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A summary of Herbs starting with the letters G to H.

GALANGAL ROOT: Magickal uses include winning in court, doubling money, hex breaking and sex magick. Burn as incense to remove evil spells and break curses. Carry for protection, to improve psychic abilities and to bring good health. Carry to court to make the judge or jury feel favorably inclined toward you. Wrap money around the root and it will multiply threefold. Burn vigilantly for 14 days before a court case, saving the ashes and bringing them to court in a green flannel bag for luck.

Also Called: Lo John, Low John, Lo John the Conqueror, Lesser Galangal, Galanga, Colic Root, Gargaut, Catarrh Root, India Root, China Root

GARDENIAS: Promoting peace/repelling strife, protection from outside influences. Carry or wear to attract love or friendship. Burn with other healing herbs to bring peace and comfort to one who is ailing. Use dried flowers in healing incenses and mixtures. Scatter around a room to bring peaceful vibrations.

GARLIC: Magickal uses include healing, protection, exorcism, repulsion of vampires, and purification of spaces and objects. Used to invoke Hecate. Guards against negative magic, spirits, and the envy of others. Hang in the home to bring togetherness to the family or keep your willpower strong. Said to ward off bad weather when worn or carried during outside activities. Believed to absorb diseases -- rub fresh, peeled garlic against ailing body parts then throw the garlic into running water.

Also Called: Stinkweed

GENTAIN: Add an infusion to the bath for power and strength.

GERANIUMS: Overcoming negative thoughts & attitudes, lifting spirits, promoting protection & happiness. Repels insects. Balances mind and body.

GINGER: Draws adventure and new experiences. Promotes sensuality, sexuality, personal confidence, prosperity, and success. Adds to the strength and speed of any mixture of which it is a part. Place in amulet, mojo, or medicine bag to promote good health & protection. Use in herbal mixtures for the consecration of athames to strengthen and energize the ritual blade. A ginger root in the form of a human is a very powerful magickal token.

Also Called: African Ginger

GINKO BILOBA: Aphrodisiac, associated with fertility. Carry or use in amulets and charms as a healing herb. Useful in ritual healing. The dried nuts represent male fertility. Useful in all creative work. Immerse in water, then remove and keep in the bedroom to gain grace, love, and beauty.

Also Called: Maidenhair Tree, Living Fossil, Gingko

GINSENG: Magickal uses include love, beauty, protection, healing and lust. Carry to draw love, health, money, and sexual potency. Carve a wish into a whole root and throw it into water to make the wish come true.

Also Called: Sang, Wonder of the World Root

GOLDENROD: Money, divination

Also Called: Aaron's Rod, Woundwort, Sweet Goldenrod, Solidago, Ver d'or

GOLDENSEAL: Healing rituals, money spells, success. Beneficial in business dealings and matters of finance. Work into any charm or spell to increase its power.

Also Called: Yellow Root, Orange Root, Yellow Puccoon, Ground Raspberry, Eye Balm, Eye Root, Indian Paint, Yellow Paint, Golden Root, Wild Turmeric, Indian Turmeric, Jaundice Root, Yellow Eye, Wamera

GOOSEGRASS: Wisdom, tenacity, luck in love, and pleasant dreams.

GORSE: Associated with love, protection, romance, and weddings. Used to further the romance of a consensual relationship. Protects against negativity and dark magick.

Also Called: Whin, Prickly Broom, Furze

GOTU KOLA: Burn prior to (but not during) meditation.

GRAPES: Fertility, money, mental powers, and garden magick

GRAPE SEEDS: Used for garden magick and fertility.

GRAPEFRUIT: Cleansing and purification

GRAVEL ROOT: Used to increase the chances of getting a job. Aids one during times of distress. Useful as an altar offering, especially during love magick. Burn or strew about the house to relieve disharmony in the home or remove tensions. An infusion of the herb rubbed on an erect member is said to improve male potency.

Also Called: Meadow Sweet, Bride of the Meadow, Bridewort, Little Queen, Gravelweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Purple Boneset, Kidney Root, Trumpet Weed, Trumpet Vine, Meadowsweet

GUINEA PEPPERS: Hexing and cursing

GUM, ARABIC: Protection, psychic and spiritual enhancement, money, platonic love, and friendship. Use to anoint candles & censers and to consecrate chests or boxes that hold ritual tools. Use in incense to promote a meditative state.

Also Called: Acacia

HAWTHORNE: Magickal uses include chastity, fertility, fairy magick, fishing magick, and rebirth. Also used for success in matters related to career, work, and employment. Place around the bedroom or carry to enforce or maintain chastity or celibacy. Sacred to the fairy. Used to decorate maypoles. Used in weddings and handfastings to increase fertility. Wear while fishing to ensure a good catch. Wear or carry to promote happiness and protect against lightning. Keep in a house to repel ghosts and evil spirits. An infusion of the herb used to wash floors will remove negative vibrations.

Also Called: Hawthorne, Haw, May Bush, May Tree, Mayblossom, Mayflower, Quickset, Thorn-apple Tree, Whitethorn, Bread and Cheese Tree, Quick, Gazels, Ladies' Meat

HAY: Pregnancy and fertility

HEAL ALL: Uses includes all purpose healing and successful gambling.

HEATHER: Protection, luck, and immortality. Dip in water and sprinkle it around in a circle to bring rain. Carry in sachets or charms to protect against rape and other violent crimes. Hang or use in home decorations to promote peace. Burn with fern to bring rain.

Also Called: Ling, Scotch Heather

HELIOTROPE: Cheerfulness, gaiety, prosperity, and protection. Use in rituals of Drawing Down the Sun or in magickal workings requiring strengthening of the solar aspects of the self. Place under the pillow to induce prophetic dreams. It is said that if you sleep with fresh heliotrope under your pillow, you will dream of the person that has stolen from your home.

Also Called: Turnsole, Cherry Pie

HEMLOCK: Use to paralyze a situation. Note: Highly poisonous, do not consume.

HENBANE: Dried leaves are used in the consecration of ceremonial vessels. Used in love sachets and charms to gain the love of the person desired. Thrown into water to bring rain.

Also Called: Hogs Bean, Devil's Eye, Henbells, Sukran

HENNA: Attracts love if worn close to the heart. Wear to ward off the evil eye and provide protection from illnesses. Also a great hair coloring agent.

HIBISCUS: Attracting love and lust, divination, and dreams. Carry in a sachet or burn as incense to attract love.

Also Called: Kharkady

HICKORY: Legal matters, love, lust, and protection

HIGH JOHN: An ''all purpose'' herb, the uses of High John include strength, confidence, conquering any situation, obtaining success, winning at gambling, luck, money, love, health, and protection. Useful in all ritual work pertaining to prosperity. Wash hands in an infusion of the herb before playing games of chance.

Also Called: High John the Conqueror, John the Conqueror, Jalap Root

HOLLY: Marriage, dream magick, luck, and love. Planted around the outside of the home for protection. Used as a decoration at Yule. When carried by men, is thought to heighten masculinity.

Also Called: Tinne, Bat's Wings, Hulm, Hulver Bush, Holm Chaste

HOLLY HOCKS: Increase success in the material world, increase flow of money, or acquire new possessions. Grown near the home to help the success of the family flourish.

HONEY: For attraction and solar magick.

HONEYSUCKLE: Draws money, success, and quick abundance; Aids persuasiveness and confidence, sharpens intuition. Ring green candles with honeysuckle flowers or use honeysuckle in charms & sachets to attract money. Crush the flowers and rub into the forehead to enhance psychic powers.

Also Called: Woodbine, Jin Yin Hua, Dutch Honeysuckle, Goat's Leaf

HOPS: Relaxing and sleep producing; a fantastic herb for dream pillows. Believed to increase the restfulness & serenity of sleep. Also used for healing rituals, sachets, and incense.

Also Called: Beer Flower, Hop Flower

HOREHOUND: Sacred to Horus. Protective; helps with mental clarity during ritual; stimulates creativity/inspiration; balances personal energies. Excellent for use in home blessings. Place near doorways to keep trouble away.

Also Called: White Horehound, Hoarhound, Marrubium, Bugleweed

HORSESHOE CHESTNUT: Magickal uses include money and healing.

Also Called: Buckeye

HYACINTH: Promotes peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth.

HYDRANGEA: Hex-breaking, love drawing, bringing back a lover, fidelity, and binding.

HYSSOP: The most widely used purification herb in magick. Lightens vibrations and promotes spiritual opening; used for cleansing and purification. Said to protect property against burglars and trespassers. Used to consecrate magickal tools or items made of tin. The best herb for physical cleansing and washing of temple, ritual tools, or oneself (bath magick). Add to baths & sachets, infuse and sprinkle on objects/people for cleansing or hang in the home to purge it of evil & negativity.

Also Called: Yssop, Ysopo

 

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