The Witch’s Cupboard

It’s Time for Mabon!

Herbs associated with Mabon are Sage and Milk Thistle.

Sage-  Sage is considered the Herb of the Wise.  The ancient Greeks and Romans  first used sage as a meat preserver.  In healing it was prescribed for snake bites, epilepsy, intestinal worms and chest ailments.  Today, we use sage to treat excessive perspiration, against several infection causing bacteria, food poisoning, digestive problems, sore throats and women’s health concerns.  Parts used are the leaves.  Magickal properties are: Sage absorbs negativity and misfortune. It drives away disturbances and tensions, and lifts the spirits above the mundane cars of life. Burn it to consecrate a ritual space. Carry it as an herb of protection. Use it in the ritual bath and chalice. Tradition holds that those who eat sage become immortal in both wisdom and years. Sage is used in wish manifestations and to attract money. Smolder to promote healing and spirituality. Carry to promote wisdom. Use in spells for: Protection; Wisdom; Health; Money and Riches; Spirituality.


Milk Thistle- A Potent Liver Protector.  Ancient herbalists recognized the herb’s value as a liver tonic.  It was also used for jaundice, varicose veins, and kidney problems.    Today, Milk Thistle is used as a liver protector, used against hepatitis, mushroom poisoning, cirrhosis, drug-induced liver damage, toxin-induced liver damage and diabetes.  Parts used are the seeds.  Magickal properties are:  An herb of protection and vitality. A bowlful placed in a room strengthens the spirits and renews vitality. One may be carried for added strength and energy. They offer protection when grown in the garden or carried in the pocket. Throwing them into a fire will deflect lightning away from your home. Wearing a garment made from thistle will break any spell. Poppets are also stuffed with thistle to break spells. Use in healing spells and for depression. It is said that when a man carries one he becomes a better lover. A method of calling spirits is to boil some thistle. After removing it from the heat, be seated next to the bowl and begin meditating. As the steam rises, so will your questions and their answers will be heard.


An Incense and Oil Recipe for Mabon



2 parts Frankincense

1 part Sandalwood

1 part Cypress

1 part Juniper

1 part Pine

½ part Oakmoss (or a few drops Oakmoss bouquet)

1 pinch pulverized Oak leaf

Mabon Oil


4 drops Rosemary
4 drops Frankincense
2 drops Apple
1 drop Chamomile
Use Almond oil as a base