Herbs have enormous magical power, as they hold the earth’s energy within them.
Each herb has unique properties that can enhance one’s magical goals. The magical practitioner can draw upon either aspect when performing a spell.
Harvest herbs in the morning after the sun has dried the dew but before the heat of the day sets in.
Use a sharp magical knife (a bolline) to cut herbs; the knife should be consecrated specifically for this purpose.
Thank the plant for its gift, and offer it something in return, perhaps some water, organic fertilizer or mulch.
Harvest only the amount of herbs needed, except when pruning the plants, to ensure healthy growth for the following season.
The most prevalent ingredients of magic spells are processed botanicals, especially dried plants, herbs and oils.
Drying plants preserves them for extended use, allowing you to work with plants out of season and with those that are cannot be grown in your region.
Dried botanicals frequently are sold already chopped, cut or powdered.
As these actions usually need to be done before spell casting, purchasing botanicals that are ready to be used can save time and effort. Leaves and blossoms, even chopped often retain their characteristics, such as aroma, and so are easily distinguishable.
You are unlikely to confuse rose with peppermint or hibiscus!
Roots on the other hand - often the most magically potent part of the plant - once chopped or powdered are fairly indistinguishable one from the other.