Herbs beginning with “H”
Hawthorn – Fertility, Chastity, Fishing magic, Happiness.
Hazel – Luck, Fertility, Anti-Lightning, Protection, Wishes.
Heather – Also known as heath. Protection, Rain Making, Luck. Robert Graves said heather is “a suitable tree for the initiation of Scottish witches.” Brings one in touch with divinity and increases physical beauty. Wearing an amulet of the wood will bring a long physical life. A valuable herb for those who pursue initiatory paths. Unfolds the inner self. Carried, it will guard against rape or other violent crimes or just to bring good luck. (White heather is best here.) When burned with fern will attract rain.
Heliotrope – Exorcism, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Wealth, Invisibility.
Hellebore, Black – also known as Melampode *Poison* Protection. Provides an aura or mantle of invisibility. The safest use of this herb is to place pieces of the root or dried berries in an amulet or magic pouch. Used to bless farm animals and pets. Good for working with familiars *Do not breathe the fumes or ingest!
Hemlock – Also known as herb bennet, poison parsley, spotted hemlock, water parsley *Poison* Destroys sexual drive. Induces astral projection. Juice rubbed on magical blades empower and purify them. Used in medieval flying ointments.
Hemp – Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation.
Henbane – Also known as black nightshade, devil’s eye, henbells, poison tobacco, hogsbean *Poison* A love-bringing herb when worn. Traditionally used in ointments and brews. Induces delirium. Used with wisdom, it could be an excellent herb for consecrating ceremonial vessels. Attracts hares, therefore would be an excellent herb for those who raise rabbits.
Henna – Healing. Place on forehead to relieve headache. Attracts love if worn near the heart. Protects from illness and from evil eye. A body adornment. Henna mixed with olive oil, massaged on the penis at the rising and setting suns promotes virility.
Hibiscus – Lust, Love, Divination.
Hickory – Legal Matters.
High John the Conqueror – Money, Love, Success, Happiness.
Holly – Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream magic. One of the best protective herbs. The wood of the holly is very well suited for the handle of the ritual knife as it both attracts and repels energies. It is powerful when defense is needed in circle while preserving the gentleness within it. Holly water is sprinkled on newborn babies to protect them. Carried by men, it promotes luck. Decorate the house with it at Yule for good luck. After midnight on a Friday, without making a sound, gather nine holly leaves, preferably from a non-spiny plant (one that has smooth leaves). Wrap these up in a white cloth using nine knots to tie the ends together. Place this beneath your pillow, and your dreams will come true.
Honesty – Money, Repelling Monsters.
Honeysuckle – Also known as goat’s leaf, woodbine. Money, Psychic Powers, Protection. Ring green candles with honeysuckle flowers to attract money or place them in a vase in the house for the same purpose. Lightly crush flowers and rub on forehead to heighten psychic powers. The extracted oil is best for increasing spiritual sight. It enhances the understanding of images and impressions collected in the astral. Connects one with the mysteries of the Cauldron. In ritual, dried, powdered bark may be used as incense.
Hops – Healing, Sleep.
Horehound – Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing.
Horse Chestnut – Money, Healing.
Horseradish – Purification, Exorcism.
Horsetail – Snake Charming, Fertility.
Houseleek – Luck, Protection, Love.
Huckleberry – Luck, Protection, Dream magic, Hex Breaking.
Hyacinth – Love, Protection, Happiness.
Hydrangea – Hex Breaking.
Hyssop – Purification, Protection.