St John’s Wort

St John's Wort Family: Hypericaceae Genus: Hypericum Latin Name: Hypericum perforatum Folk Names: St John's wort, ghost herb, devil's scourge, scare devil, rosin rose Planetary Ruler: The Sun Element: Fire Sacred To:  Helios, Apollon, Hyperion Botany: St John's wort is a herbaceous perennial growing to approximately 3 feet in height. It has an upright stem and produces ovate leaves with clusters … Continue reading St John’s Wort

Herbal Reading

Some suggested reading for budding, and experienced, herbalists! Bartram, Thomas. Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Blamey, Marjorie. Collins Gem Guide: Wild Flowers Breverton, Terry. Breverton’s Complete Herbal Carpenter, Jeff & Carpenter, Melanie. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer Culpeper, Nicholas. Culpeper’s Complete Herbal Fitter, Alastair. Collins Gem Guide: Trees Franklin, Anna & Lavender, Susan. Herbcraft: A … Continue reading Herbal Reading

Witching Plants: Monkshood

  Monkshood Family: Ranunculaceae Genus: Aconitum Latin Name: Aconitum napellus Folk Names: Monkshood, friar’s cap, devil’s helmet, bears foot, blessed lady’s gloves Planetary Ruler: Saturn Element: Earth Sacred To: Hekate, Kirke (Circe), Medea, Kronos Botany: Monkshood is an erect perennial growing up to a little under 5 feet in height and 2 feet spread. The leaves are palmate with jagged … Continue reading Witching Plants: Monkshood

Tools of the Green Witch

For many witches, magical tools are things like wands, athames, pentacles and other esoteric objects. However when practicing herbal, green and kitchen, magic, the tools needed may seem more humble, but are just as important. Chopping Board On a purely practical level your chopping board simply provides a hard-wearing surface upon which to work with your … Continue reading Tools of the Green Witch

Green and Kitchen Witchcraft

Witchcraft is a natural practice and the witch works closely with the natural world. In a sense all witchcraft is green and kitchen based. Witches who are skilled in herbal arts, gardening, wildcrafting, or homesteading, will grow their own herbs, or harvest them wild from nature. Witches know how to take those herbs and turn … Continue reading Green and Kitchen Witchcraft

Witching Plants: Enchanter’s Nightshade

Enchanter's Nightshade Family: Onagraceae Genus: Circaea Latin Name: Circaea lutetiana Folk Names: Witch’s Grass, Great Witch Herb, Wood Magic Herb Planetary Ruler: Saturn Element: Earth Sacred To: Hekate, Kirke (Circe), Medea, Pasiphae Botany: Enchanter’s Nightshade is a perennial of the willowherb family. Native to Europe and naturalised in the United States, it grows to approximately 2 feet in height with heart-shaped leaves growing … Continue reading Witching Plants: Enchanter’s Nightshade