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« Topic Start: October 29, 2007, 06:00:09 pm »

   Any good sites or reccomended books?

  I'm starting to play with the idea of using herbs and such to remove anxiety/bring health/etc. I don't want to do spells, just suggestions, tricks of the kitchen, etc.

   My religious practices have always been geared toward divination, but I want to incorporate more of my faith into my life and these kinds of things are some small things I can do everyday. Plus the healing aspect is a throwback to Apollo, and I could definitly claim that as Apollo work. And maybe even Dionysos/Demeter work since I'd be trying to grow my own. So yeppers...
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« Reply #1: October 30, 2007, 12:22:03 am »


Two good books are The Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Bremness and The Woman's Book of Healing Herbs by Sari Harrar and Sara Altshul O'Donnell.  Neither are pagan, just good herb books.

I also like The Real Witch's Kitchen by Kate West (I believe that's the author). 
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« Reply #2: October 30, 2007, 05:02:55 am »

   Any good sites or reccomended books?

A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook, by Patricia Telesco.
Cottage Witchery, by Ellen Dugan.
Garden Witchery, by Ellen Dugan.
The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions, by Kerri Connor.

And I'd type more but my boyfriend's computer's keyboard is driving me crazy....Grin
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« Reply #3: October 30, 2007, 09:48:54 am »

   Any good sites or reccomended books?

  I'm starting to play with the idea of using herbs and such to remove anxiety/bring health/etc. I don't want to do spells, just suggestions, tricks of the kitchen, etc.

   My religious practices have always been geared toward divination, but I want to incorporate more of my faith into my life and these kinds of things are some small things I can do everyday. Plus the healing aspect is a throwback to Apollo, and I could definitly claim that as Apollo work. And maybe even Dionysos/Demeter work since I'd be trying to grow my own. So yeppers...

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/103-6375134-9987069?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Scott+Cunningham&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&Go=Go

There are about a half dozen Scott Cunningham books on this page that I would recommend, particularly the kitchen and herb magic stuff. The gem and crystal books are good too. A lot of it is straight up Wicca, but most of his books are very multipurpose.
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« Reply #4: October 30, 2007, 01:02:25 pm »

   Any good sites or reccomended books?

  I'm starting to play with the idea of using herbs and such to remove anxiety/bring health/etc. I don't want to do spells, just suggestions, tricks of the kitchen, etc.

   My religious practices have always been geared toward divination, but I want to incorporate more of my faith into my life and these kinds of things are some small things I can do everyday. Plus the healing aspect is a throwback to Apollo, and I could definitly claim that as Apollo work. And maybe even Dionysos/Demeter work since I'd be trying to grow my own. So yeppers...

I'm kinda confused.  Are you looking for information on the use of herbs magically or in the form of herbology as in health, cooking, every day mundane?
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« Reply #5: October 30, 2007, 09:00:34 pm »

I'm kinda confused.  Are you looking for information on the use of herbs magically or in the form of herbology as in health, cooking, every day mundane?

A little of both really, I'm not quite set on how deeply "magically" I'll delve into this if at all. I'm more than anything probably intrested in the "wives tales" and the more mundane uses of the herbs spiritual abilities, much like aroma therapy in that some can make people relax, make people feel happier, etc. And maybe a few that can help with prosperity, luck, etc. Any information like that is what I'm looking for, preferably online as money is tight right now, and I live in a very baptist town so my libraries resources on the subject is pretty sparse.
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« Reply #6: October 30, 2007, 10:24:00 pm »

A little of both really, I'm not quite set on how deeply "magically" I'll delve into this if at all. I'm more than anything probably intrested in the "wives tales" and the more mundane uses of the herbs spiritual abilities, much like aroma therapy in that some can make people relax, make people feel happier, etc. And maybe a few that can help with prosperity, luck, etc. Any information like that is what I'm looking for, preferably online as money is tight right now, and I live in a very baptist town so my libraries resources on the subject is pretty sparse.

Scott Cunningham is great for that kind of thing. Also, his stuff is usually available on half.com for cheap.
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« Reply #7: October 31, 2007, 04:44:35 pm »

A little of both really, I'm not quite set on how deeply "magically" I'll delve into this if at all. I'm more than anything probably intrested in the "wives tales" and the more mundane uses of the herbs spiritual abilities, much like aroma therapy in that some can make people relax, make people feel happier, etc. And maybe a few that can help with prosperity, luck, etc. Any information like that is what I'm looking for, preferably online as money is tight right now, and I live in a very baptist town so my libraries resources on the subject is pretty sparse.

Now, I have Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs and I’ve found it a little light on instruction. It was great for quick reference into what herb to use for what but had very little on the preparation of that certain herb. I’m the type of person that likes detailed instructions, especially if it’s something I plan to either ingest or place on my body, and I found Cunningham’s book lacking in that area. I haven’t found another book besides that yet (ran out of $$$) but I’d suggest looking at someone else if you’re like me.
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« Reply #8: October 31, 2007, 04:55:43 pm »

Now, I have Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs and I’ve found it a little light on instruction.
Cunningham's Encyclopedia is just that - an encyclopedia.  An excellent resource, IMO, but never designed to be a "how to" book.  He did write other books on Herb magic, but I haven't read them so I can't recommend.

I do highly recommend Paul Beyerl's Master Book of Herbalism.
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« Reply #9: October 31, 2007, 06:47:21 pm »

Cunningham's Encyclopedia is just that - an encyclopedia. 

I don't have the encyclopedia, I was referring to "Magical Herbalism" which has lots of recipes, and is quite cheap-10$ at LLewellyn. There are quite a few others on that Amazon page that I posted though, most of which I haven't read, or have read but don't own. But again, he definitely is of a Wiccan slant, so that might not be your cup of tea, Aionia.
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« Reply #10: November 03, 2007, 10:57:14 pm »


I also like The Real Witch's Kitchen by Kate West (I believe that's the author). 

I would agree with this book by Kate West- a member of the British Pagan Federation and High Priestess of her coven. In this book 'The Real Witch's Kitchen' she covers so much: Recipes for all times of the year, herbs and essential oils for health and beauty treatments, scents and colours of candles and incense that can help create certain moods...so much! I find her take on things very down-to-earth and practical. Definitely a book for kitchen witch's of all levels!
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« Reply #11: November 05, 2007, 12:25:53 pm »

I would agree with this book by Kate West- a member of the British Pagan Federation and High Priestess of her coven. In this book 'The Real Witch's Kitchen' she covers so much: Recipes for all times of the year, herbs and essential oils for health and beauty treatments, scents and colours of candles and incense that can help create certain moods...so much! I find her take on things very down-to-earth and practical. Definitely a book for kitchen witch's of all levels!


I love that book by Kate West! I use it all the time! It really does have some great recipes   Grin
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« Reply #12: November 06, 2007, 01:14:06 pm »


I love that book by Kate West! I use it all the time! It really does have some great recipes   Grin

I like the Kate West Book too.  I think in addition to books specifically about Kitchen Witchery, you might like some basic books on herbs and their uses.  I really like Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs and a field guide is always helpful.  I use Peterson's Easter/Central Guide to Medicinal Plants (depending on where you live you may want a different field guide).  Of course, you could use just a flowering plant field guide, like Audubon's but then it wouldn't have all the great extra information about medicinal uses.

Guided nature hikes pointing out medicinal plants are becoming quite common as well, many state parks offer them.  Even the Nature Conservancy is getting in on the show, my husband lead such a hike last month.  So you might also be able to learn about medicinal plants in that way.
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« Reply #13: November 12, 2007, 11:29:39 am »

Two good books are The Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Bremness and The Woman's Book of Healing Herbs by Sari Harrar and Sara Altshul O'Donnell.  Neither are pagan, just good herb books.

I also like The Real Witch's Kitchen by Kate West (I believe that's the author). 

I second The Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Bremness.
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« Reply #14: November 12, 2007, 02:24:55 pm »

   Any good sites or reccomended books?

  I'm starting to play with the idea of using herbs and such to remove anxiety/bring health/etc. I don't want to do spells, just suggestions, tricks of the kitchen, etc.

 

I don't have specific information for you.  Except for botanical.com  But I was learning about herbs before I had internet svc. 

What I did was make a notebook with one page for each herb I was interested in growing.  Then when I found info in books, I would write it all down on that page with the book/page # so I didn't have to go about looking up each herb in each book every time I wanted an explanation of what oregano is good for, for example.  This book got misplaced during a move and I MISS it.  Anyway, this is a great way to learn to specialize and also to learn to use herbs.
Oh, Aromatherapy notes I put in a different color ink as the uses sometimes are vastly different and cautions need to be taken when using.
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