The Magickal Herbs of Midsummer
Fairy Offering: Sprinkle Sage or Vervain mixed with tobacco around your garden as an offering to the elemental’s and fairies who help things grow.
Chamomile: This sun herb can be used to protect your home from dark powers.
Chickweed: This love herb can be used to attract or improve an existing relationship.
Chickory: This sun herb is used to over come obstacles, and win the favor of important people.
Cinquefoil: Use this herb for protection, purification and for abundance.
Delphinium (larkspur): Use this herb to gain selfless skills of leadership. If you gaze at the Midsummer fire through a bunch of delphinium it is said to strengthen your eyes.
Dogwood: This herb is used for protection.
Elder flower: This fairy flower can be used in wish fulfillment spells and blessings of people, places and things. This is a sacred fairy tree and it is said that the Elder Mother, a powerful dryad who lives in the Elder, will haunt any person who cuts down one of her trees. The stems of this tree plant are used to make panpipes and if you stand or sleep beneath an Elder you will see the King of the Fairies and his court go by.
Fennel: Use this herb in the Midsummer bonfire and if you hang it in your home it will bring health and protection.
Lavender: Use this herb in the Midsummer bonfire as an offering to the Lady and Lord. It can be used in love spells to attract men and if placed in the home promotes joy, peace, and healing.
Male Fern: This plant is said to attract women. It also brings luck and, if you burn it indoors it is said to bring rain.
Meadowsweet: This fragrant plant is used for bridal bouquets and in love spells.
Mugwort: Crowns of this plant were traditionally made and worn at Midsummer. It is the protective herb of travelers and works against fatigue, wild animals, evil spirits and sunstroke. Made into tea it is said to bring prophetic visions and can help with scrying. Use the tea to cleanse mirrors and crystal balls.
Pine: Use for peace.
Rose: Traditional herb for love.
St. Johns Wort: This herb is picked at Midsummer and dried over the Midsummer fire. It is a powerful protective plant that help keep evil from your home. The scent of this plant will cause evil spirits to flee. It is the custom in Brittany to pray and ask for permission to harvest this plant. It should always picked with the left hand. With your white handled knife loosen the dirt around the plant and then pull the whole thing from the ground. The roots should be intact. This herb symbolizes the dismemberment of the god and considered a sacrifice.
Source: A Druids Herbal For The Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman
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