Herbs for magical use O to Z


Oak : Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck

Magic Herb
Orris Root Powder

Oats : Money

Olive : Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust

Onion : Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Lust

Orange : Love, Divination, Luck, Money

Orchid : Love

Oregon Grape : Money, Prosperity

Orris Root : Love, Protection, Divination

The most well-known magickal use for orris root is for love and lust magick, where it is often mixed with other ‘aphrodisiacal’ herbs and spices in the creation of love philtres or potions. In the Hoodoo tradition, orris root is often sprinkled unto, or blown unto the clothes and belongings of a person who one desires, in an attempt to ‘win’ the other over. It is said that if performed, the object of one’s desires will be unable to resist the beckoning . The oil of orris root, as well as its leaves and flowers, when burnt as an incense is also said to inflame passion and lust, as well as invoke courage and vigour.

Osha Root (Ligusticum porteri): Luck, Protection

Magic Herb
Osha Root

The magical use of Osha root comes from northern Native American tribal traditions where it is viewed as having great power in luck and is often carried as a lucky talisman. When burned it produces a warm and spicy aroma which is used to purify the air in much the same way smudge sticks are used. Because of its power in good luck it is also used by some to guard against negative or harmful influences and energies.


Palm, Date : Fertility, Potency
Pansy : Love, Rain Magic, Love, Divination
Papaya : Love, Protection
Papyrus : Protection
Parosela : Hunting
Parsley : Love, Protection, Purification
Passion Flower : Peace, Sleep, Friendship

Magic Herb
Palo Santo

Patchouly : Money, Fertility, Lust

Palo Santo: Healing, Meditation

Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. The name means ‘Holy Wood” and is used in spiritual rituals for its cleansing and healing properties. It has an uplifting and calming aroma that will allow deeper mediation

Pea : Money, Love
Peach : Love, Exorcism, Longevity, Fertility, Wishes

Pear : Lust, Love
Pecan : Money, Employment

Pennyroyal : Strength, Protection, Peace
Peony : Protection, Exorcism
Pepper : Protection, Exorcism
Peppermint : Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers

Pepper Tree : Purification, Healing, Protection

Periwinkle : Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Money, Protection

Persimmon : Changing Sex, Healing, Luck
Plot Weed : Protection
Pimento : Love

Pimpernel : Protection, Health
Pine : Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money

Pineapple : Luck, Money, Chastity
Pipsissewa : Money, Spirit Calling
Pistachio : Breaking Love Spells
Plantain : Healing, Protection, Strength, Snake Repelling

Plum : Healing
Plumeria : Love
Poke : Courage, Hex Breaking
Pomegranate : Divination, Luck, Wishes, Wealth, Fertility

Poplar : Money, Flying
Poppy : Fertility, Love, Sleep, Money, Luck, Invisibility

Potato : Image Magic, Healing
Prickly Ash : Love
Primrose : Protection, Love
Purslane : Sleep, Love, Luck, Protection, Happiness


Quassia : Love
Quince : Protection, Love, Happiness


Radish : Protection, Lust

Ragweed : Courage

Ragwort : Protection
Raspberry : Protection, Love
Rattlesnake Root : Protection, Money
Rhubarb : Protection, Fidelity
Rice : Protection, Rain, Fertility, Money
Roots : Protection, Power, Divination
Rose : Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection

Rosemary : Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth
Rowan : Psychic Powers, Healing, Protection, Power, Success
Rue : Healing, Health, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Love
Rye : Love, Fidelity


Saffron : Love, Healing, Happiness, Wind Raising, Lust, Strength, Psychic Powers.
Sage : Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes

Sagebrush : Purification, Exorcism
St.Johns Wort : Health, Power, Protection, Strength, Love, Divination, Happiness
Sandalwood : Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality

Sarsaparilla : Love, Money
Sassafras : Health, Money (Business growth)
Savory, Summer : Mental Powers
Scullcap : Love, Fidelity, Peace
Senna : Love
Sesame : Money. Lust
Shallot : Purification
Skunk Cabbage : Legal Matters
Slippery Elm : Halts Gossip
Sloe : Exorcism, Protection
Snakeroot : Luck Money
Snakeroot/black : Love, Lust, Money

Snakeroot/White: TOXIC

The plant that killed a president’s mother. White snake root, also known as Eupatorium rugosum, is a highly poisonous plant native to North America. It contains an extremely high level of the toxin tremetol, which is not known for killing humans directly, but indirectly. After blooming, small fluffy white seeds are easily blown away with the wind. When the plant is eaten by livestock, the toxin is absorbed into their milk and meat. When humans eat the beef or drink the milk from these tainted cows, the toxin enters the body and causes something called milk sickness, which is highly fatal. Thousands of European settlers died from milk sickness in America at the beginning of the 19th century. Milk Sickness also claimed the life of Nancy Hanks who was Abraham Lincoln’s mother.(1)

Magic Herb
Solomons Seal Root

Snapdragon : Protection
Solomons Seal : Protection, Exorcism

Believed to be potent when used in the creation of magical seals and binding spirits, Solomon’s Seal Root is also used as an aphrodisiac, and in love spells.

Sorrel Wood : Healing, Health

Southern Wood : Love, Lust, Protection

Spanish Moss : Protection
Spearmint : Healing, Love, Mental Powers

SpiderWort : Love

Spikenard : Love
Squill : Money, Protection, Hex Breaking
Star, Anise : Psychic Powers, Luck
Stillengia : Psychic Powers
Straw : Luck, Image Magic
Strawberry : Love, LuckMagic Herb

Strychnine: Hexing, Cursing, Death

Queen Cleopatra famously forced her servants to commit suicide by eating the strychnine tree’s seeds, which contain lethal levels of strychnine. She did this in order to determine if it would be the best means for her own suicide. After seeing the agony that her servants endured, she changed her mind. The Strychnine tree is a medium sized tree which is native to India and South East Asia. The small seeds inside the trees’ green to orange fruit contain strychnine alkaloids. 30mg of these alkaloids is enough to be fatal to an adult. It is also an extremely painful death thanks to violent convulsions due to stimulation of sensory ganglia in the spine. (1)

Sugar Cane : Love, Lust

Sulfur Powder (Brimstone)

Sometimes associated with hell and the devil, Sulfur, or Brimstone, is actually quite good for destroying an enemy’s hold on you or preventing curses and hexes.

Sumbul : Love, Luck, Health, Psychic Powers

Sunflower : Fertility, Wishes, Health, Wisdom

Sweetgrass : Calling Spirits

Sweetpea : Friendship, Chastity, Courage, Strength


Tamarind : Love
Tamarisk : Exorcism, Protection
Tansy : Health, Longevity
Tea : Riches, Courage, Strength
Thistle : Strength, Protection, Hex Breaking, Healing

Thistle, Holy : Purification, Hex Breaking
Thistle, Milk : Snake Enraging
Thyme : Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification, Courage
Ti : Protection, Healing
Toadflax : Protection, Hex Breaking
Toadstool : Rain Making
Tobacco : Healing, Purification
Turmeric : Purification, Depression

Curcumin is a compound found within the spice turmeric, which is made by grinding the root of the turmeric plant.  Ground turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. Studies have proven both depression and
anxiety were reduced by curcumin extracts, relative to placebo. As in previous trials, the effect on anxiety was greater than the effect on depression.(3)

Turnip : Protection, Ending Relationships


Urva Ursa : Psychic Workings


Magic Herb

Valerian : Love, Sleep, Purification, Protection

Quite potent when used within spells and rituals of protection and purification, Valerian Root is well known for warding off negative intention and magic.


Vanilla : Love, Lust, Mental Powers

Vanilla Bean, whole (Vanilla planifolia)
Vanilla Beans have been known for years for their ability to help stir the senses, and help inspire desire and lust, as somewhat of an aphrodisiac. Comes as one single pod of seeds.

Venus Flytrap : Protection, Love
Vervain : Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep, Healing

A powerful aid in warding off evil spirits and vampires, Vervain is also a great aid of divination, trances, dream magic and creating love spells.

Vetch, Giant : Fidelity
Vetivert : Love, Hex Breaking, Luck, Money, Anti-Theft

Violet : Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing


Wahoo : Hex-breaking, Courage, Success
Walnut : Health, Mental Powers, Infertility, Wishes
Wax Plant : Protection
Wheat : Fertility, Money

White Sage loose (Salvia alpine):

The preferred herb for smudging, this loose form of the herb is perfect for smoldering over a charcoal or offering directly into a fire. The smoke is used to neutralize the energy of an area. Good for cleansing and rituals of healing, blessings, propertity, protection or any purpose. Also good in mojo bags and homemade incense blends.

Willow or White Willow : Love, Divination, Protection, Healing

Frequently associated with the moon or the element of water, willow bark can be good for spells and rituals of healing as well as those of binding.

Wintergreen : Protection, Healing, Hex Breaking
Winters Bark : Success
Witch Grass : Happiness, Lust, love, Exorcism

Magic Herb
Witches Grass

Often used to represent Jupiter in ritual magick, Witches Grass can be potent in spells seeking happiness, good luck or overcoming obstacles. See also: Dog grass, Kusha, Couch, Quack.

Witch Hazel : Protection, Chastity

Native Americans frequently used Witch Hazel leaf for several healing aspects. It can be used to call energies, offering to Spirits, Energies, and Elements

It can be sewn into a mojo bag as a talisman of power to call or command intensions and overcome adversity.

Wolfs Bane : Protection, Invisibility

Wolfsbane, also known as women’s bane or devils helmet, belongs to the buttercup family. It’s a perennial plant and is native to mountainous regions in the northern hemisphere. Wolfsbane contains large quantities of a poison called pseudaconitine, which was used by the Ainu people of Japan as poison for hunting. When ingested, an intense burning feeling in the limbs and abdomen is immediately felt. In large doses, death can occur in as little as 2-6 hours. Only 20ml of pseudaconitine is needed to kill an adult human. Its name comes the mythology that it was thought to keep away werewolves, hence ‘wolfsbane’.(1)

Wood Rose : Luck
Woodruff : Victory, Protection, Money
Wormwood : Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits

Wormwood is often burned as an incense during rituals and spell work designed to increase or develop psychic powers.

It is also connected to Masculine Energy, Mars and Fire.

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Yarrow : Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism

Often used in Handfasting ceremonies and weddings Yarrow flower is also helpful in spells of divination.

Yellow Evening Primrose : Hunting

Yellowdock Root (Rumex crispus): Money, Luck, Love

Often viewed as a powerful aid in attracting money and good luck, particularly in business, some also view

Yellowdock as a great aid for love spells.

Magic Herb
Yerba Santa

Yerba Mate : Fidelity, Love, Lust
Yerba Santa : Beauty, Healing, Psychic Powers, Protection

Yerba Santa is a sticky-leafed evergreen native to the southwestern United States. Unlike many other astringent herbs, Yerba Santa actually has a pleasant taste. It was given its name “holy weed” by Spanish priests.

Yew : Raising the Dead
Yohimbe : Love, Lust
Yucca : Transmutation, Protection, Purification


(1) The Top 10 Deadliest Plants http://zidbits.com/2011/07/the-top-10-deadliest-plants/

(2) http://www.herbs-info.com/orris-root.html

(3) http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/bipolar-disorder/curcumin-new-use-old-spice?GUID=CD7A3807-FF3E-4F35-BBDB-5143BE493934&rememberme=1&ts=03012017

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