Herbs beginning with “A”

by Ravemore

Acacia – Also called gum arabic. Protection, Psychic Powers. Burn with sandalwood to open psychic centers. Parts used: dried gum, leaves, wood.

Aconite – Also called wolfsbane, monkshood, blue rocket *POISON* Don’t ingest. Protection, Invisibility. Use this herb with great caution to consecrate the athame or ritual knife. Make an infusion with the leaves or root to banish prior energy from magical blades and to infuse it with protection. The root or leaves may be burned as incense for the same purpose. Gather the fresh flowers to make a tincture to refresh the power of the knives. Use an infusion as a magical wash for ritual tools or sacred space. Brings protection and magical watchfulness against negative energies in ritual. Wash a new cauldron in the infusion or burn aconite in its first fire. Used to invoke Cailleach. Wrap the seed in a lizard skin and carry to become invisible at will. Used to poison arrow tips in early times. Also as protection from and a cure for werewolves.

Agaric – Also called redcap, death angel, death cap. Fertility.

Agrimony – Also called Church steeples, cocklebur, stickwort, sticklewort. Protection, Sleep. Agrimony is best known for its sleep-inducing qualities, therefore it is excellent in dream pillows, especially mixed with mugwort. Enhances magical healing. A wash or oil increases effectiveness of all forms of ritual healing, psychic healing, or distance healing. Anoint hands with oil to cleanse auras. Creates a barrier against negative energies. Use if you feel to be under psychic attack. A counter-magic herb, it not only breaks hexes, but sends them back to the hexer.

Alfalfa – Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money. Brings in money and protects against financial misfortune. Harvest a small quantity at the full moon. Dry and burn in the cauldron. Place ashes in a magical amulet.

Allspice – Money, Luck, Healing.

Almond – Money, Prosperity, Wisdom. Use oil, wash, or incense to anoint magical wands or ritual candlesticks. (Almond wood makes excellent wands, especially for use in love magic). Excellent herbs for handfastings or other rituals of union. Also good for overcoming alcohol dependency. Almonds, leaves, and wood may be used in money magic. Placing almonds in your pocket will lead you to treasures.

Aloe – Also known as burn plant, medicine plant. Protection, Luck. Guards against evil influences and prevents household accidents. Plant aloe on the graves of loved ones to promote a peaceful existence until the deceased is reborn. Use for success in the world. Prevents feelings of loneliness.

Aloes, Wood – Also known as Lignum Aloes. Love, Spirituality.

Althea – Also known as marshmallow, sweet weed, wymote. Protection, Psychic Powers. Burn as incense or carry as a sachet for a good psychic power stimulator. A good “spirit puller.” It draws spirits into workings and rituals when placed on the altar. An aphrodisiac — make an oil from seeds gathered under the full moon to use on the genitals. An amulet made of the leaf or root worn near the genitals will accomplish the same ends.

Alyssum – Also known as Alison, Madwort. Protection, Moderating Anger.

Amaranth – Also known as Love-lies-bleeding, red cockscomb, velvet flower. Healing, Protection, Invisibility. Used in pagan burial rituals. Mends a broken heart.

Anemone – Also known as Meadow Anemone, Wind Flower, Pasque Flower. Health, Protection, Healing. Use the blossoms in all healing rituals. Grow red anemones in the garden to protect the garden and the home. Wrap flowers in a red cloth and wear or carry to prevent disease.

Anemone (Wood) – Also known as crowfoot, windflower. Healing.Used to invoke elemental air. Maturing flower is ideal nesting place for faeries. A charm against fevers. Use during rituals of death and dying.

Angelica – Also known as archangel, masterwort. Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions. Use in all protection and exorcism incense. Angelica protects in two ways: it creates a barrier against negative energy and fills you with good, radiant energy. Removes curses, hexes, or spells that have been cast against you. Enhances the aura. Gives a joyful outlook on life. Angelica nutritionally supports the digestive and respiratory systems.

Anise Seed – Also known as aniseed, anneys. Protection. Purification. Youth. Deals with inner, personal issues related to lack of fulfillment. Helps one to become more open to happiness and enjoy company of others. Put in dream pillows to protect from nightmares. Brings protection when traveling in the astral. Include anise in handfasting and wedding cakes.

Anise, Star – Also known as Chinese anise. Use to consecrate ritual cups and chalices. Powdered stars may be used as incense to invoke your Deities or banish negative energy. Used in death and dying rituals. Anise seeds act to remove excess mucus in the gastrointestinal area.

Apple – Also known as Silver bough, silver branch, tree of love. Love, Healing, Garden magic, Immortality. Use apple branches to make wands ideally suited for emotional and love magic. The apple branch will gain one admittance to the faery underworld. For healing, cut an apple into three pieces, rub on the afflicted part of the body, and bury outside. Do this during the waning moon to banish illness. Apples can be used for poppets or the apple wood carved into a poppet. Powder dried seeds and bark to burn as incense. (Caution: more than a few apple seeds can be poisonous). Apples are associated with the dead and Samhain, which is often called the Feast of Apples.

Apricot – Love. Use juice in love spells or potions. Eat fruit to obtain a sweet disposition. Leaves and flowers can be added to love sachets and the pits carried to attract love.

Arabic Gum – Also known as Arabic, Egyptian gum, Indian gum. Purifies evil. Add to incense for good vibrations. See Acacia.

Arbutus – Exorcism, Protection. Protects little children.

Arrow Root – Increases one’s good fortune and makes opportunity more visible on the horizon.

Asafoetida  – Also known as Devil’s dung, food of the gods. Exorcism, Purification, Protection. Horrid odor. Use with caution. Used by those seeking the mysteries of the Horned God. Helps us break free of our evil desires. Increases the power of any ritual.

Ash – Also known as Nion. Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health. An ash staff wards off evil. Healing wands should be made of ash wood. Carve poppets from the roots of the ash tree. Burning ash at Yule brings prosperity. Carry the leaves to gain love.

Aspen – Eloquence, Anti-Theft.

Aster – Also known as China Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Starwort. Use in love sachets, or carry the bloom to win love. Grow in the garden with a wish for love.

Avens – Also known as bennet, blessed herb, clove root, golden star, harefoot. Exorcism, Purification, Love. Brings protection to the home, kindred, and self. A whole root is needed for an amulet. Burn ground or cut root to promote blessings and keep out negativity.

Avocado – Also known as alligator pear. Love, Beauty, Lust. Grow a plant from the pit of an avocado to bring love into it. Wands made from avocado wood make potent all-purpose instruments.