How to Incorporate Herbalism Into Your Daily Life

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Incorporating magickal and spiritual practices into our daily lives can be a huge challenge. When we aren’t able to keep these practices up on a regular basis, it’s easy to feel discouraged or like a “bad witch” or “bad pagan”. It’s important to know that everyone feels like this at some point and everyone gets out of the habit of practicing regularly at times. I know this is a big issue for a lot of you, and to be honest, it’s a big issue for me too.

Luckily, there are many simple, easy ways to incorporate magick into your daily life; it’s just a matter of knowing where to begin. Herbalism is one area of magickal and spiritual practice that can easily be transformed into a set of small, daily experiences.

How to Incorporate Herbalism Into Your Daily Life | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

The first thing I would recommend, is to curate your essential herbs. These are the herbs you should always have on hand because you frequently need them for teas, spells, tinctures and more. If you are able to grow your herbs, that’s a wonderful bonus, but having your essential herbs dried and in jars or bags is perfectly acceptable. If you are interested in essential oils, I would also recommend collecting oils for as many of your essential herbs as you can (though not all herbs are available in oil form). Once you know which herbs you should always have, it’s easy to keep your collection tidy, full and functional. And ease of use is essential to incorporating your practice into daily life!

Next, you want to think about what kinds of herbalist practices interest you. Herbalism is a very broad, catch-all term for everything from creating your own medicinal remedies to cosmetics to tea blends and much more. The trick with incorporating magick into your daily life is to focus on what truly captivates you: you might be intrigued by making cosmetics and tea but your real passion is herbal remedies or vice versa. Focus on the thing that matters most to you, and allow yourself to explore other opportunities in your free time. This way, you can focus on incorporating small studies and tasks into your everyday without distraction.

Now that you know which herbs you want to work with and what you want to create with them, sit down and make a list of all the tasks and steps it takes to do so. Bear with my list-loving Virgo self for a moment: though this mundane task might not seem all that important to celebrating your magickal and spiritual beliefs, making a list of the actual, physical tasks it takes to be an herbalist is the most important step in actually doing those tasks on a day-to-day basis.

The issue that most of us face is not having enough time in the day for all the things we want to experience and accomplish. It’s one thing to say you want to make a rosewater facial toner, for example, but it’s quite another thing to actually find the time to do so, even though it might seem like a fairly simple task. By breaking down the process into steps such as, a) acquiring the materials needed, b) blessing the materials under the full moon and c) assembling your toner, you can lay out a plan for accomplishing each of those easy, bite-sized tasks over the course of a few days.

In addition to breaking down the tasks it will take to accomplish herbalist projects you want to accomplish, consider breaking down areas of study you wish to pursue as well. Perhaps you could read a new herbal profile every morning (or every Monday and search for further information on the rest of the days that week). You could also plan to complete one lesson of a study plan each weekend or a similar schedule.

I realize that not all of you may be excited by this formulaic approach to spirituality, but it really can help to break down whatever it is you want to do into small, easily accomplished pieces. If a list isn’t your speed, try a mind map or lay out the physical materials and see how they inspire you. This method can be applied to just about any spiritual practice but I find that herbalism is a great place to start organizing.

How do you approach incorporating herbalism into your daily life?

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