The Holistic Homestead

by Arwen Ek



“Garbling” is herbal-parlance for working with herbs, which according to the ancient healers, was a sacred task. Once the raw herbal material has been harvested and dried, or infused into oil, honey, or alcohol, garbling is the next stage of transmuting plant material into healing ointments, salves, elixirs, and teas.


Samhain (sometimes pronounced “sow-en”) is the Wiccan New Year, the time when the veil between the spirit world and the world of the living is thinnest. It is honored as an especially potent time for medicine making, when we can ask for the guidance and blessings of our ancestors – from whom we have received the ancient ways of healing.


Here is some useful equipment for YOU – my apprentice kitchen witches – to have on hand for your Samhain garbling!


  • Scissors
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Strainers of various sizes
  • Funnels
  • Clean bottles and jars
  • Mixing bowls


Read more and get your garbling on at


Happy Fall!



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Garbling on Samhain

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