Magical Uses: Lust, psychic powers. Non-Magical Uses: Used as a tea, lemongrass helps boost glandular, immune and digestive systems; gives an energy boost; relives nervousness; helps with jet lag; the crushed grass or oil diluted in a carrier oil, can be applied directly to the skin to relive muscle spasms; the oil is also used to treat ringworm, lice and athlete's foot. Spell: To spice up your sex life, braid three stalks of lemongrass together and place around a photo of you and your lover.
Magical Uses: Happiness, removing obstacles, clear thinking. Non-Magical Uses: Commonly used as an insect repellent; also relieves excessive sweating. Spell: To see someone or something for who/what it really is, meditate with a citronella plant in front of you.
Magical Uses: Healing relationships, calming bad situations, promotes positive emotions, promotes anti-jealousy. Non-Magical Uses: Antispasmodic; soothes a stomach after a big meal or when experiencing morning sickness, gas, or colic; also helps to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Spell: Serving lemon sorbet with fresh mint leaves on it as an after dinner dessert helps with strained relationships with in laws. Sucking on the mint leaves helps to dispel negative feelings and brings about new, friendlier relationships.
Magical Uses: Luck, curse breaking. Non-Magical Uses: Antiseptic; if used as a tea and drunk with a dollop of honey, is used to treat colds, low fevers, and to ease sore throats; also relieves gas. Spell: If you suspect a curse has been placed on you or your family, gargle with cooled bergamot tea. Do this at dusk every day from a Full Moon to a New Moon, and the curse will be broken.
Magical Uses: Contacting the dead, fertility, cleansing, telling the truth, eating it is said to protect one from speaking wrongly or heatedly. Non-Magical Uses: Rich in vitamins A, B, and C; aids in circulation; helps with kidney and bladder issues; has blood cleansing capabilities; applying the crushed leaves to skin helps relieve itching from insect bites or dry skin. If pregnant or think you may be pregnant, use parsley as a seasoning sparingly and do not use the essential oil or eat whole spoonfuls of the herb. Spell: Before a presentation or public speaking engagement, chew some parsley while thinking about what you are going to say so that you can be eloquent and convincing.
Magical Uses: Memory, divination, telling the truth. Non-Magical Uses: Using this in a tea helps cleanse the liver after a night of heavy drinking. Spell: Keep an eyebright plant where you store your divination tools or, if you can't find a plant, sprinkle some eyebright over your tools. As the name suggests, eyebright helps the eyes, not just physically, but also by opening your "third eye" which sees unseen things, future things, and other planes of existence.
Magical Uses: Grieving, moving on, inner strength, happiness. Non-Magical Uses: The tea eases bronchial coughs and helps with tension headaches and anxiety; drinking the tea or using the oil diluted in a carrier oil, can be massaged into the lower stomach area to ease menstrual pain; massaging the outer ear and back of the ear with marjoram oil can help cure ear infections; Do not use marjoram oil if you are preganant or think you may be pregnant, though using small amounts in cooking is generally considered safe. Spell: Use marjoram dishes at a wake or memorial service to help those left behind grieve and move on peacefully.
Magical Uses: Physical protection, inner strength, money. Non-Magical Uses: As a tea it's used to stimulate contractions when labor is slow in starting. Do not use in pregnancy until labor has begun, or if you think you may be pregnant. Spell: When walking along a dark road, keep pennyroyal flowers near your heart, such as in your breast pocket or in a locket, to help protect yourself.
Magical Uses: Relaxation, peace, friendship, happiness. Non-Magical Uses: Used to treat unexplained muscle spasms such as eye twitches (you can rub a drop of the oil or the fresh or dried flower around the eye, being careful not to get any in the eye); make a spray with a gentle oil such as almond and dried lavender, and spray over the face (with eyes closed), then massage gently; warm lavender baths help circulation; a few drops of lavender oil added to a bath will help sleep; lavender compresses can help lower fever; a lavender wash will help most skin issues, from oily skin and acne to insect bites, inflammations, and dermatitis. Spell: Friendships will form more easily and heal better after a fight if you wear a lavender-based perfume when meeting the person.
Magical Uses: Consecration, purification, curse breaking, luck, happiness. Non-Magical Uses: Used in tonics and as a tea to ease coughs and colds and to clear lungs; the oil is a great antiseptic. Do not use during pregnancy or if you think you are pregnant. Spell: To consecrate a new altar or ritual tool, rub some star anise on the object.