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« Topic Start: February 15, 2010, 05:09:15 pm »

Title: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Author(s): Scott Cunningham
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: April 1, 2000
ISBN: 0875421229
ISBN-13: 978-0875421223
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Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Paul Beyerl, a respected author on herbs calls it "…an essential reference book by students of herbalism and magick alike … Scott's personable charm touches every page… I highly recommend this book." And Jeanne Rose, famous author of books on herbs and developer of an herbal course says "I love books like this … It is accessible, easy to read, and with its encompassing index (all too often neglected), simple to use as well." Over 200,000 people already have this book and use it frequently.
In this edition of the book (it's expanded and revised on the 15th anniversary of original publication) you will find the magical properties and folklore of over 400 herbs! You'll also find lists of herbs based on their magical powers, their genders, their planetary rulers, and more. Perhaps the most important list is the folk name cross-reference. With that information, when a recipe calls for "bramble, " you'll know it needs blackberry. Or if the magic calls for "enebro," you'll know you that is juniper.

The main part of this book is the listings of the herbs. Each one includes names, associations, and magical attributions. Violets can be used for protection, luck, love, and more. Primrose is for protection and love. Garlic is for protection, healing, exorcism, lust, and prevention of theft.
This book is considered a classic. It is probably consulted more than any other book on this subject. If you want to learn the secrets of magical herbs, this book is a must!

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« Reply #1: February 16, 2010, 09:11:23 pm »

Title: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Author(s): Scott Cunningham
I love this book.  I've found it incredibly useful and full of lovely little bits of trivia - as long as you don't take it as holy writ.

However, I'm told he's not that great on the "how not to poison yourself" aspect of herbal writing.  I don't have any specific instances, but everytime I mention an affection for this book someone else will come along with this warning.  

I'd definately recommend doing what I always do - before ingesting (or inhaling the smoke from) any herbs on the recommendation of a single author, do thorough research in a good medicinal herbals first.
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« Reply #2: February 17, 2010, 11:28:21 am »


I'd definately recommend doing what I always do - before ingesting (or inhaling the smoke from) any herbs on the recommendation of a single author, do thorough research in a good medicinal herbals first.

Always a good idea - I check in several medicinal herbals when I'm just looking for the medicinal properties.  they all generally agree on part, but one will say if it's not good in cases of hypertension, and another if it isn't good if you're pregnant, etc.....
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