Domina Herbarum is the “Mistress of herbs”, the healer able to give you relief from pains through the energy of plants and the earth. The most commonly term used to describe women who had such a profound knowledge of the plant world is surely witch, which, in particular, was used to identify those who practiced the ancient arts of healing and witchcraft, a set of magical activities and rituals based on the interaction between the vibrational worlds, energy and matter.
The practical use of knowledge about mystical properties of herbs is called esoteric herbalism.
In witchcraft specific products are created to work with vibrational and magical properties of plants, among them we find:
Amulet and Talismans - which consist of mixtures of herbs, with sometimes other natural elements such as crystals and bones, carried through capsules, vials or small cotton bags. Talismans are often prepared and charged through specific rituals.
Ritual candles - made mostly by vegetal or bee wax, with also herbs and oils specific for the spell to perform. Candle colors will change depending the purpose of the spell.
Ritual baths - mixtures of sea salt and herbs, often with essential oils added, to be used during ritual baths.
Infusions, tea and potions - internal use, made by boiling or infusing specific herbs to stimulate alteration of consciousness on other spells.
Herbal incenses - chopped herbs, barks and resins burnt on a charcoal. They are mostly used as energy support during spells, or as devotional offering, to purify or increase prophetic and psychic abilities by altering the state of consciousness.
Oils - essential oil blends or infused herbs in a carry vegetal oil. They are usually used to anoint body parts, divine figurines, candles and magical tools.
Powders - crushed herbs and resins mostly used for attraction or banishing rituals.
Mojo bags - little cotton bags (colors change depending the purpose of the spell) filled with herbs and crystals, sometimes also with animal parts, coins, small jewelry, petitions or prayers.
Mojo bags need to be "fed" with specific oils at least once a week, and they can be carried close to the body, placed under the pillow or in specific spots inside the home.
Ointments - salves made by herbal infused oils in beeswax or pig fat. Their purpose is primarily to increase psychic abilities altering the state of consciousness through direct contact with skin or mucous membranes.
Smudges - bundles of dry herbs (usually sage and/or mugwort) to be burned for purification and blessing.
Other elements to be considered in esoteric herbalism are colors
Orange: Empowerment, stimulation, courage, joy.
Silver: Dreams, divine feminine, intuition, clairvoyance, astral protection.
White: Purification, healing, moon magic, spirituality, meditation, truth, pace.
Blue: Wisdom, harmony, inner guidance.
Yellow: Mind, creativity, imagination, focussing.
Brown: Abundance, money, home matters.
Black: Protection, banishing.
Gold: Prosperity, wellbeing, success, enlightenment.
Pink: Romantic love, feelings, serenity.
Red: Passion, sexuality, strength, energy.
Green: Career, success, prosperity, money, good luck, fertility.
Purple: Power, psychic abilities, spiritual development.
Moon and planetary influences during days and hours.
Waxing moon: Beginning, attraction.
Full moon: Empowerment, blessing, manifesting.
Waning moon: Banishing, cleansing.
New moon: Ending, death, destruction, divination.
Moon: Intuition, motherhood, female mysteries, psychic powers, divination, mutability, dreams, fertility.
Mars: Energy, strength, courage, competition, physical activity, aggression, protection, banishing.
Mercury: Mind, studying, communication, tradings, deals, inspiration, travels.
Jupiter: Job, career, success, support, good luck, ceremonies.
Venus: Love, beauty, art, creativity, health, feelings.
Saturn: Time, transformation, death, wisdom, ancestors, guidance, inner master.
Sun: Achievements, approval, public relations, power, success, friendship, healing.
Here some of most common plants used in magic and their general vibrational properties:
Acacia - Acacia spp.
Psychic visions, communication with the afterlife.
Yarrow - Achillea millefolium
Adam and Eve (root) - Aplectrum hyemale
Agrimony - Agrimonia eupatoria
Banishing, protection and defense from curses and negativity.
Alkanet - Alkanna tinctoria
Prosperity, money protection, gambling.
Bay - Laurus nobilis
Clairvoyance, success, for banishing enemies and negativity.
Angelica - Angelica archangelica
Blessing, purification, divine protection, healing.
Anise - Pimpinella anisum
Psychic abilities, protection
Asafetida - Ferula assafoetida
Good health, preventing diseases, revenge, to send a curse back to sender
Mugwort - Artemisia vulgare
Psychic vision, protection, alignment, dreamworks.
Basil - Ocimum basilicum
Peace and family happiness, prosperity, protection.
Benzoin (resin) - Styrax benzoin
Good luck, inner peace, house cleansing.
Chamomille - Matricaria chamomilla
Cinnamon - Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Attraction, prosperity, passion, protection.
Camphor - Cinnamomum camphora
Psychic vision, cleansing.
Cardamom - Elettaria cardamomum
To attract a new love, relationships.
Cloves - Syzygium aromaticum
Attraction, money, prosperity, friendship
Comfrey - Symphytum officinale
Travel protection, money
Copal (resin) - Bursera spp.
Divine assistanc, psychic abilities.
Coriander - Coriandrum sativum
Love, protection from disease.
Damiana - Turnera aphrodisiaca
Passion, attraction, love.
Catmint - Nepeta cataria
Female charm, beauty and love attraction.
Alfalfa - Medicago sativa
Money, financial success, prosperity.
Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus spp.
Ginger - Zingiber officinale
Protection, love, money.
St. John's Wort - Hypericum perforatum
Protection, banishing, exorcism.
Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis
Lavender - Lavandula officinalis
Love, harmony, good luck, protection, happiness
Marjoram - Origanum majorana
Lemon balm - Melissa officinalis
Purification, healing, health, recovery, love.
Peppermint - Mentha piperita
Banishing, protection, love, psychic abilities.
Frankincense (resin) - Boswellia carterii
Divine support, good luck, success, blessing, empowerment, protection.
Patchouli - Pogostemon cablin
Peony - Peonia officinalis
Success, good luck, love.
Rose - Rosa spp.
Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
Protection, faithfulness, harmony, cleansing.
Rue - Ruta graveolens
Protection, blessing, love, healing, banishing.
Sarsaparilla - Smilax aspera
Money, passion, attraction, love.
Sage - Salvia ssp.
Wisdom, divination, health, cleansing, protection.
Elder - Sambucus spp.
Wish granter, protection from intrusions.
Sandalwood - Santalum album
Family harmony, love, protection of the home.
Dragon blood (resina) - Daemonorops draco
Love, money, success
Sorghum - Sorghum vulgare
Cleansing, protection during sleep, banishing of unwanted visitors.
Thyme - Thymus vulgare
Money, Love, working with Fairies.
Mullein - Verbascum thapsus
Protection and control.
Verbena - Verbena officinalis
Love, protection, happiness.
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