Alder (Alnus glutinosa): A Druid sacred tree. Because the pith of the alder tree is easily pushed out to make whistles, if you bind several shoots together, one end stopped with pieces of wood, you can entice air elementals to your area. You must trim the end of each shoot to produce the notes you desire. The old superstition of whistling up the wind comes from this.
Apple, Domestic: A Druid sacred tree. There is an old superstition stating that apples remove warts. Well, if done properly, it can work! To do this, cut an apple into three pieces. Rub the cut side on warts, saying: Out warts, into apple. Bury the pieces. As the apple decays, the warts will disappear. Also, apple cider can be used in place of blood in old spells that call for blood or wine.
Ash (Fraxious excelsior): A Druid sacred tree. Druid wands were often made of ash and carved with decorations. They are good for healing, general and solar magick. Placing fresh ash leaves under your pillow stimulates psychic dreams.
Ash leaves can also be used to bring general prosperity. To do this, gather ash leaves and take them to an outdoors place where you can work undisturbed. Using a sword, dagger, wand, or even your index finger, draw a circle in the ground which is large enough for you to work in without crossing. Facing the east, hold the ash leaves in both of your hands, saying, Elementals of the East, rulers of Air, bring me knowledge and inspiration. Turn to the South, and say, Elementals of the South, rulers of Fire, bring me energy and change. Turn to the west, and say, Elementals of the West, rulers of Water, bring me healing and love. Lastly, turn to the north, and say, Elementals of the North, rulers of Earth, bring me prosperity and success. At the end of each, throw a few ash leaves to each direction. Then, stand in the center of the circle with your hands raised, and say, Blessings to all who come to my aid. Between friends is this bargain made.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum): Burning basil exorcises negativity from the household. To perform a really thorough cleansing of your home, sprinkle basil leaves in each corner of each room, and add it to your bathwater.
Betony (Stachys officinalis, Betonica officinalis, Stachys betonica): A Druid sacred herb; also known as bishopwort, wood betony, and purple betony. Betony was considered a very sacred herb because it held the ability to expel evil spirits, nightmares, and despair. It was burned at Midsummer for purification and protection. It can be sprinkled near all doors and windows of the household to form a protective barrier. Also, to protect yourself from nightmares, fill a small cloth pillow with betony and place it under your normal pillow.
Birch (Betula alba): A Druid sacred tree; also known as lady of the woods, paper birch, and white birch. To bring love, gather strips of the bark at the time of the new moon and write in red ink on each strip, bring me true love. Then burn the strips, all the while saying, Goddess of love, God of desire, Bring to me sweet passions fire.
Bistort (Polygonum bistorta): Also known as snakeweed, dragonwort, and sweet dock. A dried root of bistort can be carried to aid conceiving.
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa): A Druid sacred tree; also known as sloe. The thorns of blackthorn can be used to rid yourself of enemies who will not leave you alone. Construct a candle or poppet to represent the enemy, and attach the trouble-makers name to either. Take three thorns and place them in the forehead, heart, and abdomen of the image, saying, Evil, return to the one who sent thee. Me and mine are now set free. No hurt nor harm can enter here. My life and way are now made clear.
Briar (Rosa rubiginosa): Also known as wild rose, briar rose, sweet briar, and hip fruit. In order to produce clairvoyant dreams, steep two teaspoons fresh or dried rose petals in boiling water. Cover and let stand for five minutes, and drink at bedtime. Burn the petals with love incenses to strength love spells.
Broom (Cytisus scoparius): A Druid sacred tree; also known as scotch broom and irish broom. The Irish called broom the physicians power because of its diuretic shoots. It can be used to sweep your oustide ritual areas to purify and protect. Burning the blooms is said to help calm the wind.
White Bryony (Bryonia alba, Bryonia dioca): Also known as English mandrake, briony, and ladies heal. POISONOUS. The roots are most often used to substitute the rare mandrake root. Setting a piece of this root on your money increases prosperity.
Burdock (Arctium lappa): Also known as cocklebur and beggars buttons. Steeping a handful of this herb in a bucket of water for washing floors to ward off negativity.
Cedar (Cedrus libani): A Druid sacred tree; also known as tree of life, arbor vitae, and yellow cedar. Ancient Celts living on the mainland would use cedar oil to preserve the heads of enemies (how quaint). Placing the palms of your hands against the ends of the leaves draws earth energy and grounds yourself.
Celandine (Chelidonum majus): Also known as tetterwort, swallow herb, figwort, and pilewort. Wearing a red flannel bag filled with the herb next to the skin prevents unlawful imprisonment.
Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis): Also known as wild chamomile, roman chamomile, and ground apple. A gentle sleep inducer can be produced by steeping two teaspoons of the herb for five minutes in a cup of boiling water. It can be burned or added to prosperity bags to increase income.
Wild Cherry (Prunus serotina): A Druid sacred tree; also known as black cherry and chokecherry. Chips of the wood or bark were burned at Celtic festivals.
Club Moss (Lycopodium clavatum): A Druid sacred herb; also known as wolf claw and staghorn. Club moss was so sacred an herb that only priests and priestesses were allowed to cut it, and that only with a silver blade. The plants and grasses were to be collected only in July and August, and were used to bless and protect.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): Also known as slippery root, knitbone, and blackwort. Teas, tinctures, and compresses of comfrey leaves or roots speed the healing of cuts, rashes, and broken bones. Tucking a piece of the root in your luggage when traveling ensures their safety.
Elder (Sambucus nigra): A Druid sacred tree; also known as ellhorn, elderberry, and lady elder. In some traditions, harming an elder tree brings misfortune to he who harmed it. It can be used to both bless and curse. Standing under an elder tree at Midsummer has the same effect as standing in a faerie ring of mushrooms, allowing you to see the little people. Elder wands are most useful in driving out evil spirits, and playing a whistle or flute of elder has the same effect as the wand.
Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis): A Druid sacred tree. In order to promote clairvoyance, brew a handful of the herb in a tightly covered pot, and allow to stand overnight. Store in an air tight container in a place away from direct heat and sunlight, but not in the refrigerator. Drink a half-teaspoon in a half-cup of spring water.
Ferns, particularly Male Fern (Dryopteris filixmas, also known as lucky hand), Maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum), Lady Fren and Polybody (Polypodium vulgare): Druid sacred trees. All ferns held powerful protective properties. Male ferns cut at Midsummer and dried and carried promoted good luck. Burned indoors, they produce protection, and outdoors, they produce rain.
Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium): Also known as featherfoil and flirtwort. It can be carried by travelers to ward against sickness or accident.
Silver Fir (Abies alba): A Druid sacred tree; also known as birth tree. To protect the mother and baby, the needles are burned during childbirth.
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea): A Druid sacred herb; also known as fairy gloves, fairy fingers, and dead mens bells. POISONOUS. Foxglove is associated with faeries and the little people.
Furze (Ulex europaeus): A Druid sacred tree; also known as gorse and whin. The golden flowers of furze are associated with Ostara. The wood and blooms are burned for protection and preparation for conflict.
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha): A Druid sacred tree; also known as may tree and white thorn. Wands of this wood are of great power and the blooms are considered erotic to men.
Hazel (Corylus spp.): A Druid sacred tree. Wands of hazel wood symbolize white magic and healing. If in need of protection quickly and outdoors, you can draw a circle around you with a hazel branch. Forked hazel branches are said to lead to water or buried treasure. String hazelnuts on a cord and hung them up around your house or ritual room to enlist the aid of plant faeries.
Heather (Calluna vulgaris): A Druid sacred herb. While red heather is used to promote passion, white heather can be used for just the opposite. It is used at Midsummer to promote love and protection.
Holly (Ilex aquifolium): A Druid sacred tree. For obvious reasons, holly is sacred to Yule. Its most often utilized then for decorating. For practical purposes, planting holly near the house repels negative spells sent against you. A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man increases his ability to attract the opposite sex.
Hops (Humulus lupulus): A Druid sacred herb; also known as beer flavor. Stuffing a pillow with dried hops aids sleep and healing.
Ivy, English (Hedera helix): A Druid sacred herb; POISONOUS. Ivy allows protection when planted on or near a house.
Juniper (Juniperus communis): A Druid sacred tree. Combined with thyme juniper was used by the Druids in incenses for visions. Stringing the mature berries in the house attracts love, and juniper growing near the door discourages thieves.
Laurel (Laurus nobilis): Also known as bay laurel and sweet bay. Laurel counteracts negativity. Its leaves were burned by priestesses to induce psychic visions. To lend inspiration and visions, place a bag of the leaves under your pillow.
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis): Also known as may bells; POISONOUS. To gain peace and knowledge, soak the flowers in spring water and sprinkle it around the ritual area.
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria): To restore harmony and bring peace, place this in the corners of each room.
Marigold (Calendula officinalis): A Druid sacred herb; also known as calendula, holigold, pot marigold, and bride of the sun. Rubbing marigold water on the eyelids helps you see faeries. Flowers added to pillows give clairvoyant dreams.
Marjoram (Organum majorana), Wild Marjoram (Organum vulgare): Also known as wintersweet, sweet marjoram, and pot marjoram. For protecting the household or specific objects, sprinkle an infusion of marjoram, mint, and rosemary around the house.
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria, Spirea ulmaria): One of the three most sacred Druid herbs; also known as queen of the meadow, gravel root, and meadowwort. This can be used to decorate the altar during love spells.
Mistletoe (Viscum album): The most sacred tree of the Druids; also known as birdlime, all heal, and golden bough. The berries are POISONOUS. They are used in love incenses, and mistletoe can be hung as an all-purpose protector.
Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria): Moonwort has crescent-shaped leaflets and fronds, which are used in love bags. Putting a piece of moonwort inside a locket with your lovers picture promotes lasting love.
Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus): Also known as pearl moss. Irish moss is used primarily to increase income. It can be used in poppets, burned in incense, and sprinkled into your purse or billfold, all for luck or money.
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris): A Druid sacred herb; also known as sailors tobacco, witch herb, and old man. Mugwort is used primarily to enhance divination and scrying abilities. Rub it on crystal balls or whatever you use for scrying to increase their strength. Soaking a quarter ounce of mugwort in wine for seven days, beginning on the new moon, can give you clairvoyance. It gives good luck if gathered at Midsummer.
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus): Also known as hags taper, candlewick plant, Aarons rod, velvet plant, and shepherds club. The powdered leaves are sometimes called graveyard dust, and can be substituted in spells that ask for such.
Nuts and Cones: Nuts and cones were sacred to the Druids because they hold high magickal properties. Acorns were often used as wand tips by Celtic priests. Nuts are often utilized in fertility rituals.
Oak (Quercus robur): A Druid holy tree; also known as tanners bark and white oak. The oak was the king of trees in a Druid grove. Magick wands were often made of this type of wood. The leaves may be burned for purification purposes. Gather acorns at night because they hold the greatest fertility powers.
Pine (Pinus spp.): The pine tree was sacred to the Druids, for it was one of the seven chieftain trees of the Irish. Pine can be burned with juniper and cedar to purify. Carry the cones and nuts as a fertility charm. Place pine needles in a bag and tie it under the faucet of the bath tub, and let the water run through the bag as it fills your bath. This is a good magickal cleansing and stimulating bath. Brushing your outdoor ritual area with a pine branch purifies and sanctifies.
Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia, Fraxinus aucuparia): A Druid sacred tree and sacred to the Goddess Brigit; also known as mountain ash, witchwood, and sorb apple. Its berries are especially magickal, but POISONOUS. Rowan is especially good for wands, amulets, rods, and spells; the wands are for knowledge, locating metal, and general divination purposes. A forked rowan branch can be used to locate water. To summon spirits when facing conflicts, burn a fire of rowan.
Rue (Ruta graveolens): Also known as herb of grace. Rue is considered an herb good for use against spells aimed against you and dark magick when burned. A fresh sprig of rue can be used to sprinkle sacred water for consecration, blessings, and healing.
St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum): A Druid sacred herb. The ancient Celts would pass St. Johnswort through the fires at Midsummer and wear it into battle for invincibility. It can also be burned to banish and exorcise negativity.
Solomons Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum, P. odoratum): Also known as dropberry and sealroot. It can be burned as a thank you offering to the Elementals after they have assisted you in some fashion.
Holy Thistle (Cnicus benedictus, Carduus benedictus): A Druid sacred herb; also known as blessed thistle and St. Benedict Thistle. Holy thistle is used primarily for protection and strength. It turns away thieves if grown in the garden.
Garden Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Wild Thyme (Thymus serpyllum): A Druid sacred herb; also known as common thyme and mother of thyme. A magickal cleansing bath may be made by pouring a tea of thyme and marjoram in the water. To cure nightmares, stuff a pillow full of thyme.
Trefoil (Trifolium spp.): A Druid sacred herb; also known as purple clover, shamrock, and three-leaved grass. Trefoil symbolizes triplicity in deities. Trefoil is a favorite herb of the little people, so always leave something in payment if you take it. Decorating with trefoil honors the triple deities. Carry a three-leaf clover for protection and luck.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Also known as garden heliotrope, vandal root, and St. Georges herb. Valerian can be used in love spells to reconcile troubled couples. To promote deep rest, place this in your pillows. Some cats love valerian more than catnip.
Vervain (Verbena officinalis): One of the three most sacred Druid herbs; also known as enchanters herb, holy herb, verbena, and blue vervain. Vervain was common in Celtic rites and incantations, so much so that it was often used as altar offerings. It is powerful for warding off psychic attack when burned, and is also used for love spells, and purification and wealth spells. It is also very powerful in attracting the opposite sex.
Willow (Salix alba): A Druid sacred tree for it was one of the seven sacred trees of the Irish; also known as white willow, tree of enchantment, and witches aspirin. Willow groves were so magickal that priests, priestesses, and all types of artisans would sit under the willows branches to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills, and prophecies. For a wish to be granted, ask permission of the willow, explaining your desire. Select a malleable shoot and tie it into a loose knot, all the while expressing what it is you want. When the wish is fulfilled, return and untie the knot, thanking the willow for the gift.
Woodruff (Asperula odorata): A Druid sacred herb; also known as sweet woodruff, master of the woods, and wuderove. To change the course of your life or bring victory, carry a sprig of woodruff. Add to Bealtaine wine as a symbol of clearing away barriers.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium): A Druid sacred herb; also known as absinthe. Wormwood was very magickal, and sacred to the moon deities. POISONOUS, but only if ingested accumulatively. It is good in burning in incenses on Samhain to aid evocation, divination, scrying, and prophecy, especially when combined with mugwort.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Also known as woundwort, seven years love, and milfoil. It is a powerful addition to incenses for divination and love.
Yew (Taxus baccata): A Druid sacred tree; also known as English yew and European yew. The berries are POISONOUS. It is sacred to Yule and deities of death and rebirth. It was used to make dagger handles, bows, and wine barrels. Yew wood and leaves were laid on graves as a reminder to the departed spirit that death was only a pause in life before rebirth.