Example image Magical Substitutions

If you have a spell and you don’t have all the ingredients, you may be able to swap out one thing for another. Check this list of Magical Substitutions to see if you can substitute your hard-to-find item with something easier to obtain.

Considering the Purpose

Make sure you research your substitutions to make sure they really are what you’re looking for and listen to your own intuition. Herbs can be used for different purposes and it’s a good idea to thoroughly research the herb you’re trying to substitute to determine its purpose in the spell and then thoroughly research potential substitutes for true compatibility.

You can’t just swap out one thing for another without really considering its purpose.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, find out the planetary correspondence of the item you’re looking to substitute and visit that planet’s page as a starting point. Ingredients that correspond to the same planet carry similar energies and can sometimes be used for the same purpose in a spell.

As already mentioned, you must understand the reason for the ingredient in the spell before you make a substitution.

A Table of Possible Magical Substitutions

Keep in mind that these substitutions are for magic and spellwork only and should not be relied upon for healing or culinary use.

IngredientPossible Substitutes
AcaciaGum Arabic (Is made from acacia)
AconiteTobacco
AllspiceCassia, Cinnamon, Cloves, Mace, Nutmeg
AmbergrisCypress and Patchouli
Asafetidagarlic, onion, neem, gum ammonium
Bergamotgrapefruit
Balm of GileadRose, gum mastic
BelladonaRose, Tomato
Baneful Herbs (Any)Tobacco
BenzoinGum Arabic, Gum Mastic
BloodCopal, Bloodroot sap, Pokeweed berry juice, Dragon’s Blood
BluestoneBluing balls
CachanaAngelica
CamphorEucalyptus, Lavender
CarnationRose combined with cinnamon
CassiaCinnamon
CadarSandalwood
CinnabarDragon’s Blood
CinquefoilClover, trefoil
CitronOrange and Lemon Peels combined
ClovesNutmeg, Mace
CloverCinquefoil
CopalFrankincense, cedar
CowbaneTobacco
Crystals (Any)Quartz Crystal
CypressJuniper, Pine
Deer’s TongueTonka, Woodruff, Vanilla
Dittany of CreteGum Mastic
Dragon’s BloodBlend together Frankincense and Red Sandalwood
EucalyptusCamphor and Lavender
EuphorbiumTobacco
Flowers (Any)Rose
GalangalGinger root
Grains of ParadiseBlack Pepper
Gum ArabicFrankincense, Gum Mastic
Gum AmmoniacAsafetida
Gum BdelliumCopal, Pine, Dragon’s Blood
Gum Resin (Any)Frankincense, Copal
HelleboreTobacco, Nettles
HemlockTobacco
HempNutmeg, Damiana, Star Anise, Bay Laurel
HenbaneTobacco
Herb (any)Rosemary
HyssopLavender, Anise
IvyCinquefoil
JasmineRose
JuniperPine, Cedar
LabdanumHibiscus
LavenderRose
LemongrassLemon peel, pelargonium, lemon verbena
Lemon VerbenaLemon grass, lemon peel
Lady’s SlipperValerian, California Poppy, Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Skullcap
MaceNutmeg
MandrakeTobacco, Mayapple
MercuryAluminum
Mint (any)Sage
MistletoeMint, Sage
MugwortWormwood, Southernwood
NightshadeTobacco, Tomato
NutmegMace, Cinnamon, Pelargonium
OakmossPatchouli
OrangeTangerine, Pelargonium
Orange FlowersOrange Peel
PatchouliOak Moss
PeppermintSpearmint
PepperwortRue, Grains of Paradise, Black Pepper
PineJuniper
Pine ResinFrankincense, Copal
RoseYarrow, Rose Geranium, Rose Attar
GeraniumRose
RubyGarnet
RueRosemary + a dash of Black Pepper
SaffronOrange Peel
SandalwoodCedar
SarsparillaSassafrass
SassafrassSarsparilla
SpearmintPeppermint
SulfurClubmoss, Asafatida, Tobacco
ThymeRosemary
TobaccoBay Laurel
Tonka BeanDear Tongue, Woodruff, Vanilla Bean
TopazCitrine
TrefoilCinquefoil
VetivertCalamus
VanillaWoodruff, Deer Tongue, Tonka
ValerianAsafetida
WillowPoplar
WolfsbaneTobacco
Wood AloeSandalwood, Ambergris
WoodruffVanilla, Deer Tongue
WormwoodMugwort
YarrowRose
YewTobacco

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