Magical Uses: Bay is used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews. Bay leaves placed beneath a pillow induce prophetic dreams, and are also burned to cause visions. It is a protection and purification herb and is worn as an amulet to ward of negativity and evil, burned or scattered during exorcism rituals, placed in the window to protect against lightening and hung up to prevent poltergeists from working any mischief in the house. A sprig of bay is used to sprinkle water during purification ceremonies. Bay leaves mixed with sandalwood can be burned to remove curses and evil spells. Wishes written on bay leaves which are then burned to make them come true.