Herbs beginning with “C”

by Ravemore

Cactus – (all species) Protection, Chastity. Cactus spines are sometimes used in witche’s bottles.

Calamus – Also known as myrtle flag, sweet cane, sedge, sweet flag, sweet grass, sweet sedge *POISON* Luck, Healing, Money, Protection. String beads and wear for healing. Use powdered root in incense and sachets. Used to strengthen and bind spells. Growing the plant brings good luck.

Camellia – Brings riches and luxury. Place fresh blossoms in water on alter during money and prosperity riches.

Camphor  – Chastity, Health, Divination. A bag of camphor hung around the neck keeps flu and colds away. Use in divinatory incense.

Caraway  – Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-Theft, Mental Powers. Any object which holds some caraway seeds is theft-free. Induces lust when baked into breads, cookies, or cakes. The seeds strengthen the memory.

Cardamom  – Lust, Love. Add ground seeds to warmed wine for a quick lust potion. Bake in apple pies and add to sachets and incense to induce love.

Carnation – Also known as jove’s flower, gillies, gilliflower, sops-in-wine. Protection, Strength, Healing. Use in all-purpose protection spells. Gives strength and energy to the sick. Place fresh carnation on the altar during healing spells and add dried flowers to healing sachets and incense.

Carob – Also known as caroba, carobina, carobinha. Protection, Health. Wear or carry.

Carrot  – Fertility, Lust. Women should eat the seeds to become pregnant. Eat carrots to promote lust and cure impotence.

Cascara Sagrada – Also known as sacred bark. Legal Matters, Money, Protection. Sprinkle infusion around your home before going to court. It will help you win your case.

Cashew – Money.

Castor – Also known as palma christi, palms christi root *POISON* Protection.

Catnip – Also known as catmint, cat’s wort, field balm, nepeta, nip, catnep. Cat magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness. Give to your cat to create a psychic bond between the two of you. Use in love sachets with rose petals. Attracts good spirits and great luck. Used in beauty and happiness spells. Large pressed leaves are used for bookmarks in magician texts. Mix with dragon’s blood in an incense to rid oneself of bad habits or behavioral problems.

Cattail  – Lust. Carry if you don’t like sex, but want to.

Cedar  – Healing, Purification, Money, Protection. The smoke is purifying and chases away bad dreams. Keep a piece in the wallet to draw money and in all money incense. Add to love sachets and Burn for psychic powers.

Celandine – Also known as devil’s milk, kenning wort, swallow-wort, tetterwort. Protection, Escape, Happiness, Legal Matters. Aids in escaping unwarranted imprisonment or entrapment. Wear next to the skin and replace every three days. Cures depression, brings happiness when worn. Wear to court to win the favor of the jury.

Celery  – Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers. Chew seeds to aid concentration or in dream pillows to induce sleep. Burned with orris root, seeds increase psychic powers. Eat stalk to induce lust.

Centaury – Also known as christ’s ladder, feverwort. Burn to drive off snakes.

Chamomile – Also known as ground apple, roman camomile, maythn, whig plant. Money, Sleep, Love, Purification. Sprinkle around property to remove curses and spells cast against you.

Cherry – Also known as sweet cherry. Love, Divination.

Chestnut – Love.

Chickweed – Also known as adder’s mouth, starweed, starwort, stitchwort, tongue grass. Fertility, Love.

Chicory – Also known as succory, wild cherry, wild succory. Removing Obstacles, Invisibility, Favors, Frugality. Carry to remove all obstacles that might crop up in your life. Rub juice on body to obtain favors from great persons.

Chili Pepper – Also known as red pepper. Fidelity, Hex Breaking, Love.

China Berry *POISON* Carry seeds for luck and to bring change into your life.

Chrysanthemum – Also known as mum. Protection. Promotes mental health. Use in rituals of death and dying.

Cinnamon – Also known as sweet wood. Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust, Protection, Love. Empower with tourmaline. Enhancing skills of prophecy through channeling, working through an oracle, or through divination. When burned as an incense, it raises high spiritual vibrations. Aids in healing. Draws money. Stimulates psychic power and produces protective vibrations. Great in sachets and amulets.

Cinquefoil – Also known as crampweed, five finger blossom, five finger grass, goosegrass, silverweed, potentilla. The five points of the leaves represent love, money, health, power, and wisdom. If carried, all these will be granted. Good for love magic and to promote an abundant harvest. Contains the energy to manifest one’s ideas. An ingredient in mediaeval flying ointments.

Citron – Psychic Powers, Healing.

Clove  – Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money. Burn as an incense. Worn or carried, they attract the opposite sex.

Clover – Also known as shamrock, trefoil, three-leaved grass. Protection, Love, Money, Fidelity, Exorcism, Success.

Coconut – Purification, Protection, Chastity.

Coffee – Ritual stimulant.

Cohosh, Black – Also known as black snake root, bugbane, squawroot. Love, Courage, Protection, Potency.

Coltsfoot – Also known as ass’s foot, British tobacco, bull’s foot, butterbur, Coughwort. Use in love sachets and spells of peace and tranquility. Love, Visions.

Columbine – Love, Courage. Rub on hands for courage and daring or carry it. Seeds can be used in love perfume. Pulverize seeds and rub on hands to attract love. Practitioners of animal magic, or those wishing to invoke the protection of a power through the realm of birds may work with this herb.

Comfrey – Also known as boneset, bruisewort, knit back, knit bone, slippery root. Good for any magical healing. Worn or carried, it ensures safety during travel. The root is used in money spells.

Copal  – Love, Purification. Added to love and purification incense. A piece of copal can represent the heart in poppets.

Coriander – Also known as Chinese parsley, cilantro. Love, Health, Healing. Used in love sachets and spells. Add the powdered seeds to warm wine to make a lust potion. Protects gardeners and all in their households. Gather at harvest and hang in the home for protection. The seeds promote peace between people who are unable to get along. Use it in drinks or crushed in incense. Helps one find romance. Throw instead of rice at handfastings or add to the handfasting cake.

Corn – Also known as maize. Protection, Luck, Divination. Represents fertility and it teaches the mystery of life, death, and rebirth.

Cornflower – Also known as blue bottle, bluecap, bluet. Patron herb of herbalists. Blue leaves make a lovely ink for Book of Shadows.

Cotton – Luck, Healing, Protection, Rain, Fishing magic. Place cotton on an aching tooth to take away pain. Planted or scattered in yard, it keeps ghosts away. Burning cotton causes rain.

Cowslip – Also known as arthritica, fairy cup, lady’s key, buckles. Healing, Youth, Treasure Finding. Place it beneath the front porch to discourage visitors. Preserves youth, and restores it when lost. The odor is healing, and holding a bunch will locate hidden treasure.

Crocus – Burn in a censor with alum to see a vision of the thief who robbed you. Love, Visions.

Cucumber – Also known as cowcucumber. Chastity, Healing, Fertility. Cooling and soothing to the psyche. Slices laid on eyes assists astral travel. Fruit hinders lust. Peel on head relieves pain of headache.

Cumin – Also known as cumino, cumino aigro. Protection, Fidelity, Exorcism, Anti-theft. Burned with frankincense for protection and scattered on the floor (sometimes with salt) to drive out evil. Used in love spells. When given to a lover, promotes fidelity. Cumin seed steeped in wine makes a lust potion.

Curry  – Protection. Burn the specific plant, not the mixture of spices, to repel evil at night.

Cyclamen – Also known as groundbread, sow bread, swine bread. Fertility, Protection, Happiness, Lust. Add to handfasting or wedding cake.

Cypress – Also known as Tree of Death. Longevity, Healing, Comfort, Protection. Wear at time of crisis. Taken to funerals, eases grief and calms the mind. Throw a sprig of cypress into a grave to give the deceased luck and love in the hereafter.