Hello everyone, welcome to A – Z Challenge where my theme is all things witchy.
Today’s topic is probably on the something used by everyone – herbs. I mean everyone uses them. To flavor food. To add a zing to a drink. Many of the herbs I talk about today you may have in your kitchen already. I’ve included non-magical uses because I’m a foodie at heart 🙂
At the very bottom of the post, I’ve include a brief how=to on smudging and different herb smudges for those interested.
Let’s start with my favorite… for cooking and for witchy things….
Magical Properties: Stemming from European traditions, sage is said to ward off evil, and it is often used in traditional cleansing ceremonies when dried and smudged. It is associated with wisdom and good luck. Sage builds emotional strength and can help to heal grief.
Non-Magical Properties: It has a sweet and savory aroma that makes it a popular culinary herb used in autumn dishes such as roast turkey, sausage stuffing, and pumpkin soup.
How to Use in Magic: Sage is often burned for cleansing ceremonies. Burning sage is meant to purify the space of bad energy or spirits. Some examples of when sage should be burned include after a death in the family, when you move into a new home, after a negative presence in your home, or during the changing of seasons. I have sage wreaths hanging in my kitchen and entry year around.
Magical Properties: Vervain has both purification ability and protective properties. It is used for cleansing personal spaces such as your bedroom or any place that has few ‘vistors.’ It is also a protective herb. Roman soldiers would carry vervain into battle. Dried vervain can be added to small vials and worn as charms.
Non-Magical Properties: If you want to use it cooking as well, make sure you buy lemon vervain. Lemon vervain is wonderful on fish really type of seafood and chicken. It also adds a nice lemon tone to a cup of tea.
How to Use in Magic: Burning or drying vervain is the most common.
Magical Properties: Mint is meant to draw wealth, lure love, keep out evil, and enhance overall wellbeing. Mint is just a great all all round. Herb.
Non-Magical Properties: Like sage, mint is useful herb for adding flavor to beverages and desserts.
How to Use in Magic: Drinking mint tea can bring you good luck and protection throughout the day. Sometimes the herb will be placed under a pillow to induce a vision of the future in dreams and to protect against attacks of evil magic, nightmares, and evil spirits of the night. Keep it dry and near your workspace to promote prosperity and financial success. Mint is also kept over a sickbed to drive off negative energy during sickness.
Magical Properties: Lavender is known to ward off evil spirits, promote a long life of peace, and used for purification.
Non-Magical Properties: Lavender tea has many benefits. It helps with anxiety, stress, insomnia, exhaustion, digestion, nervousness, and more. While I don’t personally like it in my food, I many who love a lavendar cookie with their tea.
How to Use in Magic: The plant can be burned to promote sleep and rest, and the ashes are placed around the home to bring peace and harmony and purify the space. The flowers are also placed under pillows or made into a tea to heal depression and induce peaceful sleeping. Dried lavender is also hung outside the house to ward off evil spirits.
Magical Properties: This herb’s magic properties are used for love spells, protection, and as an aphrodisiac.
Non-Magical Properties: Rosemary is deliciously paired with chicken, lamb, vegetables, or potatoes. My favorite is rosemary infused olive oil… it’s like dipping bread into magic 🙂
How to Use in Magic: Burn rosemary to purify a room. It can also be used a bath or tea can help with removing anxiety. Like lavender, rosemary is placed under the pillow to promote peaceful sleeping and ward off evil spirits and nightmares.
There are sooo many good book out there on herbs and their many uses. If you are wondering about a certain herb and it’s magical properties drop me a comment. Or if you would to use a herb with a purpose in mind, let me know and I’ll share what I know or point you to a reliable resource.
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Smudging uses handheld bundles of dried herbs and flowers, which are then bound in twine and burned. The smoke is said to help purify the air and invite good energy into the home. It’s also a great way to put those herbs leftover from the summer growing season to use.
- Roughly 15 sprigs of fresh herbs
- Start by trimming your flowers and herbs to size. Secure a long piece of twine around the base of your herb bundle and continue wrapping it until you reach the top. You want to make sure to wrap the twine as tightly as you can so that it stays bound when the flowers dry and shrink.
- When you reach the top, tie your twine securely and trim the excess. Trim off any herbs that happen to be sticking out of the bundle.
- Set your smudge stick aside and allow it to dry for at least two weeks.
- To use, light your dried smudging stick with a lighter or match.
- Starting at the Eastern most room of your home, circle around the room clockwise, wafting the smoke as you go.
- Continue moving in a clockwise direction through the rest of your home, purifying each room similarly.
- Finally, extinguish the smoke under either running water and set it aside to dry. You can reuse the same smudge stick until there is nothing left to burn.
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