Faery Herbs and Fungi
Faery Herbs Mushrooms and Toadstools Miscellaneous Faery Plants
Plants that Attract Butterflies and Faeries
Plants for a Night Garden
Planting a Fairy Chair
Chicory Elecampane Flax Horsemint Lady's Mantle Lavender Pearlwort
Sassafras St. John's Wort Thyme Verbena Vervain
Western Hyssop Wild Thyme Wood Sorrel Yarrow
Chicory - Chicory can bring good luck or make you invisible if you carry it with you.
It is also said to be able to open any lock.
Elecampane - Elfwort and Elf Dock are folk names for this plant, an herb whose roots
are used in faery magick. Scattering the root about is said to attract faeries
to your home, and growing it
is said to attract them to your garden. It can be added to any magick or spell used to invoke faery blessings.
Flax - Purging Flax is also called Faery Flax.
Lady's Mantle - Faeries shower with the dew that drops from this flower's petals.
They keep wrinkles away and this is very important for someone as old as they are.
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Lavender - Where there is lavender there is great faerie activity. Faery clans like to have
many parties and lavender infused wine is one of their favorites because it promotes pure knowledge.
Lavender plants are also where the Faeries drape their clothes to dry. These faeries bring healing,
protection and help to overcome emotional blocks and the scent of lavender in the air relieves stress.
Elf leaf is another name for lavender, which is used in elfin magic.
Pearlwort – Placing a spring of pearlwort above the front door is said to prevent
faeries from stealing any member of the household away.
Rosemary – Provides protection against evil faeries; grow rosemary, or place a fresh
sprig of it about, to keep malicious faeries away. Burn dried rosemary as incense to attract the fae.
It is also good for the memory.
Sassafras – A favorite of Air Elementals.
St. John’s Wort – St. John’s Wort is said to offer protection from both faeries and
It is also used for healing. The Celts passed it through the smoke of the Summer Solstice fire,
then wore it into battle for invincibility. The people of Scotland wore it as a charm against faery influence.
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Thyme - Ever want to bring the fae into your home? Hang sprigs of Thyme in a window.
Placing sprigs of thyme on your closed eyes while you sleep upon a faery mound is a sure way to see faeries.
If you plant thyme in your garden, the faeries will come and build their homes under its mounds.
Western hyssop or horsemint
Wild Thyme - Part of a recipe for a brew to make one see the faeries. The tops of the
must be gathered near the side of a faerie hill. Wearing a spring of wild thyme, or essential oil of thyme,
will help one to see faeries.
Wood Sorrel - Wood sorrel is used in faery magick, and for the evocation of elves.
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Mushrooms and Toadstools
Mushrooms and Toadstools - Mushrooms and toadstools with knobbed caps are
used as stools and umbrellas by the faeries. Some of the folk names for various types of fungi
reflect this belief: Faery Club, Elf Cap, Elf’s Stool, etc. A circle
of mushrooms on a lawn is called a Faery Ring, Faery Circle, Faery Dance, or Faery Court. Faery rings
are believed to be places of dangerous enchantment that formed where faeries dance.
Mushrooms are used by faeries to mark the boundaries of their dancing circles and portals to their world.
Some toadstools have poisonous hallucinogenic properties. The Vikings ate them and gained their
reputations as berkerkers. In Celtic lore, they are among the food of the gods, as with many red plants.
Some toadstools associated with the faerie are Fly Agaric, Yellow Fairy Club, Slender Elf Cap, Dune
Pixie-Hood, and Dryad's Saddle.
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Miscellaneous Faery Plants
Clover Elderberry Fern Milkweed Shamrock Trefoil
Clover - The clover faeries will help one to find love. Those with four leaves can be used to
break faery spells and glamours. Wearing a four-leaf clover in your hat will give you the power to
see invisible faeries, as does anointing yourself with an ointment made from four-leaf clovers, or carrying a
charm of 7 grains of wheat plus one four-leaf clover.
Elderberry – This is used to make faery wine. The berries can also be burned
on a fire to invite the Guid Neighbors to a gathering. Make a homemade brew of Elderberry Wine
and you are sure to have some thirsty visitors. It is said that if a human drinks the wine, then
he or she will be ale to see the Wee Ones. If a human should drink Elderberry wine from the same
goblet as a faery, he or she will be able to see them forever.
Fern - Ferns are favored by pixies, who are said to sometimes be found near them.
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Milkweed - Both Monarch butterflies and faeries like milkweed. If milkweed is planted
in a Witch's garden, the fae will always be in the area. The silky tassels of the milkweed pods can be
added to a dream pillow – no only to make it softer, but also to make you dream of the faeries. In the
Autumn, when the pods are bursting, and the fluffy seeds are flying across the fields, one wish is granted
for each seed that is be caught and then released again.
Shamrock – Celtic faeries adore it. Also see Trefoil.
Trefoil - Also known as shamrock, or searaog, it symbolizes all triple deities.
Always leave something in payment when you take trefoil, because it is a favorite herb of the Little People
and faeries. A pinch of ginger or a little milk pored onto the ground are acceptable gifts.
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Celtic Gods, Goddesses, Kings, & Queens
For more about Faeries in your garden...
Faeries and Other Wee Folk
Fairy Garden: Faeries of the Four Seasons
For books by Laurie Cabot,
To Purchase Edain McCoy's A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk, click here.
Buy Brian Froud's Faeries and Good Faeries, Bad Faeries, click here.
here for Scott Cunningham's The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews
If you can't find the books through the above links, they should have them