Magical Uses: Banishing, curse breaking, inner strength, protection. Non-Magical Uses: Helps heal wounds and skin infections when applied to them; helps lower cholesterol; stimulates the immune system; helps with sore throats; is used for colds and flu. Spell: To stop someone from bothering you, write their name with a black pen on a piece of paper. Roll or fold it up and tie it with a wild garlic stalk. Bury as far away from your home as possible.
Magical Uses: Physical and spiritual protection, preventing bad luck. Non-Magical Uses: Prevents gas and bloating; can be made into a tea or chewed. Spell: Placing cumin seeds under or in an object prevents theft.
Magical Uses: Peace, psychic protection, healing, magic to help children. Non-Magical Uses: The leaves and root can be used in tea; helps to increase breast milk and stop diarrhea; has a calming effect; use crushed fresh leaves in a cooling poultice to help with headaches; the flowers can be used as an edible decoration. Spell: To make an unpleasant person leave you alone, knot several stalks together and wear around your neck.
Magical Uses: Healing, compassion, luck. Non-Magical Uses: Antiseptic and anesthetic; when eaten it helps with chest infections; when applied topically with a carrier oil it helps with muscle pain; encourages digestion; brewed in a tea it helps with the bitterness of other medicinal herbs; the oil is used for stress and depression. Spell: To send healing thoughts to someone, write their name on a piece of paper with a blue pen. Sprinkle allspice around the name in a clockwise direction while imagining them heathly. Burn the paper when they are better.
Magical Uses: Traveling, physical protection, health, inner strength. Non-Magical Uses: When used as a tea, helps with migraine headaches; helps bring on a period when you are just spotting. The flowers can cause vomiting. Spell: To protect yourself when traveling over water, throw a few flowers overboard as you set off and then again when you arrive at port.
Magical Uses: Calming, de-stressing, meditation. Non-Magical Uses: When made into tea it helps with stomach discomfort, heartburn and nausea; can be used as a gargle for throat ailments; increases milk production in breastfeeding mothers, toasted seeds help with digestion. Spell: To calm yourself during stressful situations, chew a caraway seed while saying three times, "Caraway is my balm. I will be calm."
Magical Uses: Astral projection, health, happiness. Non-Magical Uses: Acts as a stimulant to treat low energy or mild depression when eaten; used as a tea, it helps with tension headaches and to bring on menstruation. Do not use if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Spell: Before astral travel, rub some oregano on your eyelids and say, "I will now sail to other realms beyond the veil. Lord and Lady, don't let me fail."
Magical Uses: Cleansing, protection, wisdom, animal magic. Non-Magical Uses: Helps gas and bloating when used as a tea or eaten; helps stop milk production if you are weaning a baby; helps calm nervousness and anxiety; boosts liver function; as an oil, when used in a carrier oil, helps insect bites and red skin; soothes inflamed gums. Do not use if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Spell: Before doing spiritual work or when moving into a new space such as a home, cleanse the area by lighting dried sage and making sure the smoke reaches all corners of the rooms.
Magical Uses: Inner strength, protection, warding off bad people. Non-Magical Uses: Stimulates the taste buds and aids digestion; great to use when encouraging someone to eat after an illness. Spell: To protect your home or business from thieves, make a paste with vinegar and salt and dab on door jambs, window ledges, and other entryways.
Magical Uses: Love, friendship, persuasion, lust. Non-Magical Uses: Can be used to lessen the effect of caffeine in coffee; when used as tea, helps lessen the effect of PMS; if gargled, helps with excess mucus in the mouth; can have a laxative effect. Spell: When you need help convincing someone you are right, keep five cardamom seeds in your right-hand pocket.
Magical Uses: Virility, sexuality, fertility, divination, money. Non-Magical Uses: Often used to cover up other smells because of its pungent odor; diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed on the skin it helps with dry, chapped skin, acne, and varicose veins; it is also calming and can help relieve anxiety or restlessness. Spell: Sprinkle patchouli in your wallet or rub your wallet with the oil and imagine that your wallet is overflowing with money. As long as your wallet smells of patchouli, there will always be money in it.
Magical Uses: Self-confidence, dragon magic (visualization of them as guiding spirits). Non-Magical Uses: Helps to ease toothaches when the root is rubbed on the site of the pain; also tastes great in scrambled eggs. Spell: To increase self-confidence and drive to achieve certain goals, eat a dish with tarragon in it before bed so that the herb works its magic on you overnight.