Plants and Herbs Samhain - Traditional Herbs to Connect to Halloween

Updated: Jun 12

Samhain is one of the main festivals in the pagan calendar. Taking place on October 31st, it marks the end of the year. At this time, the veil between our world and the spirit is at its thinnest, and we are able to communicate with souls more easily.

There are many traditions and practices for Samhain. Most common are traditions that honor the dead. It is a time of remembrance for our ancestors, and altars and shrines would be decorated for these former souls to visit. Samhain is also a time of divination. Since we have better access to the spirit world, many people would use this time to ask questions regarding their future.

Contact from spirits was not just with former loved ones. Negative entities roam the earth as well, and many people would protect themselves and their homes from these beings. One such group was the fae. Both positive and negatives stories of faeries have been told, but traditionally, the fae were mischievous creatures that would often cause tricks and misfortunes for humans that encountered them. Many Samhain traditions are derived for the protection from fairies.

Pagan holidays and their traditions incorporate items found in nature, such as fruit, trees, and herbs. Paganism has a deep EcoSpiritual connection, from celebrating the cycle of the seasons to working with the four elements. Items found in nature contain their own magick, and pagans utilize this in their own crafts.

Whatever your traditions are for Samhain, here are plants to bring to your magick practice this year…