I have been fascinated by herbalism my entire adult life. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs was my first purchase when I started practicing Wicca. I poured over each page, enjoying the illustrations, magickal energy and uses. I often referenced Cunningham’s book when I wanted to do spells.
I walked away from Wicca, revisited earth-based spiritualism as an eclectic witch then dropped that too. Suddenly I was interested in Hoodoo, which is an African American folk medicine tradition. Somewhere between the wandering I made bath salts, infused oils and creams. There was a strong desire to make teas, oils and tinctures but I put no action behind it.
The desire to make teas, tinctures, oils and other herbal concoctions has resurfaced. This time I thought it was some past life experiences resurfacing. I was ready breath through the energy then let it go.
I was mistaken. My interest in herbalism isn’t random. Several goddesses and ancestors have been guiding me to maintain the old ways to heal Gaia, myself and others.
I’m a descendant of the Goddess Isis-Mother Mary lineage. Isis taught agriculture. Mother Mary is an Isis initiate. My paternal grandfather and great-grandfather were both healers. They worked with herbs, roots; healed people and animals.
I could turn away from this, but working with Spirit has been rewarding.
I was guided to an online herbalism course to learn the basics and build community with other herbalists. I’m at the beginning and it feels right.
Chamomile is the herb that I want to work with most. I was sensitive to it when I was younger. My dreams were psychedelic after drinking a cup. I want to understand its healing energy, connect with it, and infuse it into my cooking.
I welcome you to follow me in my herbal journey. I’ll share recipes, challenges and successes. And, a little magick.