Work magic to shield and protect your energy with these powerful botanicals.
This is an excerpt from my new e-book, Little Guide to Protection Magic.
Now it’s time to explore the roots, fruits, woods, resins, blossoms, and leaves that possess protective properties.
Botanicals can be used in protection magic as charms, incense, or essential oil.
Below, you’ll find instructions for employing a variety of plants in your protective magical work, along with the unique magical qualities of each plant and the specific parts or derivatives of the plant that are helpful.
While growing or responsibly wildcrafting your magical botanicals yourself yields the best results, this is not always possible or practical. If you purchase a dried botanical, you can empower it before use by placing the amount you plan to use in a bowl and holding it in bright sunlight for a minute or two.
No matter how you obtain your botanical, be sure to take a moment to send your intention into the herb. Do the same with a stick or cone of incense before you light it. If you’re using an essential oil, you can empower the entire bottle with your intention before use.
As its name implies, angelica is aligned with angels and the angelic realm. Growing angelica in your yard helps create a protective aura around your home. You can add a tablespoon or so of dried angelica root to your bathwater to cleanse your aura, particularly if you feel like you’ve picked up any sort of vibration or energy that you’d like to release. Angelica root can be carried in a sachet as a powerful shielding and deflecting protective charm. Diffuse essential oil of angelica to create a harmonious atmosphere and to remove challenging or stuck energies or entities from a space.
Tie nine cedar twigs together with hemp twine to create a charm of protection against curses, hexes, and baneful magic of all varieties. Safely burn it when you feel the threat has passed. Diffusing cedar essential oil or burning cedar incense creates a protective vibration in a space by aligning the area with divine energies and wisdom. Anoint protective charms with essential oil of cedar to activate, enhance, or refresh their power. You can also anoint the outside of your front door (and all doors that open to the outside) to protect your home from all dangers, visible and invisible.
Dragon’s blood resin, from the Dracaena draco tree, is highly protective and can be employed to keep all negativity at bay. Sprinkle a tiny bit of the powder under your doormat to ensure no person or spirit with ill will may enter. Burn dragon’s blood incense around any interior or exterior space for protection, or burn it during any protection ritual for added power. Dragon’s blood that has been expertly prepared as a perfume oil can be applied to the wrists for personal protection. To protect your home, you can apply dragon’s blood oil to the outside of your front door. You can also use dragon’s blood oil to anoint other protective amulets to keep their magic strong.
Use hemp twine to tie a little elecampane root into white cotton fabric, and carry the bundle or pin it to the inside of your clothes to protect yourself from challenging vibrations related to drama, gossip, jealousy, infighting, or office politics at work or in any group setting. You can also place a little of the root, along with sea salt, in a bowl or glass and place it in a room to absorb and mitigate such vibrations. Carrying a small bundle of elecampane root can help you to clearly detect dishonesty and attempts to manipulate, so it can be helpful with real estate dealings, car shopping, and any other situation involving trans- actions or negotiations.
If I could use only one protective charm or ingredient for the rest of my life, it would be garlic. Garlic is like searing-white sunlight in botanical form. It has been said that garlic is not just aligned with Archangel Michael but is energetically synonymous with him. Garlic protects against negative energy of all varieties, including unhappy/unhelpful ghosts and spirits, energetic cords of attachment to other people or situations, people with negative intentions toward you, psychic vampires, narcissists, psychopaths, drama queens, and all forms of danger. I have employed a single garlic clove as a protection charm on numerous occasions, always with spectacular success. All you need to do is empower a clove and carry it, but I like to sew or tie one into a little cotton fabric and safety-pin it to the inside of the middle of my bra. To protect your home, you can cut a garlic clove in half and anoint the outside of your front door, as well as all doors and windows to the outside, with a little of its juice.
Lavender is famous for being relaxing and sweet, so you may think it wouldn’t put up much of a fight against negativity. Well, think again! The positivity that comes with the scent of fresh lavender, freshly dried lavender, or lavender essential oil is actu- ally so potent that it’s nearly impossible for negativity to share a space with it. Grow lavender outside your home, wear a scent made with lavender essential oil, or diffuse the essential oil in your space to disperse heavy, stuck, and challenging energy and to establish a formidable aura of positivity and joy. Lavender’s effect is cumulative: it repeatedly fortifies your shield of good vibes, making it stronger and stronger over time.
I once received some homegrown peaches as a gift. After I ate one, I noticed that the pit was humming with positive energy. A little research led me to discover this passage in Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs: “Branches of the peach tree are used to drive off evil spirits in China, and also to root out illnesses. Children in China wear a peach pit suspended about the neck to keep demons away.” To motivate unwanted ghosts to move along, try placing a peach pit in the center of each room and then opening all the windows and doors to the outside for a few minutes. (If you have animals who may get out, you can just open the windows.) You can also carry a peach pit for psychic and spiritual protection.
Burn pine incense or diffuse pine essential oil during protection spells or to establish high and pure vibrations within your space. Or place sprigs or boughs of pine around your home, on your altar, or on your front door for the same purpose.
Roses vibrate at the frequency of love and are therefore believed to have the highest vibration of any living thing. Fresh roses have an immediate and profound effect on the energy of a space, so it can be helpful to bring in a bouquet when an area feels dense, negative, stressful, chaotic, or unsafe. Fresh roses and angelic energy are in harmony with each other, so any spiritual work with angels can be strengthened and enhanced by the proximity of one or more fresh roses.
Rose geraniums and rose geranium essential oil are highly positive and immediately strengthening and balancing to the mind, body, and aura. Spending time with a rose geranium flower and inhaling the scent can fortify your energy field and help you radiate happiness and strength, as can diffusing or simply taking a whiff of the essential oil.
Malevolent magic and people with a hidden or unkind agenda will be dissuaded from entering your home if you hang a bundle of fresh rosemary on or above the outside of your front door. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary to your bathwater to cleanse your personal energy and fortify your aura. Diffusing essential oil of rosemary in your space can help strengthen your boundaries and energetic well-being.
Yarrow has a strong, bright, positive energy. Grow it around your home to create a protective shield, or tie dried yarrow into a muslin bag and hang it on or above your front door to keep negativity at bay.
You may also like The Magical and Metaphysical Properties of Flowers and 5 Simple and Powerful Protection Charms.
Did you find an herb that you feel drawn to work with for protection magic? Or do you have another favorite protective herb? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.