Lavender is one of those plants that just about every witch has in their cabinet. This is because lavender is such a versatile plant ally to work with! I think it also says something about our modern world that we all tend to lean on an ally that gives us a bit of peace and calm energy, but that’s a topic for another day.
What is Lavender?
Lavender, or Lavendula, is the name for a genus of plant with over 47 different species. Something you may not know is that Lavender is actually part of the mint family! I know I didn’t know that until digging into a bit of research myself. What we know as lavender is a common flowering plant with light purple flowers. It is common in many different climates, though often cultivated in more temperate climates. I can tell you that I have tried to grow lavender here in Florida, and though it grew, it never flowered. I’m sure the heat and the rain had a lot to do with it. We are a tropical climate, after all!
Lavender in Folklore
It isn’t just modern witches that love using lavender. There are many sources that say lavender has been used for hundreds of years for a multitude of reasons! It is even a flower that has been attributed to Hekate and her daughters, Circe and Medea.
Hecate, the Grecian goddess of the infernal regions, presided over magic and enchantment, and may fairly be styled the goddess, queen, and patroness of Witches and sorcerers. She was acquainted with the properties of every herb, and imparted this knowledge to her daughters Medea and Circe. To this trio of classical Witches were specially consecrated the following herbs:—The Mandrake, the Deadly Nightshade, the Common Nightshade, the Wolfs-bane, the Pontic Azalea, the Cyclamen, the Cypress, Lavender, Hyssop-leaved Mint, the Poley or Mountain Germander, the Ethiopian Pepper, the Corn Feverfew, the Cardamom, the Musk Mallow, the Oriental Sesame, the rough Smilax, the Lion’s-foot Cudweed (a love philtre), and Maidenhair, a plant particularly dear to Pluto.
All these plants are, therefore, persistently sought for by Witches, who have not only the power of understanding and appreciating the value of herbs, but know also how to render harmless and innocuous plants baleful and deadly.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
Medicinal Uses of Lavender
Lavender has been around for a really long time, so it is no surprise that it has been used medicinally across many cultures. Some of the more common medicinal uses of lavender include treating insomnia, anxiety, depression, and menstrual cramps. I’m sure it goes without saying, but please don’t treat yourself with herbs unless under the guidance of a medical professional. Thank you!
Lavender Magical Correspondences
In my practice, lavender’s magical correspondences and medicinal uses are very similar. I have leaned on lavender for everything from depressive episodes to good sleep and calming an anxious child. Here is a list of correspondences to get you started. Don’t forget to use your intuition and connect with lavender as a plant ally. There may be more than just this list that lavender can help you with!
- promoting and attracting love
- aiding poor sleep
- helping with insomnia
- promoting peace
- calming anxiety
- healing both mental and physical ailments
- protection against the evil eye
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Mandatory Disclaimer: Nothing written here is intended to treat, cure, or otherwise diagnose any medical ailment or illness. It is written for informative purposes only and is not medical advice. Please seek the advice of a professional before ingesting or otherwise consuming any herb, tree, or flower.
Sources and Further Reading
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavandula
- WebMD – Magnolia Uses and Risks: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-838/lavender
- Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics, by Richard Folkard: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/44638/44638-h/44638-h.htm
- Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs: https://www.scribd.com/book/275211003/Cunningham-s-Encyclopedia-of-Magical-Herbs