Today is Litha or the Summer Solstice, so what better day than to talk about Flowers that are magical and delightful!
Lavender is one of the easiest plants to propagate in the garden, and is not only beneficial for its medicinal and magical properties, it is also loved by bees and butterflies.
Lavender is a Mercurial herb and is associated with the element of air, and is wonderful to use in spirit communication incense. Lavender has the ability to not only call on benevolent spirits but also has the power to cleanse and remove negative energies and drive out nasty entities which reputedly dislike sweet scents.
Lavender can also be worn to see ghosts, and can be particularly effective when combining it with wormwood in the form of a tea.
Lavender can be worn to protect against the evil eye and for protection in general. The oil can be worn on a cotton ball in a special locket as well, although I must warn against the strong scent which can cause headaches if it is not diluted properly and if constantly inhaling the oil from personal experience.
Lavender is often listed as a herb sacred to Hekate, and I use it in many of my devotional incenses and when I can I will harvest fresh flowers for the altar. As one of the more gentle herbs associated with Hekate, it can be used to petition Hekate Atalos.
In magic, lavender has been used in love spells and attraction spells, and brewed as a tea with honey can make a powerful love and attraction elixir.
I Conjure thee, I Conjure thee,I’m the Queen, you’re the BeeAs I desire, so shall it be.
-Charmed “Dream Sorcerer”
Lavender has been used medicinally and in aromatherapy as a sedative, calmitive and aid for headaches. It can be used as an essential oil or brewed lightly into tea. It can be used to make dream bags and pillows along with mugwort and chamomile, for sleep and dreaming magic.
Lavender can be grown in the garden for the home to bring happiness and peace and can help ease the symptoms of depression.
Lavender oil can be used in the bath and as a constituent of bath salts to relax muscles and tensions as well as increase romance.
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs- Scott Cunningham
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