About – Harebell & Betony

Harebell – a widely distributed bellflower with slender stems and pale blue flowers in late summer. Harebells seem delicate, but they are deceptively tough and resilient.

Betony – is commonly known as common hedgenettle, betony, purple betony, wood betony, bishopwort, or bishop’s wort. Wood Betony has an enduring reputation as a protective plant and is becoming less common as the edges of our natural woodlands retreat.


Hello, I’m Haile, I live in a little house with my lovely family in the center of England. It’s pretty urban round here, but there are plenty of green spaces if you know where to look and we are always looking. We have a small suburban garden, a half plot organic allotment and a little clutch of chickens.

IMG_0032Harebell and Betony is a home herbal journal with other magical and seasonal whims. We try our best to live a seasonal life by eating local and fresh and growing our own food and herbs where we can. I follow the seasons of the natural world and the moon and make recipes and natural potions from herbs and hedgerows for my family and for myself. I read Tarot cards, enjoy folklore from near and far and I believe in the power of nature to renew and nourish.

F297D54D-5309-4E4C-8A19-1CF8E32D0FFFThis is an eclectic, seasonal collection of recipes, thoughts and ideas. Thank you so much for visiting you are most welcome.

Haile x

I would be happy to review products or promote events from like minded people – please email hailereed@yahoo.co.uk or you can find me on Twitter HaileReed@HarebellBetony and Instagram HaileReed@HamsteadHarebell



  1. Hi

    You have been nominated for a One Lovely Blog Award. check out my blog http://www.fromchkarasgrimoire.wordpress.com

    Blessed Be!


    1. Thank you very much! Very appreciated! Happy Yule! X


  2. Years ago I helped a friend with her homework for a university anthropology course she was taking with a focus on witchcraft. As part of that work she wrote a paper on the movie, “Bell, Book, and Candle”. We must have watched it a dozen times as we picked out all the hidden and not so hidden symbolisms.

    It remains a favourite movie of mine.


    1. I love it too. I love the way it looks in particular. I always feel a little let down by the end though. I much prefer Gillian as a Witch in black selling African and tribal arts, than the pretty coral selling Gillian at the end. Personally I would have stuck with the cat!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I agree. 🙂


  3. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.
    More about this nomination is at


    1. Thank you very much 🙂


  4. […] Belle and Candle […]


  5. Phil

    Love your blog! Any chance i could get the rss feed url? I use an rss feed reader to do all my bloggery…


    1. Thank you! I am so sorry it has taken me ages to reply! I don’t know what that is! I will do my best to find out and if I find it you can have it 🙂


  6. Hello! I would like to nominate you for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award. Here are the details: https://thestoryfairyslibrary.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow – thank you very much! sorry for late reply, internet issues! 🙂


  7. BelleandCandle. I do not get to visit your site as often as I would like but when I do I throughly enjoy it!


  8. I am starting a Pagan Blog Directory on my site http://www.rituallymade.com I would love to add your blog to the directory. Check out the site and let me know if you would like to be listed.
    Thanks and blessed be


    1. Hi there, sorry it has taken a while, I would love for my site to be listed! Thank you! I had a baby last year so it’s all been a bit quite with the blog, hoping to get more time to post over the coming months. Thanks for your lovely comments and good luck with your site x


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