Plant Medicine and Magic

We are living in a time where access to healthcare is both uncertain, and in many cases, actively under attack. Thus, asserting sovereignty over our own health and body is not only vital, but also one of the most empowering and important steps we can take as witches and as humans. Luckily, we have at our disposal one of man (and woman) kind’s greatest teachers, one that people have relied on for thousands of years for healing, wisdom, food, and communion–PLANTS! I have created this post to serve as a resource for those wishing to learn more about the incredible healing and magical properties of plants.

  Baba Yaga in her flying mortar and pestle
Baba Yaga in her flying mortar and pestle


Here is a list of books for people wishing to get started with plant medicine:

(I am listing Amazon links here but for the record I don’t have affiliate deal)

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System.

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal 

The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life


Here are a few excellent reading lists:

The Witch’s Favourite Green Reads from Sarah Anne Lawless

Poison Path Reading List from Sarah Anne Lawless


Learning Herbs – Online resources from John and Kimberly Gallagher and Rosalee de la Forêt. This site has a wealth of free info and also hosts a paid site with tons of courses and resources called Herb Mentor.

Susan Weed – Tons of info and both free and paid courses with one of the most well known Wise Women.

East West School of Planetary Herbology – Extensive training with Michael and Leslie Tierra. Michael is the founder of the American Herbalist Guild.

Herbs With Rosalee – Learning site from Rosalee de la Forêt.

The Science & Art of Herbalism – Online course with Rosemary Gladstar


Pantry Folk Magic from Sarah Anne Lawless

Herbs For Mental Health – A great website with tons of resources

Herbs For Resistance from Radical Vitalism

Herbalism As A Tool For Social Justice from Radical Vitalism

Rewilding Witchcraft from Scarlet Imprint

Apocalypse Pharmaka – A series of blog posts from Rune Soup


Again, I would like to clarify that I am not being paid by these companies. I just personally know them to be reputable suppliers of high quality bulk herbs. When possible, always seek out local suppliers.

Mountain Rose Herbs – Mountain Rose Herbs also maintains an excellent blog with loads of free info and recipes.

Frontier Coop

This is by no means an exhaustive list but should serve as a useful starting point. I hope you will find these resources as useful and helpful as I have. 

witch, heal thyself

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