Hello! My name is Eimi OstaraMoon, the founder/owner of Poison and Bee, and the Poison
Plant Witch behind @poisonplantwitchery on Instagram. I bid you welcome to this newest
adventure of mine. I once was a software engineer, then a professional dancer… Now I am
a grower, a bee steward and a witch on the Poison Path.
Poison and Bee grew out of my love for magical plants, especially the deadly ones, and
honey bees. The paradoxical nature of “poison as medicine” fascinates me; and I consider
honey bees, with their roles as divine messengers, to be powerful witch’s allies.
I have always had an interest in natural medicines, and have worked with plants and herbs
all my life. Growing up using Traditional Chinese Medicine has taught me that plants and
herbs have incredible powers to heal physically and spiritually; but they also have the
power to harm, even to kill. “Poison as medicine” is a concept I’ve always known, even
when I didn’t realize it. My (re)discovery of witchcraft and green magic reawakened that
memory and awareness.
My call to work with honey bees started with my love for the gifts from honey bees – royal
jelly, bee pollen, honey, beeswax and propolis. I grew up taking them as health
supplements; beeswax is always an important ingredient in my handcrafted salves and
ointments; and I call honey “liquid gold”. Historically bees had always had a role in various
folklores across different cultures. They are sacred to many deities; are thought to be
psychopomps and able to travel between worlds. Some even consider bees as witch’s
familiars. Honey bees became part of my magical practice naturally after I started my own
apiary and working closely with them.
Poison and Bee is the outcome of following the guidance of plant allies and honey bees. It
is by no means the final destination. In fact it is only the beginning of a brand new
adventure. I hope you will join me on this journey into the mysteries of poisons and bees.