All About Magical Herbalism
Interested in magical herbalism? Here's a collection of our most popular articles on the magical uses of herbs and other plants in modern Pagan practice!
Many Pagans and Wiccans are interested in magical herbalism. There is a lot of information out there on magical herb use, so if you're looking for books to guide you in your herbalism studies, here are some useful titles to add to your collection! Bear in mind that some focus more on folklore and medicinal history rather than Neopagan practice, but all are books that are worthy of referencing. Also, it's important to note that there is a difference between using an herb magically and INGESTING it. Be safe when using herbs in magic, and don't take anything in a manner that could be potentially harmful to you or others.
Ask any Pagan or Wiccan what they love most about working with herbs, and chances are good they'll tell you how much they love the smell. Herbs contain small glands that hold their essential oils, and when these oils are extracted they release scent molecules. Here are some tips on using herbal aromatherapy in your magical rituals and ceremonies.
What is Wildcrafting?
Many Pagans and Wiccans choose to wildcraft, which is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural habitat. This is a great way to get out in the woods and spend some time in nature, but if you're going to wildcraft, make sure you do so ethically and responsibly. Here are some tips on how to be a responsible wildcrafter.
Ten Magical Herbs to Have on Hand
If you're a practitioner of a modern magical tradition, chances are good that you're in the habit of using herbs. Here's a list of ten herbs that everyone should have on hand for magical purposes.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually. Every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the plant special. Learn about the correspondences associated with each of these magical herbs.
Magical Herb Use
Need to do a working but not sure which herbs are appropriate? Check out this list of correspondences -- it's listed by intent, so all you'll need to do is set a goal and then find your herbs!
Miscellaneous Magical Herbs & Plants
Looking for magical herbs and plants you can incorporate into your workings? Check out this list of miscellaneous woods, plants and flowers that all have magical properties.
A Modern Herbal
First published nearly a century ago by Mrs. M. Grieve, "A Modern Herbal" is one of the most comprehensive and thorough references for herbalism in existence. It contains not only medicinal and historical information, but also references to folklore and magic. Probably the best herbal online today.
Bamboo Folklore and Legends
Bamboo is grown in many parts of the world, and because it is both quick to develop and extremely hardy, it has a variety of uses from the mundane to the magical. Here are some tips on incorporating the easy-to-grow plant into your magical practice.
Mugwort is an herb that is found fairly regularly in many modern Pagan magical practices. From its use as an incense, for smudging, or in spellwork, mugwort is a highly versatile - and easy to grow - herb.
Hedge Apples/Osage Orange
The Osage orange, or hedge apple, is found in many parts of North America. Although the fruit isn't edible unless you're a squirrel, why not take advantage of its folklore, and use it in a magical working?
What is sandalwood, and how can you use it in magical workings? Learn about the folklore and magic of sandalwood.
What is comfrey, and how can you use it in magical workings? Learn about the folklore and magic of comfrey.