Herbal Lore: Cloves


Banishment  Love • Protection 

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The name “Clove” comes from the French word for nail, since the whole clove resembles a primitive form of nail.


Cloves have traditionally been used in rituals to determine whether an illness is derived from the Evil Eye or malevolent sources. There are various rituals and steps involved but basically a pin is stuck into cloves and burned over a flame.

If a clove pops it is an indication that the Evil Eye / malevolent sources are involved. If the popping makes the person flinch, then the involuntary action indicates the hex/spell has been broken. If the cloves don’t pop, then the source of illness was conventional. 



    Cloves are great for banishment rituals and spells. 

    Clove Maracas: to banish unwanted paranormal activity, use Clove Maracas. Clove maracas can be made using whole cloves and fennel – both potent banishment herbs. Use mailing tubes or make small tubes using cardboard and decorate (toilet rolls or kitchen rolls are good!). 

    • Fill them each with 1 tablespoon whole clove, 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, and enough uncooked rice to fill the tube one third. 

    Shake the maracas rhythmically in areas needed. 



    Cloves have long been used in love spells and added to love spell bags:

    • To attract a partner
    • To reignite passion between existing lovers
    • Reunite couples in crisis
    • Used as an aphrodisiac

    Body Odour: cloves were once used to mask the scent of body odour, which made those who carried cloves more attractive to others.

    Clove & Orange Love Spell: It is said that pushing 20 cloves into an orange will bring love, as well as assist you through a grieving period.

    Baking: use cloves in baking, or add to chai (spiced tea), mulled wine, or apple cider to use as an aphrodisiac.


    Cloves are powerful for protection and can be used in many ways to increase your strength and protect your aura to face any kind of conflict - both spiritual and emotional. 

    Bath: bathing in cloves is the most potent form (see below), but since clove can be quite irritating to sensitive skin, there are alternatives.

    Hair: use clove bud essential oil to rub into hair.

    Washing: use a few drops of essential oil to your washing machine.

    Incense: another good way is to grind some cloves into a powder, using a mortar & pestle and burn on charcoal discs and use the smoke to fumigate your body, hair, clothing and house.

    Babies: for protection of babies, pierce cloves with holes, thread red string through the holes and hand them on the wall near the baby’s bed. 

    Gossip: this is particularly good for protection against harmful gossip, and for raising the vibration of a space and your personal energy. Another way to stop gossip is to stick cloves into a red candle and burn.



    To make a Protective Clove Bath:

    • Grind half a teaspoon of whole cloves into a powder with a mortar & pestle.
    • If you know you have very sensitive skin - don’t have a clove bath. 
    • If you have slightly sensitive skin and want to still try a bath - leave the cloves whole. 
    • Pour 2 cups of boiling water into a jug with the powdered clove, and let it steep until cool. 
    • Add the entire 2 cups to a bath. 

    Immerse yourself completely 3 times (be careful of your eyes).





    Great for any spells involving:

    • love
    • lust
    • keeping friends close
    • protection
    • money & prosperity
    • to stop gambling
    • dignity, exorcism
    • banishment
    • diagnostic spells (to see if an illness is derived from magical or conventional sources)
    • spiritual protection
    • attracting good fortune
    • inspiration
    • enhancing psychic powers
    • astral travel

    Use in a tea or in incense for psychic enhancement.

    Social Gatherings: cloves are great for social gatherings, try using them in mulled wine or cider – the fragrance will lift the atmosphere, enhance kinship, and bring people closer.

    Sleep Pouch: used in a drawstring pouch with mint and rose petals, it is great for melancholy and a good sleep.





      Here are some links for witch spells and rituals that use cloves. 



      Here are some links for some of the ingredients and equipment listed. 





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