Herbology and botanical witchcraft often put baby witches in a position to handle dangerous plants. Many herbs that are important to spells and protection magic can be harmful if inhaled or ingested. This doesn’t just go for humans, many witches can expose their pets to plants that are typically okay for humans, but can be fatal to a cat or dog. Some common plants that should NOT be exposed to cats and dogs are:
- Peony(Coates, 2021)
Just to name a few(Stasya, 2021). Also, many essential oils should not be diffused into the air in your home if you have cats or dogs, such as Lavender, Citrus, and Tea Tree because their lungs can’t handle it, but there are many more.
Always check to make sure a plant can be burned or ingested before burning or ingesting a herb or plant. Many toxic plants are used in witchcraft because of their toxicity, but be very careful with how you handle those plants, given that some of them can cause damage to the skin such as Florida’s Manchineel Tree sap, Poison Ivy, Stinging Nettle, Hogweed, etc. So the general rule is to make sure you look up the plants you plant to touch and work with before you accidentally cause harm to yourself and others(Petruzzello, 2021).
Coates, Jennifer Dvm. “Poisonous Plants for Cats.” PetMD, 21 Jan. 2021, www.petmd.com/cat/emergency/poisoning-toxicity/e_ct_poisonous_plants
Petruzzello, Melissa. “7 Dangerous Plants You Should Never Touch.” Encyclopedia Britannica, 2020, www.britannica.com/list/7-plants-you-cant-even-touch.
Stasya. “Magickal Herbs & Plants Toxic to Cats and Dogs.” TarotPugs, 30 Mar. 2021, tarotpugs.com/2020/02/11/magickal-herbs-plants-toxic-to-cats-and-dogs.