Herbal Correspondences - The Ultimate List

This list has been curated from my list of herbal correspondences from my own grimoire, and The Thrifty Witch website.


I’ve only shared some of the more common herbs here, but if you check out The Thrifty Witch website, they have an absolutely, ginormous list of herbal correspondences, I highly recommend giving them a visit.. pens at the ready!

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Acorn

Good luck, protection, wisdom, and personal power. A dried acorn is an excellent natural amulet for keeping a youthful appearance.

Allspice

Money, luck, healing, obtaining treasure. Provides added determination and energy to any spells and charms. Burn crushed allspice to attract luck and money. Use in herbal baths for healing.

Also Called: Jamaica Pepper

Almond

Wisdom, money, fruitfulness, and prosperity. Invokes the healing energy of the deities. Provides magickal help for overcoming dependencies & addiction. Associated with Candlemas and Beltane. Carry, wear, or use as incense to attract abundance.

Also Called: Greek Nuts, Shakad

Aloe

Protection and luck. Place on the grave of a loved one to promote peaceful energy. Thought to relieve loneliness and assist with success. Hang in the home to attract luck and protection for those who live there. Grow in the home to protect from household accidents. Burn on the night of a full moon to bring a new lover by the new moon.

Also Called: Burn Plant, Medicine Plant

Amber

Protection from harm, outside influences, and psychic attacks. Mental clarity & focus. Transforming negative energy to positive energy.

Angelica

Very powerful protection herb – protects against negative energy and attracts positive energy; creates a barrier against negative energy. Use in healing & exorcism incenses; scatter for purification, protection, and uncrossing. Add to incense to promote healing or to the bath to remove curses, hexes, or spells. Also thought to promote temperance. Sprinkle ground herb in the shoes to prevent tiredness and weakness. Sprinkle around the outside perimeter of the home for protection and exorcism. Burn to bring a lost love back to you.

Also Called: Masterwort, Archangel, Garden Angel, Angelica Root

Anise

Used to help ward off the evil eye, find happiness, and stimulate psychic ability. Fill a sleep pillow with anise seed to prevent disturbing dreams. Use to invoke Mercury and Apollo. Great for aromatherapy. Use in purification baths with bay leaves. A sprig of Anise hung on the bedpost will restore lost youth. Use in protection and meditation incenses.

Also Called: Aniseed, Anneys, Anise Seed

Apple

Love, Garden Magick, Immortality, Friendship, Healing. Place seven apple seeds in a bag with Orris Root to attract sexual love. Use in rituals to give honour to gods and goddesses of fertility. Considered the food of the dead, which is why Samhain is called the ‘Feast of Apples’. Symbolizes the soul and is burned at Samhain in honour of those who will be reborn in the spring. When doing a house blessing, cut an apple in half — eat half and put the other half outside of the home as an offering.

Also Called: Fruit of the Underworld, Fruit of the Gods, Silver Brough, Silver Branch, Tree of Love

Apricot

Love. Add leaves and flowers to love sachets or carry apricot pits to attract love.

Arabic Gum

Protection, psychic and spiritual enhancement, money, platonic love, and friendship. Use to anoint candles & censers and to consecrate chests or boxes that hold ritual tools. Use in incense to promote a meditative state.

Also Called: Acacia, Gum Arabic

Arnica Flowers

Increases psychic powers

Ash

Sea spells/magick/rituals, image magick, invincibility, protection from drowning, general protection, and luck. Burning an ash log at Yule brings prosperity. The leaf of this plant is used for travel safety. Place one tablespoon of ash leaves in a bowl of water in the bedroom overnight, then toss them out in the morning — doing this daily is said to prevent illness.

Asparagus

Male Sex Magick

Avocado

Love, lust and beauty. Also used for sex magick.

Also Called: Ahuacotl, Alligator Pear, Persea

Azalea

Happiness, gaiety and light spirits, first love. Note: Poisonous, do not consume.

B

Bamboo

Hex breaking, wishes, luck and protection. Carve a wish into bamboo and bury it in a secluded area to make your wish come true. Carry a piece of bamboo for good luck.

Banana

Fertility, potency, and prosperity

Barley

Love, healing, and protection. Harvests. Scatter on the ground to keep evil at bay. Tie barley straw around a rock and throw it into a river or lake while visualising any pain you have to make the pain go away.

Basil

Love, exorcism, wealth, happiness, purification, tranquillity, prosperity sympathy, and protection. Dispels confusion, fears & weakness. Drives off hostile spirits. Associated with Candlemas. Carry to move forward positively despite perilous danger. Strewn on floors to protect from evil. Sprinkle an infusion of basil outside of the building where you hope to be employed for luck in a job interview (be careful not to be seen!) or in your business to attract money and success. Wear or carry to aid in attracting money and prosperity.

Also Called: Common Basil, Sweet Basil, St. Josephwort, St. Joseph’s Wort, Tulsi, Tulasi, Krishnamul, Kala Tulasi, Witches’ Herb, Alabahaca, American Dittany

Bay Laurel

Purification, house and business blessing, and clearing confusion. Attracts romance. Keep potted plant to protect the home from lightning. Place in a dream pillow for sound sleep and to induce prophetic dreams.

Also Called: Bay, Sweet Laurel, Sweet Bay, True Laurel, Lorbeer, Noble Laurel, Baie, Daphne

Bay Leaf

Protection, wisdom, divination, banishing, empowerment, loyalty, wish magick, good fortune, success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Write wishes on the leaves and then burn the leaves to make the wishes come true. Place under the pillow (or use in dream pillow) to induce prophetic dreams. Place in the corner of each room in the house to protect all that dwell there. Carry bay leaf to protect yourself against black magick.

Bee Pollen

Friendship, attraction, love, strength, happiness, and overcoming depression.

Beech

Wishes, happiness and divination. Improves literary skills. Place a leaf of beech between covers of Book of Shadows to increase inspiration.

Beeswax

Traditionally used for making candles, decorative seals, natural polish, protective finish, and use as a base for herbal salves.

Beet

Love. Beet juice can be used as ink for love magick or as a substitute for blood in spells and rituals.

Bergamot

Money, prosperity, protection from evil and illness, improving memory, stopping interference, and promoting restful sleep. Carry in a sachet while gambling to draw luck and money. Very powerful for attracting success. Burn at any ritual to increase its power.

Also Called: Orange Mint

Birch

Protection, exorcism and purification. A birch planted close to the home is said to protect against lightning, infertility, and the evil eye.

Also Called: White Birch, Canoe Birch, Paper Birch, Tree of Life, Lady of the Woods

Black Pepper

Banishing negativity, binding, creating confusion, dispelling curses, stop gossip, ward off jealousy, exorcism, and protection from evil.

Black Walnut

Access to divine energy, bringing the blessing of the Gods, wishes.

Blackberry

Healing, protection and money. Sacred to Brighid. Leaves and berries said to attract wealth and healing.

Blue Violet

Love, inspiration, good fortune, and protection from all evil. Carried for protection and to encourage fortune and changed luck. Mixed with lavender to attract lust and love. Worn to calm tempers and bring sleep.

Also Called: Sweet Scented Violet

Bluebell

Luck, truth and friendship. Incorporate into rituals of death & dying to comfort those left behind and ease their sorrow.

Also Called: Jacinth, Culverkeys, Auld Man’s Bell, Ring o’ Bells, Wood Bells

Blueberry

Protection. Though not recommended, blueberry is said to cause confusion & strife when tossed in the doorway or path of an enemy.

Brazil Nut

Good luck in love affairs, love

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Cabbage

Fertility, profit, good luck, lunar magick, money magick.

Cactus

Chastity, banishing and protection. Bury with other banishing symbols for protection. Grow in the home or garden to prevent unwanted intrusions. Place in all directions of the home (north, south, east, and west) for full protection.

Camellia

Riches

Cardamom

Lust, love, and fidelity

Carnation

Protection, strength, healing, enhancing magickal powers and achieving balance. Burn to enhance creativity. Use in bath spells.

Also Called: Gilliflower, Jove’s Flower, Nelka, Scaffold Flower, Sops-in-Wine, Gillies

Carrot

Fertility, lust

Cashew

Money

Catnip

Sacred to Bast; should be used in any ritual involving cats or cat deities. Use with rose petals in love sachets. Use in sachets and spells designed to enhance beauty or happiness. Protects while sleeping. Mix with Dragon’s Blood to rid oneself of a behavioural problem or bad habit. Burn dried leaves for love magick. Grow near the home or hang over the door to attract good spirits and luck.

Also Called: Cat’s Play, Catmint, Nip, Nepeta, Field Balm, Catswort, Catnep

Cat-tail

Lust

Cayenne

Dealing with separations or divorce; Cleansing & purification; Repels negativity; Speeds up the effect of any mixture to which it is added.

Cedar

Confidence, strength, power, money, protection, healing and purification. Used in the consecration of magick wands. Carry a small piece of cedar in a wallet or near money to attract wealth. Hang in the home to protect against lightning. Use in sachets to promote calmness.

Celery

Mental powers, psychic powers, lust, fertility, and male potency.

Celery Seed

Mental and psychic powers, concentration. Burn with orris root to increase psychic powers. Use in a sleep pillow to induce sleep. Chew celery seed to aid in concentration.

Chamomile

Love, healing, prosperity, peace, harmony, happiness, reducing stress. Add to a sachet or spell to increase the chances of its success. Sprinkle an infusion of chamomile around the house to remove hexes, curses and spells. Burn or add to prosperity bags to increase money. Burn as incense for de-stressing, meditation, and restful sleep. Wash hands in an infusion of chamomile for luck before gambling or playing cards. Use in bath magick to attract love. Keep a packet of the herb with lottery tickets for luck.

Also Called: Whig Plant, Scented Mayweed, Camomyle, Ground Apple, Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen, Earth Apple, Camomile

Cherry

Love, divination, gaiety and happiness

Cherry Bark

Lust, direction, frugality, favours, invisibility, and magickal potency. Burn as an incense while performing divination to enhance the results, or while performing love spells to find a partner. Use to revitalize the Magickal energy needed to finish an old project.

Also Called: Virginia Prune Bark

Chestnut

Love

Chia

Protection and health

Chicory

Frigidity, favours, removing obstacles, and invisibility. Promotes a positive outlook and improves the sense of humour. Place fresh flowers on the altar or burn as an incense. Anoint your body with chicory juice or an infusion of chicory to obtain favours from others. Burn as incense with a black skull candle to place a hex on an enemy (not recommended).

Also Called: Blue-Sailors, Coffeeweed, Succory

Chilli Pepper

Fidelity, love, and hex breaking, spell booster, wards off unwanted visitors. Scatter powder around the house to break hexes and spells against you. Use in love charms & spells.

Also Called: Bird Pepper, Pod Pepper, Cayenne

Cinnamon

Boosts a spells power, money, success, vitality, love, purification, happiness, healing

Citronella

Draws friends to the home, customers to the business. Promotes eloquence, persuasiveness, and prosperity. Protects and cleanses the aura. Encourages self-expression and creativity (great for writers & actors!) and brings clarity to the mind. Repels insects and deodorises.

Clover, Red

Put in baths to aid in financial arrangements. Also used in potions for lust. Used in sachets or incense for money, love, fidelity, success and luck. Protects and blesses domestic animals. Used in the consecration of ritual tools made of copper.

Also Called: Trefoil, Cleaver Grass, Marl Grass, Cowgrass, Three Leaved Grass, Honeystalks, Shamrock, Trifoil

Clove

Magickal uses include protection, banishing hostile/negative forces, purification, mental ability, healing, money, gaining what is sought. Cloves are burned to stop gossip as well as to purify & raise the spiritual vibrations of an area. Use to bring a sense of kinship to a social gathering. Wear for protection and mental clarity. Said to protect babies in their cribs if strung together and hung over the crib (being sure that the strand can’t fall into the crib, of course!). Burn to attract riches, drive away hostile forces, and stop any gossip about you. Carry to attract the opposite sex or bring comfort during bereavement. Cleanses the aura.

Also Called: Ding Xiang

Coconut

Chastity, protection, and purification

Coffee

Helps to dispel nightmares and negative thoughts and to overcome internal blockages. Provides peace of mind and grounding.

Coriander

Love, health, immortality, and protection. Tie fresh coriander with a ribbon and hang in the home to bring peace & protection. Add to love charms and spells to bring romance or use in ritual work to ease the pain of a broken love affair. Promotes peace among those who are unable to get along. Throw the seeds in place of rice during Handfastings and other rituals of union. Use the seeds in love sachets and spells. Add powdered seeds to wine for an effective lust potion. Wear or carry the seeds to ward off disease and migraines.

Also Called: Cilantro, Chinese Parsley, Yee Sai

Corn

Protection, divination, good luck

Cornflower

Sprinkle over the area where you and your mate argue the most to alleviate discord and strife. A patron herb of herbalists. Use the blue petals to make homemade ink for a Book of Shadows. Use in rituals to give honour to the Mother of all nature.

Also Called: Bachelor Button, Hurtsickle, Bluet, Blue Cap, Bluebottle, Blue Corn Flower

Cotton

Fishing magick, rain, protection, luck, and healing. Burn to attract rain. Cloth made of cotton is the best for magickal use. Place cotton in a sugar bowl to draw luck.

Cucumber

Chastity, fertility, and healing

Cumin

Fidelity, protection, wards off thieves and exorcism. The seed is said to prevent the theft of any object which contains it. Burn with frankincense for protection. Scatter on the floor alone or with salt to drive out evil. Use in love spells to promote fidelity. Steep in wine to make love potions.

Curry Powder

Beauty, protection from evil. Burn curry powder to keep evil forces away.

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Daffodil

Love, luck, and fertility. Used to keep negative energy away from the home or altar. Place fresh daffodils in the home to increase fertility. Wear near the heart to bring good luck.

Also Called: Nacissus, Lent Lily, Jonquil, Goose Leek, Lentlilly

Daisy

Love, luck, fertility and innocence. Associated with babies and newborn infants. Incorporate into baby blessings & Wiccanings or to bring protective Magick into a baby’s sleeping area. Wear or carry to draw love.

Also Called: Bairnwort, Bruisewort, Eyes, Field Daisy, Maudlinwort, Moon Daisy

Dandelion Leaf

Summoning spirits, healing, purification and defeating negativity. Bury in the northwest corner of the yard to bring favourable winds. Use in sachets and charms to make wishes come true.

Also Called: Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Priest’s Crown, Puffball, Swine Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive, Piss-a-Bed

Dandelion Root

Magickal uses include divination, wishes and calling spirits. Use in dream pillows & sachets for sleep protection. Bury on the northwest side of the house to draw good luck.

Also Called: Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Priest’s Crown, Puffball, Swine Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive, Piss-a-Bed

Dill

Good fortune, tranquillity, prosperity, passion, protection

Dock

Healing, fertility, money

Dragon’s Blood

Protection, energy, and purification. Burn as an incense to increase the potency of a spell. Has strong banishing powers against negative influences and bad habits. A pinch under the mattress is believed to prevent impotency. Used as a form of magickal ink. Carry or sprinkle around the home or place of business to drive away negativity. Carry or wear for good luck.

Also Called: Blood, Blume, Calamus Draco, Dragon’s Blood Palm

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Ebony

Protection, power. Use in protection amulets.

Also Called: Obeah Wood

Echinacea

Adds powerful strength to charms, sachets, and herb mixes. Useful for money-drawing magick. Dried flowers can be burned as incense. Use on the altar as an offering to the spirits.

Also Called: Purple Coneflower, Coneflower, Black Sampson, Rudbeckia

Elder

Sleep, releasing enchantments, protection against negativity, wisdom, house blessing and business blessing. Elderflowers are useful in dream pillows. Wear to provide protection against evil, negativity, attackers, and the temptation to commit adultery. Used in rites of death & dying to protect the loved one during transport to the Otherworld. Note: Elder leaves, bark, roots, and raw berries are poisonous. Use with caution.

Also Called: Sweet Elder, Tree of Doom, Pipe Tree, Witch’s Tree, Old Lady, Devil’s Eye

Elm

Love, protection from lightning. Strong correspondence with the Elven world. To stop slander, bury elm bark in a box with a piece of paper containing the name of the person who is speaking adversely about you.

Also Called: Elven, European Elm, English Elm

Evening Primrose

Magickal uses include love and attracting faeries. Use in ritual baths to increase inner beauty & desirability.

Also Called: Fever Plant, Field Primrose, King’s Cureall, Night Willow-herb, Scabish, Scurvish, Tree Primrose, Primrose

F

Fennel Seed

Imparts strength, psychic protection, counter-magick, confidence, adaptability, vitality, sexual virility; prevents curses, possession and negative problems. Use in spells for protection, healing, and purification. Provides help and strength when facing danger or dire times. Fennel is thought to increase the length of one’s incarnation. Hang in windows and doors to ward off evil.

Also Called: Large Fennel, Sweet Fennel, Wild Fennel, Finocchio, Carosella, Florence Fennel, Fennel Seed

Fern

Mental clarity, cleansing, purification, and dispelling negativity. Keep in a room where studying is done to help concentration. Burn a sprig of fern before an exam. Use in sachets and amulets for powerful auric protection.

Fig

Divination, fertility, and love. Place a branch in front of the door before travelling to ensure a safe return. Write a question on a fig leaf — if the leaf dries slowly, the answer is yes, otherwise, the answer is no.

Also Called: Common Fig

Frankincense Resin

Successful ventures, cleansing, purification. Burn for protective work, consecration, and meditation. Used as an offering at Beltane, Lammas, and Yule. Enhances the power of topaz. Use in rituals and magick associated with self-will, self-control, or the ego. Represents the ability of the divine to move into manifestation. Add to charm bags and sachets to bring success. Mix with Cumin and burn as incense for powerful protection.

Also Called: Frankincense Tears, Olibanum

G

Garlic

Magickal uses include healing, love, protection, exorcism, dissuade thieves, removes negative energy, removes stalkers repulsion of vampires, strengthens other ingredients and purification of spaces and objects. Used to invoke Hecate. Guards against negative magic, spirits, and the envy of others. Hang in the home to bring togetherness to the family or keep your willpower strong. Said to ward off bad weather when worn or carried during outside activities. Believed to absorb diseases — rub fresh, peeled garlic against ailing body parts then throw the garlic into running water.

Also Called: Stinkweed

Ginger

Draws adventure and new experiences. Promotes sensuality, sexuality, personal confidence, jump start a romance, healing, strength, prosperity, and success. Adds to the strength and speed of any mixture of which it is a part. Place in an amulet, mojo, or medicine bag to promote good health & protection. Use in herbal mixtures for the consecration of athames to strengthen and energize the ritual blade. A ginger root in the form of a human is a very powerful magickal token.

Also Called: African Ginger

Ginseng

Magickal uses include love, beauty, protection, healing and lust. Carry to draw love, health, money, and sexual potency. Carve a wish into a whole root and throw it into the water to make the wish come true.

Also Called: Sang, Wonder of the World Root

Grape

Fertility, money, mental