Rare Herb Substitutes

Substitutes for rare herbs

  • Acacia: gum arabic, frankincense
  • Aconite: tobacco
  • Ammonia: asafoetida, tobacco
  • Asafoetida: valerian, tobacco
  • Balm of Gilead: rose buds
  • Belladonna: tobacco
  • Bergamont: Lemon, lime, melissa, lemon verbena, monarda
  • Benzoin: gum arabic
  • Camphor: eucalyptus, lavender
  • Cassia: cinnamon
  • Castor bean: caster oil
  • Cinquefoil: clover
  • Copal: frankincense
  • Cowbane: tobacco
  • Cypress: juniper, pine
  • Deer’s tongue: tonka bean, vanilla bean
  • Dittany of crete: gum mastic, frankincense
  • Dragons blood: frankincense red sandalwood
  • Euphorbium: tobacco
  • Frankincense: copal, pine
  • Galangal: ginger root
  • Grains of paradise: black pepper
  • Hellebore: tobacco
  • Hemlock: tobacco
  • Hemp: bay
  • Henbane: tobacco
  • Hyssop: lavender
  • Lemongrass: lemon peal
  • Lemon verbena: lemongrass
  • Mace: nutmeg
  • Mandrake: tobacco
  • Mastic gum: frankincense
  • Mistletoe: mint, sage
  • Mugwort: wormwood
  • Neroli oil: sage
  • Nightshade: tobacco
  • Oak moss: patchouli
  • Pepperwort: black pepper
  • Pine resin: frankincense
  • Rue: rosemary
  • Saffron: orange peel
  • Sandalwood: cedar
  • Tobacco: bay
  • Trefoil: cinquefoil
  • Valerian: asafoetida
  • Wolf’s bane: tobacco
  • Wood aloe: sandalwood
  • Wormwood: mugwort
  • Yarrow: rose
  • Yew: tobacco

Hi Carter, thank you for sharing this information with the rest of us. If there is one, can you please provide a link or citation for where you pulled this information? :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Sorry, I do not remember what site I got it from because I created it many years ago.


No worries, I just have to ask. Thank you :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Thank you for this list! I had one similar but can’t find it so now I can stop substituting rosemary for everything!!!


Thank you for sharing :heart:


Thanks for this useful information, I was wondering the other day when i wanted to do a spell but didnt have all the correct ingredients…… will be sure to add this useful piece of knowledge to my grimoire :grinning:


This is a wonderful list of herb correspondences! :herb::blush: Thanks so much for sharing, @carter1! :raised_hands:


Acacia is also known for the chemicals within it which can be extracted and induce deep states of consciousness and has been used by all of our ancients for thousands of years :wink:

Death and Rebirth.

Therefore when it comes to Acacia in a recipe I am uncertain whether there is an esoteric meaning behind its use in a ritual. I’m not sure if there would be a substitute in that case, besides maybe fungal in nature.