7 Popular Herbs You Didn’t Know Can Ward Off Evil

Here's a fun look at some of the more spooky lore surrounding popular herbs.

Herbal remedies have been with us for thousands of years, and many are now even recognized by the medical community. While we know now the scientific explanations for why many of these plants are beneficial, our ancestors often attributed their healing properties to the spirit world.

Helpful herbs were revered not just for their ability to promote good health, but for a seemingly endless list of other attributes, too, from attracting wealth to warding off evil. Here’s a fun look at some spooky herbal folklore surrounding these 7 popular herbs.

Spooky Herbal Folklore

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1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera - Lotion

Growing an aloe vera plant in the kitchen can prevent burns and other household accidents. It can also guard against evil.

2. Cayenne Pepper

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Scattering cayenne pepper around the perimeter of your home can break bad spells. It also makes a good ingredient in love potions, because it can spark fiery passion.

3. Lavender

Bowl of dry lavender flowers, mortars, bottles of essential lavender oil or infused water. Old books and medicinal herbs on background.

Carrying lavender in your pockets or a sachet around your neck will allow you to see ghosts. It is also good for purification.

4. Nettles

Common Nettle - Herb

Sprinkling nettles around a room will protect those inside the room. Burning nettles or feeding them to livestock can drive out evil spirits.

5. Sage

Common sage - Fines herbes

Burning sage in the home banishes evil spirits and protects residents. It can also attract wealth.

6. St. John’s Wort

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Hang St. John’s Wort around your neck to cure or prevent fevers. It also brings good luck and wards off evil. One bit of lore says that a young woman who picks St. John’s Wort during the feast of St. John and hangs it on her bedroom wall will dream of her future husband.

7. Thyme

Herb - Thyme

Burning thyme in a home will promote good health. Stuffing a pillow with thyme can prevent nightmares. It is also used to communicate with fairy folk and even the dead.

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Mari

I think you needed to include rosemary and rue and bay leaves!

Terisa

Thanks Jamie =D

Terisa

I also enjoyed this fun folklore using herbs, love burning white sage~

Pam

I loveeeeeee herbs and what a FUN article! I think I’ll tweet it.

LaDonna

these are all nice but im looking for natural remedies for inflamation and pain

Jaime McLeod

LaDonna,
This was just a fun little folklore story for Halloween. It wasn’t meant to be about curing actual ailments. There are numerous stories in our healthy living section about various herbal remedies.

Here’s one on healing foods: Amazing Healing Foods- What are they?

One on fish oil (which has been recommended for inflammation): Can Fish Oil Cure What Ails You?

And one on Irish herb lore (including remedies for pain and inflammation): Irish Herb Lore

Hope that helps.

carroll

Love these old remedies and I’m putting an aloe in my kitchen and wearing lavender around my neck. It can’t hurt and who knows???? Thanks for all the informative and interesting articles!

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