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Single red rose, photo by Mike Kniec

Make a love charm with rosehips this season

Rose petals or blossoms are common ingredients for a spell or love charm, but for most of us they aren't available in winter.
Milk and rose petal bath, photo by Dennis Wong

Love, romance, and rose magick

When you contemplate casting a love spell, there's a good chance roses immediately come to mind. And for good reason.
Secret Life of Herbs by Alice Peck

The Secret Language of Herbs, by Alice Peck

If I had bought The Secret Language of Herbs by Alice Peck as a gift, I would have kept it after opening it and taking a peek inside.
Common mugwort, photo by Dan Mullen

Mugwort: Its magical and medical uses

Mugwort has many practical applications. To many it is a weed, but to those with a cunning eye, it can be so much more.
Mason jars with herbs, photo by Shutterfly

Herbalism for beginners: Where to start

Herbalism is undergoing something of a revival. Indeed, a quick Internet search will throw up hundreds of hits.

By Wolfsbane and Mandrake Root, by Mélusine Draco

In By Wolfsbane and Mandrake Root, Mélusine Draco sets out to reintroduce poisonous plants into the arsenal of witches who have forgotten them.

Everyday hoodoo: Washes, mojo bags, and simple charms

Hoodoo is a type of folk magick. By encorporating it into your everyday life, you can benefit from this powerful practice in many ways.
The Witching Herbs: 13 Essential Plants and Herbs for Your Magical Garden, by Harold Roth

The Witching Herbs, by Harold Roth

I hear there are lots of benefits to growing your own food and herbs and, if you believe in the wisdom and power of plants, it makes sense that there would be benefits. If you’re not convinced already, Harold Roth makes a pretty good case for learning to do it in The Witching Herbs: 13 Essential Plants and Herbs for Your Magical Garden.
Detail of The Book of Kitchen Witchery by Cerridwen Greenleaf

The Book of Kitchen Witchery, by Cerridwen Greenleaf

The Book of Kitchen Witchery by Cerridwen Greenleaf is a nice book that will hold up well in the kitchen, and make great gift.
Urban garden, photo by PerennialsPhotos

Herbs versus Plant Magic: A comparative review

The image of the witch mixing potions and throwing in strange herbs and plants to make magical things happen is ubiquitous in our culture.
Altar, photo by Day Schildkret

Beltane: Creating altars to celebrate the blossoming earth

At Beltane, the witch in me envisions intertwined lovers laying on lush blankets of flowers and moss, joining together as the spring breeze blows.
The Green Wiccan Herbal, by Silja

The Green Wiccan Herbal, by Silja

The Green Wiccan Herbal is a guide for growing and gathering herbs and is well-suited for beginners or those interested in basic kitchen witchery.

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