How To Use Fennel In Love Spells And Rituals?

Fennel in love spells - fennel root on a background of fennel seeds surrounded by red hearts

By Mark Piatt

Updated on December 12, 2023

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The reason we use fennel in love spells and love magick is because fennel symbolizes strength in relationships. Used in spells to attract love, it’s carried in seed form or added to potions. Placing fennel under pillows is believed to induce romantic dreams, enhancing its role in love rituals. 

While working at Vitality Unlimited, a local health food store here in Santa Fe, NM, I used to enjoy packaging fennel seeds.  I love licorice, and since fennel seeds taste like licorice, I would always put a small amount of seeds to the side for me to have.  Little did I know at the time that they held some powerful love magic.

Fennel, with its sweet aroma and heart-shaped leaves, is a popular herb in love magick, symbolizing strength, vitality, and longevity in relationships.

Traditionally used in various cultures, fennel is believed to attract love and enhance romantic feelings.

It’s commonly incorporated into love spells and potions, often carried in seed form in small bags or pouches to draw in a loving partner.

Fennel is also one of the nine sacred herbs of the Anglo-Saxons which includes:

Camomile (Matricaria chamomilla), Nettle (Urtica dioica), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris), Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), Plantain (Plantago major), Watercress (Nasturtium officinale), Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) and, possibly, Cockspur Grass (Echinochloa crus-galli). Some believe that the latter was instead Betony (Stachys officinalis).

Depending on where the herb is found, fennel can also go by the following names:

  • Common Fennel
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Wild Fennel (for the wild variety)
  • Foeniculum vulgare (its botanical name)
  • Fenkel

  • Fenollo
  • Finocchio (in Italian)
  • Hinojo (in Spanish)
  • Fenouil (in French)
  • Marathos (in Greek, for the ancient variety)

In this article, I will explore the fascinating world of how fennel is used in love spells, love magick and love rituals.

If you are interested in using other herbs in love spells and rituals, please check out my article “Top 21 Herbs Used For Love Magic and Rituals“.


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.  Occult properties of herbs and essential oils are provided for historical interest only.  For possible treatments of physical or mental diseases, please seek a trained and licensed health professional.  Enchanted Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse side effects resulting from the use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from the following historical uses of herbs and essential oils.

Symbolism and associations with fennel in love spells and love rituals used in witchcraft and other traditions

Fennel, with its distinct aromatic profile and feathery foliage, holds significant symbolism in witchcraft, Wicca, and various occult traditions, particularly in the realm of love magick.

Fennel, known botanically as Foeniculum vulgare, is often associated with strength, vitality, and the power to protect, qualities that are deeply intertwined with the concept of enduring love.

In love magick, fennel is believed to act as a potent magnet for attracting romantic interest, making it a common ingredient in love spells and charms.

When using fennel in love magick within a holistic approach, it’s important to integrate physical, emotional, and spiritual practices to enhance the overall effectiveness of the rituals.

As an example, the practice of carrying fennel seeds in a small pouch is thought to draw in a desired partner, symbolizing the sowing of love’s seeds that grow and flourish.

In some traditions, fennel is used in rituals to foster open communication and honesty between partners, echoing its historical use for its clarifying and purifying properties.

Its sweet, enticing aroma is said to enhance sensual attraction, making it a popular choice for inclusion in love potions and aphrodisiacs.

Moreover, fennel is sometimes placed under pillows, a ritual believed to encourage prophetic dreams about one’s future lover or to rekindle passion in a current relationship.

This practice highlights fennel’s role in not just attracting love, but also in nurturing and sustaining it.

Its use in love magick across various cultures and traditions underscores a deep, symbolic connection between the herb’s inherent qualities and the universal pursuit of love and romantic fulfillment.

 5 key symbolisms and associations between fennel and love magick 

Fennel’s role in love magick is multifaceted, drawing upon its diverse symbolic meanings, metaphysical qualities, and practical uses in various rituals and spells.

  1. Attraction and Love Drawing: Fennel is believed to attract love and romantic interest. Carrying its seeds or incorporating them into spells is thought to draw in a desired partner.
  2. Marital Harmony: In some traditions, fennel is used to foster harmony and strengthen the bond in marriages, symbolizing longevity and constancy in relationships.
  3. Protection in Love and Relationships: Fennel is also associated with protective qualities in love magick. It’s believed to guard against negative influences and maintain the strength and purity of romantic relationships.
  4. Communication and Honesty: The herb is thought to encourage open and honest communication between partners, an essential element for a healthy and enduring relationship.
  5. Stimulating Passion and Sensuality: With its sweet and enticing aroma, fennel is often used in love potions and aphrodisiacs to enhance sensual attraction and rekindle passion in relationships.

Fennels’ enduring use in various traditions underscores these diverse yet interconnected symbolic meanings.

These diverse roles showcase how fennel, with its unique properties and symbolism, plays a multifaceted part in love magick, addressing various aspects of love and relationships from attraction to protection, communication, and passion.

 Top 7 ways in which fennel is used in love spells 

Fennel is used in various ways in love magick, love spells, and rituals, each leveraging its symbolic properties and energies. Here are the top seven uses:

Warning: If you are using fennel as part of a love and attraction spell, make sure the person you are interested in is in love with you of their own free will.  Also, be sure your intent is friendly and that the relationship will be healthy for both of you.

  1. Carrying Fennel Seeds: Fennel seeds are often carried in small bags or pouches as a charm to attract love. This practice is believed to draw romantic interest and new relationships towards the carrier.
  2. Love Potions and Aphrodisiacs: The seeds or essential oil of fennel are used in the creation of love potions and aphrodisiacs. These concoctions are thought to stimulate desire, passion, and attraction.
  3. Ritual Baths: Fennel is sometimes added to ritual baths to cleanse and prepare oneself for love. The herb is believed to purify the aura, making one more receptive to romantic opportunities.
  4. Candle Magick: In love spells involving candle magick, fennel is used as an anointing herb. The candles may be dressed with fennel oil or surrounded by fennel seeds to enhance the spell’s potency in attracting love.
  5. Dream Magick: Placing fennel under the pillow or near the bed is believed to induce dreams about future lovers or strengthen the bond in an existing relationship, making it a common practice in dream magick related to love.
  6. Creating Amulets and Talismans: Fennel seeds or parts of the plant are often used in the creation of amulets and talismans for love protection, ensuring fidelity and loyalty in a relationship.
  7. Altar Offerings: In some traditions, fennel is used as an offering on love altars, dedicated to deities or spirits associated with love and relationships, as a way to seek their blessings or assistance in matters of the heart.

3 love spell examples that include fennel

The spell examples I give follow sound magickal practices and I follow the tradition of HARM NO ONE.

 Fennel seed love charm 

Creating a Fennel Seed Love Charm is a meaningful ritual in love magick.  Creating this charm is a personal and introspective process, allowing for reflection on one’s desires and aspirations in love. The charm serves as a physical representation of these intentions, constantly emitting the energy associated with them.

Materials Needed:

  • Fennel seeds
  • A small red or pink cloth pouch (red for passion, pink for romance)
  • Red or pink ribbon
  • Rose quartz crystal (optional, for added love energy)
  • Lavender or rose petals (for their love-attracting properties)
  • A piece of paper and a pen


  1. Setting Your Intention: Before you begin, take a few moments to clear your mind and focus on your intention for this charm. This could be attracting a new love, enhancing an existing relationship, or fostering self-love.
  2. Preparing the Pouch: Lay your cloth pouch flat. If you don’t have a pouch, you can create one by cutting a small square of cloth.
  3. Writing Your Intention: On the piece of paper, write down your specific intention or desire related to love. Fold this paper small enough so it can fit inside the pouch.
  4. Adding the Fennel Seeds: Fill the pouch with a spoonful of fennel seeds. Fennel seeds are believed to draw in love and strengthen the emotional connection.
  5. Including Additional Elements: Add a few lavender or rose petals into the pouch. If you’re using a rose quartz crystal, place it in the pouch as well. These elements enhance the love-drawing properties of the charm.
  6. Sealing the Pouch: Once all items are in the pouch, draw the edges together and tie it securely with the ribbon. While tying the ribbon, you might want to chant a simple affirmation or mantra related to your intention, like “May love flow to me freely and abundantly.
  7. Activating the Charm: Hold the completed charm in your hands and close your eyes. Visualize your intention manifesting, and feel the emotions associated with achieving your love-related desire. This step is crucial as it charges the charm with your energy and purpose.
  8. Carrying or Placing the Charm: Carry the charm with you in your bag or pocket, or place it in a significant area like beside your bed or on a personal altar. Some choose to wear it around their neck, especially if it’s small and discreet.
  9. Maintenance: Occasionally, you may want to hold the charm, reaffirm your intention, and visualize your desires. This keeps the energy of the charm active and aligned with your goals.

 Love candle ritual using fennal essential oil 

Using fennel essential oil in a candle magick ritual for romance involves a blend of intention-setting, aromatherapy, and the symbolic properties of colors and herbs. The combination of fennel’s love-attracting properties and the focused energy of candle magick creates a powerful tool for manifesting romance.

Materials Needed:

  • A pink or red candle (pink for gentle love and affection, red for passionate love)
  • Fennel essential oil
  • A small piece of paper and a pen
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Optional: Rose petals or other love-associated herbs, a small altar or sacred space

The Ritual:

  1. Prepare Your Space: Choose a quiet, undisturbed space for the ritual. You may set up a small altar if you have one, placing the candle in the center. Optionally, you can scatter rose petals or other herbs around the space for added love energy.
  2. Set Your Intention: On the piece of paper, write down your intention or desire related to love and romance. This could be attracting a new partner, deepening a current relationship, or increasing self-love and confidence in love matters.
  3. Anoint the Candle: Hold the candle in your hands and focus on your intention. Then, anoint the candle with fennel essential oil. Start from the middle of the candle and move towards the wick, and then from the middle towards the base. As you do this, visualize your intention being absorbed by the candle. Fennel’s aroma and energy are believed to attract love, promote strength in relationships, and encourage open communication.
  4. Charge the Candle: Hold the anointed candle between your palms. Close your eyes and visualize your romantic desires manifesting. Feel the emotions associated with your wish as vividly as possible. This step is crucial for charging the candle with your personal energy and intent.
  5. Light the Candle: Place the candle back on the altar or your chosen space. Light it with matches or a lighter while focusing on your intention. As the candle burns, it releases your intention into the universe.
  6. Affirmation or Chant: While the candle is lit, you may say an affirmation or chant related to love and romance. It could be as simple as, “May love flow to me freely, may my heart be open and ready to receive.
  7. Burn the Intention Paper: Safely burn the piece of paper with your written intention, either in the candle flame or in a fireproof bowl. This symbolizes releasing your intention to the universe.
  8. Meditate and Close the Ritual: Spend some time in meditation, focusing on the flame and your desire. Once you feel complete, express gratitude to the universe for hearing your request. Allow the candle to burn down safely.
  9. Disposing of the Remains: After the candle has completely burned down, dispose of the remains outside, returning them to the earth. This symbolizes the completion of your ritual and the start of your intention manifesting in the physical world.

 Fennel altar offering ritual 

Creating a fennel altar offering ritual can be a meaningful way to harness the herb’s energies for love, protection, or communication. Remember, the effectiveness of the ritual lies in your intention and the energy you put into it. Each step should be performed mindfully, with a focus on your desired outcome.

Materials Needed:

  • Fennel seeds or leaves
  • An altar or dedicated sacred space
  • Candles (preferably in colors associated with your intention, like pink for love or green for healing)
  • Incense (optional, for setting a sacred atmosphere)
  • Small bowl or offering dish
  • Other symbolic items (crystals, symbols, images, or other herbs that align with your intention)
  • A written intention or prayer


  1. Cleanse Your Space: Begin by cleansing your space. This can be done by burning incense, using a sage smudge stick, or simply by visualizing the space being filled with light and positive energy.
  2. Set Up Your Altar: Arrange your altar with your chosen items. Place the candles and incense (if using) at the center or back of the altar. The fennel seeds or leaves should be placed in the small bowl or on the offering dish, prominently displayed.
  3. Light the Candles and Incense: Light your candles and incense to invite warmth and sacredness into your ritual. As you light them, focus on your intention and the purpose of your ritual.
  4. Place Your Written Intention: Write down your specific intention on a piece of paper. This could be a prayer, a wish, a poem, or a simple statement of what you hope to achieve or manifest. Place this paper on the altar.
  5. Present the Fennel Offering: Hold the bowl or dish of fennel in your hands and quietly, or aloud, state your intention for the offering. For example, if your intention is to attract love, you might say something like, “I offer this fennel to invite love and harmony into my life.
  6. Meditate and Visualize: Spend a few moments in meditation, focusing on your intention. Visualize your desired outcome as vividly as possible. Feel the emotions associated with your wish being fulfilled.
  7. Close the Ritual: Conclude your ritual by expressing gratitude. Thank the universe, the divine, or any spiritual guides you believe in for their support. Snuff out the candles and incense, signifying the end of the ritual.
  8. Leave the Offering: Leave the fennel offering on your altar for a period of time — this could be until the next full moon, a specific number of days, or until you feel it’s time to remove it. Trust your intuition on this.

  9. Dispose of the Offering Respectfully: When you’re ready to remove the offering, do so with respect. The fennel can be returned to the earth by burying it or placed in a natural body of water. This act symbolizes releasing your intention to the universe.

 Links to materials needed to complete the above rituals 

Organic Fennel Seeds – SPICE TRAIN Fennel Seeds (397g/14oz) Tested for Quality, Vegan, and Gluten Free.

Red Cloth Pouches –  A variety of red cloth pouches to satisfy your every need.

Rose Quartz Crystal – Rose Quartz Natural Healing Crystals Raw Rough Stones

Dried Lavender – Starwest Botanicals Organic Dried Lavender Flowers Extra Grade, 1 Pound 

Organic Red Rose Petals – Starwest Botanicals Organic Red Rose Buds & Petals Whole, 1 Pound Bag 

Fennel Essential Oil – doTERRA Fennel Essential Oil 15 ml

Red Candle – 9 INCH Red Jumbo Pillar Candle (Wicca Spell Altar Magick Spiritual Work)

Magickal resources

There are many resources I have used to learn about magick and to compile these articles.

If you are interested in plant magick (or magick in general), here are 4 books that should be in your collection: (but there are many more).

Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect, and Manifest

Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic

The Witch’s Book of Spellcraft:  A Practical Guide to Connecting with the Magick of Candles, Crystals, Plants & Herbs

Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation

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Fennel plays a significant role in love spells, valued for its properties of attraction, protection, and communication.

Used in various forms, from seeds to essential oil, it’s a staple in creating love charms, anointing candles for romantic rituals, and enhancing love potions.

Using fennel for love magick is primarily used by practitioners of various esoteric and spiritual traditions, including Wiccans, Pagans, herbalists, and those engaged in folk magick.

Additionally, those following folk traditions use fennel in various love-related rituals, drawing on its historical and cultural significance in matters of the heart.

If you are interested in learning about some general magickal properties of other essential oils and herbs, check out my article “15 Magical Properties of Essential Oils“.  

If you know of other magickal properties of fennel in love spells or different ways in which you use fennel in your love rituals, I would love to hear from you so I may incorporate what you share in this article.

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