A simple luck charm (That I wear around my neck every day)
So typically, when I make any types of charms that use herbs of spices, the general layout is that they will be contained in a small drawstring pouch or cloth bag that will be tied on a cord.
The first herb I use is St Johns Wort, of which I have some dried leaves tucked into the drawstring bad. St Johns Wort is used medicinally as an anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory herb and thus, I use it to keep the neagtive emotions away. (I understand this is not 'luck bringing' as such, but if one is less negative, you might feel more lucky). St Johns Wort has gained this name becuase it normally blooms around June the 24th, which is the birthday of St John. "Wort " is the old English word for plant.
The next herb I use is Chamomile. I find the scent personally soothing and it is known often to help with stomach upsets. It is often used in spells or charms to bring money, love, peace or purity. It is siad that if you wash your hands in chamomile water before gambling it will increase your luck. However, I would not know this as I am not really a gambling person. Chamomile is also connected to Leo, which I myself am, which is possibly why I find this herb so invaluable.
As well as these leafier herbs, I also have some spices in my luck charm. I have two sticks of cinnammon in the luck charm, which I use to draw in money and luck, as well as a pinch of cloves. I also have a few sprigs of dill in this luck bag to use as a protective measure.
After I had gathered all these herbs and spices into my drawstring bag, I light sage incense which I use to cleanse the bag and herbs, so that any possible negative energies may be swept away. Then, once I feel the small bag is sufficiently cleansed, I draw it closed and tie it up. Then I attach a red cord to use as a necklace. Originally, in medieval times, red was worn around the neck as to ward of elves that caused sore throats.
As I live in the countryside, with the luxury of being able to roam freely, I am able to harvest most of the herbs (with exception of some of the spices, which I buy from the supermarket) from the nature that surrounds my home. I usually spend a few days dotted around the year to go ambling in search of herbs, and then another three or four days for drying the herbs(or until they go crispy). Normally, I tie them in medium sized bundles, which I then tie to a coat hanger, and then leave in my kitchen (we have a gas aga, so it is usually quite warm and well ventilated). Though, because sometimes the supply does not get me through a whole year, I have to order online.
If you have any advice or things to add, please add to this thread :) I would love to hear what sort of herbs others use. :)
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