Reishi, Defying Gravity

Ganoderma lucidum The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals (Wild Wisdom) Reishi mushroom is the Yoda of the plant world, helping you assimilate life's experiences and turn them into wisdom. The Taoists teach that Reishi can show you where your power lies, which some might call your destiny. Reishi's not some soft, … Continue reading Reishi, Defying Gravity

Herbal Recipes for Thanksgiving – Urban Moonshine

It's the time of year when many of the simple joys of life become the heart and center of this season; spending time with family and friends, the coziness of winter, warm fires, mugs of mulled wine, and lovingly prepared meals. So much of herbalism is about celebrating the life and benefits of the plants, … Continue reading Herbal Recipes for Thanksgiving – Urban Moonshine

Natural Herbal Cough Remedies

When the temperatures drop to freezing, persistent coughing can be an inevitable, disruptive side effect. A variety of herbs and herb formulas that suppress the hacking and soothe the throat can help you get ahead of the cold - and cough - season this year. 'Tis the season! Cold, dry temperatures, low vitamin D levels, … Continue reading Natural Herbal Cough Remedies

Baneful Herbs in Magical Practice | Coby Michael Ward

Using Baneful Herbs in Magic With their infamous reputations and prominent place in myth and folklore, the Baneful herbs begin to seem more like mischievous magical creatures appearing throughout history in folktales and first-hand accounts.  They are powerful in their chemistry and in their occult power, but they are still plants.  The deadly nightshade grows … Continue reading Baneful Herbs in Magical Practice | Coby Michael Ward

How to Make Herbal Dream Pillows

In the modern world, it can be challenging to get a good night’s rest. Keeping a healthy daytime lifestyle as well as a calming nighttime ritual are excellent ways to prepare the body for restful sleep filled with exciting and inspiring dreams! There are even traditions in which herbs are used during sleep, not only to bring about peaceful … Continue reading How to Make Herbal Dream Pillows

How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

Each year as winter approaches, I reliably find my patients asking me about the best herbal remedies to use during the cold weather months. One of the most common questions I encounter is, “What nutritional preparations can I use to help keep my family strong and healthy throughout the sniffle season?”. There's a wide array … Continue reading How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

The Eclectic Herbalists

Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the "Eclectics" practiced herbal medicine in a time when standard Western practices often included barbaric approaches like blood-letting. Looking at plants and Native American medicine for inspiration, Eclectic physicians approached healing with the perspective of "whatever works" - so long as it did no harm. We … Continue reading The Eclectic Herbalists

Create Your Own Magical Tea Blends – Witch Way Magazine

by Emma Kathryn Published in Witch Way Magazine’s May issue Herbal teas are a fantastic way to bring your magical practice into your everyday life. For me, every aspect of making tea, from the sourcing of ingredients (foraging is my thing!) to the blending of them, is part of that witching process, and I use … Continue reading Create Your Own Magical Tea Blends – Witch Way Magazine

Making Homemade Herbal Lozenges with Linden

Stand beneath a blooming linden tree, and chances are you will slowly become aware of an almost unbelievable event taking place. The tree will be so alive with the hum and buzz of happy honeybees so absorbed in their harvest, they may very well bounce right off of you! An 80-year-old tree near my home presents a … Continue reading Making Homemade Herbal Lozenges with Linden

The Making Of A Herbalist

"I encourage everybody to make a little jar of something yourself because you will feel so good about doing it." It's the way it's supposed to be. I believe we are meant to make and grow our own food, make our own medicine and nourish ourselves with what we have around us. It's so much … Continue reading The Making Of A Herbalist