Greetings, my fellow plant-loving wizards and witches! Herbalism is an ancient and oh-so-magickal practice that has been used for centuries to promote healing and wellbeing. As magical herbalists, we focus not only on the physical properties of herbs and plants, but also on their spiritual and energetic qualities.
Now, to help you get started on your journey as a magical herbalist, let me introduce you to some of the coolest and most essential tools and supplies!
First up, we have the trusty mortar and pestle - a basic tool for grinding and blending herbs and other plant materials. You'll want to choose one made of a material that won't react with the herbs, our favorite one at Mystic is made of Granite, you can also choose something made of stone or ceramic.
Next on the list is herb jars and containers - these are essential for proper storage to maintain the potency and freshness of your herbs. Use airtight jars or containers to keep your herbs dry and protected from sunlight and moisture.
To expand your knowledge and understanding of herbs, we recommend using herb books and references from reputable sources that provide information on both the physical and spiritual qualities of each herb. Our favorites include
And let's not forget the power of incense and candles! Burning incense and candles can help set the mood and create a sacred space for your herbal work. Choose scents and colors that correspond with your intentions and the properties of the herbs you're working with.
Now, an athame or wand is a perfect tool to direct energy and focus your intentions during herbal rituals and ceremonies. And, for gaining insights and guidance during herbal work, tarot or oracle cards can be a useful tool to connect with your intuition and gain deeper understanding of the energetic properties of the herbs you're working with.
Have you ever heard of a Boline Knife? It's a special knife used in witchy ceremonies but intended specifically for cutting herbs. It traditionally has a white handle and a curved blade. Keep this magickal tool in your kit when foraging!
To hold and display your herbs and tools during rituals and ceremonies, use bowls and trays that resonate with your intentions and the energy of the herbs you're working with.
And last but certainly not least, keeping a grimoire or journal can help you track your progress, record your experiences and insights, and keep track of the herbs and rituals that have been most effective for you.
Remember, the key to being a successful magical herbalist is to choose tools and supplies that resonate with your energy and intentions. With a deep connection to the natural world and an open heart and mind, you can harness the power of herbs and plants for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and transformation. Let's get magickal!