Plant Magic

There seems to be a disconnect from many spiritual practitioners that utilize plants and minerals in their magical work. Think about how your plants are obtained. Think about the changes in the environment particularly for plants that have been overharvested and abused. What happens when these herbs are procured in unethical ways and without thought and foresight into what may happen after the work is done? Imagine you begin to plant Poison Hemlock in your backyard, maybe it is in a pot or small area. You are planning to work with the plant, energetically and maybe do more research into it as a magical ingredient.  Poison Hemlock Conium maculatum is an invasive plant, one that is incredibly hard to eradicate once established in an area. The seeds will spread, even if you think you uproot the plant, it can come back, it is very poisonous and consuming only a few of the leaves can kill a person. It is likely that this plant grows near you on a roadside, or near a body of freshwater. Making a trip to find the plant, already growing in an area will help you understand the plants growing patterns and energy without your own influence on it. In Most cases harvesting these invasive plants is encouraged, to reduce the population of said plants. If you prefer to see the plant in its growing cycle from seed to flower, then take extra care to make sure it does not spread. Many invasive plants will impact the area they are introduced to, they will suffocate native plants, or otherwise harm the ecosystem already in place. Some invasive species like the Broom Varieties (Introduced from all over Europe) are very flammable and can exacerbate forest fires. 


The other end of that is you should not harvest Rare or Endangered Plants. Know what you are picking. The spirits that are involved with the plant will not be happy if you take away all of their rare and endemic allies. There are ways to go about this, if you know the area is going to be made into condos, then the plant is likely to be destroyed anyway. Or if the area has enough of the plant to harvest a small amount, then it is likely to be fine. Feel the energy of the plant and Pay attention to the world around you in regard to it. 


Next imagine you see an old recipe that called for Sandalwood, Sandalwood is one of the most in demand woods in the world, it is also an at-risk plant, one that has been depleted in its natural habitats. Hawaii was once known as an island where you could smell the sandalwood before you even saw the islands themselves. Sandalwood is a slow growing hemi parasitic wood that thrives in its endemic wild habitat. It is hard to cultivate these types of woods and the demand for essential oils has created a market for something that while was once plentiful, is now in the at risk and endangered categories. Sandalwood farms in other parts of the world are often unsustainably managed and will have negative impacts on the ecology around the place where the wood is cultivated. It is best to avoid the essential oil of sandalwood completely, yes, I don't care if the company says it is sustainably harvested, don't use the essential oil at all. If you choose to use sandalwood, know you hold onto something that is sacred across cultures all over the world, and many of those indigenous cultures no longer have access to this precious wood due to overharvesting. Use sparingly or not at all. Cedar and Ceylon Cinnamon are good substitutes for Sandalwood.

This is not just information for you but a reminder for me as well. There is always more to learn and ways to self-correct. It is much harder to fix these problems than it is to educate ourselves and be conscious of how these bulk materials are harvested. 

 

This is just a few examples of making sure you are conscious in your plant work, as you will most certainly insult the energies you intend to work with if you do not obey the rules of nature. 




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