Licorice root (not the black candy) is often used in root work, most probably because it is said that – when used correctly – licorice can give a person command over others. The use of the root may have come to hoodoo through Native American culture but it could just as easily have come to the U.S. through Afro-Caribbean associations.
An incense for dominance is made with equal parts licorice root chips and frankincense. These should be burned on charcoal either before the situation where command is required or while performing workings to increase a person’s power. To improve chances of success in a court case, substitute tobacco for the frankincense. Carrying a piece of licorice root is also said to improve confidence and aid in success when speaking in public.
Licorice is also added to mojo bags for love in cases where a person wants to dominate the lover. This is said to work particularly well if a “personal concern” of the intended lover’s, such as a lock of hair or nail clipping, is added to the bag. Even a used tissue, though not very appealing, will help the working along.
In Wiccan practice, licorice is used to engender fidelity, attract love and stir lust. Scott Cunningham suggests that chewing a stalk of the licorice plant will make one more passionate. He also recommends it to help stop smoking. For these purposes it is important to note that licorice should not be ingested in large doses by anyone and should be avoided by those with diabetes and high blood pressure all together. As my grandmother used to say, a word to the wise is sufficient. Bon chance ~
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