November 16, 2016

Herbal Grimoire ~ Cloves

Money Pentacle, Pagan by Design
Cloves have been used in Witchcraft for protection, prosperity, love and purification for many generations.  They are associated with the element of Fire, the planet Jupiter, and are considered masculine in nature.  Cloves have been used in exorcism and are also believed to provide very good protection for children.  They are known, also, to strengthen friendships and ward off malicious gossip.

Medicinally, it is known that Cloves contain Eugenol, a pleasantly-aromatic antiseptic ingredient which is toxic to harmful organisms, fungus, and bacteria.  Perhaps for these reasons, Cloves are a natural choice for driving away negative energies, and drawing in positive attention, purity, and prosperity.

Ideas for using Cloves in Magic:

  • Burn as an incense alone or as a candle dressing (candle color correspondence to match intent) 
  • Carry, or wear (in a perfume or pouch) to attract love or abundance 
  • Place 3 drops of Clove oil on a wet washcloth and add to the clothes dryer when drying your child's clothing to help protect them from harm or bullying, boost their confidence in new situations, and attract positive friends 
  • Infuse into wine or cider as an aphrodisiac 
  • Make into prosperity Pentacles and carry for luck and drawing wealth 
  • Mix with tobacco for smoking 
  • Use in making potpourri, pomanders or sachets to place around the home 
  • Give gifts containing Cloves (such as Potpourri) to solidify friendships, honesty, and trust 
  • Blend them into tisanes or food recipes for inner purification, protection from illness and good health
The photo at the top of this post is one of my own "Money Pentacles".  It is nearly the same recipe as the one shown on McCormick's website, but I usually use white glue with mine to help bind the cinnamon together, and then let them air dry instead of warming in the oven.  When finished, you might place one in your change purse and carry it with you to attract money, and also help you spend wisely.

Here is one potpourri recipe from Crafts for the Kid in All of Us called Soul Soother:  Be sure to wear rubber gloves when preparing.

2 ounces Rose Petals
1 ounce each of Chamomile Flowers, Meadowsweet and Agrimony
1/2 ounce each of Hibiscus Flowers and Lemon Balm
8 crushed Bay Leaves
1 tablespoon crushed Cinnamon Sticks
1 tablespoon crushed Vanilla Pod
2 teaspoons crushed Cloves
2 teaspoons crushed Allspice
3 tablespoons Orris Root
3 drops Carnation Oil
2 drops Violet Oil

While wearing rubber gloves, mix all ingredients in a glass bowl EXCEPT the oils. When mixture is well blended, add oils and continue to mix with your hands. 

Cloves in herbal remedies:

Cloves are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber.  They contain 36 active ingredients which contribute to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  Cloves are an excellent source of manganese, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C.  They also contain significant amounts of phosphorous, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Clove oil is probably best known for numbing the pain of toothache and oral ulcers.  It also contains ingredients which help stabilize blood circulation and regulate body temperature.  Applied externally, it has stimulating effects on the skin, producing heat and redness.

For Coughs:  Three to five drops of Clove oil mixed with honey and a clove of Garlic may alleviate spasmodic cough of tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis when taken once before going to bed.

Muscle Cramps:  May be relieved when oil of Clove is applied as a poultice near the affected muscle.  As a massage oil, Cloves can relieve arthritis and rheumatism. 

Cloves are used also in Aromatherapy to reduce stress.

Precautions:  This post is for informational purposes only and is NOT advice.  This content is NOT intended to replace the professional medical advice of a licensed Physician.  The use of Cloves, especially in excess, including inhaling warm vapors from the oils, can have severe or deadly side effects!  Cloves may interfere with blood clotting and may also lower blood sugar.  Cloves may interfere with blood thinning medications.
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.


Magic Love Crow said...

Great post! Thanks Polly!

Polly Taskey said...

Thanks :)

Lori said...

I did not realize clove could be used for colds! Thanks for the info. Will definitely have to try it the next time I am sick.

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