Herbal Lore: Garlic


Cleansing  Attraction • Protection 

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Legend says that when Satan left the Garden of Eden, garlic grew from his footprints, thus it has a long history of being used to protect against evil spirits, vampires, and the Evil Eye.

Garlic is sacred to Hecate and can be given as an offering at a crossroads. It is often grown at witches' front doors in Hecate's honor. 



Garlic has magickal and spiritual antiseptic effects that is great for cleansing and purifying. There are many variations / recipes for burning garlic - just try and see what resonates with you.

Garlic peel is amazing for cleansing an area. You will need:

Variations of using garlic peel:

  • Grind together a mix of garlic peel and brown sugar in a mortar & pestle. Burn over a charcoal disc in a cauldron or fireproof dish. 

 Try: Adding sulfur powder to this mixture will make it protective as well as cleansing.

  • Garlic peel can be added to resins such as frankincense. Grind together in a mortar & pestle and burn over a charcoal disc in a cauldron or fireproof dish. 
  • When you need strong cleansing, grind together whole crushed garlic with skins still on, brown sugar and strong ground coffee in a mortar & pestle. Burn over a charcoal disc in a cauldron or fireproof dish. Why not use our own Witches' Brew Coffee?! 

Try: To cleanse a person with negative attitude, place a single clove of garlic (peeled, crushed) under their bed (if at home) or chair (if at work) for 24 hours, and then burn it on a charcoal disc in your cauldron or fireproof dish. 



    Garlic has long been used in spells and potions to increase or invoke passion, and to attract a partner. And vice versa - to repel unwanted interest and ex-partners. Garlic is said to be an aphrodisiac when eaten by both partners. 

      Try: add garlic to your date night meal and cook with intent! 


      Garlic protects against a lot of things:

      • negativity
      • dark spirits
      • nightmares
      • bad vibrations / energy
      • misfortune
      • theft
      • unwanted guests
      • the evil eye 
      • psychic attacks (both intentional and unintentional)


      A wreathe or braid of protection will keep your house protected against the evil eye, jealousy and negativity.

      You will need :

      • 12 heads of garlic
      • any correspondences to decorate (lodestones, aloe vera pieces, pouches of salt and mustard seeds) 

      Make a wreathe or braid, decorate and hang over your front doorReplace the braids / wreathes once a year. 

      Garlic salt pouches can also be used, and hung around the house. 

      You will need: 

      For protection of your divination tools from negative energy coming through them, keep a clove of garlic with them. 



      When the above wreathe or braid is hung in the doorway of a business, it provides increased business as well as protection.

      For enhancement you will need:

      • Protective and / or abundance crystals
      • lucky charms and items (horseshoes, snakeskin)
      • pouches of salt
      • mustard seeds

      Make a wreathe or braid, decorate and hang over the front door of your business. Replace the braids / wreathes once a year. 


      Garlic is great for any spells or rituals for :

      • Protection 
      • Good fortune 
      • Strength 
      • Courage 
      • Immunity 
      • Repeling unwanted love interest 
      • Aphrodisiac 
      • Selling anything 
      • Business 
      • Breaking bad habits 
      • Exorcism 
      • Spell breaking 

      Try: add a clove of garlic to any spell bag to strengthen and amplify its energy. 

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



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





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