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The spiritual and magickal properties of aromatic herbs, resins and oils are described below. Essential oils are linked to more information on their traditional and subtle properties. Use your browser's "back" button to return to this page.

Chamomile -Matricaria chamomilla  Planet - Sun Element - Water  Basic Powers - Prosperity, meditation, sleep. Scent - Bittersweet, herby, hint of apple. Lore - Chamomile is used in prosperity charms to draw money and bring luck in gambling. Add to incense to bring on a restful state for meditation and sleep. Add to the bath to attract love. Chamomile planted in the herb garden functions as a guardian spirit for the energy of the space. It prevents lightning strikes. Dedicated to the sun by the Egyptians, chamomile is one of the oldest known medicinal plants. It may induce a deep state of relaxation useful in past life regression work to seek greater spiritual understanding from the past. Chamomile opens the heart chakra and strengthens the fifth and sixth chakras. Essential Oil 
Champaca - Michelia champaca  Planet: Mercury  Basic Powers - Balance, harmony, love. Scent - Sweet, complex rich floral. Lore -The fragrant flower known as orange or golden Champaca is native to India. A favorite of Lord Krishna, trees are still planted near Hindu and Jain temples and the blossoms are offered in prayer during religious ceremonies. Flowers are sprinkled in bridal beds, and made into garlands and perfume. Emotion - Calming; centers the mind. Promotes a state of inner harmony and balance. Bolsters self-esteem. Reminds us of the divine in all things. Champaca is an auric energizer and balancer. Essential Oil 
Cinnamon - Cinnamomum zeylanicum

 

Planet - Mercury  Element - Air  Basic Powers - Aphrodisiac, clairvoyance, consecration, divination, good luck, meditation, peace, prosperity, wisdom. Scent - Warm, sweet, spicy. Lore - Stimulating and energizing, cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind. A popular aphrodisiac used in India and Europe, cinnamon invigorates the senses, encouraging confidence and generosity. In powdered form, cinnamon bark is a favorite addition to incense burning mixtures. The fragrance of cinnamon was very popular in ancient Egypt as one of the ingredients of Kyphi, a favorite ceremonial incense mixture. Cinnamon incense heightens spiritual vibrations. Use in mixtures for healing, prosperity and to stimulate clairvoyance. Astrological Sign - Aries Essential Oil 
Clove - Syzygium aramaticum

 

Planet - Jupiter  Element - Fire  Basic Powers - Aphrodisiac, protection, love, money, spirituality. Scent - Warm, dry, sweet, spicy. Lore - Clove is a protective herb and may be used to drive away hostile and negative forces and to still gossip. A necklace of cloves strung on red thread using a needle is a traditional protective device. Cloves are carried to strengthen the memory. The scent of clove has a positive and stimulating effect on the mind and helps lift depression. Cloves add a hint of spiciness when used with roses in romantic potpourri blends. The pulverized dried flower buds energize incense burning mixtures and increase their fragrance. Cloves have an aphrodisiac effect, and stimulate creativity and intuition. Astrological Sign - Aries Essential Oil
Copal - Bursera odorata  Planet - Sun  Element - Fire Basic Powers - Consecration, contact other planes, love, meditation, protection, spell-breaking. Scent - Ethereal, clean, fruity, light. Lore - Copal, one of the most important incense-burning substances of the ancient American cultures, was believed to be a heavenly, sacred resin embodying the presence of the divine. It is written in the Mayan "Book of Wisdom" that copal was extracted from the tree of life by the divine god of the earth and given to humans as a gift. The Incas assigned copal resin to the sun and burned it on golden plates. The most precious copal came from trees that had been hit by lightning. Copal was burned during initiation and consecration ceremonies. Tribes today practice rites of prophecy in which they throw coral, crystals, and corn seeds into a fire while copal is burning. Copal is spiritually cleansing and is thought to have strong healing powers.
Copal Oro - Bursera microphylla  Planet - Sun  Element - Fire  Basic Powers - Consecration, contact other planes, meditation, protection, love, spell-breaking. Scent - Ethereal, clean, fruity, light. Lore - Copal, one of the most important incense-burning substances of the ancient American cultures, was believed to be a heavenly, sacred resin embodying the presence of the divine. Copal oro, or gold copal, has a warming fragrance that opens the soul, stimulating imagination and intuition. It supports visualization for both artistic and therapeutic purposes. Mayans burned copal oro at sunrise to honor the sun. Copal has a very strong healing power. The aroma of the resin develops as it is heated.
Coriander - Coriandrum sativum

 

Planet - Mars Element - Fire Basic Powers - Aphrodisiac, clairvoyance, divination, fertility, to keep secrets. Scent - Bittersweet, nutty. Lore - The seeds of coriander are used in love sachets and charms, traditionally to bind couples together in love. Also known as an herb of immortality, coriander is excellent for the union of two persons who desire to share their love beyond this life. Coriander seeds are used for healing, especially for easing headaches. Coriander is used in aromatherapy to aid memory and relieve tension. When coriander is grown in a garden it will protect the gardener and all who reside in the gardenerís household, according to legend. It is associated with peace. Astrological Sign - Aries  Essential Oil 
Corn, Blue - Zea mays  Planet - Venus  Element - Earth  Basic Powers - Protection, luck, divination. Lore - The Corn Mother or Corn Goddess, a deity of plenty and fertility, has been worshiped throughout North America. The Zunis utilize blue corn meal in their religious rituals for blessings and to scatter as an offering. Pollen from corn is used in rainmaking ceremonies by tossing it into the air. Corn may be placed within a babyís cradle as protection against negative forces. It is believed that a bunch of cornstalks hung over a mirror brings good luck to the household. The plant essence is thought to dispel disorientation and stress in urban settings. Use to stay centered and connected with the earth in congested, chaotic environments.
Costus Root - Saussurea lappa Planet - Saturn  Element - Earth  Basic Powers - Aphrodisiac Scent - Musky, earthy Lore - Costus is native to the highlands of Kashmir. Well known in the classical world, the Romans appreciated what Pliny called its "exquisite scent." Used in China as a chief ingredient of joss-sticks and called Mu-Xiang in Chinese medicine, costus root is used to move Qi, or body energy, and to alleviate pain. Throughout Asia, the fragrance of costus is considered to be very sensuous. It heightens body awareness and sensitivity, acting as an aphrodisiac. In Japanese incense it is believed to be emotionally relaxing and mentally rejuvenating. Tibetan medicine prescribes costus in cases of emotional weakness.
Cyperus Root - Cyperus rotundus Scent - Aromatic, similar to vetiver Basic Powers - Healing, harmonizing Lore - Cyperus root, commonly called nutgrass or cocoa grass, is also known by its Hindi name, Nagarmotha. In Sanskrit it is called Mustaka. Widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat disturbances of "pitta," cyperus root is also employed to alleviate moodiness, depression, PMS, and difficult menopause. This aromatic root yields an essential oil used as a perfume and to repel insects. In India, the root it is dried and ground into a fine powder. The women use it like a talcum powder to fragrance their saris. The cyperus plant is similar to papyrus and grows in swampy areas of Egypt where the root is used in Kyphi recipes. Cyperus gives incense-burning mixtures an intensive, long-lasting fragrance.
Damiana - Turnera aphrodisiaca Planet - Venus  Element - Earth  Basic Powers - Aphrodisiac, contact higher planes, increase the power of spells, love, psychic development, sensuality. Scent - Bittersweet, herby, exotic. Lore - Damiana is said to increase psychic ability and clairvoyance. To ensure the return of a wandering lover, soak damiana in a glass of wine and sprinkle outside the front and back doors. Taken as a tea by those who study tantric yoga, and as an ingredient in meditation incense. Damiana should be stored with a piece of quartz. Use as a flower remedy to combat feelings of inadequacy, emotional neediness, and detachment from the flow of vital life-force. In holistic health, damiana is used as a strengthening remedy for the nervous system. Mineral association - Quartz
Dammar - Canarium strictum Planet - Sun  Element - Fire  Basic Powers - Clairvoyance, contact other planes, happiness, spirituality. Scent - Delicate, lemony, ethereal. Lore - The dammar tree grows in India and southeast Asia. The resin comes to market in transparent pieces with a yellowish or reddish tint and a dusty film covering the surface. In Malaysia, dammar means "light." In Germany it is called catís-eye resin. Burn dammar to alleviate depression, melancholy and sadness. Itís ethereal fragrance lifts the spirit and brings light to the darkness of the soul. Dammar is used to increase clairvoyance and facilitate contact with the angelic realm.
Deerstongue - Liatris odoratissima Planet - Mars Element - Fire Basic Powers - Love, psychic powers Scent - New Mown Hay Lore - Deers tongue, named for the shape of its leaf, is sometimes called "wild vanilla" for its scent. The dried leaf has a new-mown hay fragrance due to its coumarin content. Deers tongue is used when working with the brow chakra to project mind energy. It can awaken psychic gifts of an expressive nature. When worn by women, deers tongue is said to be attractive to men.
Dittany of Crete - Dictamus origanoides; Flora cestrica Planet - Venus Element - Water Basic Powers - Divination, healing, protection Lore - Madam Blavatsky, founder of Theosophy, considered Dittany of Crete to be one of the most powerful of all magickal plants. Burn it in incense to drive away all illness-causing influences. The smoke strengthens the subliminal shield which surrounds us, protecting against damaging negative energy while connecting us to our inner strength. Dittany of Crete is calming and harmonizing in cases of fear and nervousness. It is a visionary ally which can be used to seek wisdom from those who live between lives, best used on the occasion of All Hallowís Eve. Mix with vanilla, benzoin and sandalwood to make an astral projection incense.  More Dittany information here
Dragonís Blood - Dracaena draco Planet - Mars  Element - Fire Basic Powers - Consecration, fidelity, increase the power of spells, love, protection, strength, virility. Scent - Ethereal, mysterious. Lore - Dragonís Blood has been used for centuries in India as part of rituals to neutralize negative energy. It evokes Shiva and is burnt in His honor. Dragonís Blood is cleansing and is added in small amounts to the classic frankincense mixture used in churches. A pinch of dragonís blood increases the potency and effectiveness of other herbs in an incense mixture. Burnt at night by an open window to entice an errant lover to return. A piece of the herb placed under the mattress is said to cure impotency. Mix with sugar and salt, place in a tightly covered bottle and hide it where it wonít be found to quiet a noisy home. Dragonís Blood is associated with shape-shifting and astral travel. Mineral association - Ruby
Elderberry - Sambucus nigra Planet - Venus  Element - Air  Basic Powers - Clairvoyance, protection, transformation. Lore - Elderberries are poisonous and should not be taken internally. In magic, berries are scattered to the four winds to bless a person, place or thing and carried to protect against evil and negativity. Place elderberries beneath the pillow to allow peaceful slumber. Elder branches are used to fashion magick wands. It is thought that the elder tree provides protection from lightning. Elder is said to be an herb for those attuned to the countryside. Those who wish to see the spirits of the wood should spend the full moon night in a small grove of elder.
Elecampagne - Inula helenium Planet - Mercury Element - Air Basic Powers - Love, protection, psychic powers Lore - Elecampagne, inula or "wild sunflower" is sewn into a pink cloth and worn as a charm to attract love. Used in the Middle ages as a universal remedy, inula root was believed to have special healing powers. It is burned on charcoal to sharpen psychic power when scrying, and smoke from inula incense is used to purify candidates for initiation. Used by Native Americans to feel more connected to the earth, inula promotes an awareness of beauty and an inner confidence. The dried root has a subtle aroma reminiscent of frankincense, violet and camphor. Inula root incense is helpful in times of grief, melancholy or depression. Its fragrance is calming in times of tension and stress, activating inner strength and creating an atmosphere of protection. Burn during the short days of winter to bring the healing energy of the sun.
Elemi - Canarium luzonicum Planet: Uranus Scent: Citrus-like and a little spicy. Lore: Itís name in Arabic means "Above and Below" a contraction of "As above, so below." Use to anoint and balance the upper and lower chakras. Elemi increases psychic ability, enhances visualization and openness to mystical experiences. Use at the beginning of meditation to shake off external preoccupations. Valuable in group meditations, it can help bring the energy of the participants into harmonyIt is useful for relieving nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions. With its grounding yet joyous effect on the mind elemi instills a feeling of peace. Mineral Association: Elemiís vibrations are the same as those in Elestial Quartz. Both stabilize brain waves and neutralize negative thoughts. Essential Oil
Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus globulus Planet - Saturn  Element - Earth  Basic Powers - Consecration, protection, renewal, healing. Scent - Woody, leafy and green. Lore - Eucalyptus leaves are carried to maintain good health and for protection. Blue candles are ringed with eucalyptus leaves and burned for healing vibrations. On an emotional level, eucalyptus encourages balance, centering, concentration and rationality. Eucalyptus is thought to awaken the spirit of the healer within. Used as a flower essence for its freeing influence, eucalyptus helps to accept life on life's terms. Astrological Sign - Sagittarius  Essential Oil

DISCLAIMER: This table is for information purposes only. Consult with a health care professional before using any herbs, especially during pregnancy.

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