Lavender is a plant and an herb.
- botanical information
- astrological correspondences
- magick correspondences and uses
- Goddesses and deities
- cautions and contraindications
Botanical name: Lavendula spp. (more than 15 species), especially Lavendula officinale or Lavendula vera
Common name: lavendar (obsolete spelling), lavender
Astrological planet: Mercury
magickal correspondences and uses:
Western element: air
Magickal uses: inner peace, joy, reduce stress
Love bath: A love bath is a safe and easy way for anyone to cast a love ritual. Lavender is used in Scott Cunninghams love bath number three. See the article on love baths for more information.
Mercury spells: Lavender (as herb or essential oil) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to Mercury matters (overcoming addiction, breaking bad habits, communication, divination, eloquence, intelligence, mental powers, psychic powers, self-improvement, study, travel, and wisdom). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. See the article on Mercury for a list of herbal substitutes for lavendar.
Using essential oils: Essential oils are just too concentrated and too expensve to use without dilution. If you purchase pure essential oil from a source such as Mountain Rose, you will want to place just a drop or two into a neutral carrier vegetable oil or jojoba. This conservation is typical of the use of essential oils in spells and other magick. It is wise to test a bit of any essential oil on your inner wrist before use. If any irritation occurs, do not use the essential oil. Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets and away from heat and light. See the article on essential oils for detailed information on how to mix and use essential oils.
Ritual uses: weddings
Ritual uses: invoking Saturn
deities associated with lavender:
- Saturn (Greek God)
cautions and contraindications:
Cautions and contraindications: Lavender flower is believed to be safe.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
See also: herbs.