Herbal Magick

Threatened Magical Herbs

While many witches and other magic-users enjoy wild crafting for the ingredients for their rootwork, elixirs, spells and healing preparations, some herbs are threatened by over collection or loss of habitat and should never be collected in the wild. Some are threatened only in certain places and grow in abundance elsewhere. Always check your local DNR’s website to see what herbs are protected in your area and, of course, always get permission before collecting. If an herb is protected, consider using an alternative. There is often another herb you can use in its place with good results. If you really want to use a threatened herb, consider growing it in your yard. Many wild plants will do well if you take the care to recreate their natural habitat. Some localities have native plant societies that conduct plant rescues, retrieving threatened native plants from land slated for development. These may be offered for sale to the public for planting in gardens. Many threatened species are slow growers and take a long time to multiply, but the time and effort you put into it will be reflected in your magic, even if it’s many years later. Note that this list may not be comprehensive and may not reflect the situation in your area. Check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources for the information most pertinent to your locality.

Arnica – Arnica spp. Black Cohosh – Actaea racemosa

Bloodroot – Sanguinaria canadensis

Blue Cohosh – Caulophyllum thalictroides

Butterfly Weed – Asclepias tuberosa

Cascara Sagrada – Frangula purshiana

Gentian – Gentiana spp.

Ginseng – Panax quinquefolius

Echinacea – Echinacea spp.

Eyebright – Euphrasia spp.

False Unicorn Root – Chamaelirium luteum

Goldenseal – Hydrastis canadensis

Kava Kava – Piper methysticum

Maidenhair Fern – Adiantum pendatum

Mayapple – Podophyllum peltatum

Lady’s Slipper – Cypripedium spp.

Lobelia – Lobelia spp. Peyote – Lophophora williamsii

Sandalwood – Santalum spp.

Slippery Elm – Ulmus rubra Trillium,

Beth Root -Trillium spp.

Unicorn Root- Aletris farinosa

Virginia Snakeroot – Aristolochia serpentaria

White Sage – Salvia apiana

Wild Yam – Dioscorea villosa, D. spp.

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