Herbs for Lughnasadh by Unity
As we are heading towards Lughnasadh, I thought I'd have a look at the magical properties of a few herbs and plants that are not only growing at this time of year, but that are associated with this, the first harvest festival of the year. I'll also give you a few ideas on how to use these plants in your Lughnasadh celebrations.
Marigolds - Calendula (various)
planetary ruler: Sun
Magical properties: Psychic powers, dreams, protection, luck, happiness, gossip
Marigolds, being herbs of the Sun are perfect to include in your Lughnasadh celebrations. There are various varieties but they all have the beautiful Sunshine colours of gold, yellow and orange.
Marigolds growing beside your front door will protect your home from negative energies entering, if that’s not possible a spell bag of the dried petals can be hung above the door instead.
Add the dried petals to dream pillows or sachets and keep under your pillow at night to bring prophetic dreams and protect you from nightmares.
The petals can be added to your Lughnasadh incense or pre-ritual bath. They could also be added to your home-made loaf or you might like to try the following recipe from 'A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants and Herbs' by our own lovely Rachel Patterson as part of your Lughnasadh feast. It could also be used to increase your psychic powers.
1 pint apple juice
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tbsp. marigold flowers
1 orange, sliced
4 geranium petals
Warm all the ingredients together for 7-10 minutes on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Strain and keep chilled. Drink cold with ice.
A KitchenWitch's World of Magical Herbs and Plants - Rachel Patterson
Herbcraft - Anna Franklin & Susan Lavender