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5 Magic spells that use simple ingredients


Don’t let a lack of ingredients stop you from making magic. Get started with these 5 simple magic spells.

How many times have you wanted to do a spell but didn’t have the necessary ingredients? You flick through a new magic book or find a great website or YouTube video that really inspires you, but all the magic spells include something you don’t have to hand! 

I don’t necessarily want to buy a special ingredient just for one spell or ritual and I’d rather have a small collection that I can use time and time again. That’s why I created these five magic spells that use the simplest ingredients such as salt, earth and some herbs and spices that you probably have in the kitchen or can buy cheaply in the supermarket. These magic spells are great for beginners and are also perfect when you are travelling and don’t want to take a whole apothecary along with you.

Five simple magic spells

The following magic spells use common household ingredients including water, salt, a candle or LED candle, fresh or dried basil and rosemary, cinnamon and bay leaves as well as an empty jar or pouch. If there is an ingredient you do not have, you can often substitute it with a different one. You can find tables of correspondence online or in magic books to help you find a suitable alternative. Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences by Sandra Kynes offers a comprehensive introduction.

Preparing for casting your magic spells

You don’t always need to prepare for creating magic spells, however, in general, it is a good idea to make sure you are in a calm and focused state of mind. You might like to start by taking a few deep breaths or journaling about your desires and intentions for the spell.

Once you feel ready to begin, choose from one of the following magic spells to get started. I often start with the cleansing and protection spells, especially if I am feeling at all stressed or negative. This helps me to focus more easily on creating positive change when working on further magic spells. It also reduces any chance of negative influences affecting my spells.

Water cleansing spell

A cleansing spell or ritual ensures that you remove any negative energy or influences that could affect further magic spells. Cleansing is also a great little self-care ritual you can perform after a busy or stressful day.


  • Water
  • Salt
  • Candle (optional)


Fill a bowl with water and add a pinch of salt for its purification and cleansing benefits.

If you wish, light a candle to help you focus and add some fire energy to your spell

Dip your fingers into the water and visualize (link) it absorbing any negative energy or unwanted emotions. You can imagine this energy as a grey dull light flowing from your fingertips into the water and being purified by the water and salt.

Next, sprinkle the salt water around your space or onto yourself, reciting the affirmation: “By the power of water and salt, I cleanse and release all negativity. I am surrounded by pure and positive energy.” Visualise yourself as cleansed of all negativity and harmful influences. You might like to imagine a glowing white light around you and embrace a feeling of calm positivity.

Protection Spell

A protection spell creates a shield of spiritual protection around you or a specific space, warding off negative energies, and safeguarding you from harm. The purpose of a protection spell is to create a barrier of positive energy that acts as a buffer against unwanted influences or any form of negativity. A protection spell allows you to establish a sense of safety, maintain energetic boundaries and create a harmonious and secure environment.

The following spell may be simple, but it is deceptively powerful.


  • Salt
  • Rosemary


Find a quiet and peaceful space where you can perform the spell without distractions. Ensure you have the necessary ingredients within reach.

The spell

Take a handful of salt in your hands, feeling its texture and connecting with its energy. 

Begin sprinkling the salt in a clockwise circle around yourself, either on the floor or around your working area. As you do so, recite the following incantation or create your own:

Salt of protection, circle me tight, keep me safe day and night. Ward off negativity, all harm repel, With this salt’s power, protect me well.”

Visualize the salt forming a powerful barrier of protection around you.

Place a small amount of rosemary in your hands and rub them together gently. As you do so, visualize the rosemary releasing a fragrant and protective energy.

Sprinkle a pinch of rosemary over the salt circle, to infuse it with the herb’s protective properties.

Visualise the rosemary forming a shield of safety and positivity.

Close your eyes and focus on the energy of the salt and rosemary blend, envisioning it creating a powerful barrier around you. Feel a sense of security and peace washing over you.

Repeat your intention for protection, speaking from your heart. For example, “I am surrounded by a shield of divine protection. I am safe, secure, and free from all harm.”

Closing the spell

Allow the salt and rosemary mixture to remain undisturbed for some time to reinforce the protective energy around you. If desired, you can leave it in place or sweep it up and dispose of it outside your home. It’s best to put this mixture in the bin as salt can be harmful to the soil.

Spell for abundance

We could all do with a little more abundance in our lives from time to time, whether this is financial prosperity or just a little more of all the good things such as love, harmony, energy and health. Sometimes, despite our best actions and intentions, life can be a struggle. Thai is when we can benefit from a little magical boost.

Of course, having a positive mindset and showing gratitude and appreciation for what you already have is a great start. But if you need a spell to kick start abundance and good fortune in your life, try this simple abundance spell.


  • Water
  • Earth
  • Plant


Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can perform your spell. Create a small altar or sacred space using a table or any flat surface.

The spell

Place a small bowl of water on the altar, symbolizing the element of water and its ability to flow and attract abundance.

Place a potted plant or a vase of fresh flowers beside the bowl of water, representing growth, fertility, and the manifestation of abundance.

Take a moment to ground yourself. Stand or sit with your feet planted firmly on the floor, connecting with the earth’s energy.

Focus your intentions on attracting abundance and prosperity into your life. Visualize your desired outcomes and the ways in which abundance will positively impact your life.

Speak your intentions aloud, expressing gratitude for the abundance that is already present and inviting more to flow into your life. For example, “I am open to receiving abundance in all areas of my life. I am grateful for the opportunities and blessings that come my way.”

Take a few deep breaths and envision the water in the bowl being infused with your intentions and the energy of abundance. Feel the energy of abundance expanding and radiating from the altar.

Gently place your hands over the bowl of water, allowing your energy to connect with the water and the intentions you’ve set. Visualize the water becoming charged with your desires.

Next, focus on the plant and imagine your abundance growing as the plant grows.

Finally, pour the water onto the plant to nourish it.

Closing the spell

Close the spell by expressing gratitude for the abundance that is already present and for the abundance that is on its way. Visualize the energy of abundance surrounding you and permeating every aspect of your life.

Whenever you need a reminder of your intentions, return to the altar, connect with the plant, and reaffirm your gratitude and openness to receiving abundance. Take care of the plant, feeding and watering it and ensuring it gets enough light to keep it healthy. 

Harmonious Relationships Spell

Relationships can sometimes be tricky and while many witches do not like to create love spells that interfere with another person’s free will, (link) this gentle spell can help bring harmony to relationships and improve communication and understanding.


  • Flower petals
  • Candle (or LED candle)


Begin by setting up a calm and sacred space where you can focus on the spell. Clear any clutter and ensure you won’t be interrupted.

Light a candle to represent the warmth and light that you wish to bring to your relationships. You can use an LED candle or even a string of fairy lights if you like. Take a moment to focus on the flame or bulb, centring yourself and preparing for the spell.

The spell

Scatter a handful of flower petals around the candle. These petals symbolize the beauty of harmonious relationships.

Take a deep breath and visualize the relationships in your life, whether it be with a partner, family member, friend, or colleague. Envision them filled with love, understanding, and mutual respect.

Speak your intentions aloud, using words that resonate with you. For example, “I invoke harmonious relationships in my life. May love, respect, and understanding flow between myself and others.”

As you look at the petals, imagine the energy of harmony and love radiating from them. See the colours and feel the emotions associated with harmonious relationships filling the space around you.

Closing the spell

Take a moment to express gratitude for the relationships you currently have and for the harmonious ones that are yet to come. Feel gratitude for the love and support that already exists.

Extinguish the candle, or allow it to burn down completely symbolizing the completion of the spell. Carry the flower petals with you or place them in a special spot to remind you of your intentions. You can relight the candle and refocus on your intentions until the candle is burned down

In the days and weeks following the spell, remain open to opportunities for harmonious interactions and relationships. Take actions aligned with your intentions, such as practising active listening and expressing kindness.

Magic spell for success 

The following spell can prepare you to achieve success in any endeavour. I believe that the universe wants to support us to achieve great things, however, an important part of creating what we want is feeling confident in our abilities. The following spell can boost your confidence as well as bring the universe into alignment with all that you desire.

An empty jar or pouch
CinnamonCinnamon is associated with success, power and abundance
BasilBasil represents prosperity, good fortune, and positive energy
Bay Leaf (or small piece of paper)Bay Leaves are believed to bring luck and success. If you don’t have a bay leaf, cut a leaf shape out of a piece of paper. You can write your intention on the paper or bay leaf if you choose
Allspice (optional)Allspice is associated with success, motivation and attracting positive outcomes
A note on substitutions

In any spell casting, if you don’t have the correct ingredient, you can often substitute a different one without affecting the spell. In most spells, including this one, rosemary can be used as a substitute for the basil and any warm, scented spice such as nutmeg or mixed spice can be used instead of the cinnamon


Find a quiet and serene space where you can perform the spell without disturbances. Gather the necessary ingredients and have them within reach.


Take a small amount of cinnamon in your hands, feeling its warmth and energy. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon into the palm of your dominant hand and close your hand around it. Envision success and achievement flowing into your life.

Next, add a few fresh or dried basil leaves to your hands. Feel the vitality and vibrant energy of the leaves.

Rub the basil leaves gently between your palms to release their fragrance and energy. Imagine success and abundance infusing your being as you do so.

If available, you can add a small amount of allspice to the mixture. Combine the herbs and spices in your hands, holding them together as one mixture. Feel the energy and power of success emanating from the blend.

Close your eyes and visualize your desired success. See yourself achieving your goals, feeling fulfilled, and enjoying the rewards of your hard work.

Place the herbs in the jar or pouch.

Now take a single bay leaf and hold it between your fingers. Visualize your goals and aspirations becoming a reality.

Repeat your intention for success aloud, speaking from your heart. For example, “I am worthy of success and abundance. With the energy of these herbs and spices, I attract positive opportunities and achieve my goals.”

Add the bay leaf or paper to your jar or pouch and seal it.

Closing the spell

Spend some moments in gratitude thinking about all the things you have to be grateful for, the success you have had in the past and how your future success will make you feel.

You can carry the jar or pouch with you, or keep it in a significant place such as on your desk or dressing table. If necessary you can hide your jar from prying eyes and take it out when you need a boost of positive energy to help you achieve success.

Making your own magic spells

I hope these 5 magic spells have inspired you to create some magic. Bear in mind that you can always create your own spells using whatever tools and ingredients you have to hand. Check out my post on 10 Powerful and Versatile Herbs for Spells for more ideas

Personalising your magic is the best way to make your magic spells more powerful and effective. 

Eva May Baker
Eva May Baker
Hello, and welcome to The City Witch, your portal into the magical world that exists within the hustle and bustle of city life. My name is Eva Baker and I am an urban folk witch, author and your guide on this magical journey.


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