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PostSubject: Herbal Substitues: magical, astrological   Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:34 am

Plants, flowers and trees all have their own magickal properties. We can use these properties for healings and spell use. I will refer to them all as "herbs" even though they aren't all in the herb family. They can be used in herbal (“mojo”) bags, in candles, in herbal oils, ground up as an incense and a multitude of other uses. Many of these herbs you will not be able to find easily, some are more prevalent in England and America where most of the herbal books are written, however there are other herbs you can use when you haven't got the "right" one.

The basic herbal substitutions are: Rose for any flower, Rosemary for any Herb, Tobacco for poisonous plant, Sandalwood for any wood, Frankincense for any gum. (also oils and the fresh/dried herb are interchangable)

If you are working on a oil, or a herbal bag, and want the herb for its scent, then work out a herb that smells similar and use that. The lists of the magickal properties for the herbs give a few options, you can use one, two, or all of those herbs if you wish to.

When you pick plants, you should always thank their spirit. Basically you are saying that you thank them for their service to you. You should only take as much of the plant as you need, and you should never pick small plants, remember to leave enough of the plant so that it can regenerate itself Some people like to leave an offering at the base of the tree/plant, something like a crystal or perhaps some organic matter to feed the plant.

Oils & Herbs - Basically, any essential oil or herbal infused oil will have the same properties as the plant it was derived from. Some people use fragrant oils for anointing candles etc. This is fine, as long as you realise that fragrant oils themselves have no magickal properties (Unless you add crystals and herbs to them). Although they will work by you associating the smell of rose with love, or the smell of eucalyptus with healing. Fragrant oils will have the same effect as a naturally derived essential oil only if you put the energy into the oil to make it so, it will just be your energy, not the energy of the oil itself that does the magick. If you cannot afford Essential oils, you can make your own herbal infused oils by putting the herb into a jar of oil and leave it sit for a week, or until the oil has absorbed the scent of the herb. The oil can be used to anoint candles etc.

Magical Properties of Herbs

Courage: Dragon’s blood, frankincense, thyme, yarrow, geranium, black cohosh, borage, mullein, poke, basil, chives, honeysuckle, horseradish, rose geranium, nettle, pepper, tarragon, cedar, musk, thyme.
Happiness: St John’s wort, catnip, Hawthorne, mint, meadowsweet, lavender, celandine, hyacinth, marjoram, apple blossom, citron, feverfew, frankincense, sesame
Healing, juniper, lemonbalm, rose, sandalwood, chamomile, myrrh, bay, blackberry, burdock, cedar, fennel, garlic, narcissus, onion, hops, rosemary, vervain, coriander, eucalyptus, peppermint, sage, rue, nutmeg, oak, angelica, ash, violet, hyssop, pine, mugwort, poppy seed, amaranth, anemone, spearmint, thistle, apple, balm of Gilead, carnation, cinnamon, lavender.

Love: clove, copal, coriander, dragon’s blood, juniper, rose, aster, yarrow, lovage, lavender, lemonbalm, Orange, orris, peppermint, dill, marshmallow, sorrel, vervain, ylang ylang, apple, basil, betony, chamomile, tansy, vanilla, gardenia, jasmine, orchid, poppy, lemon verbena, caraway, myrtle, raspberry, violet, chickweed, cinnamon, cumin, meadowsweet, geranium, ginger, hibiscus, lemon, lime, marjoram, mastic, tormentil, mimosa, Neroli, palmarosa, rosemary, thyme, tonka, valerian, vetiver

Luck: Calamus, orange, rose, allspice, fennel, grains of paradise, hazel, heather, Irish moss, nutmeg, orange, poppyseed, spikenard, star anise, tonka, vetivert, violet, clover, comfrey, fern, horsetail, shamrock.

Lust: Clove, patchouli, peppermint, ambergris, caraway, cinnamon, civet, deer’s tongue, ginger, ginseng, grains of paradise, hibiscus, lemongrass, nettle, olive, parsley, rosemary, saffron, sesame, tuberose, vanilla, yerba mate.

Money: Calamus, clove, galangal, Orange, patchouli, elder, vervain, mustard seeds, allspice, almond, basil, bergamot mint, chamomile, cedarwood, cinnamon, cinquefoil, clover, dill, myrtle, nutmeg, oakmoss, peppermint, pine, sage, sassafras, tonka, vetivert, wood aloe, woodruff, comfrey, ginger, honeysuckle, spearmint, wheat, bryony, high John the conqueror, hyssop, jasmine.

Peace: Lavender, cumin, gardenia, lilac, magnolia, meadowsweet, narcissus, pennyroyal, tuberose, violet

Psychic: Clove, galangal., mace, Orange, orris, flax, peppermint, rose, hibiscus, lily, wormwood, borage, honeysuckle, acacia gum, anise, poplar, bay, camphor, cassia, cinnamon, gardenia, heliotrope, lemongrass, lilac, marjoram, gum mastic, mugwort, nutmeg, saffron, star anise, thyme, tuberose, yarrow, citron, cypress, tangerine.

Protection: calamus, mullein, peony, geranium, rose, rosemary, St john’s wort, snap dragon, clove, copal, cypress, dragon’s blood, heliotrope, cyclamen, eucalyptus, wormwood, vervain, frankincense, cedarwood, garlic, galangal, juniper, lavender, myrrh, orris, hyssop, woodruff, violet, patchouli, rose, acacia, agrimony, angelica, lilac, vetiver, valerian, sage, anise, ash, birch, broom, dogwood, dill, thistle, sandalwood, mistletoe, Arabic gum, asafoetida, balm of Gilead, basil, bay, bergamot mint, pine, pennyroyal, black pepper, caraway, carnation, cedar, cinnamon, clover, cumin, rue, peppermint, fennel, fern, flax, lilac, lotus, mandrake, marigold, mimosa.

Purification: Benzoin, calamus, copal, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, peppermint, sandalwood, valerian, vervain, sage, iris, thistle, yucca, anise, gum Arabic, bay, chamomile, camphor, cedar, cinnamon, fennel, hyssop, lemon, lemon verbena, lime, mimosa, musk, parsley, pine, rosemary, thyme, tobacco, elder, basil, dragon’s blood, lavage, orange, peppermint, rue, saffron, solomon’s seal.

Beauty: catnip, ginseng, maidenhair fern, yerba santa, avocado pit, dried cucumber peel.

Employment: devil’s shoestring, lucky hand, pecan, almond.

Divination: Broom, camphor, dandelion, hibiscus, meadowsweet, orris, pomegranate, mugwort, dragon’s blood, bay, black willow, cherry, fig, orange, rowan, hazelwood, anise, ash, bistort, chicory, cinnamon, cinquefoil, eyebright, goldenrod, gum mastic, juniper, marigold, nutmeg, patchouli, yarrow, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, star anise, thyme, wormwood.

Friendship: Lemongrass, sweetpea, passion flower.

Mental ability: Eyebright, horehound, mustard seed, periwinkle, rosemary, thyme, basil.

Sleep: Agrimony, chamomile, hops, lavender, passion flower, peppermint, valerian, clary sage, clove, jasmine, lemonbalm, meadowsweet, myrrh, sweet cicely, wisteria.

Strength: carnation, mulberry, pennyroyal, oak, saffron.

Spirituality: Frankincense, gardenia, heather, Sandalwood, myrrh, gum arabic, cassia, cinnamon, copal, gardenia, jasmine, heliotrope, lotus, pine, sage, wood aloe.

Success/prosperity: Cinnamon, patchouli, chamomile, bay, bergamot, chamomile, lovage, marigold, rosemary, rue, saffron, sweet pea, benzoin.

Wisdom: Bodhi, iris, sage, yew, willow, agrimony, borage, chervil, endive, cumin, hyssop, thyme, violet.

Banishing: Black willow, hellebore, clove, pine, lemon, sage, myrrh, frankincense.

Enchantment: Elderberry, elfswort, lavender

Magickal power: Allspice, carnation, dragon’s blood, ginger, gum mastic, tarragon, vanilla, elder, nutmeg, bay, mace, garlic.

Prophetic dreams: Camphor, cinquefoil, heliotrope, jasmine, marigold, mimosa, rose, angelica, mugwort, rose, onion, vanilla, carrot, grape.

Fertility: Fig. Geranium, mustard, patchouli, peach, poppy, dandelion, hazelnuts, ash.

Communication: Caraway, dill, fennel, lavender, lemon verbena, sweet marjoram, black mustard, white mustard, parsley, savoury, lilac, basil.

Travel: Caraway, dill, fennel, lavender, lemon verbena, sweet marjoram, black mustard, hedge mustard, white mustard, parsley, savoury, mint, catmint, chives.

Abundance: Alfalfa, cinnamon, ginger, sandalwood, saffron, vanilla.

Adaptation: Apple, rosemary

Creativity: angelica, nutmeg, lunar herbs

Blessing: elder berries, elder flowers, petals and seeds

Cleansing: pine, lemon, hyssop, cinnamon, sandalwood.

Conscious mind: rosemary

Dedication: grapes, celery, vanilla

Discernment: bay, mint, saffron, peach, jasmine, rose

Doubt: rose, gardenia

Ecology: soil, leaves

Energy: carnation, ginger, bread

Fear: tea, thyme, mullein, dandelion, hazelnuts, ash

Forgiveness: coconut, lavender, mint, parsley

Foundations: soil, seedlings, roots

Herbs of the Zodiac

The 12 signs of the Zodiac all have their own herbs
Aries: Rosemary, Marjoram, Garlic, Horseradish, Cowslip, Bay, Cinnamon, Clove, Clover, Coriander, Dragons blood, Feverfew, Ginger, Juniper, Mustard, Myrrh, Nettle, Frankincense.

Taurus: Mint, Thyme, Coltsfoot, Lovage, Cinquefoil, Daisy, Dandelion, Fern, lime, Linden, Lungwort, Mandrake, Onion, Orris root, Sage, Sorrel, Wintergreen, Myrtle.

Gemini: Parsley, Lavender, Dill, Caraway, Mulberry, Angelica, Asafoetida, Bergamot, Betony, Honeysuckle, Meadowsweet, Mint, Oregano, Vervain, Thyme, Tansy.

Cancer: Agrimony, Lemonbalm, Daisy, Cucumber, Angelica, Anise, Dill, Lemonbalm, Camphor, Caraway, Catnip, Chervil, Hyssop, Jasmine, Mandrake, Mugwort, Peppermint, Violet, Wormwood, Honeysuckle.

Leo: Bay, Borage, Chamomile, Saffron, Rue, Almond, Anise, Angelica, Arnica, Burdock, Camphor, Daffodil, Dill, Fennel, Frankincense, Heliotrope, Galangal, Lavender, Lemon, Marigold, Mint, Mistletoe, Eyebright, Saffron, Parsley.

Virgo: Fennel, Savoury, Southernwood, Valerian, Barley, Skullcap, Sandalwood, Chicory, Patchouli, Ginseng, Mandrake.

Scorpio: Basil, Tarragon, Barberry, Acacia, Cowslip, Blackthorn, Wormwood, Pennyroyal, Lily, Gotu Kola, Ivy, Horehound, Lady’s mantle, Storax.

Sagittarius: Sage, Chervil, Agrimony, Aloe, Sandalwood, Rowan, Cedarwood, Beech, Betony, Birch, Elder, Hawthorn, Feverfew, Nutmeg, Oak.

Capricorn: Comfrey, Sorrel, Solomon’s seal, Benzoin, Buttercup, Cassia, Witchhazel, Marjoram, Copal, Pine, Plantain, Poppy.

Aquarius: Elder, Mullein, Barley, Borage, Spikenard, St John’s Wort, Cypress, Fennel, Peppermint, Frankincense, Iris, Myrrh.

Pisces: Bilberries, Meadowsweet, Rosehips, Lungwort, Geranium, Lily of the Valley, Lotus, Storax, Verbena, Willow, Seaweed, Moss, Fern.


Herbal Substitutions

.When you can't find the right ingredient, you can substitute the following herbs. As a basic guide use Rosemary for any other herb, Rose for any flower, either Frankincense or Copal for any gum resin and Tobacco for any poisonous herb.

Acacia /Acacia Gum = Gum Arabic
Aconite = Tobacco
Arabic Gum = Frankincense, Gum Mastic, Gum Tragacanth (For Binding Wet Ingredients, Not For Incense)
Ammoniac Gum = Asafetida
Asafetida = Tobacco, Valerian
Balm Of Gilead = Rose Buds, Gum Mastic
Bdellium , Gum = Copal, Pine Resin, Dragons Blood
Belladonna = Tobacco
Benzoin = Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic
Cachana = Angelica Root
Carnation = Rose Petals Anointed With A Few Drops Of Clove Oil
Cassia = Cinnamon
Castor Bean = A Few Drops Of Castor Oil
Cedar = Sandalwood
Cinquefoil = Clover, Trefoil
Citron = Equal Parts Of Orange Peel & Lemon Peel
Clove = Mace, Nutmeg
Clover = Cinquefoil
Copal = Frankincense, Cedar
Cowbane = Tobacco
Cypress = Juniper, Pine Needles
Deerstongue = Tonka Bean (Not For Internal Use), Woodruff, Vanilla
Dittany Of Crete = Gum Mastic
Dragons Blood = Equal Parts Of Red Sandalwood And Frankincense
Eucalyptus Oil = Camphor Oil, Lavender Oil
Euphorbium = Tobacco
Frankincense = Copal, Pine Resin
Galangal = Ginger Root
Grains Of Paradise = Black Pepper
Gum Ammoniac = Asafetida
Gum Bdellium = Copal, Pine Resin, Dragons Blood
Hellebore = Tobacco, Nettle
Hemlock = Tobacco
Hemp = Nutmeg; Damiana, Star Anise, Bay
Henbane = Tobacco
Hyssop = Lavender
Ivy = Cinquefoil
Jasmine = Rose
Juniper = Pine
Lavender = Rose
Lemongrass = Lemon Peel
Lemon Peel = Lemongrass
Lemon Verbena = Lemongrass, Lemon Peel
Mace = Nutmeg
Mandrake = Tobacco
Mastic Gum = Gum Arabic, Frankincense
Mint (Any Sort) = Sage
Mistletoe = Mint, Sage
Mugwort = Wormwood
Neroli Oil = Orange Oil
Nightshade = Tobacco
Nutmeg = Mace, Cinnamon
Oakmoss = Patchouli
Orange = Tangerine Peel
Orange Flowers = Orange Peel
Patchouli = Oakmoss
Peppermint = Spearmint
Pepperwort = Rue, Grains Of Paradise, Black Pepper
Pine = Juniper
Pine Resin = Frankincense, Copal
Red Sandalwood = Sandalwood Mixed With A Pinch Of Dragons Blood
Rose = Yarrow
Rose Geranium = Rose
Rue = Rosemary Mixed With A Pinch Of Black Pepper
Saffron = Orange Peel
Sandalwood = Cedar
Sarsaparilla = Sassafras
Sassafras = Sarsaparilla
Spearmint = Peppermint
Sulfur = Tobacco, Club Moss, Asafetida
Thyme = Rosemary
Tobacco = Bay
Tonka Bean = Vanilla
Trefoil = Cinquefoil
Valerian = Asafetida
Vanilla = Woodruff, Deerstongue, Tonka Bean
Vetivert = Calamus
Wolfsbane = Tobacco
Wood Aloe = Sandalwood Sprinkled With Ambergris Oil
Woodruff = Deerstongue, Vanilla
Wormwood = Mugwort
Yew = Tobacco

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