The tea plant (Camellia sinensis) has its own medicinal qualities and magickal correspondences. You can add tea leaves to your magickal botanicals (tinctures, oils, powders, incenses, washes, etc), use them to stuff poppets and charm bags, work them into candle spells, divine with them (tasseomancy), or brew tea as a spell in itself.
How to Make a Tea Spell
- Define your goal
- Write it out
- Check correspondences (herbs & tea)
- Blend & smell test
- Brew (use planetary timing, visualization, intent, cleansing, charging, words of power, etc.)
- Note results
You could add enchanted honey or a magickal tincture, pour it into a consecrated and enchanted tea cup, trace sigils on the surface with honey or a stick (etc), offer it to ancestors, land spirits, deities, goetia, etc.
Example Tea Spell:
Show me the Money (Elsie Wild)
This blend can help you manifest money quickly.
- 2 teaspoons green tea (wealth)
- ½ teaspoon fresh or dried thyme (prosperity, manifestation, attraction)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (wealth, luck, success)
- 1 cup hot water
- dash of honey (abundance, manifestation)
- sugar, to taste (attraction, prosperity, multiplying)
Put the green tea, thyme, and cinnamon in your tea infuser (or loose into your cup if you want to read), and place it into your cup. Pour in the hot water and let it steep for 5 minutes. When the tea is finished steeping, add the honey and sugar and stir clockwise three times.
Each time you stir, think about the amount of money you want—for example, “It would be great to have $500 right now,” or “My next job will have a $50,000 salary,” or something to that effect. Don’t say things like “I need this” or “I want money,” because you don’t want to be desperate for money, and you also want to be exact in how much money you desire—you don’t want to be short-changed.
When you sip, think about what you would do with that money; visualize it as if it had already happened. Picture it until you have finished drinking.
Magickal Tea Correspondences
- Banish feelings, apathy, sleepiness, and directionlessness
- Freedom from boredom
- Adventure and
- Expansive thought
- Finished business
- Expelling negativity
- Energy boost
- Mental clarity
- Bone health
- Kills bacteria
- Lowers cholesterol
- Lowers risk of diabetes
- Decreases digestive activity
Black tea is best enjoyed by brewing 1 teaspoon tea in water at 195ºF for 3–4 minutes.
I used the astringent properties of Black Tea in my Evil Eye Tincture.
- Love & Sex Magick
- Regulating energy
- Brain function
- Heart health
- Sexual health
*Could also increase longevity
A proper cup of green tea uses 1 teaspoon of dried leaves, water that is 175ºF, and is steeped for only 1–2 minutes.
I used the wealth-drawing properties of Green Tea in my Queen of Pentacles Oil.
- Emotional balance and connection
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves sleep
- Gut health
- Heart health
- Brain health
- Bone density
- Prevents tooth decay
Oolong tea is brewed like a black tea, using 1 teaspoon of tea in 195ºF water for 3–4 minutes.
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis)
- Motherly energy
- Inner peace
- Bone health
- Heart health
- Healthy skin
For brewing use 1½ teaspoons of tea in water at 208ºF for 5–6 minutes.
- Aura cleansing
- Psychic protection
- Psychic abilities
- New beginnings
- Moon magic
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Lowers insulin resistance
- Protects against osteoporosis
- Helps skin damage
- Reduces the risk of cancer
For a cup of white tea, you’ll need 1½ teaspoons of dried tea leaves, water that is 175ºF, and once water is added, it will need to steep for between 4 and 5 minutes.
Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis)
- Mental focus
- Stops dandruff
- Lowers blood sugar levels
From Magical Folkhealing (D.J. Conway):
Yerba Maté (Ilex paraguariensis)
Folk Names: Paraguay herb, mate, Jesuit’s tea, Brazil tea
Part Used: Leaves
Basic Powers: Cursing, binding, protection
Specific Uses: Use to stuff poppets. If burned in incense, has a very unpleasant odor.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of yerba mate to a French press or strainer, moisten the herb with cool water, add 8 oz of 170°F water, steep 5 minutes, and strain.
Herbal Infusions to Taste
- Nutmeg: Don’t use too much; spicy flavor
- Cloves: Hot, spicy, aromatic; add only a few buds
- Cinnamon: Warming, fragrant, pleasant
- Ginger: Energizing, warming; avoid too much or the tea will taste hot
- Lemon peel: Bitter if brewed too long
- Lemon balm: Good when fresh; rather bland when dried
- Lemongrass: Fragrant, delicious and high in vitamin A
- Orange peel: Very tangy and fragrant but bitter if brewed too long
- Spearmint: Classic mint, blends flavors well
- Peppermint: Strong, calming flavor
- Wintergreen: Woodsy mint
- Rose hips: Refreshingly tart
- Hibiscus: Very tart and rich in vitamin C
- Licorice: Sweet flavored
- Anise seed: Licorice flavored
- Fennel: Sweet licorice flavored
- Vanilla bean: Chop for a rich vanilla flavor
- Chamomile: Fragrant and bittersweet; bitter if brewed too long
- Roses: Mildly relaxing, delicious flavor
- Lavender: violet color and pungent flavor
- Star anise: Wonderful with a slightly licorice flavor
- Birch bark: Woodsy refreshing “root beer”-like taste
- Sarsaparilla: Richly fragrant with vanilla-like odor and flavor
Creating Herbal Infusions & Decotions
How to make nourishing herbal infusions with @She_is_of_the_woods - YouTube
Let's learn how to make nourishing herbal infusions! - YouTube
All About Crafting Medicinal Teas | And the Difference Between Infusions and Decoctions - YouTube
Culpepper’s Honey Syrups
Mel Anthosatum (Honey of Rosemary Flowers)
Take of fresh Rosemary flowers a pound, clarified Honey three pounds, mix them in a glass with a narrow mouth, set them in the sun, keep them for use. It hath the same virtues with Rosemary flowers, to which I refer you, only by reason of the Honey it may be somewhat cleansing.
Mel Helleboratum (Honey Helleborated)
Take of white Hellebore roots bruised a pound, clear Water fourteen pounds, after three days infusion, boil it till half be consumed, then strain it diligently, and with three pounds of Honey, boil it to the thickness of Honey.
Mel Mercuriale (Honey of Mercury)
Boil three pounds of the juice of Mercury [the HERB, which is ruled by Venus], with two pounds of Honey to the thickness of Honey. It is used as an emollient in clysters.
Mel Mororum, vel Diamoron (Honey of Mulberries)
Take of the juice of Mulberries and Blackberries, before they be ripe, gathered before the sun be up, of each a pound and a half, Honey two pounds, boil them to their due thickness. It is vulgarly known to be good for sore mouths, as also to cool inflammations there.
Mel Nuceum, alias, Diacarion et Dianucum (Honey of Nuts)
Take of the juice of the outward bark of green Walnuts, gathered in the dog days two pounds, boil it gently till it be thick, and with one pound of Honey, boil it to the thickness of Honey. It is a good preservative in pestilential times, a spoonful being taken as soon as you are up.
Mel Passalatum (Honey of Raisins)
Take of Raisins of the sun cleansed from the stones two pounds, steep them in six pounds of warm water, the next day boil it half away, and press it strongly, and with two pounds of Honey, let the expressed liquor boil to its thickness. It is a pretty pleasing medicine for such as are in consumptions, and are bound in body.
Mel Rosatum commune, sive Foliatum (Common Honey of Roses)
Take of red Roses not quite open two pounds, Honey six pounds, set them in the sun according to art.
Mel Rosatum Colatum (Honey of Roses Strained)
Take of the best clarified Honey ten pounds, juice of fresh red Roses one pound, set it handsomely over the fire, and when it begins to boil, put in four pounds of fresh red Roses, the whites being cut off; the juice being consumed by boiling and stirring, strain it and keep it for use. They are both used for diseases in the mouth.
Mel Rosatum Solutivum (Honey of Roses Solutive)
Take of the often infusion of Damask Roses five pounds, Honey rightly clarified four pounds, boil it to the thickness of Honey. It is used as a laxative in clysters, and some use it to cleanse wounds. After the same manner is prepared Honey of the infusion of red Roses.
Mel Scilliticum (Honey of Squils)
Take one Squil full of juice, cut in bits, and put it in a glass vessel, the mouth close stopped, and covered with a skin, set in the sun forty days, to wit, twenty before and after the rising of the dog star, then open the vessel, and take the juice which lies at the bottom, and preserve it with the best Honey.
*Honey of Violets is prepared like Honey of Roses.
- Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews by Amy Blackthorn
- Herbal Tea Magic for the Modern Witch by Elsie Wild
- Magical Folkhealing by D.J. Conway
- The Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpepper