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Banishing Herbs, Oils, Chants, & Rituals to Get Rid of Ghosts & Exes

Are you having problems with pesky, unwanted ghosts in your house? Sometimes we can live with the dead, sometimes we can’t. Same with ex-lovers. Are they helping or harming you? If it’s the latter, time to KICK them to the CURB! Whether your problem is ghosts or an ex, banishing is the best way to keep them out of your life. A personalized banishing ritual with butt-kicking banishing herbs and oils is best performed on the Waning Moon. The Waning Moon un-does things. It puts things into reverse or decreases things; hence, the BEST time for banishing something or someone from your life! Learn how to make your own banishing oil and apply it to a ritual below.

Powerful Banishing Herbs

Having a problem with ghosts, negative entities, intruders or stalkers? Time to stock up on at least ONE of these banishing herbs, though two is better! Find them in your backyard, local forest, grocery store, online, or nearby metaphysical store.

1. Thorns

While not technically an “herb”, thorns (aka prickles and spines) from nearly any plant or tree work wonders as banishing herbs and as an ingredient in banishing rituals. The thorn serves as a protective weapon, psychically pricking any intruder (be it spirit or person). Trees with thorns include:  honey locust, hawthorn, black locust, and american plum. Plants and shrubs with thorns include:  roses, firethorn, bougainvillea, blackberry, raspberry, and cacti. Use heavy gloves and caution when removing thorns or spines from a plant or tree.

2. Garlic

Did you ever wonder why garlic is used to ward off vampires in the movies? Garlic has been used for centuries in exorcisms of many kinds – from ghosts to illness. Its cleansing and protective qualities make it one of the best banishing herbs to get rid of ghosts and ex-lovers.

3. Pepper

When you have too much pepper, you sneeze, right? Think of pepper as a powerful banishing herb in this way – sprinkle a ton of pepper in a circle around your house and it will drive away any negative entities. Pepper is used in hoodoo recipes like hot foot powder to send an enemy far away. Pepper’s magical associations include the element of Fire, which serves to “inflame” any ritual it’s part of. This herb has been used for centuries in warding off evil and the evil eye. 

4. Sage

Most people know white sage is probably the most powerful banishing herb to use in a house. It clears out negative energy and entities with ease. But sage smudging alone will not work to banish a ghost or person from your home and life forever. Measures must be taken to keep them away for good. This is why a banishing oil and ritual are crucial (cleansing, blessing, and protecting).

5. Rue

Rue is one of my favorite banishing herbs because it packs a real punch. It’s cleansing properties go beyond cleansing – rue is powerful for warding negative spirits and energies. Grow it in your garden to have quick access to it. Be aware – the smell is pungent but I believe that’s part of why it works so well. In addition, rue sometimes causes skin irritation for some people. So test it on your skin before using it in a bath or other topical uses. Rue in a bath banishes any spirit attachments. Moreover, adding rue to any spray, floor wash, or floor sweep banishes negativity from the ground up.

6. Salt

Salt isn’t necessarily an herb but it is a boon in any herbal cabinet for many magical reasons. It’s one of my most-used banishing herbs. Salt is purifying but also protective. It absorbs negative energy when sprinkled over thresholds. Added to the bath, it cleanses your aura and literally strips away negativity. Salt’s protective powers make it an essential ingredient in protection and banishing spells. 

7. Chili and Cayenne Powders

Truthfully any spicy or hot herb has banishing properties. This includes chili and cayenne pepper of which most people have right in their kitchen cabinet. Chili or cayenne powder can be added to hot foot powder to send an enemy far away. Add it to your home protection powders and sprinkle over the threshold to banish unwanted spirits and enemies. Moreover, add a little extra chili powder to your bowl of chili to ward off spirits and negativity.

Salt is a powerful banishing herb.

The Triple Threat Banishing Ritual for Your Home

Now you’re thinking “great. I know the best herbs for banishing, but how do I use them?” I know how confusing banishing rituals seem, so here is the triple threat banishing ritual I use to keep ghosts and intruders out and away from my home. The triple threat is 3 steps: cleansing, blessing, and protecting. For further banishing rituals to keep exes and creepers away scroll down.

1. Smoke-cleanse your house of negative energy with an herb bundle (rosemary, cedar, palo santo, and sage are best)

Cleansing is the first part of the process and should NEVER be skipped. White sage is extremely effective, which is why Native Americans have used it for years. If you can’t get a hold of white sage, culinary sage and rosemary also work (among others). While smudging chant the following: “With this sage, I cleanse all negative energy away. Only positive energy can stay.” 

2. Dip your finger in your homemade banishing oil (see below for recipe), and draw a protective symbol on every window and door. 

Whatever symbol you use for protection is at your discretion. I typically use a cross, the rune Thurisaz (the thorn rune), or a bind-rune of my creation. Other options for protective symbols include:  personal sigils, the hamsa, the eye of horus, the troll cross, and the Helm of Awe. While blessing the windows and doors, chant: “I banish all forces that seek to harm me. As for me and my house, we are strong and free.”

3. For a triple measure of protection, draw a circle with banishing herbs around your house.

Moving in a clockwise direction, start at your front door and circle your house in a mixture of banishing herbs. An example of an herbal banishing mixture is salt, pepper, and garlic powder, but any banishing herbs will work. Following your circle, bury a thorn in all four corners of the property. This creates a barrier of protection around your house.

Make your own banishing oil by following this banishing oils recipe

DIY Banishing Oil Recipe


  • olive oil (base)
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • dried hot peppers (with seeds)
  • jar or bottle with air-tight lid
  • gloves


  1. IMPORTANT: Wear gloves to protect your skin and membranes from pepper oils which can cause rash and burning.
  2. Fill an air-tight jar/bottle three-quarters of the way with herb mixture.
  3. Pour olive oil over the herbs, almost to the top of the jar/bottle. Leave about a quarter of an inch empty at the top.
  4. Close jar/bottle with an air-tight lid. 
  5. Shake the jar/bottle liberally. 
  6. Place in a dark cabinet.
  7. Shake the jar/bottle daily for two weeks (up to a month).
  8. While wearing gloves, strain the herbs (or leave some in) and re-bottle your banishing oil. 

Creeper-Be-Gone: Powerful Banishing Ritual to Get Rid of Exes

In addition to using the banishing ritual above to keep creepy, intrusive exes away from your house, you also need to protect yourself while out and about. Also on a Waning Moon, perform the Creeper-Be-Gone banishing candle ritual. Don’t be afraid to add or remove things to fit your needs and preferences. 

A black candle is best. Dress the candle with one of your banishing oils (once again wearing gloves if ingredient was pepper). Stick thorns into the candle. Carefully burn a photo or small piece of paper with the ex’s name on it, while repeating a banishing spell chant like the one at the top of this post. Once the candle is burned out, gather up the remnants of the banishing ritual and bury them off of your property. Then say, “it is done.”

Banishing herbs list for those looking to get rid of ghosts and exes.


  1. Debra

    April 26, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for all your great teachings!
    Blessed Be

    1. Anonymous

      October 24, 2021 at 10:29 am

      blessed be 🙂

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  7. Kristine

    August 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I love this article. So informative and i like that there are ingredients that I cna buy from the grocery store.

    1. admin

      August 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Yes! Most magical items can be found at the grocery store or in your own backyard. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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