Recommended Reading on Foraging and Wildcrafting

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Maybe you’ve heard the terms “foraging” and “wildcrafting” and haven’t been entirely sure what they mean. Perhaps you are interested in connecting more deeply with nature but aren’t sure how to approach it in an urban environment. Foraging and wildcrafting are simply the practice of gathering materials for cooking, herbalism and witchcraft from nature.

Recommended Reading for Foraging & Wildcrafting | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

These practices are becoming more and more common as people seek to become more firmly rooted in our natural environment and especially to connect with our local flora. Some local herb shops even wildcraft a number of their ingredients, which is fantastic because you can reap the benefits of a locally sourced plant without having the knowledge yourself to go and collect it.

If you are interested in exploring your local area and wildcrafting ingredients for spells and cooking, here are a few books to help you on your way. We’ve also dedicated a lesson to wildcrafting safety in the Practical Magick for Modern Witches: Part One online course. It is very important, of course, to be properly informed about not only the plants you are searching for but also about local regulations on collecting flora. Be sure to do your research and practice safe wildcrafting!

  1. All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms: This book is perfect for anyone looking to get into mushroom hunting on the West Coast, a nearly lost art and a potentially dangerous one! If you can get past the weird cover art and title, this book is the bible for many mushroom hunters.
  2. The Wildwood Way: Spiritual Growth in the Heart of Nature: This book is a lovely journey through the year that explores changes in nature and how we interact with nature in different seasons. It includes practical information on foraging and tracking, as well as other homesteading and spiritual advice. What I love about this book is that it provides great practical info but considers the spiritual element of foraging and being in nature as well.
  3. Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America: A field guide of your native region, such as this one for Eastern and Central North America, is an absolute must for foragers. Field guides are important for helping to identify plants and also understanding which plants grow in your region at all. After all, some herbs you will still have to purchase or import as they will not grow in your area, so it’s good to know what can be wildcrafted and what cannot.
  4. Practical Magick for Modern Witches: Part One: Our cornerstone online course at the Lavender + Lupine School of Magick covers a wide variety of topics designed to help you connect with your magickal and spiritual practice in the modern world. One topic covered is wildcrafting safety, and you will find lots of helpful information about developing your essential herbal ingredients, urban gardening and much more as well.

Foraging and wildcrafting can be pretty big topics to tackle and you may or may not feel comfortable collecting ingredients to be consumed from nature. After all, there are a lot of variables to being sure that what you are collecting is actually safe to eat. If you are a beginner, consider starting your wildcrafting journey with non-consumable materials. Collect stones, driftwood, pinecones, soil, leaves and other materials that can be used in spell work or crafts to help you connect with your natural environs!

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