One of the best ways to get grounded is to get your hands dirty. Gardening is a great way to connect yourself to the energy of the planet, while encouraging daily mindfulness - it is modern meditation at its finest!
You don't need a sprawling garden in your backyard; apartment-dwellers can have mini-little-herb-gardens, too, with just as much oomph. A modern mystical woman and new age plant lady knows that her plants can be sprinkled throughout her home if she doesn't have gardening space. Whatever you need to do in order to build yourself a powerful little arsenal of magical botanicals!
Whether its stuffing a dream pillow full of lavender, burning some home grown sage to cleanse your home, or mashing up some aloe for a skin elixir, your plants are a great resource to maintaining healthy self-care rituals. Check out my favourite twelve magical plants for your garden:
Sage is a great purification herb, used commonly for smoke cleansing your home or work space. It removes negative energy from our systems and is a great stimulant for mental and emotional clarity. It's also great healing herb, particularly during times of grievance, making it a great addition to any meditation rituals you have. Note: All sage varieties are cleansing. White sage is overharvested and endangered, so growing your own is a great way to counteract some of the overspending happening on this overharvested herb. I find it's always more satisfying to grow your own herbs for smoke cleansing. You only need a small amount to cleanse your space!
Soulful tip: Burn dried sage. It's properties are enhanced when turned to smoke. Snip a handful from your garden, and bundle the stems together with a piece of twine or jute. Ensure the leaves are free of pests and white mildew, and hang the bundle upside down to dry. It will be ready to burn in one to two weeks.
If your pockets are hungry for cash, be sure to plant this guy! It is king for attracting wealth. Keep a little potted basil plant in your office to help with career luck, and tend to it everyday that you're working! It's a strong attractor in general, so if you're craving some lovin' then this guy is the plant for you. Whether you want to attract wealth, health, love or something else, basil is a great plant to surround yourself with.
Soulful tip: Did you have a fight with a pal? Give her a cute little basil plant in a terracotta pot with a handwritten love note stuffed between the leaves. Basil helps sooth miffed relationships, and maybe you can snack on some homemade caprese salad and hash out your feelings.
There are many versions of mint, each bringing with it added bonuses. All varieties of mint are great for renewing energy, motivation and vitality. It's a fun little herb! In business, mint draws in potential new business with untapped customers. Rubbing its leaves during that 3PM work slump will help perk you up to finish out your day! It would make a good partner beside your basil plant in the office - just make sure they have their own pots. Mint is a weed and can suffocate the other plants its with, so it needs to be isolated on its own. Mint also provides great protection for the home when in and around your yard (while also deterring pests like mice). So plant it everywhere!
Soulful tip: Keep a satchel with dried mint in your bag when traveling to promote safe travels and protection. Or tuck a dried sprig in your wallet or journal.
Ginger lures in adventure to your life. Its lustre can make you more confident, sensual and motivated. It is said if you find a ginger root that looks like a human it is very lucky. So scour the grocery store for a little humanoid ginger root and plant the whole root in some soil to watch your luck grow - and watch the personal thrill and excitement in your life take off, too! A tall thriving ginger plant can act as a symbol for your sensuality; the taller the better!
Soulful tip: Ginger enhances other herbs. So to make sachets, intentions/spells, etc, more potent - add ginger to the mix. This applies to your recipes, too.
Thyme is a diverse herb, so it's great for your tool belt. It can banish negative energies that have lurked into your home on a visitor (so plant/hang some near your front door) and it can even balance out an onslaught of scary dreams when tucked in a sachet under your pillow. It's great for enhancing psychic powers so if you're a beginner, plant tons of thyme varities! My favourite is to tie thyme together and hang it on the doorknobs in my home. It keeps negativity away, and keeps the place smelling fresh. Mini thyme wreaths would be great to hang on the doorknobs of quarrelling kiddos.
Soulful tip: Add thyme to your herbal bath infusion to attract an even current of money in your life. Just be regular about it so you can dodge those financial highs and lows!
This gal is great for love, protection, purity and even fertility. Plant a little creeper in the shade in front of your home to ward off any negative or unwanted visitors from your life. Let him grow out nice and long for enhanced strength! Climbing ivy is extra protective - you've seen it create a barrier surrounding the home along fences, right? And it's super easy to care for. It's a great plant for the bedroom to encourage romance and fertility. A hanging ivy plant in a cute macrame hanger like this, paired with Carnelian and Rose Quartz in the soil is a potent cocktail for fertility!
Soulful tip: Ivy is a great gift for newlyweds because it encourages their love and gives the early stages of their relationship a little extra protection. Wedding season? Gift the bride a long and lush pot of ivy.
Who doesn't love a love plant? Lavender is a great attractor for bringing more men into your life, (it's not as strong for attracting women) and its soothing properties are no secret. Add lavender to dream pillows or purification baths - bathing in lavender will help attract a great love to you. It used to be given to mothers entering childbirth to help encourage strength, so why not gift your overdue bestie a charming bundle of dried lavender for labour and recovery? Here are some of its amazing medicinal properties, too.
Soulful tip: Sleeping next to a little lavender plant will encourage restful sleeps - and help attract a potential romantic interest. Bonus points if there is a plant on both sides of the bed. That's good feng shui for the bedroom.
Lemon is a great cleanser and helps to remove blockages. Just like cleaning your counters with lemon scents smells fresh and tidy, it works double time in your spiritual life. Adding lemon to the soapy water you clean your floors or counters with helps remove stagnant energy. It's great to use during your spring cleaning while you also sage your home. If you're into practical magic, lemon is your guy. Before divination rituals, like reading tarot cards or tea laves, give your space a once over with soapy water and lemon to energetically cleanse the space and prepare it for your ritual.
Medicinal tip: Keep lemon in a glass of water beside you while you sleep to help with personal blockages. Just be sure to toss the lemon and water out the next morning.
Peonies attract fairies into your garden, and these elementals can help your whole garden thrive! They protect your garden and your home, so planting them on the outskirts of your property will help create a dome of protection around your yard. They also bring good luck into all areas of your life and are particularly strong at bringing in business luck - so keep a little bouquet on your desk. Snip some fresh blooms for your desk, or let them hang out with the potted ivy or basil in your office; peonies pair well with other plants, helping to encourage their properties.
Soulful tip: There is a old folklore that says peonies should only be plucked at night to keep their spiritual and healing properties strong, so don't trim them when the sun is up! They are said to cure lunacy (maybe a gift for your mother-in-law?) - so there's obviously something fun happening with them and the moon. Snip your blooms in the evening when the sun goes down.
Juniper sprigs and berries are both pretty intense. The plant is a magnet for good health and for attracting good energy into your life, but it's also great for anti-theft. If you're entering a potentially dangerous situation, juniper is good to have on you in some way. It even wards off dangerous animals! Keep some in your pocket during your run or job through the forest. You can also keep a dried sprig on you if you feel you need psychic protection from another person.
Soulful tip: When grown in the front yard, juniper helps protect your home from pesky rodents and even pesky burglars!
Jasmine is an innovator. It helps its owner come up with new ideas or solutions and is particularly strong when placed in a satchel under the pillow. This would make a great plant to keep in a retail or service shop! #shopplant! A thriving, happy jasmine plant is a magnet for new ideas. Its scent also encourages prophetic dreams and can help with lucid dreaming. With such a strong psychic connection, jasmine is said to attract a deep spiritual love with another person, making is extra beneficial to use in the bedroom. It's scent is also an aphrodisiac. ;)
Soulful tip: Jasmine helps to charge up your clear quartz! Place your clear quartz in the dirt of a jasmine plant or on a bed of its petals before programming them for use.
Roses are the epitome of love attractors. They attract true, deep love, and even a soul mate. Magic-makers need roses in their lives. The petals have a wide array of uses, and are particularly good for making tinctures, elixirs and rosewater. And by having roses around your yard you're encouraging good relationships with your spirit guides! Check out this amazing wild rose and coconut sugar scrub DIY.
Chromotherapy tip: The colour of a rose matters. Pink roses are good for new relationships and red roses help existing relationships. Sounds like we need to learn about colour therapy.