From food to medicine, and from clothing to building materials, humanity has found countless uses for the plant kingdom. However, not all their uses are as common as they once were, especially those that drift into subjects many now regard as mere superstition.
Some herbs symbolise positive or negative powers or qualities, and some folk believe that carrying or otherwise using those plants can attract or repel what they symbolise. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of this is the clover, a non-descript herb seen in gardens and meadows around the world. Usually found with 3 leaves, those with 4 are said to bring good luck when carried; something that would be appreciated by anyone who enjoys games like Roulette!
Whether grasses, herbs, shrubs, bushes, flowers, seeds, and roots really do have special powers has yet to be proven, but you can still use their symbolism to your advantage. Simply carrying a dried flower or leaf that represents a quality you admire, such as peace or love, in your pocket, wallet, or purse may be enough to inspire you to be more peaceful or to show love to those who need it. Here are a few of a great many interesting #plants and their secret meanings.
Walnut – Juglans nigra
Best known for their delicious taste and nutritional value, walnuts symbolise increased fertility, dedication and focus, deepener spirituality, and improved mental abilities. You can try to attract those qualities by carrying one in your pocket, or you can do one better and include them as part of a tasty, healthy snack.
Witch Grass – Panicum capillare
An annual grass native to North America, witch grass is believed to repel negativity, attract happiness, increase sexual pleasure, and help people find their life partners. The grass can be braided, dried, and tied into lucky charms.
Basil – Ocimum basilicum
You probably are more familiar with basil as an ingredient in pasta sauces or salads, but it also symbolises many things. Among them are the cleansing of negativity, the calming of tempers, peace between lovers, and the attraction of good luck and prosperity. We’re sure you already know exactly how you like to use basil!
Cinnamon – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Native to India and Sri Lanka, cinnamon trees are the source of the warming, fragrant spice that compliments fall and winter holidays perfectly. Adding sweet warmth to dishes is not all the spice is said to do. In addition to bestowing the power to cause the changes you want to see in your life, it is said to attract #success.
Borage – Borago officinalis
A hardy, hairy herb from the Middle East, borage has become a familiar sight in European and North American gardens. Its purple flowers make an attractive, edible addition to salads, fruit platters, and cocktails, where they sometimes appear frozen in ice cubes. It has healing properties, and is said to help promote a feeling of safety and security, increase psychic powers, and give courage.
Garlic – Alium sativum
The world would be a sad, dull place without garlic. It adds flavour and life to food, is thought of as one of nature’s best immune boosters, and keeps vampires away. Talk about being versatile! Garlic flowers and bulbs are said to keep children safe when they sleep, protect against jealous enemies, and attract good luck.
Tonka Beans – Coumarouna odorata
The seeds of a tree native to Brazil, fragrant Tonka beans have been used in the perfume industry for centuries. They have also been used to add scent to cigarette and pipe tobacco. The beans symbolise increased will power, and carrying a few in your pocket is said to attract good luck and bring abundance into your life.
Larch – Larix europaea
An evergreen native to central Europe, larch is now cultivated in other parts of the world. The young leaf shoots are used in spring salads, and its wood is a popular building material. This is a plant with a lot of symbolism attached to it and keeping a few larch cones or carrying a few needles in a pouch is believed to guarantee success, ward off black magic, and increase self-esteem.
Sunflower – Helianthus annus
Sunflowers are a cheerful sight in summer, and their seeds have been used as food for millennia. The plants are also used to produce cooking oil, and they are used in herbal medicine. Sunflowers are also said to grant wishes, attract good luck, bestow protection, and promote strength of character.
Why not see if any of these plants bring a bit of magic into your life? If not, you can always take a few of them into the kitchen and whip up something tasty!