The way to get good at working with herbs, whether for mundane or magical purposes, is to do a lot of experimenting, and ask a lot of questions. Remember, you're getting a bit into botany, physics, and other sciences. There are aspects of witchcraft that really are an "art," a craft, and working with herbs is one of those areas. Here are some sources I found helpful to my studies:
Natural Foods Specialists
- Also, you could contact the nearest natural foods store near you and they may be able to point you to good sources. There are usually bulk herb bins in most natural foods stores. I'm lucky to have a great natural foods store I go to for advice about herb use because their staff is so
knowledgeable, especially with the bulk herbs. It's quite a ways from my house, so I can just phone them if need be.
- Note that with each of these articles I've been posting, I always cite my source at the beginning or end of each article. A few of the articles are from blogs. If you follow the link, and post your question on their blog, or email them in some cases, they will answer you based on their knowledge. They are not "professional" herbalists, but they've been doing it for so long, they are incredibly knowledgeable.
- In herbal formulations, some ingredients are not "active" per se, but they are present to boost or otherwise modify the active ingredients in the blend. The same works for gardening, I noticed. I have an herb book that has a whole section on plants to plant next to your herbs to do many things (protect them from certain bugs, etc.). Working with plants is an art, and garden centers have knowledgeable plant artists there.
- For instance, if you visit the Mountain Rose Herbs YouTube channel and leave a question in the comments section beneath the videos, they seem to be good about replying. I noticed most of the posts get answered. Since I'm not an expert, I consult the experts.