Moss of the Woods Botanical Jewelry

Unique jewelry for the avid nature nerd! At Moss of the Woods, we strive to create wearable art that celebrates the beauty and complexity of the natural world. Resin pendants with preserved botanical specimens recalling vintage museums and herbariums.

All of my handmade resin pendants contain sustainably collected specimens from the local New England forests. Every piece has a story.



Despite being commonly known, Chamomile is not just a benign little flower that tastes sweet in your cup, it packs a powerful medicinal punch. Chamomile should not be thought of in terms of what specific diseases it can be used for, because there are too many uses to list, nor is is helpful to only think of what herbs can ‘do’. After reading though my favorite herb books, I summarize the actions of chamomile as being:

  • Relaxing nervine for states of tension
  • Aromatic and bitter for regulating digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy
  • Anti-microbial
  • Safe, tasty and suitable for everyone, including babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly
  • Matthew Wood says that “The fresh preparations preserve the oils, so they are more relaxing, the dried preparations are bitter and promote secretions to the stomach, G.I. and liver.”

Here are some of the chemical constituents present in chamomile and their generalized actions (mostly from Wood, but also from Simon Mills, David Hoffmann and Chanchal Cabrerra)

  • Flavanoids – cooling and relaxing
  • Bitter sesquiterpene lactones – stimulate digestive juices
  • Volatile oils – antipyretic, anti-spasmodic, can reduce histamine-induced inflammation
  • Mucilage – soothing, nutritious and immuno-stimulating
  • Amino acids, fatty acids and many more

Recommended Reading: Plant Spirits & Herbalism Magick

A Compendium of Herbal Magic - Paul Beyerl

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews - Scott Cunningham

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - Scott Cunningham

A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year - Ellen Evert Hopman

A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine - Ellen Evert Hopman

Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up - Ellen Dugan

Garden Witch’s Herbal: Green Magick, Herbalism & Spirituality - Ellen Dugan

The Green Wiccan Herbal: 52 Magical Herbs, Spells, Witchy Rituals - Silja

The Green Witch Herbal: Restoring Nature’s Magic in Home, Health, and Beauty Care - Barbara Griggs

Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch: Mastering the Five Arts of Old World Witchery - Raven Grimassi

Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook, The: A Grimoire of Philtres. Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use - Karen Harrison

Herb Magic for Beginners - Ellen Dugan

Incense Magick: Create Inspiring Aromatic Experiences for Your Craft - Carl F. Neal

Kitchen Witchery: A Compendium of Oils, Unguents, Incense, Tinctures, and Comestibles - Marilyn F. Daniel

Magical Aromatherapy: The Power of Scent - Scott Cunningham

Magical Herbalism: The Secret Craft of the Wise - Scott Cunningham

The Magic of Flowers: A Guide to Their Metaphysical Uses & Properties - Tess Whitehurst

The Master Book of Herbalism - Paul Beyerl

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends - Sandra Kynes

Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days - Raven Grimassi

Papa Jim’s Herbal Magic Workbook - Papa Jim

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth - Stephen Harrod Buhner

The Plant Spirit Familiar - Christopher Penczak

Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness - Pam Montgomery

Plant Spirit Medicine: A Journey into the Healing Wisdom of Plants - Eliot Cowan

Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul - Ross Haven

Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism - Stephen Harrod Buhner

The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature - Stephen Harrod Buhner

Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore - Ellen Evert Hopman

Walking the World in Wonder: A Children’s Herbal - Ellen Evert Hopman

The Weiser Concise Guide to Herbal Magick - Judith Hawkins-Tillirson

Wicca Herbs: Herbalism: A Complete Reference Guide to Frequently used Magickal Herbs, and Spices: Herbs for the Solo Wiccan Practitioner - Kristina Benson

Wylundt’s Book of Incense - Wylundt

Image Credit: Unknown

Click Here For More Recommended Reading Lists

"Beneath the surface of the land lies the bone memory of all living things that died and were absorbed into the earth. Memory is retained in the mineral composition, the plants absorb minerals through their roots. This makes them vessels through which Shadow can be tapped and used by the Witch. In the Rose and Thorn Path, plant spirits are evoked in order to communicate with Shadow. The collective memory of all Witches who came before us resides in Shadow and is a vast source upon which to draw from the ancestors. It’s through an established rapport with plant spirits that this becomes accessible to the Witch."

- Raven Grimassi
Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch: Mastering the Five Arts of Old World Witchery

Image Credit: Anthony Palumbo

Homemade Cough Syrup


  • honey — Bee Free Honee (vegan) HERE
  • citrus — lemons (Organic and washed)
  • herbs — fresh rosemary & peppermint
  • spices — ginger (fresh or dried/ground), whole cloves, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom


  1. Slice the lemons into rounds and quarter them
  2. Stack and mix the ingredients in a glass jar
  3. Allow to sit for 4-6 hours shaking occasionally
  4. store in the refrigerator for 2-3 months


  • simply swallow a spoonful or two to ease a sore throat
  • Add 2 heaping spoonfuls to a glass of hot water or tea

Cinnamon: Natural antibacterial properties

Cloves: anti-fungal with anesthetic properties

Ginger: Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting

Lemon: Astringent

Peppermint: antispasmodic, antimicrobial and anodyne (pain relieving)

Rosemary: antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. 

ingredients for test batch; Deep Healing Balm ♡

(from left to right) organic: beeswax, homegrown sage, wild-harvested yarrow leaves, olive oil, wild-harvested labrador tea leaves, calendula flowers from my garden, wild-harvested devils club, lavender flowers from the garden, wild-harvested juniper berries, homegrown catnip, hairy arnica flowers, homegrown sprig of rosemary

Follow @mistyislelady on instagram for more