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A Witch's Garden: Bay


A Witch's Garden: Bay (Laurus nobilis)

The bay grows as a tree - the laurel, but it does grow slowly so it does very well in pots if you have a small garden. You can pick the bay leaves all year round. Bay probably gets its association with psychic powers from being used in incense at the Delphic oracle. Add bay to any spell work to give it a bit of a power boost. Used dried bay leaves in incense blends to purify, cleanse, protect and bless your home and also to increase your spiritual and magical connections when in ritual. Bay can also be used in pouches and powders to help increase your creativity and inspiration. Place a bay leaf under your pillow to bring insightful dreams. Write a wish on a bay leaf and bury it, burn it or send it off into the wind for it to come true. Hang a bundle of bay leaves (or if you are feeling creative make a bay wreath) above your door to bring protection to your home. Also carry a bay leaf with you for personal protection and strength. Bay Charm for strength Add bay leaves and marigold petals to a pouch and carry it with you to bring strength and energy, you could also use a yellow or orange pouch to add a bit of colour magic to it. Bay Incense for Cleansing Equal amounts of: Bay leaf Cinnamon stick Rose petals Pop in a small amount of myrrh or frankincense resin Bay Magical Properties: Protection, purification, strength, power, healing, creativity, spirituality, psychic powers Ruling planet – Sun Sign – Aries, Leo Element – Fire Gender – Masculine

Taken from A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants & Herbs

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