Roots

Angelica (Angelica archangelica)

Named for the Archangel Michael, Angelica root is used in works of ritual purification and removing maleficia, to increase female power in the home, and in magics for the protection of the home and blessing of children. more

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Bloodroot has a pure white flower and a stem and root that bleed red sap; in European magic it is a plant of pure life blood. In hoodoo, it is used to quell domestic problems and aid... more

Calamus (Acorus calamus)

Calamus

Calamus, or sweet flag, is a wetland plant with a reedy stem and green flower somewhat resembling a tongue. The name calamus derives from the Greek for 'reed pen', referring to the use... more

Galangal (Alpina officinalis)

Also called Low John to Chew and court case root, don't confuse it with the sedge galingale. Galangal has a sharp, spicy scent good for curse-breaking, winning in court, and psychic... more

Gentian (Gentiana lutea)

During the Middle Ages, Gentian was commonly employed as a theriac, believed to be an antidote to poison and venoms of all kinds. Nowadays, it's mainly used in spells to attract and keep... more

Hellebore (Helleborus niger)

Hellebore

A classic herb associated with witchcraft, hellebore is ruled by Saturn and was used to purge the body of black bile, the humor which carried melancholia and madness. Similarly, it is burned in rites of banishing. It was also one of the powerful and poisonous herbs included in flying ointment and is said to possess the power to render magicians invisible.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice

Licorice root is used in Hoodoo practice as one of the two ingredients for compelling magics. It is chewed for aid in deep trance work and contacting spirits, and has a more delicate... more

Madder Root (Rubia tinctorum)

The root of madder has been used as source of dye for wool, cotton, leather, and bone for thousands of years. Cloth dyed with madder has been found in the Tomb of Tutankamun, in ancient... more

Orris Root (Iris germanica)

The powdered root of the Florentine iris has a violet-like scent, but acts as a fixative in blends, absorbing scents that would otherwise volatilize. Orris root powder is also known... more