What To Do When You Live in a Wildcrafting Dry Spot
I know for me being a witch in the country, especially the country area I live in, wildcrafting is damn near impossible. Unlike Europe or the North American continent we don’t have a host of witchy herbs growing randomly in the wild. I almost cry every time I read a blog that says “I went out and got Borage, Balm of Gilead, St John’s Wort, Burdock etc”, well you get the idea. I think most of Australia (like South Australia where I live) would not have the climes to support this type of growth, not to mention these plants aren’t native to Australia so unless they’ve been planted once upon and time and left to grow rampantly and naturally over a long period of time, chances are these types of herbs will not be springing up in a forest or wood near you.
However, there is hope. Careful identification will net you some pretty nifty herbs if you happen to be looking. In my area alone (and this is my little town) I’ve found growing several witchy herbs that could be used in magic.
The Underworld, Divination, Lunar Magic, Astral Projection
Psychic Powers, Protection, Power, Success
Money, Prosperity, Wisdom
Exorcism, Protection, Lust, Healing
Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing
Salvation Jane/Patterson’s Curse:
Protection, Wealth, Prosperity
Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money
Common Sow Thistle: (also Milk Thistle):
Strength, Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Hex Breaking
All of those herbs above just in my immediate area. Its a few herbs and all can be used for a wide range of things so not such a dry spot after all. The Almond might seem like a strange one, but for some reason, in the Mid North it is growing everywhere, mostly by roadsides.
I would suggest knowing what you are picking, identification is key. If you like the energies of Horehound and Nettle it grows in absolute abundance up this way. The Black Nightshade was a surprise discovery out the front of my house. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, I was thinking of potting it and growing it in a contained environment.
So if you despair that you can’t wildcraft herbs in your area, go out, take a walk and see what’s out there, you may be surprised.