Ready for the magical meanings and uses of the herbs, fruits, and veggies that start with C? Here's your easy to navigate list from The Blue Bodhi! (Check the bottom of the list for the other letters.)
Cabbage - Fertility, profit, good luck, lunar magick, money magick.CactusChastity, banishing and protection. Bury with other banishing symbols for protection. Grow in the home or garden to prevent unwanted intrusions. Place in all directions of the home (north, south, east, and west) for full protection.
Calamint - Soothes sorrows and helps in recovery from emotional pain. Increase joy and restore a bright outlook on life.
Also Called: Basil Thyme, Mountain Balm, Mountain Mint
Calamus - Luck, money, healing, and protection. Place in corners of the kitchen to prevent hunger & poverty. Use to strengthen and bind spells. Note: Use with caution, can be poisonous.
Also Called: Calamus Root, Bach, Vacha
Calendula Flowers - Protection, legal matters, and psychic/spiritual powers. Pick at noon for comfort and strength. Place garlands of calendula at doors to prevent evil from entering. Scatter under the bed for protection and to make dreams come true. Carry to help justice favor you in court. Touch the flowers with bare feet to better understand birds.
Also Called: Marigold, Summer's Bride, Bride of the Sun, Sun's Gold, Ruddes, Ruddles
Camellia – Riches
Camphor - Dreams, psychic awareness, and divination; Adds strength to any mixture; used for purification and to increase personal influence & persuasiveness. Burn on incense or use camphor oil for ritual cleaning when moving into a new home or setting up a new altar. Add to water when scrying.
Also Called: Laurel Camphor, Gum Camphor
Caper - Potency, lust, and love
Caraway - Health, love, protection, mental powers, memory, passion, and anti-theft. Prevents lover from straying when used in love spells & potions. Ideal for consecrating ritual tools. Carry to improve memory or use in dream pillows to help you to remember your dreams. Sew caraway seed into a small white bag with white thread and hide it under the mattress of a child's crib or bed to keep the child free of illness.
Cardamom - Lust, love, and fidelity
Carnation - Protection, strength, healing, enhancing magickal powers, and achieving balance. Burn to enhance creativity. Use in bath spells.
Also Called: Gilliflower, Jove's Flower, Nelka, Scaffold Flower, Sops-in-Wine, Gillies
Carob - Health and protection
Carrot - Lust, fertility
Cascara Sagrada - Legal matters, money spells and protection against hexes. Sprinkle an infusion of the herb around the home the night before court proceedings to help in winning a court case. Wear as an amulet for protection against evil and hexes. Wear or keep in a bowl on your altar or reading table to help you concentrate.
Also Called: Cascara Sagada, Sacred Bark, Purshiana Bark, Persian Bark, Chittem Bark, Bearberry
Cashew - Money
Catnip - Sacred to Bast; should be used in any ritual involving cats or cat deities. Use with rose petals in love sachets. Use in sachets and spells designed to enhance beauty or happiness. Provides protection while sleeping. Mix with Dragon's Blood to rid oneself of a behavioral problem or bad habit. Burn dried leaves for love magick. Grow near the home or hang over the door to attract good spirits and luck.
Also Called: Cat's Play, Catmint, Nip, Nepeta, Field Balm, Catswort, Catnep
Cat's Claw - Vision quests, shamanic journeys, and money drawing.
Also Called: Una de Gato
Cat-tail – Lust
Cayenne - Dealing with separations or divorce; Cleansing & purification; Repels negativity; Speeds up the effect of any mixture to which it is added.
Cedar - Confidence, strength, power, money, protection, healing and purification. Used in the consecration of magick wands. Carry a small piece of cedar in wallet or near money to attract wealth. Hang in the home to protect against lightning. Use in sachets to promote calmness.
Cedar Berries - Uses include anti-theft and repelling snakes.
Also Called: Juniper Berries
Celandine - Cures depression, brings victory and joy, assists in legal matters. Serves as a protective ward when worn. Carry to increase self-confidence when facing adversaries. Use in ritual work when you feel trapped in undue negativity. Note: Deadly poison, use with caution.
Also Called: Devil's Milk
Celery - Mental powers, psychic powers, lust, fertility, and male potency.
Celery Seed - Mental and psychic powers, concentration. Burn with orris root to increase psychic powers. Use in sleep pillow to induce sleep. Chew celery seed to aid in concentration.
Centaury - Counter magick herb; snake removing. Adds power to any magickal workings. Used to repel anger and hurtful energy.
Also Called: Bitter Herb, Lesser Centaury, Feverwort
Chamomile - Love, healing, and reducing stress. Add to a sachet or spell to increase the chances of its success. Sprinkle an infusion of chamomile around the house to remove hexes, curses and spells. Burn or add to prosperity bags to increase money. Burn as incense for de-stressing, meditation, and restful sleep. Wash hands in an infusion of chamomile for luck before gambling or playing cards. Use in bath magick to attract love. Keep a packet of the herb with lottery tickets for luck.
Also Called: Whig Plant, Scented Mayweed, Camomyle, Ground Apple, Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen, Earth Apple, Camomile
Cherry - Love, divination, gaiety and happiness
Cherry Bark - Lust, direction, frugality, favors, invisibility, and magickal potency. Burn as an incense while performing divination to enhance the results, or while performing love spells to find a partner. Use to revitalize the Magickal energy needed to finish an old project.
Also Called: Virginia Prune Bark
Chervil - Brings a sense of the higher self, placing you in touch with your divine, immortal spirit. Helps in making contact with a deceased loved one.
Also Called: French Parsley, Anise Chervil, British Myrrh, Sweet Cicely, Sweet Fern
Chestnut - LoveChiaProtection and health
Chickweed - Fertility and love. Carry or use to attract a lover or maintain your current relationship. Useful for lunar and animal magick, especially the healing of birds.
Also Called: Starweed, Satin Flower, Starwort, Winterweed, Stitchwort, Tongue Grass, Adder's Mouth, Indian Chickweed, Passerina
Chicory - Frigidity, favors, removing obstacles, and invisibility. Promotes a positive outlook and improves sense of humor. Place fresh flowers on the altar or burn as an incense. Anoint your body with chicory juice or an infusion of chicory to obtain favors from others. Burn as incense with a black skull candle to place a hex on an enemy (not recommended).
Also Called: Blue-Sailors, Coffeeweed, Succory
Chili Pepper - Fidelity, love, and hex breaking. Scatter powder around the house to break hexes and spells against you. Use in love charms & spells.
Also Called: Bird Pepper, Pod Pepper, Cayenne
China Berry – Luck
Chives - Protection and weight loss
Chrysanthemum - Protection. Grow in the garden to ward off evil spirits.
Also Called: Mum
Cilantro - Protection of gardeners; brings peace to the home and helps to attune one with their soul.
Cinnamon - Spirituality, success, healing, protection, power, love, luck, strength, and prosperity. Burn as an incense or use in a sachet to raise spiritual and protective vibrations, draw money, and stimulate psychic powers. A popular herb for use in charms to draw money & prosperity. Wear in an amulet to bring passion.
Also Called: Sweet Wood
Cinquefoil - An all-purpose magickal herb. The five points of the leaf represent love, money, health, power, and wisdom. Stimulates memory, eloquence, and self confidence. Carry, burn, or wear to possess these traits. Used for business & house blessing. Use in spells to bring protection to a friend or loved one taking a journey. Burn as an incense during divination to bring dreams of one's intended mate. Frequently associated with ritual work involving romance. Wash hands and forehead with an infusion of this herb nine times to wash away hexes and evil spells against you. Fill an empty egg shell and keep it in the home for powerful protection from evil forces. Wrap in red flannel and hang over the bed to ward off dark spirits of the night.
Also Called: Five Finger Grass, Synkefoyle, Witches Weed, Five Leaf, Tormentilla, Sunkfield, Bloodroot, Moor Grass, Goosegrass, Goose Tansy, Crampweed, Silverweed, Silver Weed, Sunkfield
Citronella - Draws friends to the home, customers to the business. Promotes eloquence, persuasiveness, and prosperity. Protects and cleanses the aura. Encourages self-expression and creativity (great for writers & actors!) and brings clarity to the mind. Repels insects and deodorizes.
Clove - Exorcism, love, money, and protection
Clover - Fidelity, protection, money, love, and success. Strong association with the Earth, useful in consecrating both pentacles and ritual tools made of copper. Carry as an amulet or use in sachets for luck, attracting money, fidelity, maintaining mental acuity, and/or protection. When grown outside, is thought to keep snakes away from property. Sprinkle around the home to remove negative spirits.
Also Called: Trefoil, Cleaver Grass, Marl Grass, Cowgrass, Three Leaved Grass, Honeystalks, Shamrock, Trifoil
Clover, Red - Put in baths to aid in financial arrangements. Also used in potions for lust. Used in sachets or incense for money, love, fidelity, success and luck. Protects and blesses domestic animals. Used in consecration of ritual tools made of copper.
Also Called: Trefoil, Cleaver Grass, Marl Grass, Cowgrass, Three Leaved Grass, Honeystalks, Shamrock, Trifoil
Cloves - Magickal uses include protection, banishing hostile/negative forces, and gaining what is sought. Cloves are burned to stop gossip as well as to purify & raise the spiritual vibrations of an area. Use to bring a sense of kinship to a social gathering. Wear for protection and mental clarity. Said to protect babies in their cribs if strung together and hung over the crib (being sure that the strand can't fall into the crib, of course!). Burn to attract riches, drive away hostile forces, and stop any gossip about you. Carry to attract the opposite sex or bring comfort during bereavement. Cleanses the aura.
Also Called: Ding Xiang
Club Moss - Protection and power. Use in bath magick for purification. Burn as incense as an offering to the deities and to open channels of communication with them. Use in amulets and charms for power and protection.
Also Called: Wolf's Claw
Coconut - Chastity, protection, and purification
Coffee - Helps to dispel nightmares and negative thoughts and to overcome internal blockages. Provides peace of mind and grounding.
Coltsfoot - Wealth, prosperity, and love. Use in love sachets. Sacred to Brighid. Use in spells for peace and tranquility.
Also Called: Coughwort, Hallfoot, Horsehoof, Foalswort, Fieldhove, Donnhove
Columbine - Love and courage. Grow in the garden to attract fairies. Use in spells and charms to increase courage in stressful situations.
Also Called: Granny's Bonnet, Culverwort
Comfrey - Magickal uses include money, safety during travel, and any Saturnian purpose. Use for workings involving stability, endurance, and matters relating to real estate or property. Put some in your luggage to help prevent loss or theft. Wear for travel safety and protection. Use the root in money spells and incenses.
Also Called: Knitbone, Knit Bone, Ass Ear, Blackwort, Bruisewort, Knitback, Miracle Herb, Boneset, Gum Plant, Slippery Root, Wallwort
Copal Resin - Love, purification. Add to love and purification incenses. Use a piece of copal to represent the heart in poppets.
Coriander Love, health, immortality, and protection. Tie fresh coriander with a ribbon and hang in the home to bring peace & protection. Add to love charms and spells to bring romance or use in ritual work to ease the pain of a broken love affair. Promotes peace among those who are unable to get along. Throw the seeds in lieu of rice during Handfastings and other rituals of union. Use the seeds in love sachets and spells. Add powdered seeds to wine for an effective lust potion. Wear or carry the seeds to ward off disease and migraines.
Also Called: Cilantro, Chinese Parsley, Yee Sai
Corn - Protection, divination, good luck
Cornflower - Sprinkle over the area where you and your mate argue the most to alleviate discord and strife. A patron herb of herbalists. Use the blue petals to make homemade ink for a Book of Shadows. Use in rituals to give honor to the Mother of all nature.
Also Called: Bachelor Button, Hurtsickle, Bluet, Blue Cap, Bluebottle, Blue Corn Flower
Cotton - Fishing magick, rain, protection, luck, and healing. Burn to attract rain. Cloth made of cotton is the best for magickal use. Place cotton in a sugar bowl to draw luck.
Cowslip - Treasure finding, youth, concentration, focus, and house & business blessing. Use in ritual work involving Goddesses associated with love. Carry to increase attractiveness and increase romantic appeal, providing the energy to attract a partner.
Also Called: False Primrose, Keyflower, Fairy Cup, Paigle, Key of Heaven
Coxcomb - ProtectionCramp BarkUsed for protection and female energy.
Also Called: Guelder Rose Parts
Crowfoot - Love. Use in rituals & ceremonies associated with marriage and Handfasting, engagements, and rituals involving commitments and sacred binding vows.
Also Called: Buttercup, Gold Cup, Grenouillette, Meadow Buttercup
Cubeb Berries - Love, lust and adding fire to spells. Use in sachets for love & sex.
Also Called: Tailed Pepper
Cucumber - Chastity, fertility, and healing
Culvers Root - Purification
Also Called: Black Root, Bowman's Root, Brinton Root, Culver's Physic, Physic Root
Cumin - Fidelity, protection, and exorcism. The seed is said to prevent the theft of any object which contains it. Burn with frankincense for protection. Scatter on the floor alone or with salt to drive out evil. Use in love spells to promote fidelity. Steep in wine to make love potions.
Curry - Protection. Burn curry powder to keep evil forces away.
Cyclamen - Fertility, happiness, lust, and protection. Reinforces romance between consensual partners and increases potential of a relationship carrying into the next incarnation.
Also Called: Groundbread, Sowbread, Ivy-Leafed, Swine Bread
Cypress - Associated with death and mourning; stimulates healing and helps overcome the pain of loss. Calmness and tranquility. Hang in the home for protection. Burn crushed cypress wood for aid in understanding grief and death or to aid in divination. Wear or carry at funerals to ease the mind and minimize grief. Useful at any time of crisis.
Also Called: Tree of Death