Since ancient times, human beings have cultivated plants, many of which have been shown to have medicinal properties. Herbalism was a part of day-to-day life, usually practised by women as they cared for their family. A connection between the mind and body is apparent in many rituals and rites from ancient times, indicating the practice of herbal Magick.
The history of herbalism is closely tied in with the history of medicine from prehistoric times until the development of the germ theory of disease in the nineteenth century. It also overlaps with that of food history.
In Herbal Magick, herbs are recognised for their energetic properties. It is often considered that each plant has a specific vibration or energy that is present when it is growing and remains after harvesting too. Each has a character that is distinct and consistent. They value add to the practitioner's belief - they are a tool with which to focus on the intent or the goal.