Scattering herbs and powders is a common way of invoking the influence of the herbs to achieve your magical intent. They are dusted around places of business to improve sales, scattered in bedrooms to light the spark of love, and sprinkled over people to bless or protect them. Powders are particularly common in traditional American folk magic and hoodoo where there are hundreds of them in common use. They are a relatively easy product, scattering herbs are single herbs or blends that are spread around a home, store, property or other sort of place to produce a magical intent. Powders are finely ground dried herbs, mixtures of herbs, or oils added to a base of talcum powder. A coffee grinder is useful in grinding the herbs finely to make powders although you may use a mortar and pestle. You want the herbs truly powdered, a very fine mixture without large bits scattered through it.
Any recipe for oil may be made into a powder by adding the oil blend to a small quantity of unscented talcum powder. Most sachet blends may be made into powders by finely grinding them. I would avoid grinding those that have resins in them however since they gum up your coffee grinder. It is easier to purchase finely ground resins for use in powders than to grind them yourself. Consider also that some things will tend to stain items they are dusted on such as tumeric, saffron, dragon’s blood resin, and avoid them or use them only outside or on objects which won’t be damaged. Also, some resins leave a sticky residue when sprinkled such as pine. With most powders a light touch is preferred when sprinkling, if you can see a green path through your livingroom, you may have been a bit heavy handed.
Powders may be dusted onto your altar to enhance your magical workings, sprinkled onto ritual objects to strengthen the connection to your magical intent, or blown into the air to spread their magical influence through a room or place. You may add a protection powder to the casting of the circle ritual, sprinkling it around the sacred space. Using powders is something you will need to use your imagination for. If you plan to dust the powder on yourself it would be a good idea to test a bit of it on a small patch of skin to see if you may be allergic to any of it’s ingredients first. That love powder won’t work as well if you have hives!
Below there is a table that gives some traditional uses of scattering herbs and below that are some recipes for powders. They all must be dedicated to the magical intent through ritual to bring out their power. You should invoke their power via ritual and visualization with a proper consecration to your magical purpose, utilizing the appropriate day and time correspondences. This is important if you want them to work properly.
Herbs Traditionally Scattered for Various Magical Purposes
||Avens, Bay, Black Pepper with Salt, Chili Pepper, Cumin, Garlic, Horehound, Horseradish, Hydrangea Bark, Lilac, Nettle, Pine Needles, Sandalwood, Tamarisk, Yarrow
||Basil, Orris, Rose Petals, Vetivert, Witch Grass
||Deerstongue, Galangal, Periwinkle
||Dragon’s Blood, Dulse, Eryngo, Gardenia Blossoms, Lavender, Loosestrife, Meadowsweet, Olive Leaves, Passion Flower, Purslane, Rose Petals
||Alfalfa Ashes, Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange Peel, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Sarsaparilla
||Ague Root, Angelica, Ash Leaves, Barley, Basil, Betony, Buckwheat Flour, Burdock, Chamomile, Chili Pepper, Dragon’s Blood, Grain, Ivy, Mustard Seed, Tumeric
||Bay, Betony, Basil, Chili Pepper, Cumin, Dragon’s Blood, Horseradish, Loosestrife, Mint, Nettle, Sandalwood, Wintergreen
Some Recipes for Powders
|For all of these recipes simply combine equal parts of each of the herbs called for and grind in your magical coffee grinder.
This powder from Hoodoo is used to attract love by dusting the body with it before going out or for luck in gambling by dusting the hands before gambling. Vanilla Oil, Patchouli, Cinnamon.
Astral Travel Powder
A Wiccan powder intended to assist your attempts at astral projection. Sprinkle on the bedsheets before sleeping. Sandalwood, Mugwort, Cinnamon.
Aunt Sally Dream Powder
Another recipe from Hoodoo, this one is used for prophetic dreams by sprinkling on your sheets before going to bed. Licorice, Cinnamon, Cardamon, Corriander.
Bend Over Powder
Hoodoo has some interesting names for their preparations. This one is intended to send evil back to the sender, break hexes and make others
your bidding. Rose, Frankincense, Vetivert, Honeysuckle.
This is also from Hoodoo. The silver magnetic powder can be purchased at occult stores. Lavender, Silver Magnetic Powder, Ylang Ylang, Musk.
This Hoodoo powder is used to overcome inhibitions and increase pleasure when sprinkled on your lover. Sandalwood, Rose, Melon Oil.
Draw Back Powder
A single ingredient powder from Hoodoo that is to be sprinkled around your home to prevent anyone from hexing you and reverse all evil spells. Dragon’s Blood. Remember, this will stain.
A Hoodoo powder to attract good luck and assistance of all good spirits when performing magical work. Sprinkle on altar. Jasmine, Violet, Lavender.
Easy Wrath Powder
This Hoodoo powder is intended to eliminate hatred and anger in anyone you have pissed off. You sprinkle it on them, I suppose surreptitiously, since if they see you it may piss them off more! Ashes, Red Pepper, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood.
Envy and Jealousy Powder
Intended to eliminate feelings of jealousy in people you want to get along with, this Hoodoo powder is to be sprinkled on their door. Bayberry, Vetivert, Sassafras, Arrowroot.
This Wiccan powder is used to exorcise negativity from any area and protect it’s inhabitants. Basil, Frankincense, Rosemary, Yarrow, Rue.
French Love Powder
Not what it seems, this Hoodoo powder is for increasing psychic powers and producing prophetic dreams. Sprinkle on your sheets, on your tarot cards or rune stones, or dust some on yourself. Musk, Orris, Ambergris Oil, Vetivert.
Get Away Powder
Another Hoodoo powder, this one is to sprinkle in the path of anyone you want to stop bothering you. You can also sprinkle it on your window sills and front porch to get rid of the Salesmen, Mormons and Jehovahs Witnesses. Sulfur, Chili Powder, pinch of Asafotida.
Goddess of Love Powder
A Hoodoo powder to rub on your hands prior to meeting with a person you are “interested” in to encourage them to reciprocate your interest. Rose oil, Mint oil and Musk oil in a base of rose pink talc. Purchase colored talc at an occult supply or color your own with food coloring.
Happy Times Powder
This Hoodoo powder is used to change luck, reverse unfortunate circumstances and eliminate poverty. Sprinkle around your home. Orange Peel, Vanilla oil, Strawberry oil.
A Wiccan powder designed to bring joy and lift your spirits. Create a circle by sprinkling the powder and sit within it while visualising the powers of the herbs filling you with positive feelings. Lavender, Catnip, Marjoram.
Health and Healing Powder
Wiccan powder intended to cure illness, and maintain health. Can be used with blue candles in a healing ritual or sprinkled in the ill persons bedroom. Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Thyme, Allspice.
Hoodoo morale booster for those who need confidence and inspiration. Sprinkle on the person to increase their creativity, optomism and confidence. Pine, Lily, Hyacinth, Clove.
A Hoodoo powder to increase determination, will power and concentration. Orris Root, Sweet Flag oil.
The best of the Hoodoo blessing and protection powders. Galangal, Rosemary, Jalop (High John the Conqueror), Orris.
Jinx Removing Powder
Sprinkle this Hoodoo powder all around the inside of your home to remove hexes, curses and evil spells and protect all who live there. Mint, Wintergreen. Best when combined with sprinkling Chamomile outside the house and on the front and back door sills.
Jury Winning Powder
For this Hoodoo powder to work you have to sprinkle some on the Judges seat and in the jury box, hard to do, or around a purple candle in a protection ritual, easy to do. You pick. Hydrangea, High John the Conqueror, Low John (Galangal), Asafotida (smells bad).
A Hoodoo powder used for financial gain, purification, and overcoming hexes. Sprinkle powder around your home. Galangal, Nasturtium Seeds, Patchouli.
Kindly Spirit Powder
Use this Hoodoo powder when you want others to like and sympathize with you. Can be included in rituals to end loneliness and make friends. Lily, Hyacinth, Lemon.
Sprinkle this Hoodoo powder on the head of anyone seeking healing of an illness, overcoming bad luck or just looking to have a more positive outlook. Orris, Vanilla, Clove, Lavender.
Lost and Away Powder
This Hoodoo powder is used to get rid of someone. Sprinkle in their path, where they will walk, or on your front porch. Dirt from a crossroad, Mistletoe, Sulfur, Orris, Sage.
Sprinkle this Wiccan powder on yourself, your bedsheets, and in the bedroom when that special person is coming over or when you want to meet a special person. Yarrow, Ginger, Rose Petals, Basil, Lavender.
Sprinkle this Hoodoo powder on the newlyweds before they leave for their honeymoon to increase understanding and bring peace and love. Gardenia, Lilac, Muguet (Lily of the Valley), Lily.
Luck Around Business Powder
Use this Hoodoo powder to bring in new customers and increase business. The Gold Sand can be purchased at an Occult Supply. Gold Sand, Frankincense, Heliotrope oil.
Sprinkle this Wiccan powder around your home or on yourself to bring about a positive change and remove any negative energies. Vetivert, Calamus, Nutmeg, Allspice.
Lucky Mystic Powder
A Hoodoo powder to bring prophetic dreams, increase psychic ability and give clairvoyance. Silver magnetic sand, Basil oil, Vetivert oil.
Despite it’s name, this Hoodoo powder is intended to stop infidelity from starting or continuing in a marriage. Supposedly if the person is truly in love with the “other” woman or man it won’t work, but if it’s just for the sex it will. Lime, Orange, Peach Blossom oil, Melon oil, in a base of yellow talc.
Money Drawing Powder
This Hoodoo powder protects against financial loss, and attracts money and material things. Sprinkle around the home, in the wallet or around your business. Frankincense, Heliotrope, Tonka, Gold magnetic sand.
A Wiccan powder to use like the Hoodoo one above. Cedar, Patchouli, Galangal, Ginger.
Odd name for this Hoodoo powder intended to give you added physical strength, vitality and enthusiasm. Rub it on your arms and legs or sprinkle it on your altar during ritual. Basil, Rum, Bay, Thyme, Aloe.
Musk Love Powder
This Hoodoo powder gives the shy confidence, persistence, and will power. A strong attractant for use by women and gay men. Musk oil, Violet or Orris oil, Vetivert.
A powerful Hoodoo uncrossing powder which removes hexes and protects. Jasmine, Violet, Citronella.
Peaceful Home Powder
Sprinkle this Hoodoo powder around your home if you have been fighting with your partner, or the house is upset and chaotic to calm things down again. Lemon, Rose, Lilac.
Rub this Hoodoo powder on your hands, sprinkle around your home or business, or circle a green candle in a prosperity ritual. Allspice, Patchouli, Myrrh, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Orris, Orange Peel.
A Wiccan powder to attract money and material blessings. Sprinkle around the home or business. Sassafras, Cinnamon, Pine, Basil.
Wiccan powder to protect against all sorts of clamaties and negative influences. Sprinkle around the outside of your house to act as a barrier. Dragon’s Blood, Sandalwood, Salt.
This Hoodoo powder is used to protect against hexes, negativity, bad moods, you name it. Sprinkle it around your home and in your bedroom. Vetivert, Vervain, Galangal, Peppermint, Rue, Cinnamon.
Another Wiccan protection powder to use inside your home. May be used for individual protection by creating a circle of it and standing within. Visualise the wall of protection being created around yourself and feel yourself being bathed in the warm protective embrace of the herbs power. This ritual can be done daily if desired. Mugwort, Dill, Juniper, Frankincense, Cumin.
Psychic Ability Powder
Increase your psychic powers with this Hoodoo powder which can be used when doing readings, at seances, when meditating or sprinkled on the sheets to have prophetic dreams. Mastic, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Clove, Myrrh.
Psychic Power Powder
A Wiccan powder to sprinkle as above to increase your psychic and clairvoyant abilities. Yarrow, Eyebright, Lemongrass, Mugwort, Rose Petals.
This Hoodoo powder is intended to make married members of the opposite sex leave you alone and prevent people from attacking you. Tobacco ashes, Nutmeg, Cinnmon, Powdered Newsprint.
Red Rose Powder
A Hoodoo powder to overcome hatred between former friends and associates. Sprinkle on the person or where they will be, or use in a ritual. Rose, Mint.
This Hoodoo powder is used to break up with someone either a relationship or a business associate. It creates animosity. Chili powder, Cinnamon, Galangal, Black Pepper, Iron Filings, Vetivert
Spiritual Vibrations Powder
Wiccan powder to sprinkle before conducting ritual or meditating to raise the spiritual vibrations of the area and the people present. Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh.
Stay at Home Powder
Another powder to end infidelity on the part of your partner and make them stay at home instead. You dust it on yourself before going to bed with them. I don’t know how to pulverize a bedsheet, sorry. Clove, Allspice, Deerstongue, Mullein, Sage, Pulverized Bedsheet.
This is a Hoodoo powder to discover who has stolen something from you. You sprinkle it around the scene of the crime and the thief will be revealed to you. Galangal, Vetivert, Poke Root, Hydrangea.
Rub this Hoodoo powder on your hands and then touch someone you feel is lying to you. They will be forced to apologise and stop lying, if they are that is. Mint, Rose, Nutmeg.
Sprinkled on your clothes this Hoodoo powder makes you more attractive to the opposite sex and attracts a lover. Rose oil, Lavender oil, Violet oil, Musk oil, Amber oil, in a base of pink talc.
A useful Hoodoo powder to make you more adaptable, creative, quick thinking and increase your potential for success. Rum, Peach Blossom, Lilac, Cinnamon.
This Hoodoo powder helps your dreams and wishes to come true. Sprinkle on yourself before going to bed or meditating, or use in rituals designed to achieve your dreams. Sandalwood, Orris, Allspice, Deerstongue, Musk.
Ya Ya Powder
Increases fertility, helps a woman become pregnant or prevent a miscarrige, and increases male sexual potency. Sprinkle on yourself prior to the event, or regularly depending upon why you are using it. Khus Khus (Vetivert), Cinnamon, Sage, Rose.