Forage through nature’s apothecary for the hand-picked essentials most suited to your star sign with our handy guide!
Basil is the plant that best resonates with the Arian zodiac sign, as it is traditionally associated with the element of fire and the planet Mars. Known for your fiery temperament, basil is great at helping to calm and steady your mind. We suggest throwing a handful of basil leaves into an open fire at the start of the year to ward off any negative energy. The warmth of the fire will resonate with Arian tendencies, and help amplify protection. Great at bringing abundance into your life as well, this green herb is often utilised in kitchen magic.
This aromatic and refreshing herb is the perfect balancing act for the Taurean personality – when you come across as stubborn and sometimes aggressive, the zinging scent of mint will invigorate your chakras, taking a moment to wake you up and release a sense of calm. With a handful of mint, deeply inhale the scent and let it take you away. Those born under the Taurus sign are known for their financial frugality, so use this herb in any spells to draw money – sprinkling dried mint around a green candle can promote a flow of cash.
This beautifully calming herb has a plethora of uses, and is most suited to the Gemini star sign. Often seen as light and carefree, lavender best complements a Gemini’s mind, body and spirit. Your restless nature will sometimes need grounding, and this is where calming lavender steps in. To rest your weary head after a long day, add some lavender sprigs and a Rose Quartz crystal to a bag and keep it near your bed or under your pillow. This will help you to regather your thoughts and restore that inner balance that a Gemini so deeply craves.
A family-orientated and caring soul such as you finds solace in the mighty sage herb. It’s no wonder that the phrase ‘sage wisdom’ applies to both you and this plant – you’re a wise soul with plenty of knowledge and intuition, and sage is great for helping to encourage spiritual thinking and expansion of the mind. Burn dried sage leaves in your home before any ritual or spell, as it is believed to cleanse the area, allowing you to think clearer and increase your sense of clairvoyancy, meaning you are more intuitive overall.
Fiery, strong, self-confident and a natural born leader, it’s no wonder you’re a sunflower! Leos and sunflowers have a lot in common, and this wondrous bloom can be harnessed in many ways. Leos must shine above the rest, much like the sunflower that grows tallest in a field of blooms. Sunflowers bring joy to wherever they are found, brightening up any room. If for whatever reason you’re really less than positively-tuned, take a sunflower and gaze into its centre. You should feel a warm glow instantly overcome you.
Virgos by their very nature are practical, kind and hardworking people. Harnessing the powers of parsley can help you strengthen these assets of your personality. As an earth sign, parsley is great for helping to ground you and keep you level-headed – to do this, simply run a bath and throw in two handfuls of chopped parsley leaves. This ritual bath will call upon the powers of the earth to help increase your inner strength, vitality and restore a stronger sense of spiritual well-being. It will also revitalise your root chakra.
As a Libran, some of your biggest standout personality traits are your kindness, harmony and desire to please people. But often, this want to keep everyone around you happy may bring with it negative effects − such as feeling conflicted and pulled in all directions. This is where the wonderful thyme comes in. It can be used in spells to help encourage strength and a positive attitude when you might be feeling less chipper. Burning thyme throughout your home is wonderful at dispelling melancholy and negative vibes throughout.
Strong-willed, ambitious and focused − there’s no denying that Scorpios are charmingly magnetic people. Add cardamom to your apothecary if you find yourself needing relaxation or a moment of peace. It calms the mind, body and soul, but still helps you retain that zesty passion for life that you’re so renowned for. Drinking soothing warm milk lightly spiced with cardamom before bedtime can help bring a Scorpio an abundance of prophetic dreams, insight and open up your heart to receiving more love.
Sagittarians are born dreamers. Lovers of the new and interesting, your appetite for bold and exciting experiences is one of the biggest out of all of the star signs. Enhance your sense of curiosity by introducing nutmeg into your life. This spice is believed to encourage good luck while travelling, and keeping it in your pocket or purse in a small pouch will give you all of the good vibes you need before setting off on your next adventure. Anointing any spell candles with a light sprinkling of nutmeg can encourage cash abundance.
The last of the Earth signs in the zodiac, Capricorns are well-grounded and often seen as the ‘responsible’ star sign. Bringing dill into your spiritual apothecary will encourage this to continue. Stay grounded by relaxing in a dill-infused bath – simply soak the fronds and seeds in a large glass of water for three days, then pour into your bath. You should feel your soul coming back down to earth. Your level-headedness also makes you a great diffuser for any tense situation. Dill in a magic spell can help solve any arguments.
Those born under the Aquarius sign are graced with high intellect and a humanitarian nature, making you a highly sought-after individual to be around. Many would love to get to know you, but your aloofness and sometimes shy reservedness means you’re seen as timid. Unleash your inner light with the power of rosemary – it can strengthen bonds in relationships and make you more susceptible to love. It’s a hardy herb, and like an Aquarian spirit, can flourish through even the coldest of winters. Its evergreen properties symbolise hope.
Generous and emotional human beings, Pisceans are genuine friends that everyone can count on. They highly value their friendships and relationships, and are sensitive to both their own feelings and those of the people around them. This is where cloves come in. To prevent any upset or misunderstandings that could affect your emotions, burn a handful of cloves, as this is thought to prevent gossip and rumours from spreading. To help strengthen your already great bonds with others, gift your friends a cloth bag with seven cloves inside.