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Toadflax: Healing & Magical Attributes

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Toadflax (Linaria genistifolia spp.) is a member of the snapdragon family and has its distinctive labiate flowers arranged spire-like on a raceme of many. They are usually yellow with orange throats and a long spur.

Toadflax was once a popular cottage garden flower that has since naturalized and become a noxious weed in many areas.

Several varieties of Toadflax can be found growing wild throughout the United States and Europe.

Toadflax is also called baby snapdragon. Yellow toadflax Linaria vulgaris is sometimes called butter and eggs.

Folklore and Mythology

Folklore/MythCultural OriginSignificance
The Fairy’s ToadflaxEuropean folkloreBelieved to be a favorite flower of fairies and associated with enchantment
Toadflax and the Healing MaidenVarious culturalSymbolizes healing and the restoration of vitality
Toadflax as a Magical HerbVarious culturalRevered as a powerful herb with mystical and transformative properties


As toadflax is mildly toxic, spreads wildly and is difficult to eradicate once it becomes established, it can become a problem when it takes hold in grazing areas and displaces more nutritious forage plants.

Therefore, if you are able to wild-harvest this plant, you should do so rather than planting it in your garden.

Harvesting and Storage

Harvest the entire plant just as it is coming into flower.

Magical Attributes

Toadflax is ruled by the planet Mars and the element fire and may be used for general protection and breaking hexes.

Magical AttributeSignificanceMagical Application
ProtectionShields against negativity and malevolent magicCarried in an amulet or sachet for personal protection
WardingCreates boundaries and repels negative energyPlaced around the home or ritual space to ward off unwanted energies
TransformationFacilitates personal growth and changeUsed in spells and rituals for transformation and self-improvement
Psychic AwarenessEnhances intuition and psychic abilitiesBurned as incense or included in divination rituals for clarity
Love and AttractionAttracts love, romance, and positive relationshipsAdded to love spells or carried to attract a desired partner
Table 2: Magical Attributes

Medicinal Attributes

Toadflax is reported to be astringent and was used to stimulate the liver and as a wash or oil infusion for skin problems and hemorrhoids.

Healing PropertyApplicationHealth Benefits
Digestive SupportInfused as a tea or taken as a tinctureAssists with digestive issues such as indigestion, bloating, and gas
Respiratory AidPrepared as an herbal remedyMay help relieve cough, congestion, and respiratory discomfort
Skin Conditions ReliefApplied topically as a poultice or creamTraditionally used to soothe skin irritations and promote healing
Anti-inflammatoryUsed in salves, ointments, or compressesKnown to have anti-inflammatory properties, reducing swelling and pain
Table 3: Toadflax Healing Properties

Other Uses of Toadflax

Toadflax is reported to be useful in getting rid of flies if boiled in milk and set out where flies are a nuisance.

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