Witches and Herbs

Here ye! Here ye! Let it be known the witching hour is about to commense.

Today we’ll look at herbs.
Some witches use herbs and plants in their magic. Much, like naturalists do. Their knowledge of plants would impress anyone. They’re walking encyclopedias. Their medicinal gardens can rival any modern pharmacy.
Their spells usually involve plant life. Some plants are believed to have the power to increase or diminish emotions.

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These witches go by many names: Hedge Witch, Green Witch, Kitchen Witch, and Cottage Witch.
They usually have a large gardens or pot gardens, if you’re allowed in their homes; you will find herbs and plants being dried for later use.

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There were some wise enough or lucky enough to learn the ways of these Wise Ones. Some of the knowledge passed from generation to generation. Some families were able to keep themselves fairy healthy.

My family has always had some small knowledge in herbs in home remedies. Chamomile tea to ease stomach upset. Drinking hot water with lemon and honey to relieve sore throats. When I became a mom, I learned more still from my In-laws and friends. Tea made of any one of the mint family also helps upset stomachs. Soak a candy cane in warm water and give the water to an infant (check the temperature first) to ease colic. Cabbage tea helps to heal and relieve the discomfort of ulcer pains. Stomach problems dominate my household, that’s where my interest is.
I’ve recently learned Lavender widely believed to help promote relaxation can also promote sleep and help relieve headaches. I suffer from chronic migraines and insomnia so I will be searching for a Lavender sachet or potpourri to keep at my bedside.


In recent years, a surge of scientific studies has proved the power of herbs in health. A Google search will bring more site and studies than a single person could read in a week. There’s also a wide array of books, about herbs and plants used to promote health or what herbs/plants you could eat if you were stranded without food.

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Most of our current medications originally started as a plant compound, with time scientists have found a way to make a synthetic copy of those compounds and mass-produce our medicines. New plants are being found in the depths of the remaining rainforests that are promoting our health too.

The old Wise Ones were wise beyond their time.

Photo Credits:

Drying Herbs    http://usesofherbs.com/
Bundles of Herbs http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/01/day-13-growing-your-own-herbs/
Mortar and Pestle http://integrativeveterinarycenter.com/services/chinese-herbal-medicine/
Inside Mortar http://www.thehealersjournal.com/2012/08/31/how-knowing-your-ayurvedic-dosha-can-change-your-life/

13 thoughts on “Witches and Herbs

  1. it’s true. sometimes, we rarely think of how ancient medicine is truly better than modern. There is lot of stuff modern days doctors leave out of the equation, that’s for sure

  2. sammiwitch says:

    Really great post, Mari! Herbs can be so underrated…:-) Brightest Blessings

  3. Papizilla says:

    Reblogged this on The Ranting Papizilla and commented:
    Interesting post, check it out peeps!

  4. John says:

    Herbs is good – – I use them myself. . . I especially like Ginseng, Ginko Biloba and Cayenne Pepper.

    • mari wells says:

      Cayenne Pepper is wonderful, adds a nice kick to any food, it’s also said to help with pain control and the metabolism. Thank you for coming by.

  5. I use herbs almost exclusively for our household illnesses, but we are rarely very sick. My ‘witchy’ label is erthwitch. Enjoyed your post!

    • mari wells says:

      Some in my family have chronic health problems, they seem to get sicker than the rest of us. Those of us who don’t have chronic problems very rarely get really sick either.
      I’ve never heard of “ErthnWitch” May I email you one day, for some information on about it? Thank you for coming by leaving a comment and all the likes. 😀

      • It’s just a term I’ve used for myself, since I didn’t seem to fit any of the predefined labels. While I have a belief system, I avoid dogma of most sorts, including those of the pagan persuasions. You’re welcome to email 🙂

        Some in my family at large have chronic issues, and I’ve been dealing with a rash on my ankle that has become chronic and herbs have not helped at all. So it’s not a cure-all, for sure, but over the long haul the knowledge has served me well.

      • mari wells says:

        Herbs don’t always work for everything, but they do help with a lot.
        I’m going to think through all my questions then email you so I don’t bother you too much. Thank you so much. HUGS

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