Magical plants have existed since the beginning of time. Whether used in a medicinal capacity or as part of a charm or spell, plants and magic go hand in hand. You may not consider yourself a witch in the traditional sense, but there are many different plants that make perfect additions to a witch’s magical garden! But what is the history behind some of these supernatural wonders? And what makes these plants so magical?
If you want to add a bit of magic to your outdoor landscaping, here are some magical plants to consider. Full of practical and whimsical uses, these plants make great companions to any home garden, whether you plan on using them for spell crafting or otherwise!
Considered a medicinal and magical plant since ancient times, chamomile was once associated with sun gods and healing in Egypt and England. Chamomile produces prolific blooms with bright yellow centers, likely leading to their sunny interpretations. Not only is chamomile great for relaxing after a long day. It is also associated with protection and luck. Keeping a chamomile plant indoors invites good energy into your home. You can also plant one in your garden and harvest these cheery blossoms when you need a lucky day.
There’s nothing like the smell of fresh-cut lavender. This beautiful herb has many magical properties. Cultivated in England in the 1500s but used long before then, lavender is the herb you need if you want to bring more peace and harmony into your life. You can brew lavender into a calming tea to help with troubles weighing on your mind. Or keep a few sprigs beneath your pillow for some clarifying dreams! Lavender is also desirable in love spellcraft. Carry some blossoms in your pocket to invite love your way.
Easy to grow and long associated with banishing negative energy or thoughts, rosemary is a practical herb to consider growing in your witch’s garden. Once thought to help with memory and mental processing, rosemary is a humble magical herb to utilize as incense in meditations. Growing rosemary on your property or on a sunny windowsill helps keep energies positive and keeps negative energies out of your home, especially if you burn a bundle alongside some sage.
Speaking of sage, this easy-to-grow magical herb is a must for any witch’s garden. Cleansing is the word most associated with sage. Burning bundles of it around your home is sure to banish any negative feelings still remaining. These vibrant green leaves are also associated with financial gain. Keep some fresh sage in your pocket or purse next to your wallet when you need a bit of luck!
A lesser-known plant compared to many others on this list, yarrow has been used around the world for its healing properties. Riddled with medicinal uses, yarrow also helps in a magical sense, bringing courage to anyone who carries it. You can also hang a yarrow bundle over your entryway to promote bold and brave days as well as protection.
It’s never a struggle to grow mint plants, making this herb a great choice for the beginning gardener or hedgewitch! Its prolific and persevering nature as well as its delightful smell makes mint full of magic. In fact, it was written about by Pliny the Elder and countless others. Use mint in teas and soaks to promote cleansing and refreshing energies. Mint has plenty of medicinal uses too, including clearing your skin and helping with digestion.
While foxglove is toxic and should be handled with care, this flower is perfect for the average witch’s garden. It has been associated with magic, witchcraft, and fairy folk for centuries. Dew collected from its bell-shaped blooms is said to help you communicate with fairies and other fae creatures. No matter the uses, foxglove is a great flower to plant in spring or fall, returning year after year with little effort.
If you are seeking a lucky or profitable witch’s herb, basil is your best bet. Lush and green, keeping basil plants near a source of wealth such as your wallet or safe promotes financial stability. Basil also helps protect your home if used in cleaning activities such as mopping or scrubbing. Plus, basil is delicious, and eating it may help you go about your day with a bit more luck than usual!
A fantastic companion plant when used in spells with other herbs, vervain promotes relaxation and enhances the magical properties of other objects. Drinking lavender and vervain tea is said to help with insomnia and other sleeping conditions, though don’t expect it to taste the best! Vervain also helps your garden, encouraging other plants to produce heavily and all the while protecting your home.
Did you know that poppies, particularly red ones, are associated with death and remembrance? Easy to grow in your garden, poppies are a fantastic magical plant to have for dream spells, creativity, and reverence. However, keep in mind that certain poppy varieties produce opium and have a sedative effect in small quantities, so brew with caution!
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