleep. Wash hands in an infusion of chamomile for luck before gambling or playing cards. Use in bath magic to attract love. Keep a packet of the herb with lottery tickets for luck.

Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with various Sun Gods, including Ra, Cernunnos, Lugh and others. It is used in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification. An infusion used to wash thresholds (doors and windows) will help keep unwanted energies or entities from passing through. Sprinkle powdered chamomile flowers around your self or home to remove spells cast against you and to prevent fires and lightning strikes. You may also use herbal water, if you prefer. Use it in a ritual bath before performing spells for any of these purposes. Just a simple chamomile bath while visualizing will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex. Also, use it in a bath as part of a spell to release a loved one, or to release feelings of pain, loss or anger. Washing your hands in chamomile water before gambling will increase your luck. Add to sachets for luck or money. Or place pressed chamomile flowers in your wallet to attract money to it. Use in meditation incense.

A nice cup of Chamomile tea can soothe many woes and wrongs. The addition of Chamomile to herbal teas (both magical and medicinal) can temper the flavor of stronger ingredients. The tiny, hearty flowers are a good addition to a dream pillow, to ensure a night of unbroken sleep. They will benefit any healing working, be it smudge, bath, or incense. Chamomile is protective, and brings luck in money and games of chance. It is brewed into a tea and used as a hand wash before playing cards or gambling. It can also be put in a muslin bag and hung in the rafters of a house or barn; this is said to protect from lightning strikes. Chamomile can be added to money drawing baths or incenses to make them stronger.

Also Called: Whig Plant, Scented Mayweed, Camomyle, Ground Apple, Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen, Earth Apple, Camomile, Hungarian Chamomile, German Chamomile, Kamille, Manzanilla, Maythen, Roman Chamomile

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper has long been used to work so-called enemy tricks and to drive hated people away. Either alone or in combination with Salt, Black Pepper, Graveyard Dirt, Goofer Dust or Sulphur, it can be sprinkled around an enemy’s house to cause hard luck, trouble or a departure. 

To slowly and subtly weaken an enemy or competitor, some folks fold Cayenne Pepper, whole Peppercorns and Graveyard Dirt into a piece of paper on which they have written the enemy’s name. This packet is black cloth, tied with black thread and hidden in the enemy’s house, car or place of business. 

Cayenne can also be added to jinxing or separation spells. Some say that red pepper can be added to love spells to “spice things up”. This is true, in the sense that you will have endless fights, which may result in separation. Unless you like this sort of thing, leave the cayenne out of the love spell! Use cinnamon powder instead to spice it up, but not break up.

Also called: Capsicum Annuum Folk Names: Capsicum, Spanish Pepper, Red Pepper, Bird Pepper, Pod Pepper, Chili Pepper (Not to be confused with Chili Powder), African Pepper, African Cayenne Pepper, Zanzibar Pepper, Goat’s Pepper, Guinea Pepper (Not to be confused with actual Guinea Pepper: Grains of Paradise), American Red Pepper, Cockspur Pepper, Garden Pepper

Love, divination, gaiety and happiness

Cherry Bark

Lust, direction, frugality, favors, invisibility, and magical potency. Burn as an incense while performing divination to enhance the results, or while performing love spells to find a partner. Use to revitalize the magical energy needed to finish an old project.

Also Called: Virginia Prune Bark

Brings a sense of the higher self, placing you in touch with your divine, immortal spirit. Helps in making contact with a deceased loved one.

Also Called: French Parsley, Anise Chervil, British Myrrh, Sweet Cicely, Sweet Fern


Protection and health. These superfood seeds are not just supplements, or green hair for your favorite cartoon character or political figure: Chia Seeds are used to stop gossip. Carve the gossiper’s full name seven times on a white seven-knob candle, dress the candle with Protection Oil, roll it in a tray of Chia Seed, stand it in the tray and burn one knob each day for a week, beginning on Saturday. The person should stop gossiping by week’s end.

Also called: Wild Chia Seed, Chia Herb

Fertility and love. Carry or use to attract a lover or maintain your current relationship. Useful for lunar and animal magic, especially the healing of birds.

Also Called: Starweed, Satin Flower, Starwort, Winterweed, Stitchwort, Tongue Grass, Adder’s Mouth, Indian Chickweed, Passerina

Frigidity, favors, removing obstacles, and invisibility. Promotes a positive outlook and improves sense of humor. Place fresh flowers on the altar or burn as an incense. Anoint your body with chicory juice or an infusion of chicory to obtain favors from others. Burn as incense with a black skull candle to place a hex on an enemy (not recommended).

Also Called: Blue-Sailors, Coffeeweed, Succory

China Berry


Protection and weight loss


Protection. Grow in the garden to ward off evil spirits.

Also Called: Mum

Protection of gardeners; brings peace to the home and helps to attune one with their soul.

Spirituality, success, healing, protection, power, love, luck, strength, and prosperity. Burn as an incense or use in a sachet to raise spiritual and protective vibrations, draw money, and stimulate psychic powers. A popular herb for use in charms to draw money & prosperity. Wear in an amulet to bring passion.

Cinnamon has been one of the most highly prized spices for eons; a gift fit for monarchy and deities alike. Cinnamon was an ingredient in the holy Egyptian incense Kyphi; Cinnamon was offered to the Greek Gods at Temple; Moses was commanded to use Cinnamon and cassia in anointing oil. 

Cinnamon Bark is a boon to mankind, being used in workings for love, luck, protection, banishing, prosperity, and visionary work. It is an essential part of any cunning cupboard, as well as any spice rack. 

There are very many varieties of Cinnamon; only a few are grown as a spice. Different varieties produce different textures, flavors, scents, and have subtly different magical uses. You will notice that Cassia Bark, Cinnamon Powder, and Cinnamon Sticks do not have the same latin name. Only the bark of Cinnamomum Verum curls in the way we are used to seeing floating in cider or mulled wine. Though the magical uses of all Cinnamon varieties are nearly interchangeable, the sticks in particular are useful for potions (as they can be served in a cup or float in a cauldron), assemblages (such as a star made of Cinnamon Sticks hung for love or protection), waters for love, prosperity, or protection (the stick will unfurl when submerged, indicating the water is ready to use). Cinnamon Powder is best for incense blends, powders (ahem) or herbal mixtures. Cassia Bark is best for mojo bags or sachets, as the pieces are large enough to anoint with oil, and still create a pleasant scent.

Cinnamon is associated with the element of fire and the sun. Cinnamon is commonly used in incense. It smells really good and fills the room with a warm, comfy feeling, especially nice on cold winter days. It can be burned to sanctify an area or object, to increase the spiritual “mood”, to aid in healing spells or in healing in general (this is appropriate for burning right in the sick room) and also to enhance the male libido. The oil may be used to anoint objects during blessing and protection rituals. (Be sure to dilute this heavily with a carrier if it’s going to touch your skin!) Cinnamon and cinnamon oil can be used in love spells and to make charms to draw love, happiness, and money. Those cinnamon scented brooms you can buy at gift shops can be charged to bring these things to your household and hung up somewhere near the door. If you are in need of some quick cash, make a bowl out of cinnamon clay, write the amount of money you need on a piece of paper and place it in the bowl with a few coins as offerings of good faith. When you get the money, bury the paper and the coins in the yard and your bowl is ready for your next money request. Other herbs that enhance cinnamon’s money drawing properties are cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger.

Also Called: Sweet Wood


An all-purpose magical herb. The five points of the leaf represent love, money, health, power, and wisdom. Stimulates memory, eloquence, and self confidence. Carry, burn, or wear to possess these traits. Used for business & house blessing. Use in spells to bring protection to a friend or loved one taking a journey. Burn as an incense during divination to bring dreams of one’s intended mate. Frequently associated with ritual work involving romance. Wash hands and forehead with an infusion of this herb nine times to wash away hexes and evil spells against you. Fill an empty egg shell and keep it in the home for powerful protection from evil forces. Wrap in red flannel and hang over the bed to ward off dark spirits of the night.

Also Called: Five Finger Grass, Synkefoyle, Witches Weed, Five Leaf, Tormentilla, Sunkfield, Bloodroot, Moor Grass, Goosegrass, Goose Tansy, Crampweed, Silverweed, Silver Weed, Sunkfield


Draws friends to the home, customers to the business. Promotes eloquence, persuasiveness, and prosperity. Protects and cleanses the aura. Encourages self-expression and creativity (great for writers & actors!) and brings clarity to the mind. Repels insects and deodorizes.

Exorcism, love, money, and protection

Fidelity, protection, money, love, and success. Strong association with the Earth, useful in consecrating both pentacles and ritual tools made of copper. Carry as an amulet or use in sachets for luck, attracting money, fidelity, maintaining mental acuity, and/or protection. When grown outside, is thought to keep snakes away from property. Sprinkle around the home to remove negative spirits.

Also Called: Trefoil, Cleaver Grass, Marl Grass, Cowgrass, Three Leaved Grass, Honeystalks, Shamrock, Trifoil

Clover, Red

Put in baths to aid in financial arrangements. Also used in potions for lust. Used in sachets or incense for money, love, fidelity, success and luck. Protects and blesses domestic animals. Used in consecration of ritual tools made of copper.

Also Called: Trefoil, Cleaver Grass, Marl Grass, Cowgrass, Three Leaved Grass, Honeystalks, Shamrock, Trifoil

magical uses include protection, banishing hostile/negative forces, and gaining what is sought. Cloves are burned to stop gossip as well as to purify & raise the spiritual vibrations of an area. Use to bring a sense of kinship to a social gathering. Wear for protection and mental clarity. Said to protect babies in their cribs if strung together and hung over the crib (being sure that the strand can’t fall into the crib, of course!). Burn to attract riches, drive away hostile forces, and stop any gossip about you. Carry to attract the opposite sex or bring comfort during bereavement. Cleanses the aura.

Cloves are masculine in nature and aligned with the planet Jupiter and the element of fire. Used in magic to attract good luck and prosperity, to keep good friends close, and to help stop malicious gossip. Burn to prevent people from spreading rumors about you or push the cloves into a red candle and burn that. To keep friendships strong, make each friend a cloth bag with seven cloves inside. Wear always. Cloves can be added to money drawing and good luck mojo bags for gamblers and clove oil can be added to oils for similar purpose. Cloves have been used as an aphrodisiac. Simply infuse cloves into wine or apple cider to enjoy its effects.

One may be familiar with the practice of making a Pomander by pressing clove buds into a fresh orange, apple, or lemon. With the correct intent, the Clove Pomander can be a powerful love charm. Try anointing each Clove bud with a love oil before pressing into the skin of the fruit. Clove buds are considered an aphrodisiac by many, and have a wide reputation as a love herb; they are frequently added to love charm bags. One love ritual suggests holding some Cloves in your hand while concentrating on a friend or a lover. Put the charged Cloves in two mojo bags. Keep one and give the other to the other person. This is said to insure a friendship or love affair. This is also a compelling herb, but its ways are more gentle.

Also Called: Ding Xiang

Protection and power. Use in bath magic for purification. Burn as incense as an offering to the deities and to open channels of communication with them. Use in amulets and charms for power and protection.

Also Called: Wolf’s Claw

Chastity, protection, and purification

Helps to dispel nightmares and negative thoughts and to overcome internal blockages. Provides peace of mind and grounding.

Wealth, prosperity, and love. Use in love sachets. Sacred to Brighid. Use in spells for peace and tranquility.

Also Called: Coughwort, Hallfoot, Horsehoof, Foalswort, Fieldhove, Donnhove

Love and courage. Grow in the garden to attract fairies. Use in spells and charms to increase courage in stressful situations.

Also Called: Granny’s Bonnet, Culverwort

magical uses include money, safety during travel, and any Saturnian purpose. Use for workings involving stability, endurance, and matters relating to real estate or property. Put some in your luggage to help prevent loss or theft. Wear for travel safety and protection. Use the root in money spells and incenses.

Also Called: Knitbone, Knit Bone, Ass Ear, Blackwort, Bruisewort, Knitback, Miracle Herb, Boneset, Gum Plant, Slippery Root, Wallwort

Copal Resin

Love, purification. Add to love and purification incenses. Use a piece of copal to represent the heart in poppets.

Love, health, immortality, and protection. Tie fresh coriander with a ribbon and hang in the home to bring peace & protection. Add to love charms and spells to bring romance or use in ritual work to ease the pain of a broken love affair. Promotes peace among those who are unable to get along. Throw the seeds in lieu of rice during Handfastings and other rituals of union. Use the seeds in love sachets and spells. Add powdered seeds to wine for an effective lust potion. Wear or carry the seeds to ward off disease and migraines.

Also Called: Cilantro, Chinese Parsley, Yee Sai

Protection, divination, good luck


Sprinkle over the area where you and your mate argue the most to alleviate discord and strife. A patron herb of herbalists. Use the blue petals to make homemade ink for a Book of Shadows. Use in rituals to give honor to the Mother of all nature.

Also Called: Bachelor Button, Blue Blob, Blue Bonnet, Bluebottle, Blue Cap, Blue Corn Flower, Bluet, Boutonierre Flower,Cornbottle, Gogglebuster, and Hurtsickle 

Fishing magic, rain, protection, luck, and healing. Burn to attract rain. Cloth made of cotton is the best for magical use. Place cotton in a sugar bowl to draw luck.

Treasure finding, youth, concentration, focus, and house & business blessing. Use in ritual work involving Goddesses associated with love. Carry to increase attractiveness and increase romantic appeal, providing the energy to attract a partner.

Also Called: False Primrose, Keyflower, Fairy Cup, Paigle, Key of Heaven


Cramp Bark

Used for protection and female energy.

Also Called: Guelder Rose Parts

Love. Use in rituals & ceremonies associated with marriage and Handfasting, engagements, and rituals involving commitments and sacred binding vows.

Also Called: Buttercup, Gold Cup, Grenouillette, Meadow Buttercup

Cubeb Berries

Love, lust and adding fire to spells. Use in sachets for love & sex.

Also Called: Tailed Pepper

Chastity, fertility, and healing

Culvers Root


Also Called: Black Root, Bowman’s Root, Brinton Root, Culver’s Physic, Physic Root

Fidelity, protection, and exorcism. The seed is said to prevent the theft of any object which contains it. Burn with frankincense for protection. Scatter on the floor alone or with salt to drive out evil. Use in love spells to promote fidelity. Steep in wine to make love potions.

Protection. Burn curry powder to keep evil forces away.

Fertility, happiness, lust, and protection. Reinforces romance between consensual partners and increases potential of a relationship carrying into the next incarnation.

Also Called: Groundbread, Sowbread, Ivy-Leafed, Swine Bread

Associated with death and mourning; stimulates healing and helps overcome the pain of loss. Calmness and tranquility. Hang in the home for protection. Burn crushed cypress wood for aid in understanding grief and death or to aid in divination. Wear or carry at funerals to ease the mind and minimize grief. Useful at any time of crisis.

Also Called: Tree of Death

Last updated byHP Tamie on January 4, 2021
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