For centuries, herbs have been used as a food source, for medicinal purposes, and for spirituality practices. Magical herbs have symbolic associations and are believed to have great powers, as told in many stories of folklore. These magical herbs were used in a number of ways, including meditation and spell casting. The use of magical herbs was common among Pagans, as well as in other ancient civilizations, but is probably best associated with this group and present-day practitioners of alternative healing and witchcraft. Magical herbs come from the earth and nature and are seen by many as the connection that can bring harmony and cohesiveness, to keep us one with nature so to speak.
Any herb that is not sold as a food item should be considered toxic, and not used in any food preparation. Since most magical herbs are indeed toxic, care should be used when brewing potions or combining dry herbs. A well-ventilated area is best and eye protection should also be used in some instances. Wash your hands thoroughly when you are finished or wear gloves to prevent ingestion through the skin. Not all magical herbs may be toxic, but they should all be treated as such to prevent ingestion from occurring if it is known to be consumable. Some of the more common magical herbs are catnip, chamomile, comfrey, kava kava, lavender, hibiscus, frankincense, myrrh, holly leaves, mistletoe, witch hazel, patchouli, lemongrass, white sage, and yarrow, just to name a few. Here are the names of magical herbs that are probably most associated with paganistic-like rituals: dragon’s blood, cat’s eye, black cat bone, bat’s eye, bat’s head root, black snakeroot, devil’s shoestring, calf hoof, mugwort, witch’s grass, wolf’s eye, and wolf’s heart. The names say it all!
Of course, magical herbs should not be used without guidance. There are quite a few online sources that offer magical herbs for sale, including information on the historic significance and use in ritualistic practices. Edible herbs are also available for purchase, in addition to herb garden equipment, and informative publications. Interesting sites you may want to visit for more information on magical herbs are www.gemnaries.com and www.whitemagic.com. You can also check out www.amazon.com for a huge selection of books on nothing but magical herbs, their uses throughout the centuries, and how they are used today. There are also quite a few local shops across the country that specialize in magical herbs, potions, casting spells, and guidance for the novice herbalist. Use with care!