One of the first witchcrafts I ever made were herb beads. It was at a pagan festival workshop in the woods.
The idea is to choose herbs, flowers and other botanicals based on their magickal properties, and to infuse them with your intent while making them with mindfulness.
The recipe is tucked in a safe place somewhere in my small condo, under a dozen years of other articles, journals, handouts and books, but I did find one I think is similar that was published online by the herbal academy.
The first thing is to choose ingredients that match your intention. If you wish to make beads for protection, you might consider anise, basil, clove, dragon’s blood, lavender, rose, rosemary, sage and valerian in some combination. To promote healing you could use one or more of these: allspice, carnation, lemon balm, bay, cedar, cinnamon, golden seal, mint, mugwort, nettle, pine, rosemary, rue, sandalwood and vervain.
The ones I made were to attract love and made with mostly cinnamon. They were later strung with turquoise beads and shells to form a necklace.
Ingredients should be in powdered form. You can pulverize your own with a coffee grinder.
Place a few tablespoons of the dried herbs in a bowl. Add an equal amount of bentonite clay powder and blend. You can play with those proportions as you wish. The more clay, the easier it is to make the beads, and they will also be somewhat studier. The more herbs, the more potent their scent.
Add a few drops of water at a time until the mixture forms into a ball a dough. If you add too much water, just add more of the dry ingredients. When choosing water, you might add to the magick by using rainwater from a full moon thunderstorm or from another meaningful source. And, as you work with the ingredients, you can add energy for your desired outcome by remaining focused, perhaps singing or chanting.
When the dough is easy to handle, break off pieces and roll into beads, roll a rope and slice rounds, or roll out and cut into desired shapes.
When each is finished, use a toothpick or skewer to make a hole through the bead or at the top of a pendent. Beads may also be strung onto a wire.
Let them dry completely, undisturbed – generally at least 48 hours, depending on their size and your climate.
When dry, they can be used to make jewelry, or hung on strings around the house, in the car or on a Yule tree. They should be handled carefully and not allowed to get soaking wet. To bring back their scent, spray them lightly with water and rub a bit. If desired, you could also place a drop of essential oil that duplicates or complements the original ingredients.
And merry meet again.