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Herbs and Properties

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And the serpent is riding over the voice of the raven, the Other God, to his spouse, magic, the poison of death, in which Samael, the Other God, becomes complete.

T IQQUNE I Z OHA R

Natural herbs have been around for centuries and are making a comeback. The pandemic provided most of us the time to explore our interests and hobbies, as more people were laid off, terminated from their careers, unable to find reliable childcare, etc. We all look for natural ways to heal ourselves, without the expensive price tag of traditional medicine. A herbalist is an excellent community resource to learn more about herbs to grow, plants to buy, and the various uses/help they can provide topically, or orally.

Methods of using herbs in magick

The methods for using herbs are completely up to the practitioner or witch. There are many ways to use herbs such as in potions, teas, spells, salves, burning them in a cauldron with your intentions, growing them in your magickal garden to use when needed, infusing them, carrying herbs in a sachet, essential oils, etc.

Veneficium

There are many herbal “growers” available locally and nationwide. Some of the herbs you may be able to find at your local Earl May garden center, small nursery, etc. But, there are certain herbs that are considered “The Poison Path”, also known as veneficium or pharmakeia. In that case, you would need to order from a specific herbal grower. Some of these herbal growers provide both the seeds and plants/bulbs, others you may have to grow the plant on your own. Read more about veneficium with this book called, Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path.

Sources for seeds & plants

I did a bit of digging around and found a few places that offer herbs that are not available at most nurseries locally. Some nurseries may have the seeds but most do not keep poisonous plants in stock.

Strictly Medicinal Seeds

We’re Strictly Medicinal, located in the town of Williams in Southern Oregon.

Richters

If you grow your own herbs or make your own herbal products, or if you are in the business of herbs, make Richters your destination.

Grower’s Exchange

All of our plants are GMO-free, naturally grown herb plants! 

Companion Plants

They carry hundreds of common and exotic live herb plants and seeds.

Community

If you are looking for a community of herbalists or more information about natural herbs, I found a few awesome resources.

  1. Facebook has a group called Herbalists This group offers a wealth of information for those looking to become herbalists, seek out a herbalist for natural medicine/advice, and the best training online/in-person if becoming a master herbalist is a goal/dream of yours.

2. Local herbalist in your community. these herbalists typically have a shop full of herbs that are not available at the local nurseries. Bonus: They are trained herbalists and can offer you advice for common ailments. Please note, a physician/doctor may need to be contacted for severe issues!

3. Support your local farmer. Farmers typically have space available to grow not only foods but healing herbs as well. You can attend your local farmer’s market and ask the farmers if they grow herbs or know of a farmer(s) that do.

4. Host a meetup online/in-person. There are numerous people looking to learn more about natural herbs; this would be a perfect time to learn to make tinctures, herbal teas, salves for joint pain, etc. Why not learn together online or make a few recipes and share them with others? An awesome way to build community and teach a skill that can then help you make a side business with as well!

Herbalist Schools

I was able to find a couple herbalist training if you are looking into this path, to see if it is something you want to learn more about. These courses may not be approved by the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) If you want to become a Master herbalist, I would check out the AHG approved training programs! Please note, one does not need to be certified in The United States to be a Herbalist, as long as you are not diagnosing, treating, prescribing medications (unless you are a doctor, physician, etc.)

Urban Moonshine Herb School – Free!

Join Guido Masé for a 16-week exploration of herbal medicine. This online series serves as a guide for the beginning herbalist: every week students receive a new lesson that includes information on botany, human physiology, medicine making, and basic herbal therapy, along with a video lecture from Guido focused on plant identification, preparation, and key topics. 

Center of Excellence

Herbalist Courses that consists of 25. If you want a discount on these courses, go to Groupon.

Conclusion

I hope this information was helpful. let me know if you decide to become a herbalist or have made any teas, tinctures, salves, etc. yourself in the comments below. Share your recipes and advice for others on their journey. Blessed be!

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