botanical herb plant


A curious herbal containing five hundred cuts, of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick engraved on folio copper plates, 

By Blackwell, Elizabeth,
John Nourse.
Samuel Harding.
Publication info
London : Printed for Samuel Harding, 1737-1739.
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Also Known As

  • Nightshade
  • Atropa
  • Divale
  • Dwale
  • Banewort
  • Devil’s Cherries
  • Naughty Man’s Cherries
  • Black Cherry
  • Devil’s Herb
  • Dreat Morel
  • Dwayberry


[Substitutes Dittany of Crete & Mugwort] Samhain, psychic power, visions, astral travel, visions.

(Poisonous) Common Uses

Many witches and shaman use Belladonna to: facilitate divinations, induce sleep/visions/hallucinations, transformation, hexes/curses, binding, and enchantment.

Are there are any culinary uses for this plant?

While it is not edible, some witches include it with teas in small doses. It is at your discretion how you want to incorporate it in to your craft - always remember to be cognizant of how you’re handling it. 

Pro Tips

Storage is very important! If you have pets, be sure to always store your herbs in safe, dry spots to prevent consumption by your pets and moldy build up. Tupperware and ziplock bags come in handy. If you plan to store in jars, remember keep them out of reach of children and pets to avoid breakage.

Become a Biodynamic Gardener, and grow your own. Learn about “the buddy system” and “companion plantings” as well as composting and crop rotation. Certain plants benefit by growing near other plants: tall crops can provide a canopy for shorter crops; leeks will repel carrot flies; include flowering herbs and perennials to attract beneficial insects. 

Illustration:  Genevieve Simms 

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🌿ahh, the versatility of nature; that warm golden color comes from the helichrysum🌿

also included:
- lavender
- tea tree
- oats

((to be used topically, as a toner- I’m using it on my face to treat redness & inflammation and on bae’s very minor wounds he got from tripping on asphalt to help them heal faster))

☀️ happy Saturday ☀️

🍄Witch Jars & Botanicals 🍄


(Artemisia vulgaris) Do not take if pregnant.

Folk Names: Artemis Herb, Artemisia, Felon Herb, Muggons, Naughty Man, Old Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, St. John’s Plant.
Gender: Feminine.
Planet: Venus.
Element: Earth.
Deities: Artemis, Diana.
Powers: Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection.

Magical Uses: Place mugwort in the shoes to gain strength during long walks or runs. For this purpose pick mugwort before sunrise, saying:

Tollam te artemesia, ne lassus sim in via.

A pillow stuffed with mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams. Mugwort is also burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals, and a mugwort infusion is drunk (sweetened with honey) before divination.
The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors, and mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball (or beneath it) to aid in psychic workings.
When carrying mugwort you cannot be harmed by poison, wild beasts, or sunstroke, according to ancient tradition. In a building, mugwort prevents elves and “evil thynges” from entering, and bunches of mugwort are used in Japan by the Ainus to exorcise spirits of disease who are thought to hate the odor. In China, it is hung over doors to keep evil spirits from buildings.
Mugwort is also carried to increase lust and fertility, to prevent backache, and to cure disease and madness. Placed next to the bed, it aids in achieving astral projection.

(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)


(Citrus limon) Safe to interact with.

Folk Name: Ulamula.
Gender: Feminine.
Planet: Moon.
Element: Water.
Powers: Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship.

Magical Uses: Lemon juice is mixed with water and the resultant mixture is used to wash amulets, jewelry and other magical objects which have been obtained secondhand.
This wash ensures that all negative vibrations are cleansed from the object in question. The juice is also added to bath water at the time of the full Moon for its purificatory powers.
The dried flowers and peel are added to love sachets and mixtures, and the leaves are used in lust teas. A lemon tree grown from a seed which was taken from a lemon that you have consumed is a highly appropriate gift to a loved one, although admittedly this is a long process. Lemon pie, served to a spouse, will help strengthen fidelity, and a slice of fresh lemon placed beneath a visitor’s chair ensures that your friendship will last.
Obtain a green (unripe) lemon from a tree. It should be no larger than VA inches in diameter. Next, obtain some color-headed pins. Every color except black is fine; if any black-headed pins are present remove them. Now stick the pins, one at a time, into the lemon, until it is fairly bristling with them. Attach a piece of yarn or ribbon to the lemon and hang up in the home to bring blessings and luck, or give to a friend. These “lemon and pins” charms are easy to make and are quite effective, too. A lemon may serve as a poppet.

(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)


(Viola tricolor) Safe to interact with.

Folk Names: Banewort, Banwort (Anglo-Saxon), Bird’s Eye, Bonewort (Anglo-Saxon), Bouncing Bet, Garden Violet, Heart’s Ease, Horse Violet, Johnny Jumper, Johnny Jump-Ups, Kiss-Me-At-The-Garden-Gate, Little Stepmother, Love Idol, Love-in-Idleness, Love-Lies Bleeding, Loving Idol, Meet-Me-In-The-Entry, Pensee (French), Stepmother, Tittle-My-Fancy.
Gender: Feminine.
Planet: Saturn.
Element: Water.
Powers: Love, Rain Magic, Love Divination.

Magical Uses: Worn or carried, the pansy draws love. It is also potent for love divinations. Plant pansies in the shape of a heart; if they prosper, so too will your love.
A woman whose sailor-love goes to sea can ensure that he thinks of her by burying sea sand in the pansy bed and watering the flowers before sunrise. If pansies are picked when dew is still on them, it will soon rain.

(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)



Herbs have enormous magical power, as they hold the earth’s energy within them. Each herb has unique properties that can enhance one’s magical goals. Herbs also may have medicinal properties. The magical practitioner can draw upon either aspect when performing a spell.

The most common ways herbs are used in magic are:

Charms and sachets - Fill a small bag with herbs to make a charm or sachet. You can carry the charm with you, hang it in the house or car, or bury or burn it, depending on the purpose, and the spell you are performing.

Incense- Herbs can be burned as a ritual incense, such as the sage smudge used to clear negative vibrations from a space.

Bath - Make a sachet or bath bomb and place it in your ritual or healing bath. Fragrant herbs like lavender make a very relaxing bath, and you can use certain herbs to alleviate skin and other conditions, such as using eucalyptus in a bath when you have a cold or flu.

Oils - Place herbs in an oil, let them steep for a few days, then strain. You can make annointing oils for you ritual work, beauty oils for your hair, skin and nails (try coconut or jojoba), or flavor oils for cooking and seasoning, such as steeping rosemary in olive oil.

Teas- Use herbs to make teas for healing illness. Some herbs can be used to mildly alter consciousness. Many herbal teas have health benefits and can help treat minor ailments.

Smoking- You can make herbal smoking mixtures which will also facilitate altered states of consciousness.

In spellwork, herbs can be sprinkled or placed around or within boundaries (such as your home, altar, or magic circle) to define a “territory” for your magic to work. Of course, you can always use flavorful herbs in cooking and seasoning your food. There are many healthful benefits, and they taste great! Always give all plant life respect, where ever you are- remember, the word “weed” is simply a value judgement! Dandelion, for instance, has many, many healing and nutritional qualities which are extremely beneficial not only to the wildlife which feeds on it, but to you, too! Learn to recognize the herbs around you- even in a city, there are many wonderful herbs growing wild, which you can gather and use.

Harvest herbs in the morning after the sun has dried the dew but before the heat of the day sets in. Use a sharp magical knife (a bolline) to cut herbs; the knife should be consecrated specifically for this purpose. Thank the plant for its gift, and offer it something in return, perhaps some water, organic fertilizer or mulch. Harvest only the amount of herbs needed, except when pruning the plants, to ensure healthy growth for the following season.

The most prevalent ingredients of magic spells are processed botanicals, especially dried plants, herbs and oils. Drying plants preserves them for extended use, allowing you to work with plants out of season and with those that are cannot be grown in your region.

Dried botanical frequently are sold already chopped, cut or powdered. As these actions usually need to be done before spell casting, purchasing botanical that are ready to be used can save time and effort. There is nothing wrong with buying your herbs. Leaves and blossoms, even chopped often retain their characteristics, such as aroma, and so are easily distinguishable. You are unlikely to confuse rose with peppermint or hibiscus!

If you grow plants or have access to fresh ones, it is quite easy to dry them yourself. Hang botanical upside down in small bunches. Don’t overcrowd them - you want air to circulate. Allow the botanical to hang in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight until dry.

Herbs & Magical Properties
Always check before you use any herb because some herbs can stop conventional medicines working.  Herbs can heal and help with spell work, but herbs can also kill. BE CAREFUL AND ALWAYS CHECK FIRST!   ALL KNOWN UNSAFE FOR CONSUMPTION HERBS IN HE LIST WILL BE MARKED WITH ***.

Herb list under the cut.


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Just found this drawing again while clearing up my studio. It’s part of a abandoned illustration series on magical herbs I did about a year ago. Maybe I’ll get back to work on this again some day…