Folk Names: Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus, Spike
Powers: Chastity, Happiness, Longevity, Love, Peace, Protection, Purification, Sleep
Magical Uses and History: Lavender has a long and rich history, especially in regards to love spells. The scent of lavender is said to attract love and men. Several centuries ago prostitutes wore lavender water or essential oil to advertise and magically attract customers. Wearing lavender or endowing your clothing with it will attract love, but also protect against cruel treatment at the hands of a spouse. It can also be rubbed on paper that will be used to write love notes or love spells. Despite its strong association with love, when combined with rosemary it is said to preserve one’s chastity.
The flowers are also burned to induce sleep or scattered around the house to bring peace. In fact, lavender is so powerful it is able to reverse depression when gazed upon.
Lavender can be used in a number of spells including:
Healing and Longevity Spells
Medicinal Uses: Lavender is the most effective herb to treat headaches, especially those caused by stress. It is also effective in treating depression and can be used to promote sleep. Lavender oil can be used externally to help ease rheumatism. To treat depression you can combine lavender with Rosemary, Kola nut, or Skullcap. For headaches, combine with Lady's Slipper of Valerian.
Preparation and Dosage: Internally- pour a cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoon of dried herb and allow to infuse for 10 minutes. Can be drunk up to three times a day. Externally- oil can be inhaled, rubbed on the skin, or used in baths. Do not ingest.
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