Herbs & Herbalism

Willow: The Witch’s Tree

March 24, 2018

The water-loving willow tree is associated closely with the moon, intuition, spirituality, emotion, dreams …all that belongs to the intangible realm of the water element. Read more

Obsidian Moon’s astro self-care workbooks will set you up for 2018

December 15, 2017

“What we have created is a tool for moving through the deeper and darker days of Winter, a season that often comes with a lot of transitions and emotions.” Read more

Herbal allies for tarot readers

November 3, 2017

Alexis offers herbs to add to our tarot toolkit and how to engage with them. Read more

Witch’s brew: Make an Elder elixir for rituals (& fun)

September 7, 2017

This tree has so many food and medicinal uses, and is central to so much folklore, it is a true witch’s tree. Here’s a simple recipe for a nourishing ritual drink! Read more

Many Moons: Full moon in Scorpio

May 10, 2017

“We call in the notorious full moon in Scorpio, with it’s fierce intuition, it’s deep commitment to being engaged in mystery, and it’s continuously transformative path.” Read more

Pennyroyal is not a hanger: Expanding our vision of reproductive justice

April 6, 2017

“I believe that feminism is about freedom, autonomy and solidarity. And I believe that effective feminism must be informed by history.” Read more

Brewcraft: Ways to combine tea rituals with spellwork

March 28, 2017

[Guest Post] Since you’re already going through the motions, you might as well add some sparkling intention. Read more

Witch Cabinet: Treating bronchitis

January 5, 2017

Andi shares some herbal remedies to help with the treatment of bronchitis. Read more

Notes from a Scottish Radical Herbal Gathering

September 12, 2016

We each have our own wounds, scars, and challenges, but the truest healing takes place when we see their place in a shared story and work to heal and move forwards together. Read more

Rowan berry garlands

August 29, 2016

The rowan tree is one of my favourites, and just now, it’s at its most beautiful. Here are a few thoughts on this magical tree, and how to make a garland from its berries. Read more

A ritual for love in a painful time

June 15, 2016

I have to begin with me. I want to reassert my boundaries as a response to what just happened, and I want to reassert openness and find a channel through which to pour all this love inside me out into a world that is in pain. Read more

Supportive essence: A flower remedy for heartbreak

April 29, 2016

“I’m no expert, but flower remedies feel a bit like magical potions to me. I make them for myself and for those close to me, like emotional salves to help us through difficult times.” Read more

On Boundaries: why every wild rose needs thorns

January 29, 2016

The lesson of wild roses is complete love and acceptance, and their medicine can only go this deep because of the protection offered by the thorns. Read more

The Foundation Bones: The Herbal Wisdom of the Suit of Pentacles

September 29, 2015

[Guest post] “The suit of Pentacles asks us to seek out the green, abundant spaces in our life. If we lack such places, we must learn to grow them. If they have become overgrown, we must learn to find the sunlight again to nourish our roots.” Read more

The Flame of Desire: The Herbal Wisdom of the Suit of Wands

August 21, 2015

[Guest post] “I connect the fiery energy of the wands to two different kinds of herbs: warming stimulants and cooling nervines.” Read more

Herbs in the city

August 20, 2015

I’ve been dabbling in herbal self-healing for a few years. I’ve read up a little here and there about different herbs, their medicinal and magical properties and how to use them. Experimented with tinctures, teas and wines. Learned to identify a few of my favourites in hedgerows, roadsides and canal banks. Then… Read more

The Well of Memory: The Herbal Wisdom of the Suit of Cups

July 21, 2015

[Guest post] “In the realm of Cups, I turn to herbs that are soothing and moistening, helping the us to travel through the element of water with clarity.” Read more

The Windswept Garden: The Herbal Wisdom of the Suit of Swords

June 30, 2015

[Guest post] Our journey through the world of tarot and herbalism begins with the suit of swords and element of air. Read more

Song of water and fire

June 29, 2015

The truth is, I’ve been in a bad mood for weeks. Waking up with an inexplicable crossness each morning, as if there were two sides to my bed and it was even possible to have a ‘wrong side’. And if I’m not angry, I’m sad, and tired. Can’t open my… Read more

A Crown of Roses: An Introduction to Tarot & Herbalism

June 9, 2015

[Guest post] Herbalist and homesteader Alexis J Cunningfolk’s new series explores the connections between tarot cards and herbalism. Read more

Summer herb workshop

July 21, 2014

What an awesome way to spend a Sunday. Hanging out in Leeds with a bunch of women, learning about four summer herbs. I’ve been practicing simple herbalism for a few years – experimenting with tinctures and teas, testing out my remedies on myself and a few friends. Most of what I… Read more