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Introduction to the Magical Use of House Plants

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I have studied crystal healing for many years and have studied and been attuned to reiki levels one, two, and masters.

Read on to learn how to use houseplants in magical ways.

Read on to learn how to use houseplants in magical ways.

Multi-Purpose Houseplants

As well as being aesthetically pleasing, house plants have many beneficial properties and are a positive addition to any household, whether magical or not. Plants can help to clean and purify the air in our homes as well as bring positive energy to even the smallest spaces. In addition, the leaves, flowers, seeds and even roots of many plants can be used in magical work such as spell casting, incense blending, herbal remedies and healing and for practical applications such as protection or to attract or dispel certain energies or associations.

African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

Plant Magic Is a Tradition

Plant magic is a tradition that dates back to ancient times and has been used for many purposes, including healing, self-empowerment, love spells and purification. Each plant has its own beneficial properties and some are better suited to any given use than others. In some cases, one plant may be preferable over another due to care requirements or dangers such as toxins or allergies. Because plants are living entities, they possess their own energy which may be harnessed to add strength to spells and other magical working. This, along with the vast number of applications, makes plant magic one of the most effective types of magic for users of all abilities.

Aloe vera plant on a windowsill.

Aloe vera plant on a windowsill.

Plant Magic Can Be Used in Many Ways

Plant magic can be used in many ways, including simply sprinkling dried herbs into the flame of a candle during spell casting, carrying a herb bag or small poppet stuffed with herbs, or brewing your own herbal medicines and lotions. Every plant type has its own personal vibration, which interacts with the vibrations of the environment and people around them. This ability can be utilised to correct any imbalance that is present: for example to heal illness or remove negative energy from a building. Although there are likely to be several plants that are suitable for the intended purpose, in many cases, people find that certain plants work well for them, or it may be the case that others seem less effective or cannot be used due to allergies or other sensitivities. It is important to use your own intuition when working with plant magic rather than simply following information that is found in books and online. As you work more with plants in a magical sense and become familiar with their individual energies, this will become easier, and you may wish to begin creating your own spells and remedies.

Cacti come in a great variety of shapes and sizes.

Cacti come in a great variety of shapes and sizes.

House Plant Care and Safety

Houseplants are an ideal way to start out with plant magic and can be kept by anyone, no matter how little space they have available. There are plants that will suit not only the space that can be dedicated to them but also other environmental factors such as humidity, lighting and temperature. House plants can be bought relatively easily from DIY or gardening centres and even ordered online. The vast majority of commercially purchased plants will come supplied with care information, normally in the form of a label inserted into the plant's soil. This label will contain information on each plant's needs regarding light, watering, feeding and any special requirements, such as if the plant needs a particular type of soil to thrive. Plant care labels may also contain information on the plant's toxicity, which should be considered carefully, especially if children or animals will have access to the plant.

African Violet

This pretty purple-blue flowered plant is used in faery charms and spells as well as being able to protect against faery mischief and can be used to help stimulate spirituality. African violets have a feminine energy and are aligned with the planet Venus and the element of water.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is highly useful in treating minor burns and so is a practical addition to the kitchen in any home. As well as burns, the sap from the leaves can be used to soothe insect bites and sunburn. Aloe helps to repel negativity and to prevent accidents in the home. Although considered to have a low toxicity, Aloe vera may cause skin rash if used on very sensitive skin and can have a laxative effect when eaten. Aloe is bound to the moon and water. In Africa, leaves are traditionally hung in doorways as they are believed to attract good luck and protect the home from negative energy. Placing an Aloe vera plant in the kitchen is believed to protect against accidents that involve fire.


These plants are ruled by Mars and are used in protection spells. Cacti require lots of sun and warm temperatures away from drafts. Many are covered in tiny sharp spines that can cause skin irritation when touched, so care should be taken when handling these plants. Cacti spines can be carried in small bottles or lockets for protection. They grow best when potted in nutrient-rich soil and need little watering and feeding.


This plant is often used in fertility, happiness and love spells and can be placed in the bedroom to encourage passion and fertility. Cyclamen is sacred to Hecate and is associated with the element of water and the planet Mars. This is an ideal plant for spells that are designed to increase joy, happiness and affection in relationships. It is a suitable house plant for placing in the bedroom to increase libido and fertility as well as keep away nightmares.


Fern fronds are protective and are believed to be a particular favourite with faeries. If cut and arranged with other flowers in a display, the fern will boost the magical properties of the other flowers and plants present. Ferns grow well as house plants or on sunny porches and patios. Some varieties of fern are edible, but given that there are so many types of fern, it is important to be certain of the one you have before consuming any. The best way to do this is to use the correct botanical name for the plants when identifying.


Orchids are associated with the planet Venus and are used in love charms and sachets. Orchids are known for being highly decorative but difficult to care for in a home environment. They require bright light to grow well.

Spider Plant

These easy-to-grow house plants bring protection to the home. Spider plants can tolerate low light but grow best in medium light. They will grow well indoors or out and are often grown in hanging baskets or in pots hung in plant hangers to allow the dangling shoots plenty of space to grow.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: What happens when you touch a magical plant?

Answer: It is safe to touch magical plants if you wish. As with any plant, they should be treated with care. It is our intent when placing and using them that truly activates their magical properties.

© 2014 Claire


Claire (author) from Lincolnshire, UK on May 20, 2019:

That's a lucky little fish :) We have two goldfish that are babies of my mums goldfish.

Fayleen on May 14, 2019:

Oh thats nice claire. I like frogs for pets. I tried to find tadpoles last year but will try again next year. So when i get an aloe i will keep it somewhere warm. There was a little thing happened last night with a pet platy fish. I was cleaning the tank and the platy jumped onto the carpet. When i noticed it i went oh no and wanted to put it back in the tub. When i did it started to wriggle and when i put it back it swam. It was amazing.

Claire (author) from Lincolnshire, UK on March 28, 2019:

I have an aloe vera plant that lives next to my tortoises house. It seems to be very happy there as it's warm and has a UV light nearby.

Fayleen on March 26, 2019:

Hi claire just been skiving the nursery today. I like africn violet plants and aloe vera to.

Desirea on September 14, 2018:

what can I us Polka Dot plant for.

Claire (author) from Lincolnshire, UK on May 15, 2018:

In spells using candles, flower petals or other plant material can be arranged around the candle plate or base. Just take care that they do not burn or they couls create a fire hazard. Some flowers are used in making loose incense, which could then be used in relevant spells.

Tarita Lonero on May 12, 2018:

How would I use orchid in a spell? (Whichever spell)

How to prepare the flower?

Claire (author) from Lincolnshire, UK on May 09, 2017:

Your roses sound lovely. Such a beautiful combination of colours. Good luck with your intentions for the future.

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on May 04, 2017:

I'm currently planting a Trellis of climbing Green roses along with a light purple and rare deep purple climbing rose to accompany the green roses, for the purpose of bring more money and prosperity. This is my first time planting with a specific purpose.