Thyme was sacred to the ancient Greeks and those who wore thyme were said to be attractive, poised, and stylish. Thyme is great for encouragement through difficult times, for courage and for heartening. Ancient soldiers also used it in baths to increase bravery and strength. It can dispel melancholy, hopelessness, and the mood of tragedy. It’s associated with bringing abundance and prosperity into being. Thyme is excellent in ritual baths and fumigation for early spring festivals when we seek to leave the old behind and begin anew.
Ginger is commonly used for aid in digestion and circulation, but that isn’t all it helps get going! It’s great for also moving stuck emotions and manifestation work; it brings movement, power, vitality, passion, and forward movement with the fire of earth.
Rosemary can be burned like juniper and safe for smoke cleansing. It has been used for centuries as a memory aid, said to help with recollection and remembrance. Because of this, it has found wide use when studying, when trying to do dreamwork, when trying to recall past lives, and more. As it is tied with remembrance, rosemary has also been used to make oneself memorable for first impressions as well as encouraging loyalty and fidelity.
Comfrey is known as the consummate travel protection herb, certainly for physical travel from self to vehicle to luggage abroad (and has been known to protect against theft while traveling)—but when paired with proper complements, like amethyst, it can also protect in the astral. Comfrey with malachite is especially helpful for travelers. Some sources also say that comfrey can be used in smoke cleansing and can also facilitate healing energies and encourage fidelity in parted lovers.
Star anise is not only the anise seed, but the seed pod star as well; it’s a warm spice that tastes of faintly of licorice, often found in mulling and baking. Star anise can be used for repelling ill energies and intentions so it is great for warding; it also has been said to connect with the other wise, aiding with divination as well as nightmare prevention. Some have also found it good for sexual working around lust and fertility.
Basil is a familiar herb and is incredibly versatile both for cooking and manifestation! Basil is associated with many beneficial things. Your kitchen basil can be used for happiness, peace, prosperity, protection, stability, and love.
Sage is a popular herb and familiar to almost everyone! Sage is known for its cleansing abilities, but some sage is endangered. Your kitchen sage can be used for the same thing and has many properties, including focus, wisdom, cognition, protection, and grief support.
Allspice is a friend to the kitchen witch; it’s something cooks tend to have on hand in the spice rack. Using 7 whole allspice is said to bring good luck; when used in conjunction with nutmeg and cinnamon, it’s said to attract money! Some associations of allspice are energy, virility, manifestation, and determination, too.