Book Review: Wild Witchcraft: Folk Herbalism, Garden Magic, and Foraging for Spells, Rituals, and Remedies by Rebecca Beyer

This book was such a gift for me when I read it in early January this year. I don’t want to say that it was solely responsible for me getting into gardening, but this book definitely piqued my interest enough to get me started. Wild Witchcraft is a book about getting back into nature by addressing how to begin preparing for plant growth, harvesting, foraging, and the many magical uses for plants.

The author, Rebecca Beyer is an Appalachian forager and witch, and she brings so much knowledge into this book. Not only does she have an educational background in plant and soil studies as well as Appalachian Studies and Sustainability, but she also teaches classes on these subjects for a living. I really enjoyed reading about her background and what led her to write this book in the introduction.

Wild Witchcraft has four parts:

  • Part One: The Legacy
    • A History of Witchcraft
      • herbalism and its place in the craft
      • a short history of fold healers
      • herbalism today
  • Part Two: The Relationship
    • Gardening Your Own Magical and Healing Herbs
      • organic growing 101
      • easy herbs to grow
      • the poison garden
      • storage and preserving
  • Part Three:
    • Foraging Your Own Magical and Healing Herbs
      • foraging basics
      • stewarding wild populations of plants
      • common forageable herbs
  • Part Four:
    • Remedies, Spells, Rituals, and the Wheel of the Year
      • medicine making
      • a witch’s journey through the seasons

The author has included so much history of all the herbs included in this book, as well as their folklore and magical uses. I really enjoyed learning about the history of uses for all the herbs in this book. I admit that one of the most interesting parts of this book was “The Poison Garden”, (don’t worry the author includes plenty of warnings throughout the reading).

Wild Witchcraft was lovely and very comprehensive. Obviously, a good amount of research went into this book. I appreciate the fact that the author was able to deliver it in a way that made this an interesting read as well as educational. I can’t wait for the release date of this book so that I can add it to my library. I’m sure I’ll be referring to it again and again.

About the Book:

Learn how to cultivate your own magical garden, begin your journey with folk herbalism, and awaken to your place in nature through practical skills from an experienced Appalachian forager and witch.

Witchcraft is wild at heart, calling us into a relationship with the untamed world around us. Through the power of developing a relationship with plants, a witch—beginner or experienced—can practice their art more deeply and authentically by interacting with the beings that grow around us all. Bridging the gap between armchair witchcraft and the hedge witches of old, Wild Witchcraft empowers you to work directly with a wide variety of plants and trees safely and sustainably.

With Wild Witchcraft, Rebecca Beyer draws from her years of experience as an Appalachian witch and forager to give you a practical guide to herbalism and natural magic that will share:
-The history of witchcraft and Western herbalism
-How to create and maintain your own herbal garden
-Recipes for tinctures, teas, salves, and other potions to use in rites and rituals
-Spells, remedies, and rituals created with the wild green world around you, covering a range of topics, from self-healing to love to celebrating the turning of the seasons
-And much more!

Wild Witchcraft welcomes us home to the natural world we all dwell in by exploring practical folk herbal and magical rites grounded in historical practices and a sustainable, green ethics.

About the Author:

Rebecca Beyeris the woman behind the Blood and Spicebush School of Old Craft. She lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she manages a homestead and teaches traditional witchcraft, foraging, and Appalachian folk medicine. She has a BS in Plant and Soil science from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Appalachian Studies and Sustainability, concentrating in Appalachian Ethnobotany at Appalachian State University. She is also a member of the Association of Foragers. She spends her days trying to learn what her ancestors did and finding ways to share traditional skills while tackling cultural appropriation and the complexities of living in the modern world.

*I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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