Lavender (Lavendula officinalis)
Gender: Masculine. Planet: Mercury. Element: Air.
Protection, Cleansing, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Deities: Cernunnos, Cirse, Hecate, Medea.
Also known as Elf Leaf, Spike, Nardus, Spikenard
Since ancient times, Lavender has been used for its magickal and healing properties. The Greeks called it the Witches herb, and associated it with the goddess Hecate. They used it for insomnia, insanity and aching backs. The Romans used it in public baths, to purify the air and burned it to ease labor pains. Early Egyptians used Lavender in preparation of the linens to wrap their dead.
Lavender has strong antiseptic qualities. It has an analgesic effect on the skin, which helps with pain relief, but it is the antiseptic and stimulant properties which make it very effective for use on wounds and burns. Lavender repels insects. Hang a pouch with some dried Lavender in your closets to keep moths away.
Magickally, Lavender is used in a variety of ways. It can be used in spells for protection, success, cleansing, good luck, attraction, healing, longevity, to communicate with entities, dream magick and protection against the evil eye.
Lavender in the home brings peace, joy and healing. It is used to
balance yin and yang energies. Hang a bunch of Lavender flowers by your front door to repel negativity and fill your home with love.
Some people carry it on them for strength, courage, to attract love or as a charm for protection.
It can be added to purification baths. Run bathwater over fresh sprigs or place a few drops of oil in the bath.
The dried flowers, burned as an incense or a few fresh sprigs placed under your pillow can help induce a peaceful sleep. Meditation with the scent of Lavender can aid in uplifting your spirits and relieving depression.
Lavender has been used for sleep divination.
Think of a wish and place lavender flowers under your pillow. Do this just prior to your sleeping time in the night. By morning, if you dream of anything relating to your wish, you will get what you desire. However, if you do not dream, or if they are not connected with your wish, it will not manifest.
Lavender Mint Tea
1/4 cup fresh lavender petals
1 cup fresh mint leaves
4 cups water
Place lavender petals and mint leaves into a saucepan,
pour water over lavender and mint, and bring to a boil.
Turn heat to low and simmer tea until flavor is your
desired strength, 15 to 20 minutes.
Strain out mint and lavender petals and serve tea hot.
If you prefer, let strained tea cool serve over ice.
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg
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