Bayberry is an evergreen perennial shrub that can grow to a small tree of 25 feet; it is hardy grow in zones 7-11. Bayberry is a much loved fir-like scent popular at holiday time in candles and soaps. It is known to be used for good luck, success in business, home blessings, wealth drawing, and Yule magick.
Spiritual and Magickal Usage:
- Burning a candle made of bayberry on a dark winter night is said to bring prosperity at the New Year. The poem goes, “A bayberry candle burned to the socket, brings joy to the heart and gold to the pocket.” Give bayberry candles at Yule to pass on the blessings to friends and family alike.
- Bring fresh boughs in at Yuletide for luck, rubbing the leaves will release the scent.
- Sprinkle bayberry root around the base of a burning candle for a boost to money-drawing.
- Place a piece of the root in your wallet next to your cash to ensure the money will return to you.
- When moving into a new home, for blessing, add bayberry oil to a white candle and burn it at your “hearth,” this is said to keep evil away and invite good fortune and luck.
- Add a few drops of bayberry oil, or an infusion from leaf and root to a floor wash to keep prosperity flowing through the house.
- A decoction of bayberry is suitable as a gargle for the treatment of chronic inflammation of the throat and is an excellent wash for the gums.
- Bayberry is said to be useful in treating diarrhea and jaundice.
- A tea of bayberry has been used for its tonic and stimulating properties.
- Leaves and stems have been used for treating fever; the roots were applied as a poultice.
Bayberry prefers full sun and fast-draining soils with moderate watering. Scarify off the wax coating from seeds before planting by rubbing on medium-grit sandpaper. Sow in outdoor nursery bed or flats in the fall, winter, or early spring. Alternately, give six weeks of moist refrigeration.
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Packet of 30 organic Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) seeds.