Herbs That Protect

Through the centuries there have been many herbs steeped in myth and magic. Certain herbs were considered to have strong protective properties and people would grow them outside their houses, hang bunches or wreaths around doorways and in their homes, sprinkle them in the corners of rooms, or carry them on their person in sachets to protect them from evil spirits, ghosts, witchcraft, or black magic.

In the Middle Ages, vervain was used as an ingredient in a holy salve to protect against demons and disease, while nettles provided protection against sorcery.

Vervain

Vervain

Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle

In past times, many people believed that certain herbs, such as bay, elder, rue and basil could provide protection against witchcraft. Nicholas Culpeper, a well-known English botanist, herbalist, and physician in the 17th century, wrote that the bay tree ‘resisteth witchcraft very potently,’ and ‘neither witch nor devil, thunder nor lightening, will hurt a man in the place where a bay-tree is.’

Bay

Bay

Elder was planted outside the door to protect the home against evil and black magic, while fallen branches were brought inside and hung over doorways to protect the home.

Elder

Elder

Basil is a herb that is steeped in folklore. Used for purification and protection, it was said to have grown around Christ’s tomb after the resurrection. Some Greek Orthodox churches use it to prepare their holy water, and put pots of basil below their altars.

Basil leaves or an infusion of basil were sprinkled around the floors to prevent evil from entering the home.

Basil

Basil

Rosemary is also used for purification and protection and can be grown at the doorway of a house to protect those within.

 

Rosemary

Rosemary

St. John’s Wort was considered a magical plant that provided protection from evil spirits and ghosts. Branches of the shrub or stems of the herb were hung in homes to protect the occupants.

St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort

Foxgloves, also called fairy’s gloves and witches’ thimbles, were grown in the garden to protect the home and property from evil spirits.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Other herbs used to protect against evil include angelica, sage, wormwood, yarrow, horehound, eucalyptus, lavender, white clover, and hyssop.

Angelica

Angelica

Yarrow

Yarrow

Sage

Sage

Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop

white clover

White clover

Lavender

Lavender

Herbs used for banishing ghosts and evil spirits include mallow, belladonna, henbane, and nettle.

Mallow

Mallow

Belladonna

Belladonna

 

┬áVervain, stinging nettle, elder, St. John’s Wort, angelica, yarrow, mallow and belladonna images are from Pixabay.
All other images are my own.

 

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The Power of Crystals

For centuries people have been aware of the healing power of crystals and the energy they emit. Each crystal has its own distinct characteristics and properties, working through the resonance and vibration of their crystalline structure to heal and bring balance.

amazoniteBut as well as their power to heal, some crystals have the ability to protect from negative energies, and also from electromagnetic radiation. I keep a piece of amazonite beside my computer to absorb electromagnetic emanations. Other crystals that can protect against electromagnetic smog include smoky quartz, black tourmaline, amethyst, fluorite, amber, lepidolite, jasper, malachite, and aventurine.

In ancient times charms, amulets, and talismans made from crystals were carried or worn for spiritual protection or protection against negative energies. Amber was commonly used for protection by the ancient Romans, while jet was used in olden times to protect from entities of darkness.

Crystals that are known for their strong protective properties include amethyst, clear quartz and smoky quartz, black tourmaline, amber, jet, black obsidian, black onyx, black tourmaline, tiger’s eye, citrine, and garnet.

In my novel, Where the Moths Dance, Jessie carries a crystal protection pouch to protect herself against the evil entity that has invaded the graveyard where she lives. The pouch includes four crystals – clear quartz, amethyst, jet, and obsidian.

crystal protection pouch

clear quartz

 

Clear quartz is good for grounding and for psychic protection. It protects against negative energy and transforms it to positive energy. It is a good cleanser and defender.

 

Amethyst

Amethyst is a highly protective stone. It guards against psychic attack and has strong healing and cleansing powers. It provides spiritual protection and purification and can clear one’s environment of negative energies.

 

Jet

 

Jet draws out and absorbs negative energies, protecting from forces of darkness and violence.

 

Obsidian

 

Obsidian provides powerful protective energies. It repels negativity and is said to enhance communication with spirits. It is a good stone for basic psychic defence.

 

protective crystals