Witchcraft Herbs Surprising Secrets of Magic Botanicals

Witchcraft Herbs: Surprising Secrets of Magic Botanicals

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Witchcraft Herbs are timeless guides, showing us how to understand their magic and use it in our spiritual practices. They have been used for ages and hold spiritual energy that connects us with Nature and the Otherworld.

In this post, I’ll explore Witchcraft Herbs and their practical uses. You’ll learn about their historical background and how they can be a valuable part of your spiritual practice.

Always speak to your physician or health care provider to avoid any side effects or interactions and to discuss your specific health care needs. Please make sure to research any plant or herb and avoid consuming or ingesting anything toxic or poisonous.

Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources throughout and at the bottom of this article.

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Common Witchcraft Herbs and Botanicals for Popular Spells

These herbs and botanicals are just a selection of the vast array available for popular spells and rituals. While they are commonly used and easily accessible, it’s important to note that many more options exist.

Spiritual practitioners are encouraged to explore and use whichever herbs resonate with them and their intentions. The herbs listed here are chosen for their popularity and widespread availability, making them accessible to a wide range of spiritual practitioners. These correspondences are sourced from Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.

Attracting Love

Apple, Avocado, Basil, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Cherry, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Raspberry, and Rosemary

Financial Prosperity

Allspice, Almond, Basil, Blackberry, Cedar, Ginger, Honeysuckle, Mint, Moss, Oats, Orange, Pomegranate, and Rice

Protection

Aloe, Anise, Ash, Birch, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Clover, Cumin, Curry, Garlic, Onion, Pepper, Rosemary, and Sage

Fertility

Banana, Birch, Carrot, Cucumber, Fig, Grape, Hazel, Mustard, Olive, Patchouly, Peach, Pine, Sunflower, and Wheat

Happiness

Catnip, Lavender, Morning Glory, Saffron, and St John’s Wort.

Health

Ash, Camphor, Coriander, Fern, Juniper, Marjoram, Mullein, Nutmeg, Oak, Sassafras, Thyme, and Walnut

Remove Hexes or Negative Energy

Bamboo, Chili Pepper, Huckleberry, Hydrangea, and Thistle.

Good Luck

Allspice, Aloe, Cabbage, Daffodil, Hazel, Holly, Huckleberry, Moss, Nutmeg, Oak, Orange, Persimmon, Pineapple, Rose, and Star Anise.

Wishes to Manifest

Bamboo, Dandelion, Ginseng, Hazel, Pomegranate, Sage, Sunflower, and Walnut

Which Witchcraft Herbs Correspondences are Correct?

When trying to figure out which witchcraft herbs correspond correctly with my intention, I like to start by understanding how that herb interacts with our bodies on a medicinal level.

For example, Lavender is known for easing anxiety and promoting calmness. Studies have shown a decrease in stress and pain levels after breathing in lavender oil for 5 minutes. Due to this, I would use Lavender in spells or rituals that remove stress and anxiety.

However, it’s important to trust your intuition and personal experiences. Meditation can be a powerful tool for connecting with the herb’s energy and determining its best spiritual use for you. Remember, every spiritual practitioner’s journey with herbs is unique. What works for one may not resonate with another.

Witchcraft Herbs History and Origins

It’s so easy to find lists online referencing the magical properties of witchcraft herbs, including genders, planets, and elements. However, I wanted to know WHO assigned plants and herbs with magical properties and WHY. What are the historical origins?

These magical properties of witchcraft herbs focus on folklore and magical uses rather than medicinal purposes. This is a beginner witch’s guide to incorporating botanical and herb magic into your spiritual practices and improving your knowledge. Hopefully, this information will inspire and empower you to add more herbal intentions and spirituality into your daily life.

Culpeper’s Herbal Planetary Assignments

The assigning of planets to specific herbs originates with Nicholas Culpeper, an English herbalist born in 1616.

At the time, most apothecaries (a blend of a general practitioner, pharmacist, and chemist) referenced the text Pharmacopoeia Londinensis to perform medical treatments.

Unfortunately, it was written in Latin, and most people were not fluent. This gave medical practitioners an advantage since people had to pay a hefty price to receive medical help.

Nicholas Culpeper attended Cambridge and was fluent in Latin. Not only did he translate the Pharmacopoeia Londinensis text, but he also cited many errors. Then, he sold it at a very cheap and affordable price. As you can imagine, apothecaries were not pleased.

Culpeper Combines Astrology and Herbology

He combined his scientific studies with astrology, grouping plants and herbs based on assorted traits and linked those to certain Roman gods or goddesses. He then used this as a guide to formulate a treatment.

Nicholas Culpeper wrote The English Physitian (yes, that’s the correct spelling), which later became known as “Culpeper’s Complete Herbal” and is still available for purchase today (this version is modernized with illustrations added).

Culpeper’s Approach to Treatment

Below is an excerpt in which he explains how to cure diseases by identifying their proper planet. Then, he suggests using herbs from an opposite planet or herbs synonymous with that planet to heal the ailment.

I want to note that Culpeper does not mention Neptune, Uranus, or Pluto because they have not yet been officially discovered.

And herein let me premise a word or two. The Herbs, Plants, [etc]. are now in the book appropriated to their proper planets.

Therefore, First, Consider what planet causeth the disease; that thou mayest find it in my aforesaid Judgment of Diseases.

Secondly, Consider what part of the body is afflicted by the disease, and whether it lies in the flesh, or blood, or bones, or ventricles.

Thirdly, Consider by what planet the afflicted part of the body is governed: that my Judgment of Diseases will inform you also.

Fourthly, You may oppose diseases by Herbs of the planet, opposite to the planet that causes them: as diseases of Jupiter by herbs of Mercury, and the contrary; diseases of the Luminaries by the herbs of Saturn, and the contrary; diseases of Mars by herbs of Venus, and the contrary.

Fifthly, There is a way to cure diseases sometimes by Sympathy, and so every planet cures his own disease; as the Sun and Moon by their Herbs cure the Eyes, Saturn the Spleen, Jupiter the liver, Mars the Gall and diseases of choler, and Venus diseases in the instruments of Generation.

Culpeper’s Complete Herbal
Culpeper's Herbal Planetary Assignments

Challenging Gendered Witchcraft Herbs Spiritual Correspondences

In this section, I’ll discuss spiritual gender correspondences. If you’re interested in a more scientific explanation of plant genders check out this article by Britannica.com.

Please make sure to research any plant or herb and avoid consuming or ingesting anything toxic or poisonous.

Scott Cunningham’s Influence on Herb Classification

While researching the gender classification origins of herbs and botanicals, Scott Cunningham’s book Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is being used as the main source for many blogs, publications, and books.

Scott Cunningham is a Wiccan author; this should not be a problem if you follow Wicca. However, if you do not follow that particular spiritual path, you may find it frustrating to use it as a main source of information.

It’s important to note that many of the publications Scott Cunningham sources for his book are clearly appropriating Voodoo, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern, Shaman, Native American, Mexican, and Egyptian practices. It also references texts which use the derogatory word for Romani people.

Cunningham also states he sourced material from Aleister Crowley and implies Mr. Crowley probably stole a large amount of his work from Samuel Mathers (a founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) without citing him.

Reconsidering Spiritual Gender Assignments

I strongly believe that gendering a plant or herb’s spiritual intentions is an outdated practice and isn’t required when working with witchcraft herbs. It’s more beneficial to consider the plant’s uses and how you personally connect to them versus any preconceived idea of a plant’s spiritual “gender.”

To Scott Cunningham’s credit, he does state he believes this is an old way of categorizing herbs, and he tried to avoid sexist and non-inclusive meanings by avoiding the words male and female.

If you’re interested in Scott Cunningham’s reasoning for assigning gender classifications, he states –

Masculine herbs are those which are possessed of strong, fiery vibrations. These are the herbs which are actually used for protection, purification, hex-breaking, exorcism, lust, to maintain sexual potency, health, strength, courage, and so on, as well as any that strengthen the mind;

feminine herbs are plants in which are quieter, subtler, softer in their effects. Thus they are used to attract love, increase beauty, recapture youth, aid in healing and developing psychic powers, increase fertility, draw wealth, promote happiness and peace, aid sleep and spirituality, and cause visions.

Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Challenging Gendered Witchcraft Herbs

Exploring Elemental Magic and Witchcraft Herb Associations

The connection between witchcraft herbs and the elements developed over time as various philosophers worked on it for many years. It all began with the Greek philosopher Empedocles (495 BCE–430 BCE), who identified the four elements: Air, Earth, Water, and Fire.

Hippocrates (460 BCE–370 BCE) built upon Empedocles’s work and created the theory of the Four Humors. This theory was later expanded on and popularized by the Greek philosopher Aristotle and the Roman physician Claudius Galen.

This theory stated that the body had four different humors blood, phlegm, choler (yellow bile), and melancholy (black bile). Different elements, seasons, organs, planets, etc., ruled each humor.

Claudius Galen believed that one must keep one’s humors in balance, or it will affect one’s emotions and physical health. It could even determine whether one is a good person.

People believed that an imbalance of the four humors caused ailments and afflictions. Restoring humor balance involved using the right herb that matched the corresponding element.

Herb Correspondences with Humors and Elements

Here is a breakdown of each humor and its correspondences according to the United States National Library of Medicine.

Melancholic
  • Humor: Black Bile
  • Element: Earth
  • Season: Winter
  • Age: Old Age
  • Qualities: Cold & Dry
  • Organ: Spleen
  • Planet: Saturn
Phlegmatic
  • Humor: Phlegm
  • Element: Water
  • Season: Autumn
  • Age: Maturity
  • Qualities: Cold & Moist
  • Organ: Brain
  • Planet: Moon
Choleric
  • Humor: Yellow Bile
  • Element: Fire
  • Season: Summer
  • Age: Childhood
  • Qualities: Hot & Dry
  • Organ: Gall Bladder
  • Planet: Mars
Sanguine
  • Humor: Blood
  • Element: Air
  • Season: Spring
  • Age: Adolescence
  • Qualities: Hot & Moist
  • Organ: Heart
  • Planet: Jupiter
Exploring Elemental Magic and Witchcraft Herb Associations

I hope you found this post on witchcraft herbs helpful. Lots of love to you, and remember, as always…

Sources

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “humour”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 3 Feb. 2024, https://www.britannica.com/science/humor-ancient-physiology.

Culpeper, Nicholas. Culpeper’s Complete Herbal: Illustrated and Annotated Edition. 7 May 2019. Union Square & Co.

Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn Publications. 1 October 1985.

Javier, Hope (2014) “The Four Humours Theory,” ESSAI: Vol. 12, Article 21.

Petch, Emily. Nicholas Culpeper and his herbal. Royal Botanic Gardens. 27 February 2015.

United States National Library of Medicine

Further Suggested Reading

Shakespeare and the Four Humours by The Wellcome Collection (a free museum and library connecting science, medicine, life, and art)

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