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Herb Substitutes for Spell work

Herbs are an essential part of witchcraft and have been used in the kitchen for thousands of years. In Witchcraft they are not only used in spell work but are,  often burned for their fragrance and cleansing properties, added to baths, lotions, or made into teas. Before using any herb, you should be aware of its properties and know its correct use. Some herbs can cause irritation just from handling as their properties can be absorbed through the skin. So, if you are in any doubt, use protective clothes and when handling the herb and take all necessary precautions.

Although we like to think of ourselves as very experienced witches after so many years of practising even we sometimes run out of our most used herbs. This can be very inconvenient especially if you have already begun your spell before realising or when you must perform a spell at short notice and find yourself without half of the ingredients. But the best thing about witchcraft is that there are substitutions that can be made for almost any herb when you need to. In this blog we are going to cover what herbs can be used in the place of another and in what type of magick they can be used in. 



If you find yourself without sage when performing protection magick this can be replaced with:

  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Vervain
  • Lavender
  • Oregano

Rose Petals

If you find your out of rose petals when performing love magick they can be replaced with:

  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Apple
  • Catnip
  • Cardamon
  • Sweet marjoram

Bay Leaf

If you have no more bay leaf and want to perform wealth and prosperity magick this can be replaced with:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • All Spice
  • Clove
  • Flaxseed
  • Onion peel


If you have no lavender for sleep magick, then replace it with:

  • Valerian
  • Chamomile
  • Agrimony
  • Peppermint


If you are performing magick to increase your power and have no peppermint, simply use:

  • Marigold
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Rose
  • Sunflower


If you are all out of rosemary when performing magick to reduce anxiety, then use the below instead:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile


All out of parsley for your strength magick? Then use:

  • Thyme
  • Bay leaf
  • Black pepper (inner strength)
  • Carnation
  • Garlic 
  • Mugwort
Thank you so much for reading if you found this information useful, please share it. For further information about herbology take a look at our herb book. If you have any thoughts, please leave a comment or get in touch, Blessings x


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