Herbs beginning with “M”
Mace – Psychic Powers, Mental Powers.
Magnolia – Fidelity.
Maidenhair – Beauty, Love.
Mallow – Love, Protection, Exorcism.
Mandrake – Also known as herb of Circe, witches mannikin, wild lemon, sorcerer’s root *Poison* Protection, Love, Money, Fertility, Health. Few herbs are as steeped in magical lore as mandrake. It is associated with the most intense practices of magic and especially well suited for love magic. It has great power as a visionary herb. It empowers visions, providing the impetus to bring them into manifestation. It intensifies the magic of any situation. A whole mandrake root placed in the home will bring protection and prosperity. Carried, it will attract love. The human shape of the root makes it well suited for use as poppet. (Substitute ash roots, apples, root of the briony, or the American may apple if the cost is prohibitive). To prepare a dried mandrake, place it on the altar undisturbed for three days. Then place it in warm water overnight. The root will then be prepared and ready for any magical purpose.
Maple – Love, Longevity, Money.
Marigold – Also known as calendula, drunkard, marybud, marygold. Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers. Aids visionary sight and helps find stolen property by producing a vision of the thief in the mind and the location of the stolen property. Dried petals may be used alone or mixed with dried incense to consecrate divination tools. Petals may be macerated in sunflower oil to make an oil of consecration. Used in rituals of death and dying. Carry marigold petals with a bay leaf to quiet gossip.
Marjoram – Protection, Love, Happiness, Health, Money. Add to all love charms, place a piece in rooms for protection. Give to a grieving person to bring them happiness.
Mastic – Psychic Powers, Manifestations, Lust.
May Apple – Also known as American mandrake, duck’s foot, hog apple, raccoon berry *Poison* Money. Generally used as a substitution for European (true) mandrake. Its uses are practically identical, although the may apple is not related to the true mandrake.
Meadow Rue – Divination.
Meadowsweet – Love, Divination, Peace, Happiness. Protection against evil influences, promotes love, balance and harmony. Place meadowsweet on the altar when making love charms and conducting love spells to increase their potency.
Mesquite – Healing.
Mimosa – Protection, Love, Prophetic Dreams, Purification.
Mint – Money, healing, strength, augment power, luck, travel. Mint in tea form aids upset stomachs, flu, and can be used to ease hiccups. Inhalations of the leaves in boiling water is recommended for head colds and asthma. Mint tea used instead of aspirin is great for headaches, particularly pre menstrual headaches. Nervous headaches can be relieved if you lie in a dark room with fresh peppermint leaves on the forehead. Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems. An anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Ideal for treating indigestion, flatulence, varicose veins, headaches, migraines, skin irritations,rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue.
Mistletoe – Also known as Holly wood, Golden bough. Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism.
Moonwort – Money, Love.
Moss – Luck, Money.
Mugwort – Also known as Artemis herb, Artemisia, Felon herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Sailor’s Tobacco, St. John’s Plant. Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection. Use a wash or the oil to consecrate or anoint crystal balls or any tool of divination. Produces visionary dreams and is a prime ingredient in dream pillows. Keeps one safe from dark forces. Protects children. Incense brings protection. Carried, it brings loved ones safely home from journeys. A tonic for the soul, it keeps us aware of our spiritual direction. Burn with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying sessions. A mugwort infusion sweetened with honey will enhance divination. Carried, it also increases lust and fertility.
Mulberry – Courage, protection from wild animals, protection from evil spirits, cleansing of ritual places before and after working there. Also used for cleansing and purifying ritual tools and altars.
Mullein – Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Exorcism.
Mustard – Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers.
Myrrh – Purifying and protective incense for ritual areas. Can be used to consecrate tools. Excellent insect repellent and as a tincture it is good for bad breath and gum problems.
Myrtle – Myrtle has been used in love charms and spells throughout history. Grow indoors for good luck. Carry or wear Myrtle leaves to attract love, charms made of the wood have special magical properties. Wear fresh Myrtle leaves while making love charms, potions or during rituals for love.