Plant spirits our allies and teachers

As a witch I work with many different spirits and have many different spirit allies.  Some of these spirit allies have been with me longer than others, and many times they have lessons to teach me.   For a long time I wondered what exactly it was my spirit allies had taught me, and where their lessons came from.  There was a time when I actually believed that I had never learned anything from spirits, but I was wrong.

For years one main lesson from all of my spirit allies was to simply trust my intuition and trust my knowledge.  I knew and know more than I often give myself credit for in both theoretical practice and actual practice.  To put it blunt I was afraid of my skill with energy manipulation and with psychic work, so I didn’t let myself access my actual knowledge and understanding.  I didn’t let myself practice.

This was until I encountered my first plant spirit guide.  I had been buying “healing” incenses from stores and “Astral Travel” or “Psychic” development incenses from stores to use in my meditations, spells, rituals, and works.  These worked for a while, but I began to wonder how I could make my own and if that would be any different.   So The next time I went to the local metaphysical store I bought a few herbs to use for healing work and psychic work.  I bought Peppermint, Myrrh, Calendula, and Mugwort to start with.   I also had white sage, Dragons Blood, and Frankincense.  This base provided me lots of different things to work with, spirituality, psychic work, meditation, and healing.  It was a perfect selection to start my journey into magical herbalism.

Before I made my own I started by adding a little of these herbs to the powdered incenses I had been buying.  Just to get myself use to the concept of working with herbs in this fashion.  After a while I decided it was time to start working with the herbs and make my own blends.   I had no idea what I was doing at first, no real connection to any of the herbs, then as I sat down and looked at them I started to have an understanding of which herbs I was supposed to use for the general healing incense I was creating at that moment.

I didn’t think about where the decisions and choice came from at that point in time, but looking back its pretty clear that it was the plants that were helping.  One plant in particular seems to help me more than any other.  That plant is Marigold/Calendula.  To this day it has been the plant marigold that has led me to trust in the plants energy and the plants spirits guiding me in working with them and getting the incense blends just right.

Marigold
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Today when I do spell work or rituals I get out the herbs and ask them who is best to do this work with me, or who wants to be used in this work.  One time when I was doing this for a money spell Calendula spoke up and wanted to be used in the mix.  Which to me was strange.  Our relationship had been with healing and psychic work.  But after some time I relented and added some of the flower to the mix and the ritual worked quite well.  A few days later I did some research and found out that money work was one of the attributes of the herb, yet the plant itself decided to teach me this lesson over books.

A lot of people ask me where the recipes I make come from.  The answer is quite simple.  The plants tell me.  Its that simple.  I may get out a bunch of plants with a similar set of associations (lets say astral travel and psychic work).  I will then set them out and say what I am doing for work.  The herbs themselves will guide me in their use and the specific work.  Some herbs speak louder than others.  Some take getting used to understanding how they speak, and others may never work or speak to you, each plant spirit is different and each one will have different lessons for you as you work with them.

It can be easy to forget the importance that these spirits have in our lives and in our practice.  When we do they can give us needed wakeup calls.  Sometimes these calls are as simple as quick image flash reminders of what we need to do and are doing and other times they can be more to the point causing issues in areas of our life until we address what they have to teach us.

I almost forgot how and why I got to where I am today.  Its thanks to working with the marigold spirit and the spirit of the Pine tree.  These two plant spirits more than any others have helped me develop an understanding of the green world and are one of the reasons I consider myself a magical herbalist.  There are other plant spirits that have been influential in my life, as a witch I have a relationship with mugwort, but its not as strong as any other spirit, but the two who have been my main teachers and guides in spirit work with plants are Marigold and Pine.

Today I got that reminder from one of the spirits.  Writing this article has been one of the ways I am apologizing to that spirit and trying to show the world what it has done for me.  The other way is I reworked my workshop a little bit to include herb samples and a secondary incense to awaken psychic and spiritual powers and connect to plant spirits.  One of the herb samples that the people attending my workshop will get is marigold, helping other people connect to the energy of that spirit is another way I will be making up for forgetting their lessons.

Let the plant spirits guide you and you will find a lot of allies who will aid you in contact with other spirits and your own spirit.  Let the plants guide you and they will teach you their mysteries, their magic, and their spirit uses.  They can be great friends and allies in magic if we just open up to them and listen to what they have to say.

An Introduction to Practical Herbalism

There are many images associated with magic and witchcraft.  One of the most common ones is that of the witch in their garden or the woods gathering an assortment of plants for their work.  Today magical herbalism remains one of the most actively practiced magical and spiritual practices.  This is one of the practices that can be found across cultures.  It unites many forms of magical practices and cultures.  The more one studies and explores magical herbalism the more one realizes there is to know.

Like any field of magic there are no shortages of specific areas of study.  There are many different ways that you can practice herbalism and be a magical herbalist.  From hanging herbs and decorations around the house, to health remedies, tinctures, incenses, baths, and the food that you eat, magical herbalism is one of the most simple and effective ways of working magic there is.

Before we get into several different practices and herbs that you can work with its important to know what sort of tools you will need.  In general for magical herbalism there are not too many tools needed.  Scissors and a knife for harvesting are among the

Magical Herbalism is the most practical of all the arts out there.  What is more practical than adding a little magic into the food that you eat?  Through the art of kitchen witchery instead of sending the magic out towards the universe you are sending the magic into yourself.  You become the portal for your magic to manifest.   In kitchen witchcraft you have all the tools you need right in your kitchen.  From the herbs you will use to the tools to work your spells everything you need is right there.

In fact most magical needs can be met with only the herbs and spices that we use in our daily food.  Lets take a look at a few of the common spices found in many kitchens and their properties.  Aside from Salt, Pepper, Sugar, and Oil there are several herbs and spices that are found in most kitchens.  These spices are just as effective in magic as herbs like Frankincense or Myrrh and are often times not only more affordable but also easier to obtain.  Most of these can be found in your spice cabinet or fresh at the grocery store.

Common Kitchen Spices and their Magical properties

Allspice: Money, Luck, Healing

Basil: Love, Exorcisms,Wealth, Astral Travel, Rituals for the dead, House blessings, Ancestral work,Invoking Dragons, Protection, Attract money

Bay Leaf: Protection, Purification, Psychic powers, Strength, Wishes

Black Pepper: Protection, Exorcism

Cayenne Pepper: Fidelity, Hex breaking, Protection, Removal

Cinnamon: Sexuality, Lust, Wealth, Money, Consecration, Purification, Love

Garlic: Protection, Exorcism, Lust, Antitheft

Nutmeg: Gambling luck, Money, Fidelity, Prosperity, Luck

Oats: Money

Oregano: Keeps away the law, Joy, Strength, Vitality

Parsley: Underworld workings, Ancestor veneration, Healing, Fortune, Success, Lust, Protection, Purification

Rosemary: Cleansing, Draws the aid of spirits, Love, Mental focus, Protection, Lust, Exorcism, Healing

Sage: Spell Reversal, Guarding against the Evil eye (White sage): Cleansing, Purification, Make Sacred

Salt: Purification, Protection

Sugar: Attraction work (to bring something to you love, money luck etc), Favor gaining, “sweetening those”

As you can see there is a lot that you can do with the spices we use to flavor our foods and with items easily located around the house.  Do you need to cleanse your house you can burn white sage or culinary sage for that effect.    If you are trying to draw some customers to your business you could create a mixture of basil, sugar, and cinnamon to sprinkle around the registers or you could simply write your wish for customers and sales on the back of a bay leaf and place that in your register.  A good protection mixture would be Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Garlic powder and you could use that on your meats or veggies empowering you to feel more secure and safe.

 

Since we took a look at the spices we work with let’s take a look at some of the fruits and nuts found in our diets for further ideas.

Common Fruits and Nuts

Almond: Money, Prosperity, Wisdom

Apple: Love, Healing

Banana:  Fertility, Potency, Prosperity

Blackberry: Healing, Money, Protection, Return evil, Exorcism

Blue Berry: Protection

Lemon: Purification, Love, Friendship, Justice

Lime: Healing, Love, Protection

Nuts: Fertility, Prosperity, Love, Luck

Orange: Love, Divination, Luck, Money

Peach: Love, Exorcism, Longevity, Fertility. Wishes

Pear: Lust, Love

Pecan: Money, Employment

Pineapple: Luck, Money, Chasity

Raspberry: Protection, Love, Good luck

Strawberry: Love and luck

So now that we have some of these fruits lets look at some options for spells.  Lets say you wanted to increase some customers at an event or sales at work.  During your lunch break you could eat a fruit salad made up of a mixture of  Almonds, Bananas,  Orange, Pineapple, and Pecans.  Add cinnamon and sugar for further boosts.  If you like apple pie and want love you could make an apple pie and empower it with your desire for love.    If you want to cleanse and protect yourself a smoothie of Blueberry, Blackberry,Lemon,Lime, and Raspberry.  It is very simple and effective for you to work with these fruits.

Now there are many other plants that a person interested in magic can use.  The ones that we find in the kitchen and grocery store are only some of them.  The rest of them are outside in the wild or in our gardens.  The world of plants has much to offer.  So let us continue our journey and take a look at some of the plants in our gardens and in the wilds that we can work with.

  Many of the common weeds that we encounter on a day to day basis actually have several magical properties.  Learning which plants are local to you is a powerful way to work magical herbalism.  It’s easy to find a local guide-book with full color photos and identification.  The national Audubon society often creates several different books for each region.  These books are a must have resource for those interested in harvesting plants from the wild.

Wildcrafting is an excellent way for you to not only connect to the land that you live on but with the spirits of the land and the animals.  By learning which trees and plants are native to your area you can cultivate relationships that will last for a very long time.

Wildcrafted Magical Herbs and their associations

Black Eyed Susan: Cleansing, Releasing, Grounding, Integration, Mediumship, Connecting with the dead

Cedar: Healing, Purification, Money, protection

Cloves: Psychic abilities, Astral Travel, Protection, Exorcisms, Love

Crab-apple: Fertility, Healing

Cramp bark: Protection, Luck

Dandelion (flowers,leaves,and roots): Purify, Manifest Wishes, Enrich, Money

Daisy: Lust, Love

Goldenrod: Money, Divination

Goldenseal: Healing, Money

Mugwort: Strength, Psychic powers, Protection, Prophetic dreams, Astral projection

Mullein: Courage, Protection, Love, Divination, Exorcism

Nettle Leaf: Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Jinx breaking, Lust

Oak: Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck

Pine: Remove evil, Money, Cleanse, Healing, Fertility, Protection , Exorcism

Plantain: Healing, Strength, Protection

St. Johns wort: Health, Protection, Strength, Love, Divination, Happiness

Skullcap: Love, Fidelity, Peace

Willow Bark: Love, Protection, Healing

Wormwood: Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits

Yarrow:Psychic development, Courage, Love, Exorcism, Protection

Yellow dock: Money draw, Attract Customers, Love Draw

Many of the plants listed above are considered to be weeds to most modern gardeners.  In fact these wild plants and flowers are some of the most powerful plants known to witches.  These plants could be living right outside your door.  All you need to do now is gather them and start working with them.  With these plants you have a lot of different opportunities for different works.  Want to enhance your psychic abilities gather some catnip and mugwort to burn as an incense or drink in a tea.  Want to feel protected?  Carry an acorn in your pocket for protection.

Aside from working with the herbs in your kitchen cabinet and that grow wild many witches grow herbs in garden outside or in pots ins their home.  When you grow the herbs you work with in magic they have a deeper connection to you than plants in the wild you gather or get in the store.  These plants rely on you for all of their care and needs.    The following list contains plants commonly grown in gardens for witchcraft.

Common Grown Plants

Aloe Vera: Protection, Peace in the afterlife, Prosperity, Success, Love

Catnip: Love, Beauty, Happiness, Cat Magic, Break Spells, Fertility, Psychic powers

Calendula/Marigold: Money, Prosperity, Health, Psychic Development, Protection, Prophetic dreams, Legal matters, Psychic Powers, Healing

Chamomile: Protection, Luck, Money, Sleep, Peace, Purification

Echinacea: Strengthen spells, Offering to spirits

Ivy: Protection, Healing

Jasmine: Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams

Lavender: Love, Protection, Purification, Happiness, Peace, Healing, Meditation, Psychic abilities

Lilac: Exorcism, Protection

Lilly: Protection, Breaking Love spells

Lilly of the Valley: Mental Powers, Happiness

Morning Glory: Happiness, Peace

Orchid: Love

Orris (Orris Root): Love, Protection, Divination

Pansy: Love, Rain magic, Divination regarding love

Peppermint: Purification, Love, Healing, Psychic powers

Peony: Protection, Exorcism

Primrose: Protection, Love

Rose: Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Divination regarding love, Luck,  Protection

Snapdragon: Protection

Spearmint: Healing, Love, Mental Powers

Tulip: Prosperity, Love, Protection

Most every plant can be used for magical and spiritual work.  It is up to you to find which plants resonate best with you.  Here are a few examples of things you could so. So lets say you live in an area that has a poor reputation, and you have a yard.  One thing you might want to do is plant some flowers for protection like, Lilac, Peony and Snapdragon outside.  Inside you could grow some Aloe Vera for protection.  If you want peace in the home growing Lavender and Roses is a good idea.

Of this list some plants like Lavender, Spearmint and Peppermint can be easily grown inside in a pot.  Other plants like Lilacs require space outside. It doesn’t matter if you grown the herbs outside or in pots, these plants will be your allies for a long time to come.  If you raise them, talk to them, and show them love these plants will respond and shower you with their powers.  Learning about the plants through growing them and gardening will not only connect you with their spirits but also with the spirits in nature and with the tides of nature.

It has been my hope that though this article you have gotten some ideas of some plants you can work with that are commonly found in the grocery store, your gardens, and in the wild.  You don’t need to work with the exotic herbs like Dragon’s blood, Myrrh, or Frankincense to be a magical herbalist.  You can just work with what you have on hand and you will be a success.  Now if you want to work with some of the traditional herbs like Frankincense, Myrrh, etc there are plenty of places online where you can find them.

Here are some shops that you can visit to obtain herbs for magical and spiritual workings:

http://mysticechoes.storenvy.com/

https://3crowsmagick.com/

http://artesandcraft.com/

www.originalbotanica.com

A further list can be found at http://paganbusinessdirectory.com/businesses/magickal-supplies/

For further reading on the topic these  books are recommended:

The Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

Hoodoo Herb and Root magic by Cat Yronwode

Mastering Herbalism by Paul Husson

A Compendium of Herbal Magic by Paul Beryl

 

 

 

 

How to Spiritually Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and be Magically More Productive During the Fall and Winter Seasons

pixabay-stuxAfter the heat and activity of the summer, many of us look forward to the cool autumn days and snow bunnies become giddy as winter approaches bringing them the snow they so crave. But others may be dreading the loss of light and warmth and may experience the potentially devastating symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. This disorder affects some during the spring and summer months but is mainly prevalent in the winter. The symptoms may include but are not limited to:

Depression

Irritability

Lack of motivation

Feeling physically heavier

Not wanting to get out of bed

Self-induced isolation

This disorder can also put a big damper on your spiritual and magickal practices since the proper mood and energy we need to manifest our intentions may be sorely compromised by this affliction. There are ways to overcome this disorder such as certain lamps that emulate the Sun as well as medical treatments that a doctor can prescribe. There are also spiritual ways to overcome it, particularly by reconnecting with the energy of the Sun. Here is a video that gives three techniques that show how to reconnect to the awesome energies of the Sun so that you can get your energy back and happily engage in the magic of the season:  The techniques that are given are categorized for those who are visual and/or highly imaginative, empaths and the highly sensitive and those who have a strong awareness of their energetic connection to their own internal energy and that of the Divine. These categories allow the instructions to cater to the individual needs and gifts of the viewer.

Now that you’ve got your sunshine back on, let’s continue by removing that which is no longer needed and which may be hampering our productivity.

Shed Your Skin and Those that Drain You

As fall approaches, trees begin to prepare for the winter months by first transferring the nutrients from the leaves to the branches and then sealing off the parts of the branch that have leaves attached which then causes the leaves to fall off and die. They do this so that they can maintain their moisture and nutrients to successfully get through the winter. We can learn much from this process. During the winter months, our energy may be lower so it’s important to make sure that we direct it towards that which we need to sustain our wellbeing and not those who would drain us of our precious resources.

Exfoliating the skin and removing the dead cells that block moisture retention and dull our skin is an excellent way to start. Not only does exfoliating the skin warm and invigorate it, promoting healthy lymph flow and collagen production, it is also symbolic of removing those things from our lives that block our good health on all levels. As it uncovers new and healthier skin, symbolically it uncovers new and healthier energy in our lives, in our spirituality and our intention work. It is a declaration to gladly purge that which drains us and welcome that which renews and invigorates us and our lives. It helps us to retain moisture, the element of water which is the creation elixir of life, energy that can be used to further empower us on all levels of our being. Use a natural exfoliant such as oatmeal, sugar or salt depending on your preference and infuse it with your intentions to remove that which is adverse to you and to suffuse you with young, fresh, vital energy to empower you. As you rinse it off, ask the element of water to help you to go with the flow for a better life and to bless and empower you with stronger vital life force energy so that your ability to manifest the life of your dreams does not slow down in the winter but instead helps you to walk your path with strength, vigor and spiritual peace and power.

It is also time to exfoliate those people that may be draining you while contributing nothing to your life. The same way the tree diverts nutrients to the branches and seals them to cast off the leaf to maintain its survival during the winter, so we too must also remove those who drain our energies and contribute no value to our lives. This can be a very painful but liberating process. It may also be a very necessary one if you are handing over your already minimalized energies to others without return. It can be likened to taking constant withdrawals from your bank account without making deposits. This is a sure path to energetic bankruptcy and now is the time to preserve our energy and not waste it on those who have proven themselves to be energy parasites.

Now that we’ve removed that which holds us back from our spiritual awesomeness, let’s get into how to take full advantage of the energies surrounding us during these magickal seasons.

Plant a Winter Intention Garden to Harvest Great Things in the Spring

There are plenty of crops that are planted in the fall and winter to bring a spring harvest. You can grow a plant in your home that represents what you wish to harvest for spring or to bring a specific energy into your home during the winter. Here are some examples:

Peas – Represent money and love and are best planted in November and February.

Garlic – Represents protection, healing and passion.

Leeks – Represent love, protection and exorcizes evil.

Onions – Represents protection, healing, prosperity, passion and prophetic dreams. The best time to plant them is in January or February.

You can also grow flower producing plants in the warmth of your home to bring in the energies to boost you towards your goals.

The fall and winter months are filled with magickal energy that is ripe for the picking. Exfoliate, rejuvenate and bask in all powerful and productive energies that these seasons bring and use them to manifest the life of your dreams.

Psychic Empath Goddess Rhonda Harris-Choudhry has been utilizing her psychic gifts since she was a teenager. It is her Divine mission to empower people by teaching them about their innate spiritual and energetic gifts and how to use them effectively to improve their health, life and happiness. She also trains empaths, helping them to lead happier and healthier lives. Learn more at www.healinghennagoddess.com.

 

Herbal Lore

Written by: Rose Miller AKA Ravenwings

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For thousands of years, herbs have been used for medicinal purposes as well as cosmetics, aromatics, cooking, and even embalming. The earliest known medicinal uses were documented it an Egyptian medical document called the Ebers Papyrus. This document contains over 800 medicinal drugs that were used from herbs and dates back to 1700 B.C. The Chinese claim that their use is even older than the Egyptians. Traditional Chinese medicine dates back to around 2500 B.C. Their form of using herbs also incorporates other treatments such as acupuncture and even massage. To treat an illness is to treat the whole person, to restore balance and harmony so that the body can then heal itself.

Indian Ayurvedic medicine emphasizes that good health is the responsibility of the person. Herbs and diets are used to help restore a balance to the body in order for it to heal itself. The Greeks also believed in maintaining a balance for good health and incorporated herbal knowledge from Egypt, India and China.

Hippocrates – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

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From Greece the medicinal practices reached Rome around 100 B.C. Medicine itself became a profitable business. Galen disagreed with Hippocrates idea of the body allowing to heal itself and reworked his ideas. Galen’s books became standard medical texts and his theories are still used in Unani medicine practiced by Muslims and even in India. Some of his theories are found throughout Shakespeare’s plays.

During the reign of Elizabeth I herbals were written by Gerard, Parkinson, and Culpepper. An herbal book that not only describes plants but, also shows how to use them. The herbal book was second only to the Bible at this time.

In an article in The Economist. 2002

“Chimpanzees suffering from intestinal worms in Tanzania dose themselves with the pith of a plant called Veronica. This plant produces poisonous chemicals called terpenes. The pith contains a strong enough concentration to kill the gut parasites, but not so strong as to kill the chimps (nor people, for that matter; locals use the pith for the same purpose).”

In the early days of medicine, drugs could only come from the plant. As society has changed and we have more scientific ways to find out what makes this herb do what it does. Then chemical structures can be identified and made synthetically. The active ingredient in Willow Bark is salicin, and was artificially made in 1852. In 1899 Bayer was the first company to introduce the aspirin using this synthetically made product. The problem with the synthetically made active ingredients found in these herbs have numerous side effects that using the actual herb does not have.

The use of herbs however over the thousands of years have been more than just for culinary and healing uses. In Rome the people actually paid their taxes with anise. Romans also used dill to make wreaths and garlands to keep away witches. In some places parsley was thought to repel head lice. There are some other great little tidbits about herbal folklore on http://www.almanac.com/content/herbal-folklore-and-old-fashioned-tips.

Whatever the reason we use herbs today it has all been tried and true over thousands of years by millions of people. So the next time you add oregano to a spaghetti sauce or take an aspirin, keep in mind that what you are doing is not new or unique, just a modern version of the days of old.

So you want to become an herbalist

I have studied herbs, plants, spices, trees, etc. ever since I learned how to read. When I started my path in Witchcraft in 1984, I knew right from the start that herbs and such would be a big part of whatever path I was going to end up on. My grandmother was the first person from which I learned about different plants their many uses.  As well as those  called “weeds”.

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Some were just recipes, and others were ways to heal the body. I read anything, and everything, I could find about natural healing and ways to use herbs in spells.  I also read about other things such as incenses, oils, vinegars, cooking, etc. About 2 years ago I decided that I wanted a degree in herbalism. Much to my surprise, I found out that there is no such thing in the United States.

There is no official certification or license for you to become an herbalist in the USA…. it means if you have a another license, such as LMT, or Naturopath, you may be able to qualify for Continuing Ed credits (CEU’s), and that the school has met certain standards by whatever accrediting agency it belongs to http://herbalistpath.blogspot.com/2008/02/there-is-no-official-certification-for.html)

So what now? Well, some of the best and well-known herbalist are self-taught. Most of the pioneers in the field learned from people and the plants without a certificate.

Juliette Levy, Rosemary Gladstar, and Susan Weed to name just a few. Their certificate programs are very expensive.  And frankly, the certificates you can earn really do not hold any credit or merit in the US.

As far as doctors’ concerns, they either are totally behind the idea of natural healing, or totally against it. Either way, I always say if this is a path you wish to follow there are many cautions along the way.  You have really got to study and keep lots of notes.

If you are doing this to take natural remedies for yourself, please talk with your doctor, an established herbalist or even your pharmacist first. There are many herbs that can cause adverse reactions when you are taking medications. Prescribed medications and even over the counter things such as aspirin and even antacids can cause you serious reactions with certain herbs, plants and even foods.

 

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If you want to become the local herbalist who helps out other people with your knowledge, then I must caution you even more. Telling others what herbs to use and how to use them is very tricky, as well as very risky. You need to know that persons entire medical background.  You also need to know any allergies they may have, any medications they are currently taking, occasionally and also in the future.

Even using some of the safest herbs can pose a dangerous undertaking. It is quite possible to create more harm than good.  If you have someone take a tea with chamomile in it to a person who is allergic to ragweed, this can actually cause anaphylactic shock. Also, people who take blood thinners such as Warfarin or Coumadin would need close monitoring while taking this with chamomile.

So if this is something that you feel you are ready to try I say go for it! Just remember that this is not just a simple

“I can just get 1 book and have all the info I need

kind of path. You are going to want to read everything you can find. This includes books that have herbal information like properties and uses.

Books on aromatherapy, magical herbal uses, essential oils, home remedies and the list goes on and on. There are tons of websites where you can find information, as well as blogs, and even certificate programs if you really want to go that route.

This is a path that I have walked for the last 31 years.  I can honestly say I learn something new every single day.

If you are a person who loves to learn and wants to be in touch with nature, this is an amazing path that any form of paganism or any other religion can follow. Learning about the many uses in nature also adds to the knowledge that we need to spend more time protecting her (nature)  and all that she has to offer us.

So, the next time you are out on a hike or just taking a walk through a park, take the time to look around and get to know what plats, trees and animals are around you. Take a notebook with you and a camera. Write down the different things you see and take pictures.

If you are not sure what a plant or tree is look it up. Research it and find out the many different uses for it. This is the best place to start your walk down this path.

Learn what you have locally in your home town. Even if you live in the city, there are always parks or sanctuaries nearby. Check them out. You will be so glad you did.