So, I’m a baby witch and still deep in learning, and I wanted to ask some of you how you go about choosing substitutes in spells and rituals due to availability or allergy concerns. The reason I thought of this is that I saw the daily ritual for today, and part of it was to make and consume lavender tea. I’m SUPER allergic to lavender (it makes me stop breathing and gives me migraines), and lavender is used in SO much witchy work! Other herbs and oils and such may be hard to get, especially for witches in other parts of the world where some of these plants don’t grow natively.
How does everyone select their appropriate substitutions? Do you consult some sort of reference that identifies other herbs/gems/etc. that have similar magickal properties? Do you use your intuition? If you do consult a book or guide, please share it! I look forward to hearing what everyone does!