Here at Lovelight Herb Farm, we wish a very safe, happy Halloween to those who are celebrating!
The origins of this spooky holiday dates back to nearly 2,000 years ago, at the pagan Gaelic festival Samhain. This event marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, also known as the “darker half” of the seasons. It was believed that the barrier between our world and the Otherworld would weaken, allowing spirits to return and roam the land. This prompted folks to form charms and spells from herbs you might find right in your garden! Here are a few magickal herbs you can use this Halloween.
Burning sage in your home is said to rid negative energies, cleansing and purifying the area. You can bundle dried sage and other protective herbs together to form a smudge wand. I like to use the wand to outline each door before entering a room to cleanse, I like to think it adds a protective barrier!
Rosemary is said to be a powerful cleansing herb. When burned or added to spells, it can bring protection, purification, and vitality. It is recommended to grow rosemary in the front yard to repel mischievous spirits.
This herb has been said to bring protection against negative spirits and bad luck. When worn in a charm, it’s believed to provide protection and good luck.
Although garlic is famous for being a vampire repellent, it is said to repel benevolent spirits and dark creatures. It’s also believed that consuming garlic can help open your mind to the spiritual realm, helping you become more aware. This, in combination with the smell, wards off anything nearby if you eat enough. So don’t be shy, add a little more garlic on the garlic bread.
Clove was associated with prosperity, protection, and purification. When added to charms or burned on coal, it is said to bring good luck and banish negative spirits that may be lurking.
You can craft your own protective charm or incense and add different herbs to strengthen your intent. I recommend lavender and mugwort for good dreams and a restful sleep. Let us know what crafts you try out tonight! Stay safe ✨
Moura, Ann. Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore, & Herb Craft