Our kitchen witch Silja shows you how to tap into the magical properties of your favourite herbs
Rosemary has long been a herb of symbolic remembrance and can often be found left at a graveside to pay tribute to spirits passed. But it is not just to help us remember the dearly departed – in Ancient Greece, scholars would wear a wreath of rosemary while studying, and even now, modern witches often carry a sprig of the herb behind the ear during exams to promote luck and prosperity. In the Middle Ages, rosemary began being used in weddings as a way of honoring ancestors, and to dispel negativity and bad spirits.
It became known as a love herb used in spells to strengthen relationships and remove jealousy from family and previous partners who may want to cause harm. Rosemary is one of the few herbs that is grown early in spring – even following the coldest of winters, you’ll see the first shoots of rosemary planted in previous years. It’s evergreen qualities reminds us that even when spring is late in coming, there is always hope, and the never-ending green also symbolises prosperity and having enough in life.
Rosemary is a versatile and easy to grow herb that you can use fresh or dried, and is easy to keep in a pot in the kitchen or garden. Despite being named from the Latin ‘jewel of the sea’ – don’t over-water it. Rosemary helps dispel negativity from your system and magically aids restful sleep. Add some to hot milk with honey before bed to promote dreams, or scrub your skin with a few sprigs to cleanse.
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Useful spells for rosemary
- If you suffer from nightmares, sprinkle a circle of dried rosemary around your bed. This is said to protect your spirit and soul while you sleep, keeping bad dreams away.
- If you’ve been fighting a lot with your partner lately, or have in-laws causing trouble, kiss a sprig of rosemary and put it in your lover’s wallet or handbag (something they usually carry with them), or place some under both of your pillows if you sleep in the same bed, as this will bring calm to contention and promote peace.
- To have your ancestor spirits protect you, take a round, gold coloured tea infuser (to symbolise the protection and self-confidence of the Sun God), and fill it with rosemary and cloves to keep away negativity and bad things. As you fill the infused, chant, “Loved ones, protect me! Let me be free! Old ones, guide me! So mote it be!” You can then keep this in your car to prevent accidents, or over your front door to protect your home.
- A sprig of rosemary carried into a stressful situation such as a job interview gives courage and protects from gossip and untrustworthy people. I also like to burn rosemary together with crushed juniper berries and pine needles (on an open fire when I have one available) to help with healing magic.
Did you know?
A thriving rosemary plant is said to be proof of the Goddess’ blessing on a home, and a sign that the woman of the house is strong and determined
Silja is a Celtic Wiccan high priestess and has led a Celtic training coven in Ireland. She now divides her time between Dublin, Ireland and Arkansas, USA. Silja is the author of The Green Wiccan Book of Shadows and The Green Wiccan Herbal. Check out her Facebook page at facebook.com/SiljasGreenWiccan