≡ Menu

Witches & Plants – A Reading List

Witchcraft and herbalism have a long and honored history together. In ancient Greece one of the earliest terms for a witch was pharmakeute, roughly meaning “plant person”. The pharmakeute’s knowledge of plants evolved into what we know today as modern medicines, or pharmaceuticals. The witches have a history of working with balm plants to help heal people as well as baneful plants to poison or bring about ecstatic trance states. Witches not only have a close relationship with the plant world, but the spirits of the plants themselves whom are employed as allies for magick and journeying. Below I have compiled some of the most informative as well as popular books for magickal seekers of varying degrees of plant knowledge for various purposes.


Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally – Stephen Gray & Julie Holland M.D

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

The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices – Christian Rätsch & Claudia Müller-Ebeling

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications – Christian Rätsch

Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up – Ellen Dugan

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

The Green Mysteries: An Occult Herbarium – Daniel A Schulke & Benjamin A Vierling

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

The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners: The Healing Power of Medicinal Plants – Wolf D. Storl & Rosemary Gladstar

Herb Magic for Beginners – Ellen Dugan

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure – Catherine Yronwode

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

A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Herbs & Plants – Rachel Patterson

Magical Aromatherapy: The Power of Scent – Scott Cunningham

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

The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs – Richard Alan Miller

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

Pharmako/Dynamis: Stimulating Plants, Potions, and Herbcraft – Dale Pendell

Pharmako Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path – Dale Pendell

Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft – Dale Pendell & Gary Snyder

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

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers – Richard Evans Schultes & Albert Hofmann & Christian Rätsch

A Salem Witch’s Herbal Majick – Laurie Cabot

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

Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism – Daniel A Schulke

Veneficium. Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path – Daniel A Schulke

Viridarium Umbris : The Pleasure Garden of Shadow – Daniel A Schulke

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

The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic – Thomas Hatsis

The Witching Herbs: 13 Essential Plants and Herbs for Your Magical Garden – Harold Roth

Witchcraft Medicine: Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants – Claudia Müller-Ebeling & Christian Rätsch

Wylundt’s Book of Incense – Wylundt