Spiritual Botany is an interdisciplinary online magazine that explores the role of plants and plant-based practices in connecting humans to our environment, health, consciousness, and spirituality.
By bringing together science- and research-based articles, personal pieces, and creative works in one place, Spiritual Botany aims to build a bridge between disciplines and envision new ways of thinking about the interconnections between plants, spirituality, and human health.
To learn more about what Spiritual Botany publishes, read our submission guidelines.
We define spiritual botany as the study of the connections between plants and human consciousness, spirituality, and health. The concept is interdisciplinary, and aims to understand the interconnectedness between plants and humans in these three areas.
This diagram illustrates the richness and complexity of spiritual botany as a concept.
Spiritual Botany is generously supported by the Gosling Foundation.
Spiritual Botany Magazine hopes to provide a platform for expression, discussion, and evaluation of plant based practices. However, the material published in any form (articles, photos, videos and any other format) is not meant to advise readers on health related issues and treatments. Readers are strongly advised to consult a qualified health professional, physician, naturopath, healer, and/or yoga instructor, prior to consuming medicinal plants, or adopting any physical exercise or mind-body practices discussed in Spiritual Botany.
Spiritual Botany’s mission is to provide a platform for an interdisciplinary and multi-media exploration of the interconnection between plants, spirituality, and human health. We aim to:
- Explore the importance of plants in the evolution of human communities, religion, rituals, and traditions
- Foster a greater appreciation for the role that plants play in sustaining a healthy environment, and healthy societies
- Provide perspectives on the past, present, and future of sacred ceremonial and medicinal plants. In particular, in the context of:
- The rising global popularity of holistic lifestyles
- Ongoing discussions about the regulation, effectiveness, and safety of plant-based natural health products
- Explore current understandings of the role that plants play in spiritual and medicinal practices, in particular, in view of new or recent findings
Praveen K. Saxena is a Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Guelph, Canada and Director of the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP). His research investigates how plants grow, reproduce, and adapt to environmental stresses, and how we can help them to survive in changing climates.
Christina E. Turi obtained a B.Sc in Plant Biology from the University of British Columbia (Canada), and an M.Sc in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent (UK). Her PhD research focused on the phytochemistry and ethnobotany of North American spiritual and ceremonial plants. Through GRIPP, she is currently involved with several projects which aim to preserve North American biocultral diversity.
Spiritual Botany is currently seeking individuals who are passionate about areas related to spiritual botany to join our advisory board. If you are interested in learning more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org