This week’s magical herb is bay. Bay has a mild flavor that’s hard to describe. Typically it is used on long-cooking dishes to enhance the flavor of other herbs. Bay is an important part of “bouquet garni.”
Latin Name: Laurus nobilis
Other Names: Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay
Planet: Sun, Jupiter
Deities and Beings: Adonis, Aesculapius, Apollo, Apolon, Ceres, Cerridwen,
Cupid, Daphne, Delphi, Eros, Faunus, Helios, Ra, Sol, Vishnu
Parts Used: Berry, leaf
Magical Uses: Avoiding hexes (carry), clairvoyance, creative words, defense, divination, energy, exorcism, healing (burned as incense), inspiration, love, meditation, power, prophetic trance (burned as incense), protection, purification, strength, visions (under pillow), ward off illness (carry or place in home), wisdom, wishes
If you’re interested in more magickal herbs, check out the full Magical Herb of the Week series.
Want to know even more about magical herbs? Check out The Herbal Magic Correspondences Guide for information on nearly 600 herbs and plants.