We're tackling the Top 50 Herbs in every Witches' craft - 10 at a time.
What's in the Herb Bundle #1?
Not everyone needs or wants 3,000+ herbs cluttering up their grimoire or book of shadows. Instead, pick the herbs you use the most and work with most often and give them a dedicated spot in your book.
No more flipping a billion pages trying to get to what you are actually looking for! Since we don't all reach for the same herbs, this bundle is small.
The Medicinal applications of plants around the world are countless. Entire libraries can be dedicated to the variety of preparation and application of plants as medicinal aides.
For example - when I began to include the medicinal properties of wild roses in the first draft of the Roses pages, I had between 22 and 30 pages just for roses. And I had more information to include!
I had to take a step back and review wisdom of my elders. Every area of the world, right outside your door, you can find the right plants for healing if you study the plants at your fingertips. You don't need exotic plants - you simply need to see the resources already available to you.
And another piece of sage advice - there are multiple plants that can be prepared for similar purposes. The wisdom of healing is recognizing your 'short list' of the remedies essential to any healer's toolbox. There may be 40 different herbs you could use to break a fever - but you don't need all 40 varieties prepared in your cupboard. You only need the one that works the best for you and is readily available.
All of this to say - the pages you see offered focus on the magickal information. Save for mentions of toxicity or poison, possible complications for expectant or breastfeeding mothers, or other safety warnings. These pages focus on the magickal information specifically.
If you are wondering where the remedies go, you'll find in the dividers bundle that there is a section for Apothecary (a variety of applications) and Potions (consumable). In my experience, and the experience of my family, this is the ideal way to keep the proliferation of medicinal knowledge to the useful aspects.
If you have a healer in your midst, that specialty may require a book unto itself and it would be wise indeed!
Frequently Asked Questions
All pages are listed as props and entertainment for the purposes of the Etsy TOS and liability issues.
I can say that my shop differs from most shops because I don't make pages with the intention of selling them or as a business (though it has certainly turned into a hobby business). My pages are ones that I spent many years working on for my own personal family grimoire and when I had shared the fruit of my labor with other witches, there were many, many, requests that I make them available.
So I make pages for my own family grimoire - and when I make new pages, I offer them in my Etsy shop.
Accuracy can be subject to opinion, I can't say that I 'researched' them exactly, but this came from my path as I was taught. That means that from witch to witch, there is going to be some discrepancies based on beliefs or if they follow a different path than I do.
I don't follow a wiccan path, so if you want to compare the information to mainstream wiccan sources I can't say that it would necessarily match. I know that might feel a bit like a non-answer, but I feel like it's fair and the truth. But as far as made just for decoration, as in the pages being jibberish, that is not the case.
The plant pages specifically are not recommended for resizing due to the smaller text becoming a strain to read as it is sized down so for that reason, I don’t recommend sizing it down.
However, the pages can size up though if the page is a different ratio then you may end up with more white space at the top or sides, depending on the layout. I always recommend a test print of a single page on a low quality copy / printer paper to assure everything is layed out to your satisfaction.
Yes, these pages are double-sided so you'll find all the text on one side and the reverse side will have the matching border design with the name of the plant at the top but blank below that. In the example image for Herb bundle #1, you see the Sage page has information while the reverse side of the Rosemary page is blank.
The additional notes pages are a double sided blank note page, with an herb title for each in the bundle. This is so that if you run out of space for notations on a particular herb, you can print a single double sided page that is blank on both sides with the matching border and the herb name.
I have a video where I go through binding options - but they do involve holes being punched into the pages.
Easy binding options include three ring binders or any codex style binding that can utilize hole punching the pages in the binding allowance designed into the pages.
If you don't want to punch holes in the pages, you could print the pages and then hand bind them (which would take some personal knowledge on book binding techniques, I'm sure a fair amount of information is available online) or you could test applying an adhesive of some kind to the binding allowance (blank space on the left side of each page to allow for the binding) and insert it into an already bound book.
I have not personally printed these pages on specialty paper. I do know that most of the witches that have purchased pages do print the pages on antiqued pages, hand made / pulp pages, and pages that are made with natural elements like petals fused into the pages.
I always recommend printing on plain copy / printer paper first to make sure your printer is calibrated to the correct colors (better to waste cheap paper and a bit of ink than to run test prints on specialty paper). The alternative is you could take the files to a professional printer and explain that you want the files printed on your specific paper which will usually be accommodated.
Even after a test print on copy paper, always do a single print on your specialty paper rather than an entire set all at once, as different paper finishes can print differently as well.
I've personally made my own paper before, so I understand the importance and variety of the specialty pages that go into a book of shadows or grimoire.
As far as the pages themselves, all of the white area on the pages are designed to not print, so you should be fine on any color or marbled or antiqued pages. But again, please run a single print and make sure because I know the value of specialty paper and I always advice an abundance of caution and care when printing final prints.
The Herbarium pages are specially laid out for an 11 x 17 size page. This is considered 'large format' for many home printers.
The herbarium pages are larger because they are designed to fold out, creating a safe place within the page to add actual pressed plant material that is protected by the page itself. Because of the size of this page, many take the designs to a professional printing service and use specialty paper.
To get a feel for the pages, and to see how to fold them if you decide the 11 x 17 size is what you're looking for, take a look at this facebook video where I demonstrated folding and you can also get a sense for the page design and size.
The Herb Bundles are the normal copy paper size that all home printers use and come in a large variety of quality and styles of papers.
You're encouraged to ask questions!
You can ask questions by going to the Etsy shop and asking a question on a specific bundle of pages or by selecting 'contact shop'.
Most questions will get a direct, personal response within 48 hours. If it is a weekend, it may take a little longer.