The Magical Properties of Lavender

Lavender Magical Properties: Hidden Magic You Need to Know!

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When I think of Lavender’s magical properties, the first thought that comes to mind is the quote from Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, “Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”

However, there’s so much more to lavender than luck! Lavender is a popular herb for witches and spiritual practitioners, and I hope this post will help you see why! Let’s get started!

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Lavender Magical Properties

Lavender magical properties are quite extensive. It evokes feelings of relaxation and peace. Lavender is loved for its pleasant aroma, positive vibrations, and stress relief, and it is a wonderful bee pollinator.

Lavender is a beautiful blue, violet, and green-silver leafed small woody shrub. About three feet tall in height and approximately the same in width.

Its strong and aromatic fragrance makes it a prevalent herb. In fact, human beings have been enjoying, using, and cultivating lavender for over two thousand years.

Lavender is regarded as a natural antiseptic and can help to reduce scarring and accelerate healing.

Of course, lavender magical properties, like those of most herbs, don’t neatly fit into human-made classification boxes, and those interested in Nature Spirituality will go with what works, no matter what a book says.

Spiritual lavender magical properties include:

  • Joy
  • Love
  • Calming
  • Protection
  • Sleep and dreams
  • Deepens and enhances spiritual connections
  • Cleansing and purification
  • Happiness
  • Luck
  • Peace
  • Promotes long life
  • Beauty
  • Boosts moods and memory
  • Pain relief
  • Heals skin
lavender magical properties

Lavender’s Common Name

The scientific name for lavender is Lavandula, and the most common species, English lavender, is known as angustifolia. Part of the mint family, Lavender is native across Mediterranean regions, including Italy, Spain, and France.

The name Lavender comes from the Latin ‘lavando’ part of the verb, lavare, meaning “to wash” or “to bathe”.

Ancient Greeks and Romans called it nard or nardus, referring to a Syrian town near the Euphrates River called Naarda. Others have referred to it as spike and elf leaf.

Lavender History and Folklore

Throughout history, Lavender has been used to alleviate coughs, for culinary uses, stop spasms, as an anti-bacterial, as cosmetics, anti-septic, flatulence relief, as a stimulant, perfumes to ward off evil or negative energy, for its sweet aroma, and many other purposes.

It’s said that lavender bundles were given to women in labor to help soothe their pain and squeeze during contractions. Clothes were washed in streams or rivers and then splayed across lavender bushes to dry. This not only made the clothes smell wonderful, but it also helped to repel insects.

In Spain, lavender was thrown onto church floors or burned in a bonfire to thwart any evil spirit’s malicious intentions on St. John’s Day.

In England, Queen Elizabeth I was quite fond of lavender. She drank lavender tea every day to avoid headaches, kept vases full of fresh lavender, and even decreed lavender be scattered around the castle floors. That probably smelled quite lovely!

During WWII, doctors used lavender to treat and heal lacerations and injuries. Here are a few more examples of lavender being used throughout history-

Egypt

It’s believed that Egyptians created fragrant herbal oils by infusing them with animal fats. They used these herbal oils for cosmetics, incense, skincare, and perfume. Egyptians also utilized lavender oils for rituals while embalming the deceased. This was presumably particularly beneficial due to lavender’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Greek and Roman

Greek physician and botanist Pedanius Dioscorides (c. 40-90 AD) was the first to write about lavender uses. He advised a “tea-like preparation” to help with chest troubles as a laxative for sore throats, antiseptic properties, and invigoration purposes.

Lavender was quite popular with the Greeks and Romans and was frequently used for communal bathing. It was believed to improve and revitalize the skin.

It was a prevalent Roman superstition, the asp, a venomous viper, nested in lavender bushes. This made harvesting lavender blossoms a tricky business and also created a steep price. According to legend, Cleopatra used an asp to kill herself.

Middle Ages

Hildegard of Bingen (1098- 1179), a German Benedictine abbess, Christian mystic, philosopher, writer, and founder of scientific natural history, was the first person during the Middle Ages to differentiate between Lavandula vera and Lavandula spica.

Hildegard wrote a recommendation for lung congestion –

To cook lavender of spic [lavender spike] with wine, or if one has no wine, with honey and water, put it in case to cool often, soften the suffering in the liver, and in the lungs and the vapour in the chest, and the wine of lavender I assure you is a science pure and clean

She implied that if a person smells lavender often, it will help cure lice. Hildegard also wrote that lavender “curbs very many evil things, and because of it, malign spirits are terrified.” She believed lavender helped the nervous system prepare for sleep and advocated a walk before a bath infused with lavender.

During the Middle Ages, it was also believed you could keep your lover faithful by trickling lavender water over their head.

During the Bubonic plague of the mid-1300s, glove makers scented their products with lavender oil. It was believed to inhibit the contraction of the Plague. Since fleas spread the Bubonic Plague, this might have been an effective tactic since lavender is known to repel insects.

Bee on my backyard garden lavender during Litha and Summer Solstice

What Scientific Studies Have Said About Lavender

Studies have shown a decrease in stress and pain levels after breathing in lavender oil for 5 minutes. Lavender contains linalool, which helps to reduce anxiety when vaporized and may even help patients with dementia.

The main anxiety-relieving components are linalool and linalyl acetate. They’re also found in other relaxing aromatic plants, including citrus fruits, like bitter orange (neroli).

Lavender oil also contains the terpenes cineole and camphor. These are also found in memory-boosting European sage and rosemary.

Healthline – A Love Letter to Lavender

It’s important to note that these studies have shown that lavender’s scent and fragrance create a calming effect that subjects experience, not consuming.

While science has proven that lavender is useful against anxiety and has calming and mood-boosting effects, it hasn’t proven any love-inducing reactions.

Lavender Uses and Magic Ritual Ideas

Lavender is a versatile herb known for its calming and healing properties. In this section, I’ll show you how to use lavender to enhance your daily life and spiritual practices.

Discover lavender’s soothing benefits in aromatherapy and spiritual rituals. Whether you’re a beginner witch or a seasoned practitioner, these ritual ideas will show you lavender’s magical properties and transformative powers.

Here are a few ways to use the magical properties of lavender in rituals.

Lavender Candle Ritual for Stress and Anxiety Relief

Finding peace is essential in our hectic lives. This ritual uses lavender and candle magic to help ease anxiety and stress. This ritual is a reminder that you have the power to create serenity and healing for yourself!

Gather Your Supplies

  • Green chime candle (helps lessen feelings of anxiety and stress)
  • Olive oil (for healing, peace, and protection)
  • Dried Lavender Buds (for relaxation and calmness)
  • Mortar and Pestle (Quick tip: Before I had a Mortar and Pestle, I put herbs in a Ziploc bag and used a rolling pin to crush them fast! Plus, it avoids a mess!)
  • Matches or a lighter
  • A small, heat-resistant dish, plate, or candle holder (to safely burn your candleI use a 6.5″ cast iron)
  • A quiet and comfortable space

Prepare Your Ritual

Begin by finding a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. Gather your supplies and place them on your altar or a flat surface. Cleanse the area in the method of your choice.

Create and Carve Your Sigil

Create a sigil representing stress and anxiety relief to carve into your candle. If you need help, read How To Make a Sigil or watch my step-by-step YouTube video.

Use a small knife or awl (I use pottery tools) to carefully carve your sigil into the side of the candle. Focus on infusing the sigil with your intention for stress relief.

Anointing the Candle

Take your green candle and anoint it with olive oil. As you do this, visualize a sense of peace and protection surrounding you. If you need help, watch my YouTube video, How to Dress and Anoint a Candle.

Grind the dried lavender buds in a mortar and pestle until they form a fine powder. Roll the anointed candle with lavender buds, covering it completely. This enhances the candle’s soothing energy and calming spiritual properties.

Begin the Candle Ritual

Hold the candle in your hands and take a few deep breaths. Visualize tension and anxiety, leaving your body with each exhale. State your intention aloud or in your mind, such as, “I release stress and anxiety, inviting peace and calm into my life.”

Use matches or a lighter to safely light the candle. As the flame grows, focus on its light and warmth. Visualize the candle’s flame pulling the stress and anxiety from your body; then it melts away.

While the candle burns, allow yourself to enter a state of calm and relaxation. Practice deep breathing exercises similar to the CIA’s breathing technique. Inhale deeply for a count of four, hold for four, exhale slowly for four, and pause for four before repeating.

Reflect and Close the Ritual

Sit quietly near the burning candle, continue your deep breathing, and focus on the candle flame. Allow any thoughts or emotions to surface without judgment. Acknowledge them and let them go with each breath.

Once the candle melts completely and has cooled, dispose of its remnants. Express gratitude for the release of stress and anxiety. Know that you’ve invited healing and peace into your life through this ritual.

Lavender Candle Ritual for Stress and Anxiety Relief

Sew Lavender Sachets

Excellent to place beneath your pillow to promote sleep or to use for love manifestations and intentions. Lavender sachets can also be placed in your dryer and reused numerous times to scent your clothes.

Place lavender sachets in clothing drawers to repel insects. Lavender has been proven to be effective at repelling insects, as shown in this study here. In fact, fiber artists are encouraged to keep their yarn with lavender or rosemary.

Wearing a sachet or amulet with lavender is believed to deepen your spiritual connection to the universe.

Sew Sachets for lavender magical properties

Lavender Wands

Crafting a lavender wand is fairly simple. It makes a lovely gift, can be used in closets or drawers, or just used as a wonderful-smelling air freshener. Lavender wands help prevent dried lavender buds from breaking off and creating a mess.

Herbal Infusion

Infuse dried lavender flower buds in the oil of your choice. Jojoba, Coconut, and Sweet Almond oil are my favorites! Infusions take about six weeks and should be kept in a dark, dry space.

Lavender oil herbal infusions can be used for many different purposes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Nourish and soften skin after a ritual bath
  • Rub on the skin before bed to help you sleep
  • Add to salves, lotions, or homemade soap
  • Use a few drops to smooth hair
  • Used on children to prevent nightmares
  • Anoint yourself, candles, or sacred items before a ritual to remove any negative energy

Celebrate Summer Solstice

Lavender is a wonderful way to mark the festive days of the Summer Solstice. Toss some sprigs into a bonfire to keep negative energy away and ensure a prosperous year. Summer Solstice rituals include sex, fertility, love, insight, healing, or connections to the universe.

Flower crowns are a beautiful summer craft and truly fun to make! Lavender crowns are sometimes used in Handfasting or wedding ceremonies to incorporate lavender’s magical properties and correspondences of love, protection, and joy.

Creating flower crowns using fresh lavender will be much easier than dried lavender. You could also create a flower crown to celebrate Beltane!

Celebrate Summer Solstice using the magical properites of Lavender

Purification

Lavender is a lovely and potent choice to remove negative energy or pessimistic vibes and has many uses. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Create your own smoke cleansing sticks (a fantastic use for leftover dried lavender stems)
  • Scatter flower buds into a ritual bath
  • Traditionally used in a room where a baby is born to remove negativity and welcome a new spirit
  • Burn while meditating to deepen your spiritual connection and increase positive vibes
  • Plant some in your garden for luck and protection. Plus, it helps the bees!!
  • Add to some stovetop potpourri to invite positive energy
  • Create serene energy while meditating
  • Add to white vinegar for a household antiseptic cleaner

Magical Lavender Water

Combine lavender with magical waters to help amplify their intentions. You can add this to your altar, bless your grimoire, place it in a ritual bath, or any way you choose! Here are a few magical water ideas to get you started:

  • Rain
  • Snow
  • Rose
  • Moon
  • Sun
  • Coffee
  • Florida Water
  • Sea or Ocean
  • Morning Dew
  • Storm

You can also enchant lavender by dipping the lavender buds in these magical waters and allowing the water to drip off the ends and onto your skin. Feel free to include other herbs as well because lavender will boost their magical goals. State an affirmation as you do so with an intention you’d like to align with, such as –

“I feel beautiful, happy, and confident in my own skin. My life is full of joy, happiness, and peace”

Baking or Culinary Purposes

If you’re interested in kitchen magic, this section should make your heart sing! Lavender used for culinary purposes should incorporate any of its magical properties and spiritual correspondences listed above.

I’d recommend using the lavender buds for culinary purposes. However, the stems make great smoke cleansers when dried. Here are a few ideas to get you started, but the possibilities are endless!

  • Lavender lemonade
  • Added to wedding cakes
  • Grind dried lavender buds and add to sugar. Sprinkle on cakes or cookies.
  • Add to berries
  • Bake into bread
  • Add to jellies
  • Create a simple syrup
  • Lavender Moon milk
  • Scones or muffins
  • Biscuits or shortbread
  • Herbal popsicles
  • Cheesecake
  • Lavender Tea (Tea made from lavender is great for sleep, nausea, alleviating gas, and relaxation).

Lavender Tincture

A tincture is an herbal extract typically used with alcohol. Cheap vodka is best for this. Slightly crush or bruise dried lavender flower buds and place them in a clean mason jar. Fill it up about halfway with lavender buds. Cover completely with vodka and place a cool dark area for about 6 weeks, shaking occasionally.

Once the time period is complete, strain out lavender buds using a cheesecloth. Store your tincture out of the sunlight.

Here are some ideas to get you started –

  • Add to your diffuser
  • Use as a bug spray
  • Linen or clothing spray
  • Add to adult libations (hello lavender lemonade)
  • Include in your ritual bath
  • Air freshener
  • Add to lip balm

Magical Home

Since one of the magical properties of lavender is protection, it is frequently used around the home. Here are a few ways you can incorporate lavender’s happiness and good vibes into your home:

  • Make a wreath for the front door (use fresh lavender for an easier and less messy project)
  • Place in a beautiful vase and enjoy as is
  • Hang a bundle of lavender behind your entry doors
  • Create potpourri
  • Wipe down doors, windows, and surfaces with lavender vinegar or tincture
  • Plant lavender in your garden or by your front door
  • Add to your altar or sacred space

How To Grow Lavender

Now that the magical properties of lavender have been fully covered, it’s important to discuss how to grow lavender. There are over 30 different lavender species, but I will be discussing English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) because it’s the most popular.

Lavender is a hardy perennial in Zones 6 – 9. However, lavender can often survive in Zone 5 if covered with good mulch. Lavender is typically pest-free and deer-resistant.

Lavender is tough to grow from seed, so it’s recommended to propagate or buy plants from the store. Plant in spring when the danger of frost has passed. Lavender prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Plant in nutrient-poor soil, as it dislikes soil that is too rich.

A good tip I learned from British Gardener Monty Don is to grab a handful of small rocks and toss them into your hole before planting. Lavender abhors wet roots, and this helps to prevent root rot.

Space lavender plants approximately 2 feet apart to allow for air circulation. Lavender makes a wonderful companion for any plants that prosper from pollinators like bees.

Lavender is a wonderful plant for beginners. It’s effortless to grow and can almost be ignored once planted.

How To Grow Lavender

Harvesting and Storage

Harvest lavender just as buds are beginning to open. I’d recommend approximately 20- 25% of the buds being open (similar to the photo above) and doing it in the morning hours for peak fragrance.

Hang bunches of lavender to dry in a dark location away from activity. Keep bundles no bigger than what you can comfortably hold in your hand. If possible, keep a fan running in the room to improve circulation.

As lavender bushes grow full size, you can typically get 2 – 3 harvests a season if you prune them promptly.

You can prepare your lavender for the next season by pruning it during late Autumn or early Spring. I prefer pruning mine during early Spring because it’s easier to see and avoid cutting new growth. Do not cut into the woody stems; keep about 3 inches or so above that.

Lavender Harvesting and Storage

How To Propagate Lavender

Once you start growing lavender, you can grow more plants for yourself or give them away as gifts for free! You might even have some neighbors that are willing to share.

Take cuttings from young lavender growth during the summer and plant in moist, well-drained soil. Place it somewhere in a low-wind area where it won’t be disturbed. I’ve often heard recommendations to use rooting hormones, but I’ve never done so, and my lavender has turned out fine. The choice is up to you, my peculiar friend!

I hope you found this post on the magical properties of lavender helpful. Lots of love to you, and remember, as always…

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