Herbs and plants can be a great way to enhance your seances and ancestor work. Here are five great herbs for spirit communication.
You can sprinkle some around your workspace, or place them in a pouch or sachet and keep them near you while doing spirit work.
Mugwort is a popular herb used in divination and spirit communication. Mugwort enhances psychic abilities and facilitates communication between the living and the dead. In parts of Europe, it was believed to have protective properties against evil spirits and witches. It was often hung in doorways or placed under pillows to ward off negative energy and promote good dreams. Keeping a sprig of mugwort around can enhance dreams, which can be a powerful way to communicate with the other side.
- Yarrow was often called "devil's nettle" in English folklore because people believed that it was so bitter it could drive away evil spirits. It was also popular in folk magic and divination. The relationship between yarrow and the spirit realm is a long one, and in modern-day Iraq, there is a grave for a Neanderthal man that was full of pollen from different flowers, one of which was yarrow.
- Angelica is a plant that can easily be incorporated into ancestor work because it has both a purifying, and protective effect, which is very important when working with the other side. In some British traditions, angelica was hung in the home to ward off evil and promote good health. It was also believed that angelica could protect against contagious diseases like the plague.
- The witchcraft community underutilizes rue, despite its great properties. Rue is often used for ridding oneself of negative habits and behaviours due to it's spiritual healing properties. Rue is also sometimes used in love magic to enhance an existing relationship or promote self love. Because rue enhances emotional sensitivity, it is a great herb to use for spirit communication.
- In the medieval era, mandrake was associated with the devil, and thought to have potent magical properties. According to some legends, when pulled from the ground, the root of the mandrake would scream in agony. Anyone who heard the scream would die or go insane. To harvest the mandrake safely, they would have a dog uproot it, while they covered their ears. Carrying mandrake root is thought to increase your magnetism which can help to draw spirits near.
Please note, some of these plants can be toxic and should not be ingested or handled excessively. Please keep out of reach of pets and children. The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. The use of herbs can result in side effects and working with them may not be appropriate for everyone. Always consult with a qualified herbalist or healthcare practitioner before using any herbs, particularly if you have a medical condition, are taking medication, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not ingest any herbs outlined in this list. The author of this blog post is not responsible for any consequences that may arise from the use of herbs discussed in this post.