Antidotes against witches

We propose here some objects used against witches to ward off their evils:



Ring - closed in itself the evil forces through a magic formula. In Bavaria farmers put a gold or silver ring during plantation,so the witches did not damage the fields. New mothers tied around their neck a ring hanging from a black thread. In India during the celebration of the wedding it was applied on the forehead.


Thorn and thistle - fitted with plugs, they were considered a great tool to keep away witches


Bell - According to tradition, the bells would have the power to ward off witches and evil spirits, because  they deeply hate their toll.


Knife – it was one of the most common precautions against witches as they were made of iron or horn. The knives were also placed in the cradles of children because they are considered very vulnerable and exposed to the bad intentions of witches.

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Cross of St. Benedict - the crosses, coins and medallions of St. Benedict were particularly suited to ward off witches.


Beans - witches hated the beans; in Romania on Pentecost morning the inhabitants threw several handfulsof beans on their homes to ensure from witches.

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Horseshoe - if found in the street, it was an effective antidote to ward off evil presences, notoriously terrified by the iron.


Padlock - if carried by the bride during the wedding, it was an effective antidote against invoices for infertility.


Hazel - it was considered, with juniper and elderberry trees, one of the most effective ways to ward off witches. With its branches people could build magic wands and even beat up someone " at a distance", if the branch was cut with three incisions on Good Friday.


Salt - It is believed to have magical properties so large that people were convinced that the sources of salt water were inhabited by spirits. From the late Middle Ages, people began to spread salt to ward off witches and other evil creatures.


Garlic - Against the evil eye necklaces of garlic were used, and especially on the night of St. John it was customary to hang on the front door to guard against witches.

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The chair inquisitorial - commonly known as chair of the witches, was a very popular remedy for the stubborn silence of certain suspects of witchcraft. The chair was of different sizes, different forges and imaginative variations; however, all riveted, equipped with handcuffs or locks to immobilize the victim.