Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Herb of the Month for December 2011 - Bay

This month from my exploding herb cabinet I bring you Bay Leaves.  Bay is one of the first herbs I got when I began collecting and jarring herbs.  It has multiple uses dating back to the ancient Olympic games and beyond.  Because of its long history it has quite a few folk names.  Bay Laurel, Baie, Daphne, Grecian Laural, Laurier d'Apollon, Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel and Sweet Bay are a few of its folk names. Its ruling element is fire and its planet is the Sun.  Bay is a masculine herb and it's associated with Apollo, Ceres, Eros and Faunus. 

                                                                     Dry Bay Leaves

Bay is a powerful, multipurpose herb.  It's used for healing, protection, purification, strength and psychic powers.  An herb that represents success, triumph and victory, bay was used to crown the victors in ancient Olympic games.  Need to bring some success to your life?  Add bay leaves to a hot bath or grind some leaves up and burn them.  Sprinkle bay around your place of business to attract customers and leave a few bay leaves under or in the cash register for prosperity.  For a money spell, dress(rub oil onto the candle) a green candle with bay oil.

Bay is also a great herb for protection.  It will not only remove negative energies but it also draws in positive energies.  Carry bay leaves to ward off negative energies and spirits.  When hung in the home, bay will prevent poltergeists from entering and help remove anything negative already in the home.  Plus, bay leaves smell great, look great and maintain their shape so hanging some in your home is a nice touch (especially during the holidays).  Bay is also used in wisdom and psychic potions (keep in mind it has a strong taste). To induce prophetic dreams sleep with bay leaves under your bed or pillow.  Bay was used by ancient priestesses of Apollo. They chewed the leaves to bring on a meditative and prophetic state.  They also used bay as a Yule decoration and many people still practice this today.

Simple Bay Leaf Spell
Use a bay leaf to make a wish.  First take a bay leaf and hold it in your hands.  Think about your wish and envision it coming true.  Then take the leaf and write your wish on it.  Once you've written the wish on the bay leaf place the leaf under your pillow or bed.  Leave it alone, forget it's there (except when you change your sheets! don't wash the leaf, remove it and then put it back) and allow your wish to manifest. You can also place the leaf on your altar or any place safe and out of the way. Once your wish has manifested bury the leaf.  

Since bay is a dual purpose herb (it repels the negative and attracts the positive) you can also use it to remove something from your life.  Take a bay leaf and hold it in your hands.  Think about what it is you want to push away from you. Then write it on the bay leaf.  Once you've written down what you want to get rid of burn the bay leaf and throw the ashes to the wind. Or, if you are near a source of water (a creek, lake etc), take the leaf to the water.  Place it in the water and watch it float away while envisioning it taking away what you want to get rid of.

Will bay leaves kill me??
Absolutely not.  It is used around the world to season foods.  Everything from soups, meats, fish and spice mixtures are seasoned using bay leaves. 

Interesting tidbit:  If your eating a dish that contains bay leaves and you find yourself with a bay leaf in your mouth don't eat it right away!  First, make a wish.  Bite the leaf while simultaneously making your wish.  Then put the wish out of your mind, allowing it to manifest.

Bay leaves.  This powerful, multipurpose herb can be used to repel the negative and draw in the positive.  Use a bay leaf to make a wish or add some taste to home made soup.  Add bay leaves to a bath to give yourself a boost of successful energies. However you choose to use it, I highly recommend adding bay leaves to your own exploding herb cabinet. 

Bright Blessings,

***I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. Do your research before you consume any herbs via potions etc.

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by: Scott Cunningham
The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients by: Lexa Rosean


Lashette Williams said...

I really love these Herb of the Month posts. I hope you don't mind if I share them. Let me know.

Twin and Twin said...

We don't mind at all! Share as much as you like. Thanks!!

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