Plant magic has been an honored tradition and an essential part of life for centuries for those in the witchy and mystical paths.
We are returning to our roots more and more, whether gardening, growing vegetables, or caring for houseplants. In this article, we will explore the fascinating world of magical plants, their magickal uses, simple rituals, spells and their benefits.
Starting with the basics is an excellent place to start. What is plant magic in this good green earth, and where does it come from?
Using herbs and plants with magical properties, both as medicines and for rituals and spells, is known as plant magic or plant magick. An individual who practices plant magic may call themselves a herbalist, hedge witch, green witch, or plant witch.
Throughout every culture and period, these practices are renowned. As early as the Egyptian era, thyme, lavender, and peppermint were used in mummification practices because of their clean scents and skin-moisturizing oils.
Historically, the Greeks have been passionate about the olive tree and the oil it produces as they are technically fruits. Moreover, a laurel wreath crown was used to decorate the heads of Roman royalty as the laurel or bay leaf is a symbol of outstanding achievement and victory. Even today, the laurel retains its symbolic significance.
The Most Popular Magical Plants
It is impossible to list every single plant and its magical properties, but some of the most famous ones are:
- Rosemary – Herbalists consider this herb to be both medicinal and magical. During the great plague, doctors used it as a cleansing posy to remove negative energy.
- Lavender – Despite its versatility, this flower can be dried. Therefore, it can be used in spells. Adding the oil to distilled water creates a sleep-aid pillow mist that can be extracted for herbal remedies.
- Aloe Vera – Helps heal minor wounds and burns quickly. It is plant magic at its finest to keep an aloe Vera plant and to cut one of its leaves so you can access its fresh, soothing gel.
- Sage – Often, this herb is dried and burned as a cleansing incense. Additionally, this herb has strong protective properties.
- Peppermint, ginger, and chamomile – Tea is an excellent remedy for indigestion and stomach pain with these herbs. To calm skin from sunburn and rashes, you can add dried chamomile to bathwater.
- Mugwort – As an incense, tea, or spell ingredient, it can be used to aid lucid dreaming and astral projection.
- Patchouli – The scent is strong and exotic. Its strong perfume-like aroma makes it useful for protection, repelling magic, love, and wealth spells.
- Basil leaves – Abundance and wealth are represented. An easy manifesting spell is to write a wish or desire on a basil leaf and burn it.
You can use many more magical plants and herbs, and they all have different purposes as well. This list shows just how numerous the services are. Plant magic crosses every form of matter, whether solid, liquid or gaseous.
Plant Magic In Rituals and Spells 🌿
A plant is a living energy source. Therefore, spells and rituals that include them are powerfully enhanced and strengthened.
The most common way to make plant magic is by creating incenses and other plant potions. You can Sprinkle them around a cast circle for protection or add them to pouches and spell jars.
- Magickal Tea Recipes
- Cleansing Baths with Herbs
- Anointing Oils and Healing Salves
- Enchanting Perfumes and Incense
- 15 Simple Potion Recipes
Easy Plant Spells
Here’s a simple plant magic charm that’s fast and easy:
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Caring for Plants for Self-Care
It is magical to care for plants. Watching a tiny seed sprouting in spring, it grows into a small plant. It is fascinating to see the process of developing into an entire adult plant that flowers and fruits in late summer and eventually drops its leaves except for evergreens over Autumn and Winter to rest and work on its roots.
Following and journaling a single plant’s progress throughout the year is a beautiful way for the budding green witch to gain insight into plant growth. You can observe that plants are never too early or too late. Instead, they evolve as they are supposed to, using micro-changes in temperature and lighting.
Plants’ energy is living
A plant is a living energy source. Watching them and living with the seasons teaches us a lot about ourselves, not to mention that it’s a great exercise in patience and reminds us to slow down. Unfortunately, houseplants and potted plants are cut off from daylight, nutrient-dense soil, and rain. So you must take care of their needs.
Magical Plant Care Tips
Fertilizer is needed during the growing season when the plant produces new leaves, flowers, or fruits. By adding this, you can communicate with your plants. Studies show that plants respond better and become more prominent when spoken to or played music.
Every time you water your plants, you can say or sing a plant charm. One great one to say is: “Let your flowers bloom, let your fruits be sweet, and let us meet again for many years.”
Burn incense while taking care of your plants each week as part of your weekly plant maintenance ritual. To add extra protection to your plant, you can consecrate a special bottle to store your fertilizer in.
If you want to keep plants happy, invest in a herb house containing specific UV bulbs. You can paint the moon phases, flowers, or stickers you want on this.
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Spells8 has a lesson on Herbal Witchcraft, and a helpful YouTube video that introduces some common medicinal and magickal herbs:
Plant Magic Love Spell 💖
We take care of the plants, and they take care of us. Plants have been used for cosmetic purposes for centuries. It’s not hard to find DIY recipes online featuring herbs and magical plants, including chamomile face masks and lemon sugar lip scrubs. For soft hands and a romantic boost, we love rosewater hand cream.
- One part olive oil.
- One part organic rose water.
- One part beeswax.
- A screw-top container is similar to a small jar.
- Add pink food coloring (optional).
1. Melt the beeswax in a pan over low heat.
2. Combine the oil, colorant, and rose water, remove it from the heat and stir thoroughly to mix it evenly.
3. After you have poured the solution into your container, leave it to cool overnight with the lid off.
4. Rub it in with your hands. Enjoy the scent of romance as you anticipate a new relationship or improve the one you are in on its way to you.
Find more Love Spell recipes here.
Forest Magic and Wild Plant Magic
Last but not least, our favorite form of plant magick: it’s free, keeps us healthy, feels good, and supports our mental health. Go for a bushwalk. Take a forest bath. If the weather is chilly, wear comfortable shoes and a coat, and head to a park with trees. Breathe it all in.
Scientists have discovered the science behind the magical feeling of being in a forest: Phytoncide (the chemical released by trees and fungi) boosts our immune system, seeing the color green triggers the production of serotonin (the happy hormone), and hearing the wind in the trees, bird song and other sounds of nature calm our over-stimulated brains. In the woods, there are so many things to do. They include:
- You can build a stick house.
- Plan a picnic.
- A race sticks to a river.
- Wild food can forage. (When in doubt, consult a professional as many poisonous mushrooms and wild berries are almost identical.)
- Press flowers and leaves.
- Keep an eye out for animal tracks, such as fox and deer.
There is a lot of complexity in the world of plant magic. However, most aspects of plant magic have been covered here. You learned about their history, properties, and uses in spells, rituals, and self-care recipes. You know of their physical and metaphysical benefits.
The world has much more to offer, however. So you should explore this beautiful green world of plant magic and make it your own. It is the fun of magic when we take the information and use it to do our practices.