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Galangal Root

magical uses include winning in court, doubling money, hex breaking and sex magic. Burn as incense to remove evil spells and break curses. Carry for protection, to improve psychic abilities and to bring good health. Carry to court to make the judge or jury feel favorably inclined toward you. Wrap money around the root and it will multiply threefold. Burn vigilantly for 14 days before a court case, saving the ashes and bringing them to court in a green flannel bag for luck.

Also Called: Lo John, Low John, Lo John the Conqueror, Lesser Galangal, Galanga, Colic Root, Gargaut, Catarrh Root, India Root, China Root

Promoting peace/repelling strife, protection from outside influences. Carry or wear to attract love or friendship. Burn with other healing herbs to bring peace and comfort to one who is ailing. Use dried flowers in healing incenses and mixtures. Scatter around a room to bring peaceful vibrations.

magical uses include healing, protection, exorcism, repulsion of vampires, and purification of spaces and objects. Used to invoke Hecate. Guards against negative magic, spirits, and the envy of others. Hang in the home to bring togetherness to the family or keep your willpower strong. Said to ward off bad weather when worn or carried during outside activities. Believed to absorb diseases — rub fresh, peeled garlic against ailing body parts then throw the garlic into running water.

Garlic is masculine in nature and associated with the planet Mars, the element fire and the sign Aries. It is sacred to Hecate and is a suitable offering to her left at a crossroads. A spell from the American West to send away an unwanted lover: Place a clove of garlic intersected with two crossed pins where he is sure to walk. When he walks over it, he will lose interest. A potion with the opposite effect was made of a strand of the target’s hair, threads from his or her clothing, alcohol and garlic. Somehow you had to make the target ingest this, and then he or she would fall madly in love with you. Garlic cloves can also be used, with other things, to stuff poppets intended for negative magic. Garlic braids hung over the door repel thieves and envious people as well as bring good looks. Change the braid every year. Hanging garlic over a bedroom door will draw lovers into it. Garlic is said to have aphrodisiac powers when eaten. Wiping a knife with garlic juice empowers it against negative energies. A clove of garlic can be added to any mojo bag to strengthen its energy. Garlic is used for exorcism, spell-breaking, invoking passion, protection and strength. Also used to protect against psychic and physical vampirism, ward off evil spirits, vampires, the evil eye and various spells and hexes.

Also Called: Stinkweed

Fights against doubt and pessimism and is suitable for those who become discouraged and easily depressed as soon as things go wrong or difficulties arise. Unlike the person corresponding to the mustard type, the cause of your depression is always identifiable. In fact, you can make progress in the disease or in life, but only a slight setback to demoralize. Gentian can be recommended for those who feel sacrificed for a long or chronic illness. Thanks to its stimulating effect it is often a good tonic for convalescents. It is also useful for children discouraged by their homework. Positive potential allows us to realize that the lack does not exist from the moment where it does everything possible, regardless of the result. No obstacle seems insurmountable, no task is too difficult to carry out. She is convinced that the difficulties will finally be overcome.Add an infusion to the bath for power and strength.

Also Called: Gentiana Amarella

Overcoming negative thoughts & attitudes, lifting spirits, promoting protection & happiness. Repels insects. Balances mind and body.

Draws adventure and new experiences. Promotes sensuality, sexuality, personal confidence, prosperity, and success. Adds to the strength and speed of any mixture of which it is a part. Place in amulet, mojo, or medicine bag to promote good health & protection. Use in herbal mixtures for the consecration of athames to strengthen and energize the ritual blade. A ginger root in the form of a human is a very powerful magical token.

Ginger gives a ‘fiery’ form of protection and heats up love and money spells. It is added to love incenses or mojo bags, since according to legend its spiciness tends to arouse the libido. Ginger is also a protective herb and stops hexes; some people recommend keeping some in every room. A whole dried Ginger root is said to protect from evil dreams when placed under the pillow; Ginger Root chips can be kept in a muslin sack in the house to protect the family from jinxes.

Ginger is energetic and fiery and adds power to any magical activity. It is used in spells to “speed things up” or to cause plans to come to fruition quickly. It can also be used in spells to add passion to an existing relationship. Ginger is associated with the element of fire.

Also Called: African Ginger, Black Ginger, Race Ginger

Ginkgo Biloba

Aphrodisiac, associated with fertility. Carry or use in amulets and charms as a healing herb. Useful in ritual healing. The dried nuts represent male fertility. Useful in all creative work. Immerse in water, then remove and keep in the bedroom to gain grace, love, and beauty.

Also Called: Maidenhair Tree, Living Fossil, Gingko

magical uses include love, beauty, protection, healing and lust. Carry to draw love, health, money, and sexual potency. Carve a wish into a whole root and throw it into water to make the wish come true.

Also Called: Sang, Wonder of the World Root

Money, divination

Also Called: Aaron’s Rod, Woundwort, Sweet Goldenrod, Solidago, Ver d’or


Healing rituals, money spells, success. Beneficial in business dealings and matters of finance. Work into any charm or spell to increase its power.

Also Called: Yellow Root, Orange Root, Yellow Puccoon, Ground Raspberry, Eye Balm, Eye Root, Indian Paint, Yellow Paint, Golden Root, Wild Turmeric, Indian Turmeric, Jaundice Root, Yellow Eye, Wamera


Wisdom, tenacity, luck in love, and pleasant dreams.

Associated with love, protection, romance, and weddings. Used to further the romance of a consensual relationship. Protects against negativity and dark magic.

Also Called: Whin, Prickly Broom, Furze

Burn prior to (but not during) meditation.

Fertility, money, mental powers, and garden magic.

Grape Seed

Used for garden magic and fertility.


Cleansing and purification.

Gravel Root

Used to increase the chances of getting a job. Aids one during times of distress. Useful as an altar offering, especially during love magic. Burn or strew about the house to relieve disharmony in the home or remove tensions. An infusion of the herb rubbed on an erect member is said to improve male potency.

Also Called: Meadow Sweet, Bride of the Meadow, Bridewort, Little Queen, Gravelweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Purple Boneset, Kidney Root, Trumpet Weed, Trumpet Vine, Meadowsweet.

Guinea Peppers

Hexing and cursing

Gum Arabic

Protection, psychic and spiritual enhancement, money, platonic love, and friendship. Use to anoint candles & censers and to consecrate chests or boxes that hold ritual tools. Use in incense to promote a meditative state.

Also Called: Acacia, Arabic Gum

Last updated byHP Tamie on January 4, 2021
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