Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region, thriving in sunny and well-drained soils. Its cherished for its versatile properties, including protection, purification, and promoting peace. Lavender possesses a natural ability to ward off negative energies, making it an essential ingredient in protective spells and rituals.

The Romans used lavender in their bathhouses, associating it with cleanliness and relaxation. Its aromatic essence has long been linked to tranquillity and healing, with mediaeval Europeans using lavender to ward off the plague. Lavender’s sweet scent and vibrant colour contribute to its symbolism of love and devotion. Little bouquets of this plant were often given as tokens of affection, and the herb was believed to bring good luck.

The herb’s cleansing properties extend to magical tools, making it suitable for consecrating and refreshing ritual instruments. Whether used alone or in combination with other herbs, lavender’s magical essence continues to captivate practitioners, offering a fragrant connection to the spiritual realm.

Here are some ways lavender has been traditionally used in witchcraft:

  • Bundle up some fresh lavender and gift it to a friend who’s about to become a mum. The scent can help soothe her nerves in labour
  • Hang sprigs or bundles above doorways to protect the room from negative energy and restless spirits
  • Infuse water with lavender and sprinkle it on your lover’s forehead to strengthen your connection
  • Run a hot bath, scatter some lavender buds in there, and go for a walk. When you get back you will have a calming and rejuvenating bath
  • Throw lavender in a fire to invoke its powers of protection while it burns
  • Have some lavender infused tea to promote meaningful dreams

It was also standard practice for Ancient Egyptians to use lavender in their mummifying process, and to wear it to a funeral. Carry some with you when in mourning to ease the transition and calm your nerves.

Lavender is great for witches invoking protection, luck, love, and calm. From warding to consecrating, this little plant has blessed us with gifts since the day we discovered it.

Jenna is a pagan and lifelong student of history. She's the potion expert at High Priestess, and also designs tarot decks, oracle decks, and powerful ritual oils.