Miscellaneous Magical Herbs & Plants

We have a number of magical herbs and plants profiled here on About Pagan/Wiccan, in particular on the pages entitled Ten Magical Herbs to Have on Hand, and in the Magical Herb Image Gallery. For the plants and herbs that didn't make it into those collections, here are a few more herbs and plants that you can include in your magical workings.

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Bamboo Folklore and Legends

Bamboo forest (Poaceae sp.) , close-up
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Bamboo is grown in many parts of the world, and because it is both quick to develop and extremely hardy, it has a variety of uses from the mundane to the magical. Here are some tips on incorporating the easy-to-grow plant into your magical practice: Magical Bamboo

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Symphytum orientale, White Comfrey, mounted biennial or perennial, erect branched stem with flowers in tightly coiled clusters and rough, oval, alternate leaves
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Comfrey is a versatile herb that you can grow pretty easily in your garden or in a container, and then harvest and dry for ritual use. It will grow just about anywhere (although it seems partial to shady spots) and has been used in medicine for a long time. Comfrey has a rich folkloric history as well: Comfrey in Magic and Folklore

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Magical Mugwort

Silver Green Foliage of Mugwort (Artemesia)
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Mugwort is an herb that is found fairly regularly in many modern Pagan magical practices. From its use as an incense, for smudging, or in spellwork, mugwort is a highly versatile - and easy to grow - herb: The Magic of Mugwort

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Dandelion Magic and Folklore

Dandelions have magical and medicinal uses. Image (c) Photolibrary/Getty Images; Licensed to About.com

Although many suburban homeowners see dandelions as the bane of their existence, and spend significant amounts of money trying to eradicate them from sight, the fact is that dandelions have a long and rich folkloric history, both from a magical and medicinal perspective. Let’s look at some of the ways people have utilized dandelions throughout the ages: Dandelion Magic and Folklore

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Frankincense has been used for thousands of years. Photo Credit: Danita Delimont/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Frankincense is actually a resin, not a true herb, but because it comes from the bark of a tree, we're going to include it here. Frankincense is one of the oldest documented magical ingredients, and appears as far back as five thousand years. Let's look at some of the magical uses of fragrant frankincense. Frankincense in Rite and Ritual

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Powdered and whole sandalwood
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Although not truly an herb, but a wood, sandalwood is an item found often in modern Pagan rituals. In fact, “sandalwood” is an entire class of wood, found in trees that are part of the flowering Santalum family. These aromatic and dense plants are packed full of essential oils, which are often extracted for use in a variety of religious rituals, aromatherapy, and even in medicine: Sandalwood in Rite and Ritual

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Hedge Apples/Osage Orange

Close-Up Of Cropped Hand Holding Osage Orange
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The Osage orange, or hedge apple, is found in many parts of North America. Although the fruit isn't edible unless you're a squirrel, why not take advantage of its folklore, and use it in a magical working? The Magic of the Hedge Apple

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Dangerous Herbs

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If you’re using herbs in your magical practice, as many of us do, it’s important to keep in mind that they may not all be safe to handle or ingest. Many herbs are fine for people, but toxic to household pets. Still other herbs can be used by anyone but pregnant women. Let’s look at some of the different herbs you may be using in magical practice, and how they can be dangerous if you’re not careful: Harmful Herbs

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Flower Magic

Close-Up of Sunflower
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In the Victorian era, it became popular to send people messages told in the language of flowers. There was a fairly standard list, so if you received a bouquet of lemon blossoms, for example, you'd know that someone was promising you fidelity and faithfulness in their love for you. Many of these centuries-old flower meanings translate well into modern Paganism and Wicca -- after all, if magic uses symbolism, we can take this language of flowers and incorporate it into our day-to-day magical living. Flower Correspondences

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Magical Woods

Autumn maple leaves against a white background.Outdoors UK
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In many magical traditions, wood is assigned various properties that make it useful for ritual and spellwork. By using these correspondences, you can include different woods in your magical workings. Keep in mind, this is not an exhaustive list and there are plenty of other woods that are not included here. Also, some people find that they find a particular wood resonates with them in a way that is completely different than the standard assigned correspondence. If that’s the case for you, it’s okay - use the wood in a way that best makes sense to you: Magical Wood Correspondences