Book Review – Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing by Amy Blackthorn

March, 2019

Book Review
Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic
The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing by Amy Blackthorn

The use of essential oils has gained a lot of attention in recent years, it has become easy to purchase bottles of these extraordinary elixirs at local retailers, but do people understand how to properly use these oils? Amy Blackthorn, founder of Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends, provides the reader with a guide to the safe and proper use of essential oils both in everyday use and in magic.

Ms. Blackthorn has admirably demonstrated her extensive knowledge of horticulture, herbalism and agriculture in this book. Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic is an encyclopedia of essential oils. Thirty-?ve (35) plants and their corresponding oils are described and explored. Each description includes scientific information, magical correspondences, warnings, herbal lore and uses of the oil providing the reader with the information needed to properly and safely use them.

As a practitioner of magical traditions, Ms. Blackthorn teaches the reader how to incorporate the use of these oils in spellwork, rituals and anointing. A chapter on botanical divination combines horticulture with divination with the suggestion of creating your own oracle card using pressed ?owers and herbs that have been pressed and laminated.

Not only does this book provide one-hundred and thirty-?ve (135) oil blends to make, it also provides instructions for craft projects and food and drink recipes. You will discover how to make beads using fresh roses, rose absolute and a few other ingredients just as monks used many years ago to make rosary beads.d

One blend helpful to home owners is mixing eucalyptus oil with vodka or rubbing alcohol and water to create a spray to repel mice and rats as they cannot tolerate the smell of eucalyptus.

Appendicitis include a Glossary of Botanical Magical Terms, which allows the reader to further understand the subject matter, and an index of magical recipes that allows for easy identi?cation of an oil blend by need.

Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic is a well-written and outlined resource for the use of essential oils. It is highly recommended for those practicing magic as well as those who do not and those seeking to safely incorporate essential oils into their daily life. It will become one of the resource books that you will reach for time and time again when using essential oils.

Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing on Amazon


About the Author:

Tammy Andrews is a beginner in the area of all matters related to Wicca and witchcraft. She is interested in many areas of natural spiritual practice including the use of incense and oils, pendulum divination, oracle cards, and crystals. She is Reiki I certi?ed with plans to obtain further Reiki levels. With her love of learning and reading, she is excited to join PaganPagesOrg as a book reviewer. Tammy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker employed in a community agency that provides counseling and case management services to clients who live with serious mental illnesses and addiction issues. The power of human survival and resilience never ceases to amaze her. She views social work as her passion and life calling.
Tammy resides in CT with her husband, who is her greatest supporter, her cat and her dogs. She has enjoyed the opportunity to assist in the nurturing of her step-son to become a prospering young adult.Tammy and her husband spend many Summer weekends at their cabin in VT where she loves the opportunity to renew her spirit in the peace and solitude of the trees. You can contact Tammy via email at tandrews192@comcast.net

Book Review: The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook: A Grimoire of Philtres, Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use by Karen Harrison

July, 2017

The herbal Alchemist’s Handbook: A Grimoire of Philtres, Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use”



by Karen Harrison

Published by Weiser

Published: 2011

Pages: 236

This book is everything it claims on the cover – and that’s a lot for one book to deliver.

Karen Harrison has been involved in the magickal and psychic life since early childhood. She earned a master of herbology. As a magickal practitioner and a master herbalist, she combines her knowledge of both, giving the medicinal and the astrological properties of herbs. It’s a combination that makes sense when you remember that both astrology and herbology are arts that have been practiced for thousands of years.

As Harrison describes it, one of the practices of alchemy “is the infusing of natural materials such as herbs, metals and stones with spiritual and/or Magickal intention and then using the results to transform one’s life.” To do that, the energies of the elements are used in conjunction with planetary energy.

The first of three sections gives the herbs associated with each of the astrological planets, along with “effective rituals, meditations, and workings” incorporating those herbs. For instance, for the moon is an incense recipe and a dreamworking meditation, and for Neptune there is a bath tea.

The second section gives directions for making incense, ritual oils, herbal amulets, elixirs and more. The third section covers custom formulas based on astrology and numerology.

The appendices contain a number of helpful reference guides. The first dedicates 79 pages giving the names, ruling planets and elements, and some basic information on more than 150 herbs from acacia to yohimbe. That is followed by moon phases and planetary days of the week – “important to consider when creating an alchemical blend,” Harrison explains. An appendix discusses the elements and their corresponding herbs, while another gives recipes and formulas for planets and intentions.

Two pages that will be referred to often contain a chart with planetary correspondences: number, color, plans, material, gem and scent.

Harrison ends the book with a chapter giving lists of necessary supplies – with the most important ingredient being intention.

By integrating so many systems, the book can benefit readers interested in astrology, herbalism or magick, making it possible to choose the best herbs based on their medicinal uses, magickal needs and astrological influences.

Available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.