32 Herbs & Their Metaphysical Properties

Working with plants can be an important part of your practice. It's definitely something that we focus on because of the endless spiritual, physical, and mental health benefits of them. You can use herbs and plants for a variety of things like creating loose incense, teas, writing spells on, casting circles, and so much more. Before using plants it's great to know what the properties of them are so you can choose the appropriate one for your rituals although don't be afraid to use what's on-hand in case you don't have something.

Here are 32 plants that we use frequently and that you can incorporate into your practice. Prior to use, be sure to research any cautions to ensure safe use. Some plants are not safe for ingesting, some are toxic went burned, some can cause allergies, etc.

1. Bay Leaves

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength

NATUROPATHY: Anxiety relief, cancer prevention, aids in managing diabetes, hair growth, alleviates a variety of respiratory conditions, aids in digestion, lowers levels of stress hormones, eliminates bad cholesterol, and aids in reducing inflammation.

2. Benzoin (Resin)

MAGICKAL USES: Purification, Prosperity

NATUROPATHY: Used for skin ulcers, bedsores, and other external wounds.

3. Calendula

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers

NATUROPATHY: Is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, helps treat sore throat and mouth, menstrual cramps, stomach and duodenal ulcers, heals wounds, sooths eczema, and relieves diaper rash.

4. Catnip

MAGICKAL USES: Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness

NATUROPATHY: Has a calming effect on the body, improves relaxation, boosts mood, reduces anxiety, restlessness, and nervousness.

5. Chamomile

MAGICKAL USES: Money, Sleep, Love, Purification

NATUROPATHY: Reduces menstrual pain, treats diabetes, lowers blood sugar, slows osteoporosis, reduces inflammation, helps with sleep and relaxation, treats cold symptoms.

6. Cinnamon

MAGICKAL USES: Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust, Protection, Love

NATUROPATHY: Helps relieve inflammation, lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, and cognitive decline. Helps reduce muscle soreness, decreases menstrual pain, and lessens the severity of allergic reactions.

7. Clove

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Love, Money

NATUROPATHY: High in antioxidants, may protect against cancer, can kill off bacteria, may improve liver health, regulates blood sugar, promotes bone health, reduces stomach ulcers, and can improve liver health.

8. Copal, Gold (Resin)

MAGICKAL USES: Love, Purification, Intuition, Inspiration

NATUROPATHY: Best used as an incense for magickal uses.

9. Copal, White (Resin)

MAGICKAL USES: Inspiration, Attraction, Love, Purification

NATUROPATHY: Best used as an incense for magickal uses.

10. Damiana

MAGICKAL USES: Lust, Love, Visions

NATUROPATHY: Reduces headaches, depression, nervous stomach, and constipation, for prevention and treatment of sexual problems, boosts and maintains mental and physical stamina, and is an aphrodisiac.

11. Dandelion

MAGICKAL USES: Divination, Wishes, Calling Spirits

NATUROPATHY: Contains potent antioxidants, helps fight inflammation, aids blood sugar control, reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, promotes a healthy liver, aids in weight loss.

12. Elderberries

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Healing, Purification, Intuition, Hex Breaking, Rebirth

NATUROPATHY: Supports heart health, improves antioxidant status and have a variety of anti-cancer, anti-diabetes and anti-inflammatory effects, is a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

13. Eucalyptus

MAGICKAL USES: Healing, Protection, Psychic Energy, Balance

NATUROPATHY: Remedies colds and bronchitis, acts as an expectorant for loosening phlegm and easing congestion, flu relief, hair care, relieving muscle pain, and preventing cavities.

14. Fennel Seed

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Healing, Purification

NATUROPATHY: Aids in digestion, helps with gastrointestinal systems, can treat asthma and other respiratory ailments, combats bad breath, helps fight diabetes, boosts fertility, and regulates blood pressure.

15. Frankincense (Resin)

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality

NATUROPATHY: Reduces symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, asthma and arthritis.

16. Hibiscus

MAGICKAL USES: Lust, Love, Divination

NATUROPATHY: Can lower blood pressure, blood fat levels, boosts liver health, promotes weight loss, fights bacteria, and helps prevent cancer.

17. Horehound

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Mental Powers, Healing

NATUROPATHY: Can help relieve indigestion and constipation, helps reduce inflammation in the colon, and helps protect the immune system.

18. Kava Kava Root

MAGICKAL USES: Visions, Protection, Luck

NATUROPATHY: Helps relax and calm the body, reduces anxiety, promotes sleep, protects neurons from damage, and pain relief.

19. Lavender

MAGICKAL USES: Love, Protection, Sleep,

Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace

NATUROPATHY: Is an antiseptic with inflammatory properties, is anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial, reduces anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Can help promote sleep and relaxation.

20. Lemon Balm

MAGICKAL USES: Love, Success, Healing

NATUROPATHY: Helps relieve stress and anxiety, boosts cognitive function, eases insomnia, treats cold sores, helps relieve indigestion, can ease nausea.

21. Marshmallow Root

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Psychic Powers

NATUROPATHY: Helps relieve coughing, improves dry mouth, protects against ulcers, soothes skin irritation, and can help heal wounds.

22. Myrrh (Resin)

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Healing, Spirituality

NATUROPATHY: May be effective against gynecologic cancer cells.

23. Myrrh, Sweet (Resin)

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Healing, Spirituality

NATUROPATHY: Best used as an incense for magickal uses.

24. Nettle

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Healing, Lust

NATUROPATHY: May reduce inflammation, can treat enlarged prostate symptoms, treats Hay Fever, lowers blood pressure, and aids in blood sugar control.

25. Patchouli

MAGICKAL USES: Money, Fertility, Lust

NATUROPATHY: Helps fight depression, boosts immune system, anti-fungal, reduces inflammation, enhances mood, strengthen hairs, and fights infections.

26. Peppermint

MAGICKAL USES: Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers

NATUROPATHY: Can help relieve tension headaches and migraines, relieves clogged sinuses, improves energy, relieves menstrual cramps, fights bacterial infections, and can improve sleep.

27. Raspberry Leaf

MAGICKAL USES: Protection, Love

NATUROPATHY: Helps relieve PMS symptoms such as vomiting, cramping, nausea, and diarrhea. It can help shorten labor, reduces interventions and complications of childbirth, can help combat anemia, and helps balance hormones.

28. Rosebuds

MAGICKAL USES: Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love Divination, Luck, Protection

NATUROPATHY: Can help stimulate labor, regulates blood pressure, aids in digestion, boosts immune system, stimulates fertility, and aids in weight loss.

29. Sage, White

MAGICKAL USES: Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes

NATUROPATHY: Boosts cognition, treats inflammation, antioxidant, strengthens immunity, improves bone health, eczema, psoriasis, can help manage diabetes, and aids in digestion.

30. Spearmint

MAGICKAL USES: Healing, Love, Mental Powers

NATUROPATHY: Helps relieve indigestion, high in antioxidants, balances female hormones, improves memory, fights bacterial infections, helps lower blood sugar, and helps reduce stress.

31. Tarragon

MAGICKAL USES: Healing, Courage, Passion, Strength, Love

NATUROPATHY: Can help decrease blood sugar, improves sleep, increases appetite, and can help relieve pain.

32. Valerian Root

MAGICKAL USES: Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection

NATUROPATHY: Helps regulate sleep, restlessness relief, reduces anxiety, reduces headaches, and can help reduce indigestion.