Herbs That Protect Against Evil Spirits

Herbs That Protect Against Evil Spirits

Mother Nature provides a cure for afflictions, including ghosts and evil spirits. If you’re ever in a bind with a ghostly entity, go to the grocery store and get a cure with these herbs.

Updated on July 3, 2016 with more herbs and plants that defend against ghostly attacks and hostile magic.

Don’t forget to check out our article on stones that protect against evil spirits, psychic attacks and hostile magic.

Check out our post on how to make incense to clear spirits.

If you want to learn how to make potions, amulets, talismans or other protective goodness, search for ‘natural magic books,’ ‘green witch books,’ or ‘herb magic books,’ and look for these authors: John Michael Greer; Scott Cunningham; Lisa Chamberlain; Ann Moura; and Arin Murphy-Hiscock. Most of these books cost less than $20.


A defensive herb used to banish evil spirits and deflect hostile magic.


Use it for protection, but it takes a bit of work and there are some conditions for using it correctly. You have to pull the entire plant under a full moon and wear it close to your skin under a shirt for protection. It’s one of the most powerful protection herbs against physical attacks.


Use it to protect your home from evil spirits. Sprinkle it in the four corners of your house to create a protective shield. It also dispels hostile magic when worn. Some sources stated it can bring good luck into your home. The root is the important part. You can eat it, put it in protective amulets, powder it and use it as incense, put it in bathwater…This is one powerful plant!


In this case, you use the seeds or oil, but it can be toxic! Anise can banish demons when used correctly. Since it’s toxic, you want to make an amulet or use its oil in a perfume.

Anointing Oil

Used in Catholic protective rituals. Make it with equal parts cinnamon, calamus, cassia and myrrh, in olive oil.


This stuff really stinks. You burn it to drive away demons and other nasty spirits. It can also repel hostile magic. When you burn it, the smoke will clear all spirits and magic. If you have any lucky items, those too will be neutralized. Be careful. This is powerful stuff.


This plant sends a ghost on its way to the afterlife. It will help the ghost find its portal on the Otherworld of spirits.


It’s not the strongest protective herb, but it will keep minor demons when you sprinkle it on the floor. You can also take the oil and mix it with Holy Water to cleanse a room.


We’re not sure if this is legit: You can throw beans–or spit a single bean–at a ghost or evil spirit to drive it away temporarily.


Use the resin to make incense that drives away evil spirits.


When sprinkled on a pillow, it will protect your dreams from psychic attacks and it will prevent nightmares. You can also grow betony around your house to keep all sorts of evil and malicious entities away from you.


One of the most powerful protective plants. Use it in a wreath and place it on your front door to keep evil spirits away. If you make the wreath with ivy and rowan, it becomes a powerful shield against all evil.


Like Blackberry above–Make a wreath with boxwood, blackberry, rowan and ivy, and place it on your front door. This creates a powerful shield to keep evil spirits away. Inside your home, place it by a window or on a desk to drive spirits out of the room. Boxwood is one of the most powerful natural remedies, but it comes with a cost. It’s highly poisonous to dogs, cats and other small mammals. It will kill your pets if they eat it. Be careful!

Burdock Root

When collected under a waning moon, it will protect against evil intentions while traveling. Wear a sprig around your neck.


Use byrony with a protective stone to amplify the stone’s power.


It can calm restless spirits.

Calendula (a.k.a. Marigold)

You can communicate with spirits when burned as an incense, but it won’t protect you from malevolent entities.


These seeds may keep lustful entities away. You can use the seeds in incense, make an amulet or put them in a little bag and put it in your pocket to keep them away. We recommend using incense to drive these entities away.


If you have a poltergeist, burning carob will repel it. Note: Most poltergeists are caused by people, so don’t count on it to work against human-created poltergeists.


This herb breaks curses and hexes when eaten.


This is a good all-purpose plant to protect you from magic. People generally bath with its flowers in the tub to wash the magic away.


Drink this kind of tea to protect from hexes and gently break existing ones. It can take a couple of weeks, so drink it early and often until the hex lifts.


This herb amplifies the power of other protective plants. You can simply carry it with you to protect yourself. The root is the stronger part, so combine it in resins or burn it with other plants. It used to protect individuals, not to clear or banish spirits from a house.


One of the most powerful protective herbs. When worn, it repels evil spirits. Place it above or by a crib to protect infants.


Used to provide protection against evil spirits and misfortune. If you hold a four leaf clover, then you will get faerie vision that lasts until the clover wilts.

Comfrey Leaf

Wear it while traveling for an extra protective boost with other herbs.


You can grow it in your garden to protect your home and yard from spirits. You can also put it in a wreath on your front door to remove negative energy. However, do NOT burn it: It can amplify negative energy when burned.


A pepper variant from Indonesia, it can repel demons.


Mix it with salt to create protective barriers in your home. Sprinkle it on window sills and doorways to stop evil from entering.


The bulb is the part you want to use. It can banish evil spirits from your home when you boil it. Daffodil is toxic, so be careful not to eat or drink it.


Dandelion is a very powerful protective flower. You can take the flowers or roots and bath with them to clear out your negative energy and form a white light shield.


Place bunches of dill above doors and windows to keep evil spirits away.


It prevents evil magick wielders from entering your home.


This is a tricky plant. It’s used for protection from evil spirits, but you can’t grow it yourself. You also don’t want to use it as an incense. Burning fennel will amplify evil and negative energies. But, you can drink it in a tea to clear out any negative attachments.


Fumitory is a very powerful herb to banish evil and purify a space. Ideally, use its resin to make incense. The smoke will purify the area.

Galangal (a.k.a. Low John)

Use it to break the most powerful evil spells, curses and hexes.


A powerful protective herb. Hang it above the main entrance of your house to keep bad spirits away. It can amplify the effects of other herbs.


It protects babies from harm when placed in their cribs. Use it to prevent faeries from taking a child and leaving a changeling.

High John the Conqueror

Use the root to make protective amulets or gris-gris bags. The root will banish spirits and hostile magic. You can carry it around in your pocket for protection AND good luck. But, don’t eat it! It’s toxic and has a very abrupt laxative effect. Ick.


You can make a wand to banish evil entities. Burn its leaves to break hexes, curses and protect against bad spirits.


A powerful herb to protect from malicious sorcery. Scatter its seeds in room corners during an exorcism. Use its seeds to make a protective circle against demons.


Hang the plant above doors and windows to keep evil spirits away. It’s toxic, so make sure no pets eat it.


Burn it to clear out spirits.


Be very careful with this plant because it’s highly toxic. Never eat any part of it. Don’t let it touch your skin. Mandrake amplifies the power of protective herbs, many time over. Use the root in incense, or make an amulet with it. This plant will definitely protect you from spirits!


If you believe in faeries, mistletoe will prevent faeries from entering a home and replacing your child with a changeling.


Its stench will keep away demons, ghosts, spirits, faeries and hostile magic.


Place it under a doormat to keep the bad guys away. The FDA considers it a toxic plant because it contains thujone. The essential oil has the poison, but it’s unclear if the dried plant has it. To be safe, don’t eat it or get it on your skin. Thujone, in high doses, can cause kidney failure and affect the central nervous system.


A heavy hitter in the herb world. It’s a super-powerful protective herb known to drive demons away.


Myrrh is a powerful resin used in incense to clear the most stubborn entities. Use it with frankincense to put a whammy on bad spirits and demons. It can be toxic. Be careful not to eat it.


It captures curses and sends it back to the caster.

Oil of Abramelin

This is a critical mixture to use when driving demons away. Pour the oil in a circle around yourself to protect against a physical demonic attack. To make it, use equal parts with cinnamon, myrrh and galangal.


The plain, ol’ onion is a powerful protective plant. Slice it in half and place the cut side up to repel hostile magic.


Put a plantain under your pillow to drive away nightmares and evil spirits.


Make an incense and burn it to get rid of hostile spirits.


Okay, so it’s a tree, but its leaves, wood and berries can be used in amulets, baths and washes to clear out the most stubborn entities.


It works a lot like asofoetida. You make an incense and burn it to get rid of evil spirits and clear hostile magic.


When you first move into a new home, burn sage and smudge the home to drive away negative energy and cleanse the home.

Scotch Broom

Boil it in salt water to dispel ghosts, poltergeists, spirits and demons.

Spanish Moss

Spanish moss can banish poltergeists. Place it in bottles to absorb curses, hexes and black magic.

St. John’s Wort

A powerful herb that repels demons and evil spirits when burned. It creates a protective shield against most supernatural beings when worn. It stinks, though.


Use the resin in incense to cleanse negative energy from your home.


Burn it to clear spirits and cleanse a home from wicked spells.


Valerian is used to purify an area of negative energy. In most cases, you make incense with it and smudge with it. It is a toxic plant, so don’t eat it.


Vinegar is pretty powerful stuff. It can disrupt magic, stop ghosts and spirits from manifesting, and keep demons away. It’s also very simple to use. Just pour wine vinegar or apple vinegar in a dish and let it evaporate over night. It will disrupt the magic/ghost/demon for a few days. You can also put other protective herbs in it to amplify its purifying power.

Please note: Many plants can be poisonous in small-to-large doses. You could also have an allergic reaction. Make sure you look up the plants to see if they’re toxic before you do anything.

40 thoughts on “Herbs That Protect Against Evil Spirits

  1. I’ve sensed and was told that I am being attacked my a demonic entitie. They’ve given me steps to bind and rebuke.
    Where would I find a blackberry, ivy, and Rowan wreath?
    Thank you so much.

  2. Hi Yolanda. Thanks for asking. I don’t know of any place that sells them already assembled, but you could make them by hand. I found this article from HGTV (http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/make-a-foliage-and-berry-wreath-by-hand) that should help. You’d only need to use the ivy, blackberry vines (with berries on them) and rowan as the core foliage. Usually, a local florist can help get these plants for you. Also, you can use protective stones to keep the evil out and these are much easier to use than making a wreath (https://www.ghostlyactivities.com/stones-that-protect-against-evil-spirits/). Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Sherri. Thanks for asking. I’m afraid we don’t have a book on natural remedies for ghosts and spirits. But, we can recommend one for you. We absolutely love the book, The Encyclopedia of Natural Magic by John Michael Greer. I think you can get it on Amazon for less than $20.

  4. Valerian isn’t toxic. It just smells really bad. It may not be healthy per se, but it has been used by many people in tea or capsule for anxiety and insomnia. Why anyone would put up with the stench I don’t know haha

  5. thank you but some herbs if bought fresh may need to be handled carefully i if your not sure always wear a pair of gloves.

  6. Thanks for the tip! Would you say which ones? I didn’t find which ones could harm you if you touch them with barehands.

  7. Hi Sandra. Thanks for commenting. I usually get them from Amazon.com. They sell the incenses and oils, too. If you want something faster, you could get some of these herbs at your grocery store, but the selection will be limited. You other option is a organic health or holistic health center.

  8. How do you use anise seed? I don’t have the oil yet. Do have a phone number? I want to talk to someone about banishing an evil sprit that’s following me around.

  9. Hi Sandra. According to Witchipedia.com, you can crush the seeds up or use the oil in potpourri. Be careful with the oil because it can make you sick if you get too much on your skin.

    We don’t have a cleansing practice anymore, but you can find professionals at Paranormal Societies.

    As for the spirit following you, you can wear onyx or obsidian to keep it away from you. I wear an onyx bracelet on ghost hunts, and I never have a problem with a ghost or spirit following me home. You can find these bracelets on Amazon for about $10-$15.

  10. This sprit won’t go away especially when I’m at my job what would you recommend me to use i want something strong

  11. Hi M. No, you don’t want to use rotten rowan. It needs to be fresh. Once it starts to wilt, it loses its protective powers. If the leaves look wilted or the berries get dimples, you need to get fresh replacements.

  12. Hi Sandra. In this case, I’d use protective stones at work. You can wear an onyx, obsidian or magnetite bracelet to keep the spirit away. For extra protection, see if you can get one with some tiger’s eye. I bought mine from Amazon. It costs less than $20 in most cases.

  13. Where is vinegar to be placed in room effectively?

    Do any of these herbs permanently stop possession of evil spirits inside a person? If, yes are they to be used?

    Anything else besides caraway stop spirit sexual attacks?

  14. Hi El. You can put the vinegar in a bowl toward the center of a room to block spirits. You can also put it next to your bed if you think a spirit invades your dreams. None of the herbs will permanently stop a spirit from coming back, but they’ll think twice before they target you again. Evil spirits hate it when their ‘food’ fights back.

  15. This still has to answered: Anything else besides caraway, stop spirit sexual attacks-especially from devils?

  16. Hi El. I found a video for a protection spell:

    You may need to speak to someone within your faith to help clear them. There’s a lot of good videos on YouTube. Just search on the subject.

  17. Very interesting stuff. I’m new to this and just received my spiritual enlightenment. Can these evil spirits hurt me physically? What is my best defense?

  18. Hi Matt, thanks for commenting. 99% of ghosts and spirits are harmless. You’re more likely to hurt yourself from fright than the ghost doing something to you. If you need protection, I’d start by burning asafetida or saging with frankincense-myrrh. The smoke will clear out the spirit. Make sure you open your doors or windows to let the spirit(s) out. After that, I’d pour an inch-wide line of salt along your home’s main doors and windows to bar them from coming back. You only need to do it for 3-4 days. Lastly, you’d wear an onyx or obsidian bracelet to stop any entities from attaching to you. Once the spirits figure out you’re a difficult ‘meal,’ they’ll move on.

  19. Hi jacob, my wife has visions and has spirits wanting her to help them all the time. She doesn’t get much sleep because of them. We are moving into a new house so, if we burn white safe and put sea salt in the corners of all the rooms will they hopefully leave her alone so she can get some rest? Also, how much salt do we need to put in the corners? Thank you.

  20. Hi Tonya. Thanks for commenting. In the short term, using sage and salt may work. But, that’s not going to stop spirits from returning. Since she’s sensitive, the spirits would always seek her out. I think you’d want to focus on longer term solutions.

    First, I’d look into some protective stones like onyx, obsidian, magnetite and/or tiger’s eye to keep the spirits away. You could get a bracelet with one or more of them from Amazon.

    As for salt, I’ve generally pour an inch-wide line in doorways and window sills to keep the spirits out after burning sage. If you want something for the room corners, try Angelica. A big pinch per corner should work. You can get it in powder form or sliced-and-dried. Angelica is a heavy hitter in the herb family.

    As for using sage, a more powerful natural remedy would be frankincense-myrrh incense or burning asafoetida. You can get both on Amazon. Take care!

  21. Galangal (a.k.a. Low John)
    Use it to break the most powerful evil spells, curses and hexes

  22. Hello! for years I have been a victim of witchcraft, it has been a constant struggle because I protect myself and take off that witchcraft, I want to clean my house with asafoetida, I have quartz rocks, amulets and I have the Santa Muerte,do you think I should take them out of the house when I burn asafoetida? I use stones to protect myself, I have an onyx bracelet and tiger’s eye, when burning asafoetida my bracelet is will not neutralized? thanks for answering!!

  23. Hi Judith. Thanks for commenting. I usually take my stones out of the house while I’m cleansing with asafoetida. It’s such a powerful herb, I don’t risk neutralizing it.

  24. Hi I’m so thankful I found you I have a hoo doo demon placed on me which tries to have sex with me it has demons in my home I have pictures what can I do please help me it follows me everywhere I go and gets in my body I haven’t slept in months

  25. Hi Sherry. Thanks for commenting. I can give you some tips to keep the demons away, but I can’t exorcise them. You will need someone from your faith to do that.

    Here’s a link to the a demon article. It can help with some protection techniques.

    Did you watch the video in the comments? There was a reader in the same situation you have. She watched the video to help her.

    These are only temporary. You need spiritual help, so please contact your priest or pastor to help.

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