Herbs beginning with “B”

by Ravemore

Bachelor’s Buttons – Also known as devil’s flower, red campion. Love. Women wear this flower on their breast to attract love.

Balm, Lemon – Also known as bee balm, lemon basalm, Melissa, sweet balm, sweet Melissa. Love. Success. Healing, especially for those with mental or nervous disorders. Use in love charms and spells to attract a partner. Gives energy to make one more desirable to the opposite sex.

Balm of Gilead – Also known as balsam tree. Love, Manifestations, Protection, Healing. Carry the buds to mend a broken heart. Also steep them in red wine for a love potion. One of the best forms of magical oils to be used to dress candles in magical healing.

Bamboo – Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes. Excellent for magic wands. Crush the wood to a powder and burn for protection or grow by the house for good fortune.

Banana – Fertility. Cures impotency. Use leaves, flowers, and fruits in prosperity and money spells.

Banyan – Also known as Indian fig tree, vada tree. Luck.

Barley – Love, Healing, Protection. Use the grain or barley water in love spells.

Basil – Also known as Witches herb, American dittany, St. Joseph’s herb. Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection. Causes sympathy between two people and soothes tempers between lovers. Add to love sachets and incense. Place on doorsill of business to attract customers. Use when invoking fire elementals or communing with dragons. Also used for courage.

Bay – Also known as bay laurel, laurel, sweet bay. Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength. Used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews. Place leaves under pillow for prophetic dreams. Burn to cause vision. Attracts love and romance. Use to consecrate musical instruments. Bay leaves impart strength to athletes. Write wishes on bay leaves and burn.

Bean – Protection, Exorcism, Wart Charming, Reconciliations, Potency, Love. Used in rattles, they scare away bad spirits. Rub a dried bean on warts during the waning Moon. As you do so, say “As this bean decays, So wort, fall away!”

Bedstraw – Worn or carried to attract love.

Beech – Wishes.

Beet – Love. Use as an ink in love magic, also as a blood substitute.

Belladonna – Also known as banewort, witches berry, sorcerer’s berry, deadly nightshade, death’s herb, devil’s cherries *Poison* Highly toxic. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous. Encourages astral projection and produces visions, but belladonna is best avoided. A primary ingredient in flying ointments. Used in funeral rituals to purify the circle, helping the deceased to let go and move forward. Gather berries when they are ripe (around Samhain.) Store with onyx. As every part of the plant is extremely poisonous, neither leaves, berries, nor root should be handled if there are any cuts or abrasions on the hands. The root is the most poisonous, the leaves and flowers less so. Though so powerful in its action on the human body, the plant seems to affect some of the lower animals but little. Rabbits, sheep, goats and swine eat the leaves with impunity, and birds often eat the seeds without any apparent effect, but cats and dogs are very susceptible to the poison. — Grieve’s Modern Herbal (4)

Benzoin – Purification, Prosperity. Provides focus. Enhances concentration. Useful in astral travel (protects spirit while travelling). Promotes generosity. Brings increased success to any magical working or to attain magical goals. Used as a base for incense. Make an incense of benzoin, cinnamon, and basil to attract customers to your place of business.

Bergamot, Orange – Also known as orange mint, bergamot. Money. Put leaves in wallet or purse to attract money. Rub fresh leaves on money before spending.

Be-Still – Also known as trumpet flower, yellow oleander *POISON* Wear beans as a talisman to attract luck.

Betony, Wood – Also known as bishopwort, lousewort, purple betony. Protection, Purification, Love. Placed under the pillow, it shields the sleeper from dreams. Throw in the Midsummer fire and jump through the smoke to purify the body. Very powerful in its ability to protect against dark and evil energy.

Birch – Protection, Exorcism, Purification. The traditional broom of the witch is made from birch twigs.

Bistort – Also known as dragonwort, snakeweed, sweet dock. Psychic Powers, Fertility. Carry bistort if you wish to conceive. Burn with frankincense to increase psychic powers or when using divination. Add to money and wealth incense.

Bittersweet – Protection, Healing.

Blackberry- Healing, Money, Protection. Bake blackberry pies at Lammas. Use leaves and berries in spells of wealth. Dry fruit and powder it for use in magical healing potions. Weave pentagrams from the brambles to hang in the home for protection.

Bladderwrack – Also known as kelp, sea spirit, seawrack. Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells, Money, Psychic Powers. Fill a small jar with whiskey, add kelp and cap tightly. Place in kitchen window to ensure a steady flow of money in the household.

Bleeding Heart – Love. When grown, the plant brings love. Lore: crush the flower. If the juice is red, your love has a heart full of love for you. If it is white, he or she does not.

Bloodroot – Also known as king root, red root *POISON* Love, Protection, Purification. Wear or carry the root to draw love and to avert evil spells and evil.

Bluebell – Also known as harebell. Luck, Truth. Anyone who wears a bluebell is compelled to tell the truth in all matters. Plant on graves. Comforts those left behind.

Blueberry – Also known as bilberry. Protection. Keeping blueberries under the doormat will keep away undesirables. Eat blueberry pie when under attack. This gets the protection inside you and increases the herb’s protectiveness.

Blue Flag – Also known as iris, liver lily, poison lily, flag lily, fleur-de-lys *POISON* Money. Carry the root for financial gain. Place in a business to increase income.

Bodhi – Also known as bo-tree, peepul tree, pipul. Fertility, Protection, Wisdom, Meditation.

Boneset – Also known as Indian sage, feverwort, sweating plant, teasel, wood boneset. Protection. Exorcism.

Borage – Courage. Drink a tea for psychic powers. No matter how difficult the times, borage will always lift spirits.

Bracken – Healing, Rain magic, Prophetic Dreams. If bracken is burned outside, rain will fall. Place the root under the pillow and solutions to problems will appear in dreams. Also used for fertility and protection.

Brazil Nut – Carry as a talisman for love.

Briony – Also known as wild hops, wild vine, wood vine, gout root, mad root, snake grape. Image Magic, Money, Protection.Often used as a substitute for the rare mandrake root in poppet magic. Money placed near briony root will increase, as long as it is left there. Hang in houses to protect against bad weather.

Bromeliad – Also known as chameleon star, Earth star. Protection, Money. Grow in the home for protection, money, and luxuries.

Broom – Also known as besom, basam, broom tops, Irish broom, Scotch broom *POISON* Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination. Makes an excellent ritual or handfasting broom. Use to create sacred space. Blooms bring good fortune and plenty. To raise the winds, throw broom into the air while invoking the spirits of the Air. To calm the winds, burn broom and bury the ashes. An infusion sprinkled throughout the house Used to exorcise poltergeists.

Buchu – Also known as buku, oval buchu, short buchu. Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams. Drink to foretell the future. Mix with frankincense and burn before sleep for prophetic dreams (only a small amount in the bedroom).

Buckthorn – Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters.

Buckwheat – Also known as beechwheat, French wheat, Saracen corn. Money, Protection. Form magic circles with the flour for protection. Add a few grains to money incense and keep in the kitchen to guard against poverty.

Burdock – Also known as beggar’s buttons, cockleburr, great burdock. Protection, Healing.