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Herbs for Witches: Irish Moss to Mullein

The next time you encounter ivy, jasmine, lavender, or a marigold, you may look at them in a different light. These everyday plants and flowers have a history for healing and other magic-related outcomes. For centuries, witches have turned towards some of these plants and the others mentioned in this article to prepare love spells, protect homes, and achieve other desires.

Irish Moss
To increase your luck and wealth, consider using Irish moss.  

Ivy
Sleeping with ivy leaves under the pillow is said to bring your future partner in marriage to your dreams if you are unattached. Mistletoe and myrtle is said to produce the same effects.

Jasmine
Prepare jasmine in a sachet to attract spiritual love.

Juniper
Many people turn to juniper when they are creating protective charms. Some have grown juniper at their door as a way to prevent the entry of intruders and thieves. When carried or burned, it is said that the plant can drive away negativity.

Lavender
There are many different ways to use lavender when performing magick. Its natural calming powers have found a place in spells linked to peace and love.

Lemon Balm
Known for transmitting energies and thoughts between lovers, lemon balm is also a powerful element in sealing friendships.

Mandrake
Witches have been associated with mandrake for quite sometime , most likely because it is highly toxic and dangerous. The plant has been used in hexes and thought to increase magick power. Some people avoid it altogether because of the plant’s dangerous properties and look for a substitution. Ginseng, which is known for producing vitality and sexual prowess, can be used as a replacement for mandrake. When spells and charms call for mandrake, duck’s foot is a relative of mandrake in America and can be used as a substitution.

Marigold
Charms associated with clairvoyance may call for the use of marigold. Some believe that the flower has a connection to fairy realms. If you don’t have any marigold on hand, you can use calendula as a substitute.  

Mint
Charms that are made with mint are thought to draw vitality and health. The herb may also attract business and wealth.

Mistletoe
Although the highly toxic mistletoe has found a romantic place in starting off the New Year, its long history with magic reveals that it is thought to ward off illness and negativity as well. The Druids would traditionally cut mistletoe on Midsummer’s Day (June 24), which was when the plants possessed the most potent power. Today, some witches still follow the tradition to enhance the healing and divination properties of the plant.

Mullein
If you feel that evil threatens you, use mullein as a defense. When a spell calls for graveyard dust, some people find mullein a suitable substitute when using the powdered leaves.