One of the most popular areas of witchcraft study, green witchery is a vast and diverse topic that covers everything from your connection to the environment to growing your own magical herbs. The chances are that most witches will have dabbled in the art of gardening, caring for houseplants, following the seasons and cycles of nature, or working with dried herbs at some point or another, so having a few reference books is a great way to further your practice and take you to the next level.
With that in mind, we’ve created a list of some of our favourite green witchcraft books for beginners – these are in no particular order!
- The Likely Herbarium by Kate Johnson
A fully illustrated book with over 100 plants and information on each, The Herbarium is one part magickal encyclopedia, and one part notebook and grimoire. Bursting with beautiful art and information about each plant as well as plenty of space to scribble in the margins, take notes and leave recipes, spells, or place your favourite plants between the pages, we love this book so much because it’s not just a book, this is a grimoire you can grow with and make all your own.
2. The Illustrated Herbiary by Mai Toll
Written by herbalist Maia Toll and illustrated by Kate O’Hara, The Illustrated Herbiary is a beautiful book with guidance and rituals for 36 herbs. The book comes with its own set of oracle cards which are equally as beautiful as the rest of the book and provide a unique take on herbs and divination. We love how this book is not just informative and practical, but also poetic, stunning, and beautifully written. It’s ideal for witches who are looking to dip their toes into the wonderful world of working with herbs.
3. The Enchanted Herbal by Gail Bussi
A beautifully handy and practical guide to connecting green witchcraft with nourishing food, The Enchanted Herbal is packed with tasty recipes and celebration ideas for every season. Learn how to make soups, casseroles, teas, tonics, oils, and elixirs to connect with your environment and grow into a healthier, more authentic version of yourself. This book is perfect for kitchen witches who love to grow their own herbs or green witches who are looking for ways to incorporate their magick into the kitchen more.
4. The Modern Witchcraft Guide to Magickal Herbs by Judy Ann Nock
A truly comprehensive and beautifully written guide to working with herbs, The Modern Witchcraft Guide to Magickal Herbs is arguably one of the most essential books for any green witch’s bookshelf. Packed with recipes, spells, and rituals designed to get you using herbs in culinary, magickal, and medicinal ways, this book is incredibly thorough and well-researched. Including an encyclopaedia of 100 herbs and their uses, this book is easy to understand for beginners but has a wealth of information that will interest the most advanced practitioner.
5. The Green Witchcraft Series by Ann Moura
Ann Moura’s best selling Green Witchcraft Series features four comprehensive books, a grimoire, and a tarot deck which all provide a solid foundation for learning about green witchcraft as well as the practical elements of keeping a grimoire and using divination. From practical information on practising green witchcraft to tales of first-person encounters with the faerie realm, this series is ideal for any witch looking to explore the mystical elements of green witchcraft further.
6. The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
A beautifully comprehensive guide for those new to the path of green witchcraft, The Green Witch teaches you how to use herbs, plants, and flowers to create potions and oils for everyday magick. This book gently guides the reader to discover ways of connecting to the natural environment and how to draw energy from the earth to heal and empower. This is an ideal entry-level book for anyone looking to explore the plant kingdom, the practical applications of herbal magick, and what it can teach us.
7. Plant Witchery by Juliet Diaz
Written by Indigenous seer and gifted plant whisperer Juliet Diaz, Plant Witchery is less of an encyclopaedia of herbs and plants, and more of an account of Juliet’s amazing ability to communicate with them. Packed with rituals, spells, potions, communication techniques and medicinal uses of 200 plants and herbs, this book is perfect for beginners and a great foundation for green witchcraft.
8. The Real Witches’ Garden by Kate West
No witch should be without a book by the legendary Kate West, and this really is no exception! The Real Witches’ Garden is a truly comprehensive and highly practical guide to keeping a garden and how you can tap into the innate magickal properties of your outside space. Learn how to set up your own sacred space outside, grow your own herbs, and create magickal potions harnessing the power of the seasons and lunar phases – whether you have 20 acres or a window box this is the book for you!
9. The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl
There are lots of herbalism reference guides out there, but this truly is one of the very best. Covering the basic properties of plants as well as an in-depth look at their magickal properties, The Master Book of Herbalism is ideal for when you want to take the next step in your plant magick journey.
10. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Would it even be a list of green witchcraft books without Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs? We think not! This is an absolutely essential book for any witch’s shelf. Covering more than 400 herbs with information on their practical and magickal applications as well as their correspondences, no witch worth their salt should be without a copy of this foundational book!
What do you think of this list? Are we missing any? Let us know in the comments below!
BONUS! An Ostara Egg from our friends at Llewellyn Worldwide…
There are two further green witchcraft books coming out very soon and Llewellyn have given us a huge 20% discount code to share with our readers! The books are Dare to be a Green Witch by Ehris Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban and A Witch’s Guide to Wildcraft by JD Walker.
To get 20% off of these awesome titles, head over to Llewelyn’s site, create an account, and use the code GREEN20 on your preorder.