Herbs and spices that sup­pos­edly at­tract wealth in­clude basil, thyme, gin­ger, cloves, cin­na­mon, frank­in­cense and bay leaves.

NZ Gardener - - Herbs -

• Ver­vain ( Ver­bena of­fic­i­nalis) was con­sid­ered by the an­cient Ro­mans to be an im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent in love po­tions. There is no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that it’s an aphro­disiac, but it does help re­lax a per­son, which might put them “in the mood”. • Hen­bane ( Hyoscya­mus niger) was used by me­dieval witches as both a poi­son and a love po­tion. Its per­ceived aphro­disiac prop­er­ties don’t fig­ure very promi­nently any­more, per­haps be­cause of its over­rid­ing hal­lu­cino­genic – and poi­sonous (ei­ther ac­ci­den­tal or pur­pose­ful) – con­stituents. • Man­drake ( Man­dragora sp), a herb made fa­mil­iar by its pres­ence in Harry Pot­ter nov­els, was also prom­i­nent in love po­tions. Man­drake con­tains the same hal­lu­cino­genic al­ka­loids as hen­bane. It might be that these al­ka­loids, which pro­duce the ef­fect of in­tox­i­ca­tion and oth­er­worldly highs, in­duce one to lose all in­hi­bi­tions be­fore a deep sleep sets in. The fa­bles about men and women lur­ing the op­po­site sex into drink­ing man­drake-spiked drinks and re­mem­ber­ing noth­ing about it in the morn­ing might have some truth in it. • Yar­row ( Achil­lea mille­folium) was also used in love spells, and dried yar­row hung over the bed or any form of yar­row used in wed­ding dec­o­ra­tions al­legedly en­sured love lasted at least seven years. Pre­sum­ably those who for­got to re­new their yar­row sprigs be­came vic­tim to the seven-year itch. Per­sonal pro­tec­tion But it’s not all about love. If you want pro­tec­tion from all things evil, you might turn to bay ( Lau­rus

no­bilis). Bay is said to ward off neg­a­tiv­ity and evil, and give strength to ath­letes, when worn as an amulet. When placed in win­dows, bay pur­port­edly pro­tects against light­ning, and if you have a prob­lem with poltergeists, a sprig of bay hung in­doors is sup­posed to pre­vent them from work­ing their mis­chief. A bay tree planted near the home was also said to pro­tect its in­hab­i­tants from ill­ness. To this day, sprigs of bay are used to sprin­kle wa­ter dur­ing pu­rifi­ca­tion cer­e­monies. Ex­or­cism rit­u­als fea­ture the scat­ter­ing or burn­ing of bay leaves too. For an in­nocu­ous spell, write your wishes onto bay leaves, and then burn the leaves in or­der to make them come true. • Fen­nel ( Foenicu­lum vul­gare) grown around the home sup­pos­edly con­ferred pro­tec­tion, and warded off evil spir­its when hung on win­dows and doors. Car­ry­ing the seeds is meant to pro­tect a per­son and ward off evil spir­its as well. • Sage is one of the most pop­u­lar herbs for cleans­ing and re­mov­ing neg­a­tive en­ergy from your space. Peo­ple to­day still make smudge sticks with white sage ( Salvia

api­ana). Com­mon sage can be used in place of white sage if you do not have the lat­ter, but ap­par­ently the aroma is not as pleas­ant. • Mullein ( Ver­bas­cum thap­sus) is hung over doors and in win­dows, and car­ried in sa­chets in In­dia. Tra­di­tion­ally, the plant was con­sid­ered to be the most po­tent safeguard against evil spir­its and magic. Wealth Herbs and spices that sup­pos­edly at­tract wealth in­clude basil, thyme, gin­ger, cloves, cin­na­mon, all­spice, frank­in­cense, peri­win­kle and bay leaves. Use the edi­ble herbs in cook­ing, burn the es­sen­tial oils in a holder or carry them in your pocket to at­tract good luck.

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