How to Make a Protection Spell Jar, 4 Variations

At its most basic, making a protection spell jar requires crystals, herbs, and an intentional process. Protection spell jars can easily be made in under thirty minutes in the comfort of your own home.

Protection spell jars, any spell jars really, are all the rage at the moment. But despite popular trends grabbing hold of this gorgeous spellwork, jar spells have been around for a long time. You could consider them something of a grandma in the world of witchcraft with a birthdate back in the 17th century when they were more commonly known as witch bottles.

Ahead, I’ve created four protection spell jars and I walk you through all the steps to creating your own.

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When to Make a Protection Spell Jar

Did you know that the day and time you complete spellwork should be intentional? I didn’t when I first starting working with spell jars. Each day and time has a correspondence. You want to align the correspondences with the intention of the spell jar.

In our case, we’re making a protection spell jar and so the best day would be Saturday. Saturdays are tied to Saturn and focus on healing, cleansing, banishing, karma, and protection.

From there we can look at the times of day to determine when we should complete the spell jar. We want to pick times of day that align with Saturn as we already determined Saturn aligns with our intention to build a protection spell.

On Saturdays, Saturn’s corresponding hours are at 1 am, 8 am, 3 pm, and 10 pm.

What this tells us is: You should make a protection spell jar on Saturday during the hours of 1 am, 8 am, 3 pm, or 10 pm.

Of course, you can do your own research to determine if a different day or time better aligns with the specific intentions of your protection spell jar.

Ingredients for a Protection Spell Jar

The ingredients you’ll need for a protection spell jar include crystals (preferably crystal chips), herbs, incense, a spell jar, and a wax kit. The chosen ingredients in this roundup of protection spell jar recipes can be swapped out and comped depending upon what you have on hand or can easily get access to. You’ll just need to do a bit of your own research to make these swaps if necessary.

You can learn about different correspondences by searching online or looking through books. Creating your own spell jar recipe, as I’ve done below, can give you a more personalized approach to creating a spell jar. It’s also useful because you can create a spell using the ingredients you already have on hand. But there’s nothing telling you that you can’t tweak an existing spell recipe like the ones I’ve built out below or the ones you might find in a spell jar book.

Let’s take a look at all the recommended ingredients you can pick from.


When creating a spell jar that includes crystals (as many do) you’ll want to consider the size of crystals you have on hand compared to the size of your jar. I tend to go for crystal chips but I also reach for the tiny spell jars rather than the larger ones.

You can go with a crystal chip kit like this one that comes with a wooden moon phase storage tray if you want to use crystal chips. If you’re looking for larger stones then you may want to consider a local crystal shop where you can hand pick the right size stones.

Crystals for protection include:

  • Black tourmaline
  • Amethyst
  • Citrine
  • Clear Quartz
  • Onyx
  • Pyrite
  • Tiger’s eye


There is a massive list of herbs, spices, and salts that can be used for protection. This is only a short list that is not comprehensive. However, you’ll find a lot of the following is easily attainable and you might already have it in your home.

  • Sage
  • Cayenne
  • Juniper
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • Star anise
  • Mint
  • Rose
  • Black salt


You’ll begin your spell jar ritual by cleansing your spell jar. To do this you’ll need incense. While you could technically use any incense, I like to go with one that is meant to assist with protection rather than just cleansing. (Although, if you’re looking for the best incense for cleansing look no further than white sage or myrrh.)

Our recommended incense for protection are:

  • Bergamot
  • Lemongrass
  • Frankincense
  • Patchouli
  • Coconut
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Juniper
  • Rose

Candle or Wax

You’ll want to use a white candle or white wax to seal your candle at the end of your ritual. White candles have a correspondence to protection, grounding, and cleansing—all things we would like to accomplish with our protection spell jar.

You have a few options when it comes to how exactly you’d like to go about sealing with wax. You could use a sealing wax stick, spell candles, or wax beads. It genuinely just comes down to your personal preferences. I do think using wax beads is the easiest but you’d have to purchase a wax spoon, tealights, and what is called a ‘wax melting furnace’ to do the same thing you could achieve with a sealing wax stick or spell candles on their own.

Other Tools

It’s fairly obvious, but you will need a spell jar. You can buy these in bulk if you plan to make jar spells a normal part of your practice but if you plan to purchase a lot of crystal chips they will also come in glass jars (usually). My frugal tip is to purchase the crystal chips and repurpose the jars as needed.

You’ll also need a lighter or matchbook for the incense and the candle. Finally, you may want to consider purchasing an herb spoon. These are tiny spoons that are perfect for scooping out ground herbs, powders, and crystals. But I do want to note that these are in no way necessary.

Protection Spell Jar Recipe, Style #1

This is my preferred protection spell jar recipe. As so much of spell work is about intention and process, I like to be as connected to each ingredient I use as possible. For this protection spell jar, I decided to include peppermint that I grew and dried from my own garden and a sprig of juniper from last year’s Yule tree that has taken up permanent residence on my patio. I wanted to include a touch of color magic so turned to onyx as black is often associated with protection. I used citrine as the second crystal as I wanted to incorporate a crystal that is used for protection but has an equal focus on inspiring joy and creativity. My end goal with this spell jar is to protect against a creative block and negative energies which is what directed my selection of ingredients.

The only changes I would make to this recipe in the future would be to acquire my crystals in person. It’s easier to purchase a lot of crystal chips online and have them delivered as the crystals available in local shops tend to be too large for my spell jars. However, I do find that the personal nature of selecting your crystals leads to a more intentional spell. I would also swap out white wax for black wax as black has a closer association with protection. I used white wax as this was what I had readily available and white candles can be used to represent any other candle color.


  • Patchouli incense
  • Peppermint
  • Onyx
  • Citrine
  • Juniper
  • White wax

Follow these steps to make this protection spell jar:

  1. Cleanse your spell jar with patchouli incense. Begin thinking of your intention and continue meditating on this intention throughout the following steps.
  2. Add onyx crystals based on intuition while being mindful of the size of your jar.
  3. Add citrine crystals based on intuition.
  4. Add peppermint.
  5. Add a sprig of juniper.
  6. Close and seal with white wax. You can say a mantra based on your intention if you choose.
  7. Place it in a spot where you go to create and work.

Protection Spell Jar Recipe, Style #2

Get out of a rut with this spell jar recipe that uses black tourmaline to deflect negative energies and have a grounding effect while also using aventurine which is said to encourage perseverance and abolish stagnation or negative patterns in your life. Oregano and parsley are both said to ward off evil spirits. With these ingredients in mind, this jar is best suited for protection from negative headspaces and moving on from stagnation in your mental state.


  • Black Tourmaline
  • Aventurine
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Black wax

Follow these steps to make this protection spell jar:

  1. Cleanse your spell jar with incense and meditate on the intention of your spell. You can state a mantra throughout if you so choose.
  2. Add in black tourmaline and aventurine.
  3. Sprinkle in oregano and parsley. (These are easily grown at home and I highly recommend trying to grow and pull from your own garden when completing these jar spells.)
  4. Close the jar and seal it with black wax.
  5. Place it on your nightstand or by your sink for a reminder throughout the day and evening.

Protection Spell Jar Recipe, Style #3

I designed this spell jar recipe with home protection in mind. Cinnamon is commonly used in home protection (cinnamon brooms, anyone?). I included citrine because of its connection to both protection and joy (also because this is one of my favorite crystals so I saw an opportunity and took it).


  • Incense
  • Citrine
  • Clear Quartz
  • Cinnamon
  • Star Anise
  • Black wax

Follow these steps to make this protection spell jar:

  1. Cleanse your spell jar with incense and meditate on the intention of your spell. You can state a mantra throughout if you so choose.
  2. Add in citrine and clear quartz.
  3. Add in cinnamon in any form and one to two-star anise depending upon the size of your jar.
  4. Close the jar and seal it with black wax.
  5. Display in your home in a prominent position.

Protection Spell Jar Recipe, Style #4

This is a good go-to general protection jar spell. Each item used corresponds to protection and is easy to acquire.


  • Incense
  • Amethyst
  • Clear Quartz
  • Sage
  • Black wax

Follow these steps to make this protection spell jar:

  1. Cleanse your spell jar with an incense of your choosing, preferably one meant to aid in protection. Begin thinking of your intention.
  2. Add a mix of clear quartz and amethyst crystals to your jar.
  3. Add a layer of sage to your jar.
  4. Close and seal with black wax. During this process, you may want to say a mantra based on your intention.
  5. Place it in your purse, backpack, or car to make sure you have a protection charm with you wherever you go.

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