Grovedaughter Witchery

Hexbreaking and Curse Removal

It should be noted that not all runs of ill health or bad luck are the result of backlash or magic being cast against you. Sometimes, bad things just happen without any outside help. If you are concerned that you or your near and dear are suffering from the result of some kind of curse or ill-wishing, the following methods may be employed to mitigate those effects. However, you should be aware that if unfortunate circumstances are not the result of negative magic, these methods will not be effective and other solutions should be sought. Be sure to consider practical and mundane measures when seeking to resolve a bad situation.

Simple Jinx Remover


  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Rosemary
  • Salt

Simmer the herbs in 1 cup water per 1 tsp of herb for 15 minutes. Dissolve several pinches of salt in the warm liquid. Strain the infusion through paper towels or cheesecloth to remove the plant material and bottle immediately. If desired, a little lemon juice or lavender oil may be added for scent.

Use the infusion to remove leftover magical “sludge” or to remove harmful magic from an outside source. Recommended uses are as a rinse in the shower (for oneself), as an additive for floor washes (for the home and occupants), or as a wash for thresholds and doorsteps (for the house and property at large).

Note: If you intend to use this infusion as an interior floor wash, omit the salt to avoid damaging your floors. If the infusion is to be used outdoors, either omit the salt or be careful not to pour the liquid on your lawn or garden to avoid alkalizing the soil and harming the plant life there.

Household Hexbreaker

You will need a cloth sachet bag, preferably in cotton or muslin to minimize spillage, or a jar in whatever size seems appropriate. Be sure that the jar can be sealed and is not likely to spill if knocked over.

Any of the following herbs can be used in combination to make an effective hexbreaker. If you have difficult finding what you want locally, visit the Online Resources page for a listing of shops where herbs can be purchased.

In the jar or bag, put spoonfuls of any of the following:

  • Agrimony
  • Angelica Root
  • Bamboo
  • Barberry
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Boneset
  • Brimstone
  • Cascara Segrada
  • Chamomile
  • Chili Pepper
  • Cinquefoil
  • Dill
  • Elder
  • Fennel
  • Galangal Root
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Hydrangea
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Low John
  • Mimosa
  • Mustard Seed
  • Nettle
  • Nutmeg
  • Palo Santo
  • Papaya
  • Poke Root*
  • Prickly Ash
  • Rue* **
  • Solomon's Seal Root
  • St John's Wort
  • Sulfur Powder
  • Toadflax
  • True Unicorn Root
  • Vervain
  • Vetiver
  • Witches Burr
  • Witches Grass
  • Wood Betony
  • Yerba Santa
  • Yew*
  • Yucca

(* - Poisonous, Use With Extreme Caution; ** - Do Not Handle If Pregnant Or Nursing)

Put the herbs into the container and give it a good stir with the spoon. Let it sit in strong sunlight or the light of a full moon for a good hour, then walk all around your home with the charm in hand, shaking or passing it over the floor. If you’re inclined to visualize, picture the charm as a container of really strong magical cleanser that’s going to clear away whatever nastiness is sticking to you. (Mind you, don’t dump the herbs everywhere, just close the bag or jar and gently shake it in your hand like a rattle or tip it as if you’re pouring something.)

When you’re done, tuck it somewhere in your home where it will be visible, but not easily disturbed, i.e. on top of a tall bookcase, hanging from your bedpost. If you’re using a jar, you can even add some lemon juice before sealing it up.

This will remove negativity from the home and break up and remove the effects of any negative magic that may be clogging things up.

Counter Magic

If you suspect that a curse has been leveled against you and you have a solid idea of who might have done it, you can try countering or turning back those effects on the caster.

The easiest method of doing this is to write the party’s name on a piece of paper and either fold it into a packet with countering herbs inside or tuck it into a jar with the herbs. You can also create a “scapegoat,” which is a small poppet named for yourself or the curse-afflicted person, and stuff it or dress it with countering herbs.

Any of the following herbs can be used for countering or turning a curse:

  • Agrimony
  • Bloodroot
  • Burnet
  • Centaury
  • Motherwort
  • Mustard Seed
  • Vetiver
  • White Willow Bark
  • Witches Grass
  • Wood Betony
  • Yerba Santa
  • Yucca

If you choose to make a paper charm or turning jar, these can be discarded with your trash once completed to remove the curse from yourself or your household.

If you choose to make a scapegoat, the poppet should be tucked away in some unseen place where it will not be easily found or disturbed. It will disappear when it has served its’ purpose.

Mirror Counter-Curse

If you know for certain who has cursed you, you can use their name and a mirror to send their own magic back upon them.

See if you can get your hands on a small mirror. Something pried out of a cheap compact will do. With a marker, write the person’s full name on the mirror, then wrap it in paper and seal it in a jar with black pepper, rosemary, cumin, and mustard seed. Splash in some vinegar or lemon juice if you’re feeling frisky, or urine, if you’re really pissed. *pun sirens wail*

Shake the jar and recite:

All the harm you send at me
In the mirror’s glass you’ll see
And on your own head it will be

As with the turning jar described above, this may be discarded with your trash. If you wish, you can wrap the jar in duct tape first to seal in the effects of the spell.

Note: These spells and recipes are the original creations of the witch known as Bree NicGarran. If you choose to post them elsewhere, please give credit.
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