Bayberry is commonly used in money-drawing spells, wish-granting rituals, and spells of good fortune. During colonial times, Bayberry became known for its usefulness around the house, and this reputation has stuck. Although there are a number of herbs thought to increase wealth, Bayberry is particularly effective in bringing money into one’s personal finances. This tactic works best when applied to money that is rightfully yours, such as when collecting on an investment, requesting a raise or bonus, or urging the payback of a debt. Often used in a mojo bag for good luck with money or games of chance.
Bayberry, or Wax Myrtle, is a kind of shrub belonging to the Myrtaceae family. Native to North America, it has been cultivated there since at least the 1600s by a variety of cultures including the Choctaw, Mohegan, and European. Whether for healing, magic, or practical usage, every component of the bayberry plant is valuable. In place of animal tallow, the wax derived from the berries was used to create toiletries like soap and candles. The roots can be picked and dried for use as a natural antibiotic, and the leaves have a pleasant scent (not unlike the unrelated kitchen herb Bay). Chinese bayberry, a species native to Asia that produces fruit similar to the lychee, is unrelated to this plant as well.
Bayberry, being a plant native to the Americas, is not usually included in spellbooks that draw inspiration from medieval grimoires or traditional British Witchcraft. However, American folk magick and Hoodoo describe the plant’s virtues. Bayberry is basic in appearance, has a pleasant woodsy, balsamic scent, and is a source of practical household comfort. It is represented by the element of Earth.