The image of a witch or a warlock creeping through a dark forest collecting herbs, leaves and branches and stuffing them in a pouch is one that we are all familiar with. And with good reason! Materia Magica from Plants, Trees and Herbs strike to the core of magical practice. For some, it is the very path to how they navigate the world of magic as it involves knowledge, practicality, and lore in near equal measure. And to tell us all about it, is one who has explored it more than most- the one and only Corinne Boyer!
My guest is a folk herbalist and teacher, as well as the author of several books such as Plants of the Devil, Under the Witching Tree, Under the Bramble Arch, The Witch’s Cabinet and Dream Divination Plants. She specialises in plant lore and history as well as Folk medicine and traditional Magic. For all that Corinne gets up to, click the Link below!
There are many many books dedicated to Plants, the magical uses of plants, how to create many materials from plants, etc. For the most part they are pretty standard and usually very similar to each other. I can only speak to the books that I think are the cream of the crop, which are these-
- Under the Witching Tree by Corinne Boyer
- Under the Bramble Arch by Corinne Boyer
- The Witch’s Cabinet: Plant Lore, Sorcery and Folk Tradition by Corinne Boyer
- Elsevier’s Dictionary of Plant Lore by D. C. Watts – This is the book which Corinne recommended during the show
- Elsevier’s Dictionary of Plant Names and Their Origin by D. C. Watts
- The Pharmako Series by Dale Pendell
- Culpeper’s Complete Herbal: Illustrated and Annotated Edition
- The Untold History of Healing: Plant Lore and Medicinal Magic from the Stone Age to Present by Wolf-Dieter Storl
- Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path by Daniel A. Schulke
- Great selection of Books for Identifying Plants, Trees and Herbs by Region in the US
- Flowering Plant Families of the World by V. H. Heywood
- The Best Regional Books for Plant Identification and Foraging Wild Foods and Herbs – Scroll down the page for some absolutely amazing Regional book recommendations
- Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpel’s Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families
But more important than any book or resource that one can find online, is heading out and about to learn more about the Plants, Trees and Herbs where you live now. Start the journey on your own, it will be beyond magnificent and worth every effort.