Wiccan plants and herbs and their use in wicca
Since the Wiccan cult is a religion where witchcraft and occultism play an important role, plants and herbs are a very essential part of the worship. From the ancient practitioners of this cult to the current followers, the relationship and the link with the variety of herbs have been and continues to be an essential characteristic within Wiccan beliefs. Their uses and significances are enormous and unavoidable. Here I will talk about some of the most used plants and herbs, the most popular elements of nature that Wiccans use when casting a spell, preparing a potion, or even carrying out a sacred ritual.
Wormwood: It is also called Absinthe, and it has a list of very interesting proprieties and usages. The wormwood is associated with the planet Mars, the element of fire, and the deities of Iris, Diana, and Artemis. It´s a poisonous plant and its magical uses are related to love, psychological powers, and the evocation of some spirits. The most common way of using the wormwood is by burning it. Its scientific name is Artemisia Absinthium.
Garlic: receives the scientific name of Allium Sativum. The most popular power of garlic is healing. Besides, it has some other features and usages, such as sexual desire, exorcism, and purge. Garlic is related to the fire element and the goddess Hecate. To cure an illness, garlic is rubbed against the affected part of the body and then thrown into the water. Always carry a clove of garlic offers protection against theft.
Cinnamon: It is closely related to the sun and the deities of Venus and Aphrodite. Since it is a plant of fire, the cinnamon is most likely to burn. This way we can get its powers of success, love, protection, healing, and inwardness. It also helps with financial status and money. However, cinnamon can be prepared as a tea, and it will work too.
Camphor: The Cinnamomum Camphora is a plant of water elements. It helps with chastity, health, and fortune-telling. Related to the moon, camphor prevents some illnesses, such as flues and colds by wearing a bag filled with camphor hanging in your neck, the same thing as a necklace.
Cotton: is a plant that helps with luck, protection, and healing. Its scientific name is Gossypium Barbadense, its planet is the moon and its natural element is earth. Burning some cotton may attract rain, and putting some of it inside your sugar bowl will bring good luck. Very helpful with a lost love.
Laurel: The herb of Eros, Apollo, and Ceres. This is a herb that works to get purification, strength, protection, and psychic powers. Laurel is used to preparing potions of wisdom and clear-sightedness. When making an exorcism, this herb should burn and spread its fume through all of the rooms.
Apple: this fruit is from the planet of Venus, and its gods are Dionysus, Olwen, Apollo, Hera, Antennae, Aphrodite, Diana, Zeus, and Iduna. The Altars of Wicca are filled with Apples in Samhain since it was considered as food for the dead. Apples also help with love and healing, that not to mention that they are used to fabricate magic wands that are mostly used in love rituals. It receives the scientific name of Malus Domestica.
Patchouli: the main power of this plant is related to money and prosperity. Patchouli is mostly used in spellings and rituals to attract good luck with financial affairs. Its planet is Saturn, its element is earth and other of its qualities is the fruitfulness. The tradition says that Patchouli causes sexual desire.
Willow: the willow is a bush from the moon and its qualities help with love fortune-telling, healing and protection, and love itself. Willow leaves are used in some mixtures to attract love, and the wood is used to make magic wands dedicated to moon magic. Always carrying a willow branch protects from bad energies. It has many different deities, such as Persephone, Artemis, Ceres, Mercury, Hecate, and others.
Verbena: its scientific name is Verbena Officinalis, and its powers and qualities are related to peace, protection, love, youthfulness, dreaming, and healing. Any part of this plant can be used as a personal amulet, and it is spread to bring peace and to calm strong and overwhelming thoughts and emotions. Its deities are Mars, Isis, Jupiter, Juno, and Thor, and its planet is Venus, which is also one of its deities.
Clover: is the famous lucky plant. The tradition says that finding a four-leaf clover will bring good luck and success with your projects and wishes. Clover helps with money, loyalty, love, success, and even exorcism. The white clover drives off any malign spelling, the red one added to bath water works directly about money. Also finding a two-leaf clover means that true love is coming soon. Clovers are related to some gods, such as Rowen.
Rue: some of its magical uses are about health, mental powers, healing, and purge. When added to bathwater, rue cuts off any negative spelling. Smelling some fresh sprigs of rue clears the mind about love affairs and improves mental processes. It also helps with headaches if you put a single twig in your forehead. Further, rue is used in exorcisms by mixing it with other incenses. The smoke of this plant cleans and purifies your house from negative energies and it can even undo spells. Its scientific name is Ruta graveolens.
Pink: this flower is more related to mental powers, love, luck, protection, and healing. Its element is water and it has always been used in love mixtures thanks to its association with emotions and deep feelings. Drink a tea made from pink buds before sleeping induces prophetic dreams. Its petals are also used in lucky mixtures. Carrying with some petals ensures some personal protection. Its gods are Isis, Cupid, Hathor, Harpocrates and the planet of this plant is Venus. if you want to calm tensions and bad energy in your house, spreading some petals of a pink will effectively work.