February 18, 2019
Herbal magick is arguably the oldest form known to us. Known for millennia, many species of plants have been incorporated into the practices of healers, shamans, and medicine men and women. In the old days, healing was often treated with herbal concoctions like teas, tinctures, and poultices accompanied by ritual and prayer. Today, we still employ many of these practices alongside modern medicine. Teas are imbibed as a calming ritual, honey and cinnamon soothe a sore throat, herbal vinegar rinses restore hair and skin balance. The combination of healing and magickal properties makes herbal knowledge an incredibly powerful part of modern magick.
In magick, the word herb is typically used to describe anytime plant matter of any form is used. It’s worth noting that for witches, the broad designation of ‘herb’ applies to both plants that have benefits to the body, and those that are known to be toxic. Understand that the plant itself is not good or bad, much like the energy we use to perform magick, it just is. Be wary of plants called for in magick and do your research before you accidentally poison yourself or someone else. There are usually non-toxic substitutions you can make for things meant to be ingested.
To help you get started in your path of herbal magick, we have made a PDF download of the magickal correspondences of many common herbs and plants. The amount of information out there can be overwhelming, and we want you to have a quick reference guide available. If you decide to go further in your herbal studies there are many great books and websites out there dedicated solely to herbal magick.
How do you use herbs in your magickal life? Drop a comment and let us know!
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