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Herbs You Can Find at Your Grocery Store

Look, we all know that some spells call for ridiculous herbs. If you’re not like me, you don’t have a witchcraft shop a few minutes from your house. Some of you are unlucky enough to live in a town where there’s no New Age/witchcraft shop, period. Ordering stuff online is no fun, especially when you’re in the broom closet. Here’s a list of herbs and their uses that you can find at your local grocery store, at your local florist, or outdoors in nature:

  • Acorn (found outdoors, in forests): good luck, protection, wisdom, and personal power. Can be used for tips of wands instead of a gemstone
  • All Spice: promotes determination and energy; used in spells/charms that involve money, luck, and healing; can create a healing herbal bath
  • Apple: tied to fertility gods; burned at Samhain in honour of those to be reborn in spring; apple cider can be used as a substitute for blood or wine
  • Basil: exorcism, protection, and love potions; sprinkled around house to ward off evil/negative spirits; brings good luck to people moving into a new home
  • Black Pepper: banish negativity and protection from evil; can be used in curses and exorcism
  • Cashew: healing and protection
  • Catnip: sacred to Bast; good for rituals involving cats or cat deities; love spells and charms; if grown near home it will attract positive spirits; luck charms
  • Chamomile: spells and charms to bring love, healing, and stress reduction; sprinkle around house for protection and to dispel curses; anti-anxiety and meditation (especially in teas); take a teabag of chamomile tea and place it in your bath as an infusion for relaxation; luck and attraction of wealth
  • Chilli Pepper: spells and charms to promote fidelity and love; used to spice up or heat up a relationship; can break curses/hexes; place around house to break negative spells cast on you or those in the home
  • Chives: protection and weight loss; mix in food with intent to promote weight loss or protect those who eat the food
  • Chrysanthemum (found at your local florist): protection; grow in garden to protect home; white is the best colour for this, but any colour will do
  • Cinnamon: spells and charms to draw money and prosperity; raising spirituality and promoting healing, success, protection and luck; can be used in love spells
  • Citronella (found in candles to repel mosquitoes, can be burned as a candle indoors): burn or use in charm to protect and cleanse your aura; encourages creativity and clears the mind
  • Clove: spells and charms for protection, money, love, and exorcism
  • Daffodil (found at your local florist):: love, fertility, and luck; keep in home or on altar to keep negative energy away
  • Daisy (found at your local florist): spells and charms for lust, love, and luck; associated with babies and newborns; place in nursery for protection; carry or wear to draw romance
  • Dandelion Leaf (found outdoors): summoning spirits, healing, purification, and defeating curses or negativity
  • Dandelion Root (found outdoors): used for divination and calling spirits; use in dream pillows for sleep protection
  • Epsom Salt (link to item in WalMart): add small amount to cauldron water to keep smoke down
  • Eucalyptus (found at your local florist, usually in leaf form; ask the florist for help): protection and healing; purification of any space; healing poppets or charms
  • Fern Leaf (found at your local florist): dispels negativity and promotes mental clarity; cleansing and purifying a space; place in rooms where you need to think, such as an office
  • Gardenia (found at your local florist): peace and healing; its dried flowers with other healing herbs bring comfort to one who is ill; place in potted plants in home to bring peace
  • Garlic: invoking Hekate; healing, protection, exorcism, and purification; guard against negative energy, harmful magick, spirits, or jealous of others
  • Ginseng: magick workings of love, beauty, protection, healing, and lust
  • Heather (found at your local florist): spells and charms for protection and luck
  • Hibiscus (found at your local florist): spells and charms to attract love and lust; divination and promoting dreams
  • Honeysuckle (found at your local florist): spells and charms to draw money, success, and wealth of material objects
  • Hyacinth (found at your local florist): sacred to Apollo; symbolizes homosexual love; attracting love, luck, and good fortune
  • Jasmine (found at your local florist): charms or burn flowers to draw wealth and money; brings inspiration, new ideas, and restful sleep; burn as incense to bring prophetic dreams.
  • Lavender (found at your local florist): protection, healing, love, sleep, purification, and peace
  • Lemon: cleansing; squeeze a lemon in water to create mixture that will remove negative energy
  • Lilac (found at your local florist or outdoors): wisdom, good luck, remembering past lives
  • Lime: protection, purification, peace of mind
  • Marigold (found at your local florist): aid in prophesy, legal matters, love, dreams, and business or legal affairs; fresh marigold will disperse negative energy
  • Mint: promotes energy, communication, and vitality; draws positive spirits wherever places; keep in pot (it will overtake your garden)
  • Nutmeg: attracts money/prosperity, and luck; spells and charms for protection, luck, and breaking hexes.
  • Oregano: brings happiness, strength, vitality, and energy
  • Pansy (found at your local florist): love charms or love magick
  • Parsnip: male sex magick
  • Peony: (found at your local florist): protection from hexes; brings good luck, good fortune, and prosperity; hang in home or plant near home for protection; the petals bring good things, but the seeds promote dissension and strife.
  • Peppermint: used in spells and incense for healing and purification; brings restful sleep; burn as incense in new home to clear out sickness and negative energy left by previous owners
  • Pomegranate: sacred to Aphrodite; aids in fertility
  • Poppy: charms and spells to promote fertility, prosperity, love, and abundance
  • Poppy Seeds: brings love and luck; relief from insomnia when used in sleep sachet; common ingredient in food magick
  • Primrose (found at your local florist): spells to promote disclosure of secrets and reveal truth; discourages dishonesty and secrecy
  • Rose Buds (found at your local florist): brings divine love, close friendships, domestic peace/happiness, and lasting relationships
  • Rose Hips (can be found in rose hip tea): healing spells/charms and mixtures; charms to bring good luck; calls good spirits during rituals
  • Rosemary: associated with the Fae; healing poppets for good health; love/lust spells; used in herbal baths for purification; burn as incense to purify and remove negative energy
  • Sage: burn for self purification and purification of an area; bundle dry or loose leaves to banish negativity/negative spirits; used in healing charms and incense
  • Sea Salt: represents earth; cleansing, purification, grounding, protection; use in water for asperging, consecration, and casting circles
  • Snapdragon Flower (found at your local florist): protection, exorcism, and purification
  • Spearmint: healing, love, and protection while sleeping
  • Thyme: spells and charms to attract loyalty, affection, and the good opinion of others; burn or use in charms and hang in home to banish and purify; bring home to attract good health for all occupants of house; use in dream pillows to prevent nightmares and bring restful sleep
  • Venus Flytrap (found at your local florist): love and protection magick; aids in protection of home
  • White Sage: burn for purification or cleansing of space
  • White Willow Bark (found outdoors): guards against negativity/negative spirits; healing spells
  • Willow (found outdoors): associated with water; protection, divination, inspiration, healing, fertility, love, grief, and death; can be made into wands used for intuition, dreams, visions, and inspired writing or images; associated with anything water is associated with

(Credit for Properties of Herbs)