Planets: Venus, Mercury
Folklore: The Latin valere from whence the common name of this plant originated means “to be strong or healthy” and it may refer to the healing applications of the plant or it may refer to its strong odor. Indeed the ancient Greeks called this plant “Phu” (like phew!).
Magical Properties: Protection, Calm, Sleep, Love, Purification, Harmony.
Sprinkle valerian at the front door to deter unwanted visitors, or hang the leaves around the home to promote harmony amongst loved ones. Combine valerian with other herbs and crystals in sachets or amulets to use for protection, or in a dream-pillow to ward off nightmares. Use in cleansing and consecration, or drink as a tea to purify oneself. In hoodoo, it can be used as a substitute for graveyard dirt. It enhances any curse or hex you place, and used alone as a hex, it can be cast upon your enemy’s pathway or steps, or placed in a red bag and buried on your enemy’s property to bring evil upon them. To prevent unwanted visitors, sprinkle powdered herb on your front porch and say their name. For eliminating troubles, write the trouble on parchment paper, then burn and mix the ashes with powdered herb,then bury. Soak the dried stalks of the Valerian plant in tallow or oil, then use as a magical torch.
Valerian may smell raunchy, but it’s also known as a plant of love and protection. Hang it in your home to protect against natural disasters, such as lightning strikes or fire. If you’re a woman, pin a sprig to your shirt to attract men your way.
It is also useful in Samhain and Yule celebration rituals.
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