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Notes from the Apothecary: Mint

By Mabh Savage

[Snip] Mint has been used for culinary purposes throughout the history of many different cultures. It is used in Indian food to counter balance spiciness or add depth of flavour. It is used as a fresh, sharp flavour in numerous cocktails and soft beverages. Mint was an ingredient of many recipes mentioned . . . → Read More: Notes from the Apothecary: Mint

Aloe Vera

By Mabh Savage

I’ve already written about horsetail, sometimes called ‘England’s Aloe Vera’, due to its incredible healing properties. This month I want to look at the real Aloe Vera, or similar species that many of you will have growing in pots on your window sill.

Aloes are succulents. This means they have fat, fleshy . . . → Read More: Aloe Vera

The History of Abortifacients

By Stassa Edwards

The peacock flower (or flos pavonis) is an arresting plant, standing nine feet tall in full bloom, with brilliant red and yellow blossoms. But it’s more than beautiful; it’s an abortifacient, too. One of the most striking records of the plant comes from German-born botanical illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian who, in her . . . → Read More: The History of Abortifacients

A Kitchen Witch's Magical Herbs and Plants

Reviewed by BadWitch

An extremely useful reference book has come my way that I would recommend for any witch who uses herbs in their spellwork. It is called A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Herbs and Plants and is by Rachel Patterson, also the author of Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch, Moon Magic and Hoodoo . . . → Read More: A Kitchen Witch’s Magical Herbs and Plants

A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants

Reviewed by DragonHawk7

In the introduction, author Jon G. Hughes writes that he “began with the intention of comparing the plant-based preparations, rituals, and magic of the Welsh Druidic tradition with those of the broader and infinitely more documented spiritual traditions practiced all over the world.” However, he continues, writing that he “came in contact . . . → Read More: A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants

Shamanic Plant Medicine – Salvia Divinorum, by Ross Heaven

Reviewed by BadWitch

There’s an interesting new series of books out about shamanic plant medicines by Ross Heaven. Each title is about a specific teacher plant and is intended as an introduction to the subject with clear facts on ways the plant is used in shamanic practice, as well as the risks involved.

. . . → Read More: Shamanic Plant Medicine – Salvia Divinorum, by Ross Heaven

Be Your Own Herbal Expert - Part 5

By Susun S Weed

Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors used — and our neighbors around the world still use — plant medicines for healing and health maintenance. It’s easy. You can do it too, and you don’t need a degree or any special . . . → Read More: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 5

Communicating with Plants

By Ellen Evert Hopman

Signatures of Plants – Learning Nature’s Alphabet

There are those who say they get messages from plants and that plants actually speak to them with a human voice, telling them the healing virtues of an herb. Others, (like me) get pictures in our minds that seem to be another form of . . . → Read More: Communicating with Plants

An Aromatic Wheel of the Year

By Sandra Kynes

While to some people the use of essential oils may seem more New Age or pop culture than Pagan, oils come from plants—and down through the ages Witches and Pagans have used plants for magic and ritual. Using essential oils is a way to hold tradition while extending our practices and giving . . . → Read More: An Aromatic Wheel of the Year

Making Vervain Water

By Patti Wigington

Vervain was known in many legends as one of the herbs sacred to the Druids. Although it is often associated with the Summer Solstice, the vervain plant is highly potent in late summer, around the time of Lammas.

In Hoodoo and other folk magic traditions, vervain is used to make Van-Van oil . . . → Read More: Making Vervain Water