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In a world full of negativity and toxic energy, we need to take every opportunity that we can to protect ourselves and our homes from its destructive influence. Looking to the practice of herbal magic, there are a number of plants and herbs that are capable of protecting our space and introducing positivity into our lives.

A popular practice throughout history, those who believed in witchcraft and magic would use various plants and herbs as part of their spells. Each of these plants was believed to possess their own magical properties, enhancing and intensifying spells for better results. Known as ‘herbalism’, ‘herbal magic’ or ‘plant magic’, it’s a practice that is still alive and well among practitioners today.

While some plants are used for the purpose of healing and health, others have been found effective to remove negative energy, offer protection either to a person or space, or to bring positive, peaceful energy upon us. Today’s society is one of negativity, violence, narcissism and the battle for control. This atmosphere is toxic, influencing us on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level in more ways than the average person is aware. It is our responsibility to recognize this negativity around us and take steps to combat this influence on our lives.

This may sound like an overwhelming task, but even the smallest steps in the right direction can have a profound impact! By applying the teachings of plant magic to our lives, bringing plants into our home that will work to combat negativity and introduce positive energy, we can create our own safe space. This is important, as your home is your sanctuary, your escape from the crazy, high-stress and hard to handle world we live in.

Check out these 11 plants capable of bringing good and positivity into your home:

#1 – Aloe Vera

Found today in everything from cleansers and moisturizers to food products, aloe vera is often seen as a miracle plant for all of the benefits that it provides. However, this plant certainly isn’t a modern age discovery! Known throughout history as the ‘plant of immortality’, it is used in many different spells and rituals. This powerful plant will work two-fold in your home, both protecting your space from negativity while also attracting positive energy. Simply place it near doors and on windowsills for best results.

#2 – Peace Lily

With a name like the peace lily, it should come as no surprise that this beautiful flower is known for its ability to attract and promote peace on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level in our lives. An incredibly hardy plant that can survive well in even the forgotten corners of our home due to its ability to thrive in low-light conditions, this is an easy one to introduce to the home. Keeping at least one peace lily in your home will help to bring harmony and balance, sparing you the negative effects of the world around us.

#3 – Cactus

A favorite of many in today’s fast-paced, high-demand society, adding a cactus to your space, whether it’s your home or office, can bring a little color and nature without a significant demand for care and attention. However, practitioners of plant magic urge you not to neglect your cacti as they do have the ability to protect your home against evil if cared for properly! Place at least one cactus at each of the four compass points within your home and these plants will work together to repel evil and negativity, keeping your home safe and secure.

#4 – Jasmine

Jasmine is a common ingredient in plant magic due to its incredible influence on attraction. Whether you are looking to attract money, love, happiness, or fame, jasmine is an essential ingredient. While it is most often used in spells, this flower can be used on its own for the same purpose, strengthening the attraction between yourself and your partner, and attracting positivity into your home. Place Jasmine throughout the home, especially in the areas that you frequent most as a couple like your bedroom or living room. They will not only add a splash of color to your space, but they will also bring romance and happiness.

#5 – Eucalyptus

Recognized today for its many medicinal uses, eucalyptus will not only work to bring physical health and well-being, it can also help to promote better spiritual and emotional health. The plant works by warding off negativity from any space that it occupies, making it a great plant to keep around the spaces you occupy most often including your home and office. Furthermore, it is a common ingredient in spells involving finances as it is believed to attract prosperity. For this reason, is often recommended that businesses keep a eucalyptus tree around to help encourage professional success.

#6 – Spearmint and Peppermint

Mint is everywhere in our world today, a common flavor and scent throughout our food choices, cosmetics, and more. However, those who are knowledgeable in the ways of plant magic will tell you that it can offer more to your life than a great smell and a delicious taste. Peppermint and spearmint are both known for their power in banishing negative energy from a space, including protection against magic cast by other practitioners. They are also credited with attracting good luck and prosperity, making them a wise choice for the office!

#7 – Basil

Often mistaken for nothing more than a cooking herb, basil has been used regularly throughout history. In fact, it is credited as one of the most popular magical herbs during the time of the ancient Greeks. An attractor of positivity and goodwill, it is believed that placing basil around your doors or on windowsills will help to attract blessings and good energy into your home. The best part? You can promote positivity in your home while also growing fresh herbs to cook with! It’s a win/win.

#8 – Chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum has long been recognized by practitioners of magic for its powerful protective qualities. Our ancestors would often wear them not only for their beautiful appearance but also because it was believed that they could protect the wearer from those practicing the dark arts. These flowers are also believed to welcome the wisdom and guidance of our ancestors, allowing them to bless and protect our homes and our lives. Place chrysanthemums in the main areas of your home, especially in the areas that you relax most, as it is while you are relaxed and centered that you are most open to messages from the spiritual world.

#9 – Orchids

These beautiful flowers are a popular houseplant due to their sweet fragrance, but those who practice plant magic will tell you that there’s more to it than just a nice smell! Orchids help to purify the air around us, removing negativity and releasing positivity in its place. This is why people report that keeping an orchid in your bedroom will promote a peaceful sleep and cause you to wake up with a positive upbeat mood each morning!

#10 – Thyme

Another herb that we often mistake as only having use within the kitchen, thyme is actually believed to work as a purifier and cleanser of sorts. Simply place thyme throughout your home and it will work to purify the energy around your, filtering out negativity while allowing the positive energy to thrive. This is particularly important in your bedroom as it can remove the negative energy that leads to nightmares. Keep thyme on your bedside table to promote a peaceful, rested sleep.

#11 – Bamboo

Currently, once again gaining in popularity here in the United States, bamboo has long been recognized for its ability to attract good luck and positivity in many Asian cultures. Largely associated with the practice of Feng Shui, placing bamboo around your home or office is well-known for bringing comfort, peace, prosperity, good luck, balance and good health to those that are around it. Not convinced yet? Practitioners of plant magic also say that the plant is effective in driving away negativity and toxic energy, further protecting the home and promoting a positive environment.