This is my 'database' of herbs and botanicals - herbs having flavouring and medicinal purposes (i.e. basil), and botanicals being all those other plants (i.e. eucalyptus). But, for continuity, I'm calling them all botanicals. There are also links to my pages on harvesting herbs/botanicals and drying  them for storage, and also on ways you can actually prepare them so they're useful in ritual.

Drying Herbs

Using Botanicals

This list contains the common name/s, species name (where available) and magickal uses of botanicals. Remember that some of them are toxic when prepared in certain ways so BE CAREFUL! I found a few examples of toxic plants, but I certainly don't have all of them. I've also highlighted some Australian native options in yellow.

~ NOTE ~

I am not a doctor! Please don't use any of these preparations unless you are SURE you aren't allergic to them and that they aren't toxic when prepared that way! This is meant as a guide to the magickal/ritual uses of botanicals, not as healthcare advice!

Got any suggestions or corrections? Let me know!

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A

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Acacia (wattle)

Acacia senegal

Protection, psychic enhancement, tranquillity

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Agrimony

Agrimonia eupatoria

Protection, reversing/breaking hexes, sleep

Breaks hexes and sends them back to the hexer.

Alfalfa

Medicago sativa

Fertility, abundance

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Allspice

Pimenta officinalis

Communication, compassion, determination, energy, healing, money, luck

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Almond

Amygdalus communis

Compassion, fertility, money, prosperity, wisdom

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Aloe

Aloe vera

Preventing fire/heat accidents, healing

When kept in the kitchen helps prevent fire/burns

Angelica

Angelica archangelica

Protection, exorcism

Sprinkle the perimeter of your property/house to ward off evil. Added to the bath Angelica removes any spells cast against you.

Aniseed (Anise)

Pimpinella anisum

Consecration, divination, prevent nightmares, protection, purification, youth

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Anise, Star

Illicium verum

Consecration, banishing negativity

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Apple

Malus sp.

Love, friendship, immortality

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Apricot

Prunus armeniaca

Love

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Ash

Fraxinus sp.

Protection, prosperity, health

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Avocado

Persea americana

Love, beauty

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B

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Balm of Gilead

Populus balsamifera

Inspiration, knowledge, new love, mend broken heart, protection, strength

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Banana

Musa

Fertility, potency, prosperity

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Basil

Ocimum sp.

Clairvoyance, divination, exorcism, harmony, honesty, love, protection, psychic development, purification, wealth

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Bay

Laurus nobilis

Wisdom, protection, clairvoyance, purification

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Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

Hex-breaking, money

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Birch

Betula sp.

Protection, purification, exorcism

The witch's broom was traditionally made from birch twigs.

Blackberry

Rubus fruticosus

Dispel and protect from disease

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Blueberry

Vaccinium myrtillus

Protection

When kept in the kitchen helps prevent fire/burns

Brazil nut

Bertholletia excelsa

Love

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C

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Cactus

Various

Protection, chastity

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Camphor

Cinnamomum camphora

Awakens past life memories, stimulates psychic awareness

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Caraway

Carum carvi

Protection, lust, health, mental powers

When carried, the herb is known to protect against all forms of negative or evil spirits. To attract a partner, add to sachets

Carnation

Dianthus carophyllus

Protection, strength, healing, vitality

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Carob

Ceratonia siliqua

Protection, health

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Carrot

Daucus carota

Fertility, lust

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Cashew

Anacardium occidentale

Money, communication

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Catnip

Nepeta cataria

Cat magick, attracts good spirits, love, luck, beauty, celebration

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Cayenne pepper

Capsicum annuum

Health, cleansing

Helps digestion and cardiovascular health

Cedar

Cedarus sp.

Healing, courage, purification, protection, money, hex-breaking

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Celery

Apium graveolens

Mental/psychic powers, lust

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Chamomile

Matricaria recutita

Sleep, meditation, money, love, purification, luck

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Cherry

Prunus avium

Divination, love

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Chestnut

Fagaceae castanea

Love

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Cinnamon

Cinnamomum verum

Healing, knowledge, love, lust, power, protection, psychic awareness, spirituality, success

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Clove

Eugenia caryophyllata

Money, love, lust, exorcism, protection

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Clover

Trifolium pratense

Protection, money, love, fidelity, success, exorcism

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Coconut

Cocos nucifera

Purification, protection, chastity

 

Comfrey

Symphytum officinale

Healing, money, travel safety

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Coriander

Coriandrum sativum

Love, lust

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Corn

Zea mays

Protection, luck, divination, money

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Cucumber

Cucumis sativus

Chastity, healing, fertility

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Cumin

Cuminum cyminum

Protection, exorcism, fidelity

Scatter on the floor with salt to drive out evil

Curry powder

n/a

Protection

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Cypress

Cupressus sempervirens

Comfort, easing feelings of loss, longevity, healing, protection

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D

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale

Divination, wishes, calling spirits

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Dill

Anethum graveolens

Love, lust, money

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E

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Elder

Sambucus nigra

Protection, releases spells, knowledge

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Endive

Chichorium intibus

Lust, love

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Eucalypt

Eucalyptus sp.

Healing, protection

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F

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Fertility, protection, healing, purification

Hang above windows and doors or carry to ward off evil spirits and negativity.

Fenugreek

Trigonella foenum-graecum

Money

To attract money into the house, add a few fenugreek seeds or fenugreek infusion to the mop water.

Fern

Various

Rain-making, protection, luck, riches, eternal youth, health, exorcism

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Fig

Ficus sp.

Divination, fertility, love

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Frankincense

Boswellia thurifera

Exorcism, luck, meditation, courage, protection

Burn to protect, purify, and consecrate, to aid meditation, induce visions and to enhance spiritual growth.

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G

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Galangal

Alpinia galanga

Alpinia officinarum

Luck, money, hex-breaking, protection

Place together with silver in a sachet of leather to attract money.

Gardenia

Rubiaceae gardenia

 Love, peace, healing, spirituality

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Garlic

Allium sativum

Healing, protection, purification

Ropes of garlic are used to ward off evil

Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Courage, love, lust, power, success

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba

Contacting spirits

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Ginseng

Panax sp.

Love, wishes, healing, beauty, protection

Ginseng is often substituted for mandrake

Grape

Vitis sp.

Fertility, garden magick, mental powers, money

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H

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Hazel

Corylus sp.

Mental powers

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Heliotrope

Heliotropium arborescens

Money, gaining power

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Hemlock

Conium maculatum

Astral projection, purification

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus sp.

Love, lust, divination

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Holly

Ilex sp.

Protection, luck, dreams

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Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum

Money, psychic awareness, memory, healing, honesty

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Hops

Humulus sp.

Healing, sleep

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Hyacinth

Hyacinthus nonscriptus

Love, protection

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Hyssop

Hyssopus sp.

Purification, protection

Use in purification baths or hung up in the home to cleanse it of evil and negativity. To cleanse a person/object, sprinkle with an infusion.

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I

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Iris

Iris sp.

Purification, wisdom

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Irish moss

Chondrus crispus

Money, safe travel

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Ivy

Hedera sp.

Protection, healing

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J

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Jasmine

Jasminum sp.

Love, money, sleep, dreams

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John the Conqueror (root)

Ipomoea jalapa

Money, love, happiness, hex-breaking, protection

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Juniper

Juniperus sp.

Protection, anti-theft, exorcism

Hang above the door or windows to protect against evil forces or theft

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L

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Lavender

Lavendula officinale

Love, sleep, purification, happiness, peace

Burn to induce sleep or rest, or scatter around the home to maintain peace and happiness

Leek

Allium ampeloprasum

Love, protection, exorcism

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Lemon

Citrus limonum

Longevity, moon magick, purification, love, friendship, mental clarity

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Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Health, success, love

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Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citratus

Lust, psychic powers

Cymbopogon ambiguus - Australian lemon-scented grass

Lemon verbena

Aloysia triphylla

Purification, love

add to purification baths

Lime

Citrus sp.

Healing, love, protection

Some Australian native limes exist

Liquorice root

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Lust, love

Liquorice sticks make useful wands

Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

Protection, banishing

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Lily of the Valley

Convallaria majalis

Peace, harmony, love

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Lotus (Tiger lotus, Egyptian water lily)

Nymphaea lotus

Spirituality, love, protection

Ancient Egyptians held this plant sacred and often used it as an offering to the gods. Lotus carried or worn is said to ensure the blessings of the gods and good luck. Seeds and pods are used as an antidote to love spells

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M

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Mace

Myristica sp.

Psychic abilities, luck

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Magnolia

Magnolia sp.

Peace, nature spells

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Mandrake

Podophyllum pelatum

Protection, power, magick, fertility, money, love

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Maple

Acre sp.

Love, longevity

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Marigold

Calendula officianis

Protection, legal matters, psychic powers

Marigold flowers strung in a garland placed at the doors will stop evil entering the house

Marjoram

Origanum majorana

Protection, health, money

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Mint

Mentha spicata

Money, protection

To attract money, place a few leaves in your purse or wallet, or rub where money is kept. Mix with rosemary, marjoram, salt and water and sprinkle to rid a place of evil. 7 species native to Australia

Mistletoe

Viscum album

Protection, love, fertility, health, exorcism

All purpose herbs, favoured by Druids

Morning Glory

Ipomeoa sp.

Happiness, peace

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Mugwort (Wormwood, St. John's Wort)

Artemisia vulgaris

Divination, clairvoyance, psychic powers, protection

Contains the toxin thujone, which is harmful in large doses

Mustard

None

Fertility, protection

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Mustard seeds

Sinapis alba

Purification

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Myrrh resin

Commiphora myrrha

Exorcism, healing, purification

Used in consecration and blessing of objects

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N

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Nettle

Urtica incisa

Exorcism, protection, healing, lust

Australian native nettle

Nutmeg

Myristica sp.

 Divination, health, luck, money, psychic awareness, prosperity

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O

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Oak

Quercus sp.

Protection, health, money, healing, potency, fertility, luck, strength

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Oats

n/a

Money

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Olive

Olea europaea sp.

Healing, peace, fertility, protection, potency

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Onion

Allium cepa

Fertility, psychic powers, dreams

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Orange

Citrus sp.

Divination, love, luck, money

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Orris root

Iris germanica, Iris florentina, Iris pallida

Divination

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P

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Parsley

Retroselinum sativum

Purification, protection

Parsley is often used in purification baths

Papaya

Carica papaya

Love, protection

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Passion flower

Passiflora incarnata

Peace, friendship

Closely related to passionfruit

Patchouli

Pogostemon cablin

Fertility, lust, money

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Pea

Pisum sativum

Money, love

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Peach

Prunus persica

Love, exorcism, longevity, fertility, wishes

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Pear

Pyrus sp.

Love

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Pecan

Carya illinoinensis

Money, employment

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Pennyroyal

Mentha pulegium

Protection, peace, strength

Known as a herb of peace

Pepper, Black

Piper nigrum

Protection, strength, lust

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Peppermint

Mentha piperita

Divination, psychic powers, love, lust

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Persimmon

Diospyros sp.

Healing, luck

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Pine

Pinus sp.

Healing, protection, fertility, exorcism, money

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Pineapple

Ananas comosus

Luck, money, chastity

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Pistachio

Pisacia vera

Breaking love spells

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Plum

Prunus subg. Prunus sp.

Love, protection

Australian native plums exist

Pomegranate

Punica granatum

Divination, luck, fertility, wealth, wishes

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Popcorn

n/a

Wishes, luck, prosperity

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Poppy

Family: Papaveraceae

Love, lust, sleep, fertility

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Potato

Solanum tuberosum

Healing

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Primrose

Primula vulgaris

Protection, love

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Q

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Quassia

Quassia sp.

Love

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R

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Radish

Raphanus sativus sp.

Protection

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Raspberry

Rubus idaeus

Love, protection

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Rhubarb

Rheum rhabarbarum

Protection, fidelity

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Rice

Oryza sativa, Oryza glaberrima

Protection, rain, money, fertility

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Rose

Rosa sp.

Love, psychic powers, healing, divination, luck, protection, beauty

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Rose Hips

Rosa canina

Love

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Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

Protection, memory, consecration, mental powers, youth, love, lust, purification, sleep, exorcism 

When hung over doors rosemary is said to keep thieves away. Used in purification baths

Rowan (Mountain Ash)

Sorbus subg. Sorbus sp.

Protection, psychic powers, magickal power, success

Eucalyptus regnans is also sometimes called Mountain Ash

Rue

Ruta graveolens

Curse-breaker, healing, love, mental powers

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Rye

Secale cereale

Love, fidelity

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S

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Sage

Salvia officinalis

Wisdom, prosperity, healing, longevity

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Sandalwood

Santalum sp.

Spirituality, protection, wishes, eealing, exorcism

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Sassafras

Sassafras albidum,
Sassafras tzumu

Health, money

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St. Johns Wort (Mugwort, Wormwood)

Artemisia vulgaris

Divination, clairvoyance, psychic powers, protection

 This herb is often dried over midsummer fires and hung near the window to protect against evil spirits

Sesame

Sesamum indicum

Money, lust

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Spearmint

Mentha spicata

Healing, love, mental powers, money

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Strawberry

Fragaria x ananassa

Love, luck, beauty, divination

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Sugarcane

Saccharum sp.

Love, lust, sympathy

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Sunflower

Helianthus annuus

Fertility, wishes, health, wisdom

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T

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Tangerine

Citrus reticulata

Psychic powers, mental powers

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Tea

Camellia sinensis

Riches, courage, strength, health

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Tea tree

Melaleuca alternifolia

Healing

Australian native tree

Thistle

Silybum sp.

Strength, protection, healing, exorcism, hex-breaking

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Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Health, healing, sleep, psychic powers, love purification, courage

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Tobacco

Nicotiana sp.

Healing, purification

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Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum

Prosperity, protection, love

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Tumeric/Turmeric

Curcuma longa

Purification

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Turnip

Brassica rapa

Protection, ending relationships

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V

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Valerian

Valeriana officinalis

Love, sleep, purification, protection

Powdered Valerian root is often used as a substitute for 'graveyard dust' when called for due to its protective qualities

Vanilla

Vanilla planifolia

Magickal powers, mental powers, love, lust, rejuvenation

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Vervain (Verbena)

Verbena officinalis

Love, protection, purification, peace, money, youth, chastity, sleep, healing

One of the Seven Sacred Herbs of the Druids

Violet

Viola odorata

Beauty, wishes, peace, love, luck, lust, protection, transformation

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W

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Walnut

Juglans sp.

Health, mental powers, infertility, wishes

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Wheat

Triticum sp.

Fertility, money

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Willow

Salix alba

Protection, love, healing, love divination

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Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Protection, healing

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Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginica

Cooling passions, healing broken hearts, protection

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Y

Common Name/s

Scientific Name

Magickal Properties

Notes

Yarrow (Arrow Root)

Achillea millefolium

Courage, happy marriage, love, psychic powers, exorcism, longevity

Sacred to Achilles

Ylang Ylang

Cananga odorata

Faery magick, love, lust, peace

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