Domina Herbarum is the “Mistress of herbs”, the healer able to bring relief from pains through the energy and alchemy of Plants.
The most common word used to describe women who had such a profound knowledge of the plant world is surely witch, in particular used to identify those who practiced the ancient arts of healing and witchcraft, a set of magical activities and rituals based on the interaction between the vibrational worlds, energy and matter.
The practical use of knowledge of mystical properties of herbs is called esoteric herbalism.
In esoteric herbalism specific products are created to work with vibrational and magical properties of plants, among them we find:
Amulet and talismans - which consist of mixtures of herbs, with sometimes other natural elements such as crystals and bones, carried through capsules, vials or small cotton bags. Talismans are often prepared and charged through specific rituals.
Ritual candles - made mostly by vegetal or bee wax, with also herbs and oils specific for the spell to perform. Candle colors will change depending the purpose of the spell.
Ritual baths - mixtures of sea salt and herbs, often with essential oils added, to be used during ritual baths.
Infusions, tea and potions - internal use, made by boiling or infusing specific herbs to stimulate alteration of consciousness on other spells.
Herbal incenses - chopped herbs, barks and resins burnt on a charcoal. They are mostly used as energy support during spells, or as devotional offering, to purify or increase prophetic and psychic abilities by altering the state of consciousness.
Oils - essential oil blends or infused herbs in a carry vegetal oil. They are usually used to anoint body parts, divine figurines, candles and magical tools.
Powders - crushed herbs and resins mostly used for attraction or banishing rituals.
Mojo bags - little cotton bags (colors change depending the purpose of the spell) filled with herbs and crystals, sometimes also with animal parts, coins, small jewelry, petitions or prayers.
Ointments - salves made by herbal infused oils in beeswax or pig fat. Their purpose is primarily to increase psychic abilities altering the state of consciousness through direct contact with skin or mucous membranes.
Smudges - bundles of dry herbs (usually sage and/or mugwort) to be burned for purification and blessing.
Other elements to be considered in esoteric herbalism are colors:
Orange - Empowerment, stimulation, courage, joy.
Silver - Dreams, divine feminine, intuition, clairvoyance, astral protection.
White - Purification, healing, moon magic, spirituality, meditation, truth, pace.
Blue - Wisdom, harmony, inner guidance.
Yellow - Mind, creativity, imagination, focussing.
Brown - Abundance, money, home matters.
Black - Protection, banishing.
Gold - Prosperity, wellbeing, success, enlightenment.
Pink - Romantic love, feelings, serenity.
Red - Passion, sexuality, strength, energy.
Green - Career, success, prosperity, money, good luck, fertility.
Purple - Power, psychic abilities, spiritual development.
Moon and planetary influences during days and hours:
Waxing moon - Beginning, attraction.
Full moon - Empowerment, blessing, manifesting.
Waning moon - Banishing, cleansing.
New moon - Ending, death, destruction, divination.
Moon - Intuition, motherhood, female mysteries, psychic powers, divination, mutability, dreams, fertility.
Mars - Energy, strength, courage, competition, physical activity, aggression, protection, banishing.
Mercury - Mind, studying, communication, tradings, deals, inspiration, travels.
Jupiter - Job, career, success, support, good luck, ceremonies.
Venus - Love, beauty, art, creativity, health, feelings.
Saturn - Time, transformation, death, wisdom, ancestors, guidance, inner master.
Sun - Achievements, approval, public relations, power, success, friendship, healing.
following are some of most common plants used in esoteric herbalism and their general vibrational properties:
Adam and Eve (root) - Aplectrum hyemale
Agrimony - Agrimonia eupatoria
Banishing, protection and defense from curses and negativity.
Alfalfa - Medicago sativa
Money, financial success, prosperity.
Alkanet - Alkanna tinctoria
Prosperity, money protection, gambling.
Angelica - Angelica archangelica
Blessing, purification, divine protection, healing.
Anise - Pimpinella anisum
Psychic abilities, protection
Asafetida - Ferula assafoetida
Good health, preventing diseases, revenge, to send a curse back to sender
Bay - Laurus nobilis
Clairvoyance, success, for banishing enemies and negativity.
Basil - Ocimum basilicum
Peace and family happiness, prosperity, protection.
Benzoin (resin) - Styrax benzoin
Good luck, inner peace, house cleansing.
Camphor - Cinnamomum camphora
Psychic vision, cleansing.
Cardamom - Elettaria cardamomum
To attract a new love, relationships.
Catmint - Nepeta cataria
Female charm, beauty and love attraction.
Chamomille - Matricaria chamomilla
Cinnamon - Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Attraction, prosperity, passion, protection.
Cloves - Syzygium aromaticum
Attraction, money, prosperity, friendship
Copal (resin) - Bursera spp.
Divine assistanc, psychic abilities.
Coriander - Coriandrum sativum
Love, protection from disease.
Damiana - Turnera aphrodisiaca
Passion, attraction, love.
Dragon blood (resina) - Daemonorops draco
Love, money, success
Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus spp.
Frankincense (resin) - Boswellia carterii
Divine support, good luck, success, blessing, empowerment, protection.
Ginger - Zingiber officinale
Protection, love, money.
Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis
Juniper - Juniperus communis
Protection, banishing, exorcism.
Lavender - Lavandula officinalis
Love, harmony, good luck, protection, happiness
Marjoram - Origanum majorana
Mugwort - Artemisia vulgare
Psychic vision, protection, alignment, dreamworks.
Mullein - Verbascum thapsus
Protection and control.
Lemon balm - Melissa officinalis
Purification, healing, health, recovery, love.
Patchouli - Pogostemon cablin
Peppermint - Mentha piperita
Banishing, protection, love, psychic abilities.
Rose - Rosa spp.
Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
Protection, faithfulness, harmony, cleansing.
Rue - Ruta graveolens
Protection, blessing, love, healing, banishing.
Sage - Salvia ssp.
Wisdom, divination, health, cleansing, protection.
Sandalwood - Santalum album
Family harmony, love, protection of the home.
Sarsaparilla - Smilax aspera
Money, passion, attraction, love.
St. John's Wort - Hypericum perforatum
Protection, banishing, exorcism.
Thyme - Thymus vulgare
Money, Love, working with Fairies.
Vervain - Verbena officinalis
Love, protection, blessing, healing.
Yarrow - Achillea millefolium
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DOMINA LUNAE APOTHECARY. ESOTERIC HERBALISM
The energy of each moon phase influences both the spiritual and the material dimension. The moon is also deeply connected with women's menstrual cycle and its creative power so, as females, celebrate the moon means to honour our own nature, and reclaime our divine rhythm.
Both women and Mother Earth give life, give birth to creation.
Within the womb of a woman are creative and destructive energies reflection of dynamic laws of nature, and its seasonal cycles. The inner mysteries of females body are doors to the wisdom on the Earth and to its untamed forces.
Working with nature Spirits we can focus on our heart and senses with trust, love and intention to merge our own consciousness with plants intelligence. We can come back to our roots rememebring the holy connection of all living beings, embracing life with awarness, gratitude and integrity.