TWH Autumn celebrations are often designated as times to reap
what you sow and for many Pagans, Heathens, and Witches that means
harvest time for plants with both magical and medicinal
The Wild Hunt spoke with both amateur and professional
herbalists to see whats their favorite plant to grow and whats an
easy, beneficial plant for a beginner to grow.
Musician Bonnie Hanna-Powers says she grows calendula in her
garden. She says its easy to grow but does prefer good soil.
This year I grew my plants from transplants, in one garden, and
from direct sowing the seeds in another, says Ms. Hanna-Powers. She
says that she had better luck with transplants than the seeds.
After harvesting the flowers, she dries them on a screen in a
well ventilated room. Then incorporates them into topical skin
preparations. Its a good all around skin herb because of it
anti-bacterial and wound healing properties, says Hanna-Powers.
She also enjoys the smell. It gives any preparation a pleasant,
homey scent. It also makes a beautiful flower for the cutting
Author Chas Clifton grows cannabis. Its legal in Colorado to
grow, and he says that CBD oil is available even at places like
farmers markets. Clifton is interested in growing specific
varieties for higher levels of CBD and to mix with other herbs like
henbane and datura.
I grow henbane for use as an entheogen, sometimes mixed with
cannabis, says Mr. Clifton.
He notes that author Dennis McKenna wrote in his memoir The
Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss that datura is a
hallucinogen, but not a psychedelic. I am still trying to decide if
he is right or not, but cautiously, says Clifton.
However, Clifton says that he is increasingly turning toward
native, tougher plants like nettles. He cooks with them and also
uses the roots to make a tonic that he says is good for male
Philadelphia Witch Karen Bruhin says she doesnt have the
gardening space that rural and suburban Witches enjoy. Her go to
plants are horehound and chamomile.
She says both plants are easy to grow, with the chamomile
reseeding itself and the horehound spreading like a mint plant.
For the horehound I simply wash it and use it in a homemade
simple syrup for cough medicine, says Ms. Bruhin. The chamomile, on
the other hand, is washed, dried in an oven, and stored in airtight
containers to make soothing tisanes.
Heathen Chuck Hudson forages, rather than grows, his herbs in
New Mexico. He looks for Yerba Mansa and Osha root.
He says Yerba Mansa is a very old nat...