Latin name | Lavandula
Folk names | Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus, Spike
Gender | Masculine
Planet | Mercury
Element | Air
Use in peace, intuition, healing, awareness
Lavender has long been used in love spells and sachets. Clothing nabbed with the fragrant flowers (or lavender placed in drawers with clothes) attracts love. A piece of paper on which you rub lavender is excellent for writing love notes.
The scent of lavender particularly attracts men, and lavender essential oil was worn by prostitutes several centuries ago to both advertise their profession as well as to attract (through magic) customers.
Lavender also protects against cruel treatments at the hands of a spouse if worn.
Lavender is also used in healing mixtures, carried to see ghosts, and worn to protect against the evil eye. It is added to purification bath.
Did you know? During the Renaissance it was believed that lavender together with rosemary, if worn, would preserve a woman's chastity.
Simple magick - Place lavender under your pillow while thinking of your wish. Do this just prior to retiring for the nught. In the morning, if you have dreamt of anything relating to your wish, it will come true. However if you did not have any dreams, or if they were unconnected with your wish, it will not manifest.
Lavender is well known for relieving anxiety, inviting a restful sleep, relieving headaches, and has been used for these purposes for centuries. Lavender is also an effective insect repellent, and is delicious as either a spice or as a tea.
Work with lavender in spells that deal with self-love and healing, as she will make them more intimate.
This post was written using Plant Witchery by Juliet Diaz. Check out her fantastic book here!