Magickal Practices

The Green level of Witchcraft uses herbs in many different practices pertaining to the Craft. Herbs alone can be used for health, comfort, treatments of ailments, and divinations. They can be added to spells in charms, candle magic, oils, and incenses, and are used in bulk for sprinklings, aspersions, and magic packets. Infused herbal oils, they can be used for consecrations, anointings, blessings, altars, and cleansings. These uses are not exclusive to Green Witchcraft, but this is where their uses began, and they’ve been adapted to many other types of practice.

Magical Practices the Herbal Way

Herbal Baths

Herbs may be used in bathing as a Green element of the Craft. Light a candle, burn
incense, and let the scented waters work their magic into you.
● For Peace: chamomile, lavender, rose, hops, peppermint
● For Energy: heather, rosemary, lemon balm, savory
● For Comforting: calendula (marigold), lavender, raspberry leaves, chamomile,
mint, rosemary
● For Relaxation: chamomile, heather, lemon balm, dianthus, jasmine flower

Herbal Oils

Herbal oils are an essential part of the Green practice, used to consecrate a new magical
tool, aid in empowerment of objects used for a spell, or to help open up the practitioner
to alternate states of awareness. These oils are applied with a fingertip of the power
hand, in a symbol that speaks to you: pentagram, solar cross, spiral, triquetra, etc.
Different oils will be called for in different rituals, and each does a different job.
The following oil examples are made by adding the ground herb (may use mortar/pestle
or electric herb grinder) to a base of spring water, or an oil like sunflower or safflower,
along with drops of essential oils). For further ideas and techniques, Ann recommends
Scott Cunningham’s book, The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, & Brews.
● Altar Oil​: used to prepare the altar for ritual, may be sprinkled with a sprig
appropriate for the season.
○ Mix with mortar/pestle: ½ tsp rue, ½ tsp thyme, ½ tsp vervain
○ Add: 3 drops oil of citronella, 1 drop oil of fir, 1 drop oil of rue, 2 drops
○ Gently swirl with: ¼ c spring or distilled water
○ You may asperse the altar with this oil using a white heather sprig
● Anointing Oil​: for anointing those within the circle during spellwork
○ Mix with mortar/pestle: 1 star anise, ¼ tsp basil, ¼ tsp hyssop, ½ tsp
○ Add: 3 drops oil of acacia, 2 drops oil of balsam of Peru, 1 drop oil of
benzoin, 2 drops oil of rose
○ Gently swirl with: ¼ c sunflower or safflower oil
● Astral Projection Oil​: To aid in astral projection travels
○ Mix with mortar/pestle: 1 tsp jasmine, 1 tsp cinquefoil, 2 tsp mugwort, 1
tsp woodruff
○ Add: 2 drops oil of acacia, 4 drops oil of benzoin, 3 drops oil of rue, 1 drop
oil of sandalwood
○ Gently swirl with: ¼ c sunflower or safflower oil
○ Apply to temples, forehead, throat, pulse at wrists and inner elbows, back
of knees, ankles, and soles of feet. You can also burn incense of jasmine,
sandalwood, or benzoin
● Blessing Oil​: May be used for rites of passage (presentations, namings,
handfastings, and passings)
○ Mix with mortar/pestle: 1 tsp lavender, ½ tsp rosemary, 1 tsp St. John’s
○ Add: 2 drops oil of juniper berry, 2 drops oil of rose, 3 drops vetivert
○ Gently swirl with: ¼ c sunflower or safflower oil
● Cleansing Oil​: Used to revitalize and refresh an area, purging it of negativity
that may have built up (particularly useful if there’s been an unwelcome visitor or
○ Mix with mortar/pestle: 1 tsp basil, 2 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp valerian, 1 tsp
○ Add: 2 drops of balsam of Peru, 2 drops oil of benzoin, 1 drop oil of fir, 2
drops oil of lavender, 4 drops oil of rue
○ Gently swirl with: ¼ c sunflower or safflower oil, or spring water if using
for aspersement over a room or furniture
● Consecration Oil​: Used to consecrate a new tool for your practice
○ Mix with mortar/pestle: 1 tsp fennel, 1 tsp tansey, 1 tsp rue, 1 tsp
wormwood, ½ tsp yarrow
○ Add: 2 drops oil of fir, 3 drops oil of rue, 2 drops oil of sandalwood
○ Gently swirl with: 1/4c sunflower or safflower oil.