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Aboriginal Plant Use in Canada's Northwest Boreal Forest - Robin Marles 2000

Amazon Synopsis: This handbook describes the traditional uses by aboriginal people of more than 200 different plants from Canada's boreal forest. It is the result of original ethnobotanical fieldwork in 29 communities across the boreal forest region of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Natural resources of the boreal forest have always been essential to the dietary, medical, economic, and spiritual well-being of First Nations people, but until now much of their traditional environmental knowledge has remained unrecorded and at risk of being lost.

To compile this book the authors, along with seven other First Nation trainees, five Métis trainees, and four other botany students, learned how to collect voucher plant specimens and record traditional knowledge about the use of plants for medicine, handicrafts, technology, and ritual practices. Over 100 elders contributed information that they felt should be shared among communities.

The entries and accompanying photographs are arranged according to the plant family and include information on physical descriptions, habitat, uses for food, technology, medicine, and potential economic use. The book also includes an explanation of the research approach, a literature review, and an overview of the ecological and cultural background of the area.

 

A Handbook of Native American Herbs - Alma R. Hutchens 2012

Publisher's Synopsis: This authoritative guide—based on the author's classic reference work, Indian Herbalogy of North America—is a portable illustrated companion for the professional and amateur herbalist alike. It provides detailed descriptions of 125 of the most useful medicinal plants commonly found in North America, along with directions for a range of uses, remedies for common ailments, and notes on the herbal traditions of other lands. Entries include staples of folk medicine such as echinacea and slippery elm as well as common kitchen herbs—such as parsley, thyme, and pepper—whose tonic and healing properties are less widely known.

 

A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook - Patricia Telesco 2002

Publishers Synopsis: Mercy Bread from Arabia. Oat apricot muffins for forgiveness rituals. Mustard Sauce of Valor for fire festivals. Apricot Fricassee for initiation rituals. These are just a few of the 300 recipes you'll find in A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook by Patricia Telesco.

More than a collection of recipes, A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook weds modern ingredients and utensils with potent traditional preparations for a truly magical resource. Whether in the sacred space of the hearthstone, or anywhere cooking takes you, your meal preparation experience can be both creative and consuming as you sample the helpful hints, superb resources, and fascinating lore in A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook.

From food preparation to mealtime presentation, the goal of this book is to make your world more magical. You'll learn measurement conversions, alternative ingredients, magical correspondences with foods, and appropriate dishes for a wide variety of rituals, celebrations, and festivals.

* Gain insight into how creative personal magic can be ? not only at festivals, but in daily life

* Use these recipes for everyday cooking

* Attain a refreshing historical perspective on the diversity and "flavor" of magic

* Create new approaches to magic at little expense

A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook provides step-by-step instruction for transforming meals into manifestations of your magical life. Get your copy today.

 

American Indian healing arts: herbs, rituals, and remedies for every season of life - E. Barrie Kavasch, Karen Baar 1999

American Indian Healing Arts is a magical blend of plant lore, history, and living tradition that draws on a lifetime of study with native healers by herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch.

Here are the time-honored tribal rituals performed to promote good health, heal illness, and bring mind and spirit into harmony with nature. Here also are dozens of safe, effective earth remedies--many of which are now being confirmed by modern research. 

Each chapter introduces a new stage in the life cycle, from the delightful Navajo First Smile Ceremony (welcoming a new baby) to the Apache Sunrise Ceremony (celebrating puberty) to the Seminole Old People's Dance.

At the heart of the book are more than sixty easy-to-use herbal remedies--including soothing rubs for baby, a yucca face mask for troubled skin, relaxing teas, massage oils, natural insect repellents, and fragrant smudge sticks. There are also guidelines for assembling a basic American Indian medicine chest.

 

The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs - Ron Teeguarden 2000

Amazon Synopsis: Physical health, this book explains, is irrelevant if it is accompanied by unhappiness and failure. Herbal expert Ron Teeguarden explains how to apply natural Chinese herbal medicine in order to lead a full and energetic life.

 

Australian Medicinal Plants - Eric V. Lassak &Tara McCarthy 1983  

Book Jacket: An invaluable resource for all those interested in herbal medicine, Aboriginal culture and Australian flora. Australia's varied flora provided Aborigines with their medicines for thousands of years. In this book hundreds of species are described and their uses as painkillers, antiseptics, etc are explained.

 

The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicine - Matthew Wood 1997

Amazon Synopsis: Matthew Wood is recognized world wide as one of the United States' most renowned herbalists. His previous book, Seven Herbs: Plants as Healers, was a watershed in teaching herbal healing as a part of total wellness. In The Book of Herbal Wisdom, this is continued and enlarged in wonderful detail. This is a must-read for anyone working in the natural health field or interested in self healing with herbs. For those of us who consider not only our physical relationships to the herbs, but also the metaphysical ones, this book is invaluable. It affirms that when we work closely with nature, and the energies of the herbs and herbal medicine, we all are much better off. This is a work that empowers the reader and gives them a very deep knowledge of the herbs discussed.

 

Bush Food: Aboriginal Food and Herbal Medicine - Jennifer Isaacs 1989

Synopsis: For perhaps fifty thousand years the Aboriginal people have lived, and lived well, in Australia. They have developed a unique knowledge of native plants and a deep understanding of the value of many animal products. Bush Food is an exploration of these traditional skills and a compendium of the kinds of foods eaten by Aborigines. It indicates how food is caught or gathered, hunted or picked, how it is prepared and cooked, and what nutritional value it has. It considers, too, the use of natural products in traditional Aboriginal herbal medicine.



The Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbs - Lesley Bremness 1994

Amazon Synopsis: With more than 340,000 copies sold in hardcover, this essential, full-color resource is now available in paperback. Revealing the enormous potential of herbs, this sourcebook includes information on planting, growing, and harvesting herbs, as well as the main uses of herbs. It also offers an exhaustive identification guide, recipes, ideas for gifts, and much more.

 

Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit - Matthew Biggs, Bob Flowerdew & Jekka McVicar 2009

Amazon Synopsis: The demand for locally sourced organic foods continues to rise. This resource is a prime reference for the many who are growing or wanting to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits.

The book features superb full-color photographs and illustrations and an easy-to-use A-Z directory. Comprehensive growing, harvesting and preserving tips and a wealth of recipes are a boon to gardeners and cooks alike.

Practical aspects of gardening are explained in detail, with in-depth sections on creating a garden, pollination, soil fertility and greenhouse growing. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Nutritional values
  • The most useful and most recommended varieties
  • Plant hardiness, propagation and growing guidelines
  • Cropping, harvesting and storing
  • Weed, pest and disease control
  • Ornamental and wildlife value
  • Pruning and training
  • Companion planting
  • Container growing.

A yearly maintenance calendar, glossary, further reading section, seed sources list and detailed index round out this outstanding book.

 

The Cook's Herb Garden - DK Publishing 2010

Amazon Synopsis: With a catalog of 150 different culinary herbs and their varieties, more than 30 recipes, step-by-step photographs on how to plant, nurture, harvest, and store, and flavor charts that list the best herbs to partner with popular ingredients, The Cook's Herb Garden shows you how to grow your own supply of herbs whether on a window ledge, in pots, on the patio, or in a vegetable garden.

 

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - Scott Cunningham 1985

Amazon Synopsis: 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. 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!   

 

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen - Scott Cunningham 2002

Amazon Synopsis: There's a reason caviar has a reputation as a love food, but a little vanilla or peppermint can work wonders too! You'll savor mushrooms like never before after experiencing their intuitive-raising effects, and a munch of celery will resonate with new meaning as it boosts your sexual desire and psychic awareness.

Virtually any item in your pantry can be used for personal transformation. From artichokes to kidney beans to grape jelly, food contains specific magical energies you can harness for positive results. This encyclopedia of food magic offers twenty-seven of Scott Cunningham's favorite recipes. Magical menus for more than ten desired goals including love, protection, health, money, and psychic awareness are provided as well.

This commemorative edition also presents special features and articles celebrating Scott Cunningham's remarkable life.

 

Earth Medicine Earth Food: Plant Remedies, Drugs, and Natural Foods of the North American Indians - Michael A. Weiner 1990

Amazon Synopsis: Long before there was pharmacology as we know it, the North American Indians cured illness and maintained health by natural means, using the healing plants of the forest, desert, and seashore. Their discoveries continue to have impact on modern medicine: over 25 percent of all prescription drugs contain plant derivatives, and the mainstream medical establishment is acknowledging the effectiveness of herbal remedies in treating certain illnesses.

Earth Medicine, Earth Food is an A-to-Z reference to the plant remedies and wild foods used by the Indians. Organized by condition -- from allergies to female complaints to wounds -- it explains which plants were used by different tribes to treat specific maladies, how they were prepared, and how to identify them in the wild. You'll learn that:
-- The Catawba Indians treated back pain with a tea of arnica roots
-- The Iroquois and Mohegans used the boneset weed for colds and fever
-- The Blackfoot Indians applied a paste of scarlet mallow to burns as a cooling agent
-- The Menominees cured insomnia with a tea steeped from the leaves of the partridge berry plant
-- The Onondagas drank pennyroyal tea for headache

Earth Medicine, Earth Food also discusses non-animal food sources consumed by the Indians such as nuts, seeds, berries, and ferns, and examines the relevance of traditional dietary patterns to the way we eat now.

With over 160 detailed illustrations of plants as they are found in nature, Earth Medicine, Earth Food belongs on your shelf next to such works as Food and Healing, Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine, and guides to Chinese medicine.


Earthway: A Native American Visionary’s Path to Total Mind, Body, and Spirit Health – Mary Summer Rain

Amazon Synopsis: A look at the environment, holistic health, dream and vision interpretation, and native American culture presents age-old traditions and includes a complete guide to traditional native American herbal healing.


Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West - Gregory L. Tilford 1997

Amazon Synopsis: Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West invites anyone interested in plants, personal well-being, and a healthy environment to discover the healing powers of the herbal world. Full-color photographs face detailed descriptions of 250 plant species in the western United States and Canada, covering field identification, habitat and range, edibility, medicinal uses, and more.    

 

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments - Andrew Chevallier

Amazon Synopsis: Fully updated and authoritative, this revised edition of DK's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine makes this classic, completely illustrated reference guide even bigger and better than the original. Featuring more than 550 medicinal plants and the most current scientific research, this volume provides a comprehensive guide to healing with the world's oldest form of medicine.

A unique photographic index profiles over 550 plants, with detailed information on habitat and cultivation, parts used, active constituents, therapeutic properties, and traditional and current uses. A special section profiles 100 of the most common plants, featuring herbal preparations and recommendations for self-treatment. Guidelines on growing, harvesting, and storing medicinal plants also demonstrate making remedies for home use. In addition, accessible text offers fascinating insight into the chemistry of plants and their healing properties, explaining how and why they work as medicines within the body.

The major herbal traditions of different cultures- Europe, India, China, Africa, Australia, and the Americas- are vividly described. A review of herbs from a historical perspective reveals the connection between medicinal herbs and cultural beliefs toward healing. Offering extensive coverage of all that herbs are- from cultural traditions to chemical components to self-treatments for common ailments-this Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine is the ultimate reference for anyone interested in exploring the healing benefits of medicinal plants.



Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions - Smithsonian American Indian, Fernando Divina & Marlene Divina 2010

Publisher's Synopsis: For many American Indians, food is more than sustenance--it is also of vital cultural significance. Salmon, buffalo, berries, acorns, quinoa, wild rice, tomatoes, chocolate, and especially corn--where these indigenous staples flourish, they have become a central part of Native American ceremonies and creation stories.   This illuminating book, produced in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, celebrates the amazing diversity of the original foods of North, Central, and South America.

Winner of a 2005 James Beard Award, Foods of the Americas highlights indigenous ingredients, traditional recipes, and contemporary recipes with ancient roots. Written by chef Fernando Divina and his wife, Marlene Divina (who is of Chippewa, Cree, and Assiniboine heritage), Foods of the Americas includes 140 modern recipes representing tribes and communities from all regions of the Americas.  

Some of the specialties are: 

  • Fry Bread 
  • Turkey with Oaxacan Black Mole 
  • Wild Rice and Corn Fritters 
  • Venison with Juniper and Wild Huckleberry Sauce 
  • Chilean-Style Avocado and Shrimp Salad  

To complement the recipes, Foods of the Americas also features nine illustrated short essays by American Indian writers who offer personal insights into a variety of indigenous food traditions. With enticing food photography and images from the museum’s collection, Foods of the Americas is not only an innovative tribute to the foods of the Western Hemisphere but also a gorgeous testament to the Native contribution to American cuisine.  


The Forager Handbook - Miles Irving 2009

Amazon Synopsis:  At any time, in any place, food is there for the taking - if only we knew how and where to look.   Miles Irving makes his living out of foraging - in this unique, authentic guide, he reveals the how, why, what and where of this lost art, a way of life that is becoming increasingly popular as more and more of us pursue an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. This ground-breaking handbook tells you how to recognise the rich variety of wild food that surround us, whether in the city or countryside.  

From wasteground to woodland, from clifftop to coastland, edible plants flourish year in, year out. Spring is when wild garlic flourishes in shady woodlands; summer is the time for marsh samphire in the salt-marshes; autumn heralds an abundance of fruits and nuts. Many of these plants - nettles, dandelions, fat hen, sorrel - grow so profusely they are considered a nuisance. Yet they offer fantastic food possibilities and are rich in nutrients.   Assiduously researched, packed with information and enlivened with anecdotes and more than 330 photographs,

The Forager Handbook is a milestone publication marking the way forward for the future of British food. And for each plant family, Miles gives ideas for using foraged ingredients in the kitchen. With recipes from some of the most exciting chefs working in Britain today, including Sam and Sam Clark, Mark Hix and Richard Corrigan, and coverage of techniques like drying, pickling and making cordials, this book will take readers on a voyage of discovery. Foraging was something our ancestors did instinctively - this book truly connects us with our past and our future.Discover a secret world of edible possibilities - all freely available.


Handbook of Chinese Herbs - Him Che Yeung

Amazon Synopsis: Any person interested in both western and Traditional Chinese Medicine will find this book very helpful. The action and indication of each herb are explained in simple medical terms. the arrangement of the herbs in this book is according to the Chinese Pin-yin system.    


Healing Herbs and Spices: The Most Popular Herbs And Spices, Their Culinary and Medicinal Uses and Recipes to Use Them In (Healing Foods) (Volume 1) - Lee Anne Dobbins 2012

Amazon Synopsis: Wouldn't it be great to improve your mood and memory simply by adding a delicious spice to your next meal?   Do you know what herbs you should cook with to help improve your digestion and prevent that bloated gassy feeling?   How about the key spices that will help you improve your immune system and fight off diseases?   Herbs and spices are more than just something to be kept in bottles in your pantry, they can help improve your health, make you happier and even improve your looks!   In this book, you will learn about the healthiest herbs and spices, how they help improve your health and how to cook with them. You'll have a new appreciation for everyday herbs that you can find in your grocery store right now plus you'll get over 70 recipes that show you how to take advantage of they healing properties in delicious foods that you and your family will love!  

Here Are Just A Few Of The Recipes You Will Find Inside:

Healthy Banana Spice Muffins/Anise Squash Soup/Lemon Caraway Broccoli/Cardamom Chicken Stew/Celery Seed Dressing/Cashew Cilantro Couscous/Cinnamon Maple Squash/Fennel Cookies/Roasted Garlic Soup/Healthy Ginger Cookies/Horseradish Cheese & Dill Omelet/Microwave Lemon Balm Pudding/Licorice Root Tea/Baked Squash And Apples/Roasted Shrimp With Marjoram/Mint & Ginger Haddock/Mustard Potato Salad/Cauliflower Nutmeg Soup/Spicy Banana Bread/Caramelized Onion Quiche/Lemon Garlic Chicken with Oregano/Paprika BBQ Rub/Lemon Rosemary Salmon/Spicy Chocolate Cookies.


The Healing Plants Bible: The Definitive Guide to Herbs, Trees, and Flowers - Helen Farmer-Knowles 2010

Amazon Synopsis: We yearn for natural, sustainable ways to help feed, heal, and nurture the body and soul. Luckily, nature supplies us with an abundance of vegetation that possesses the qualities we need to succeed in our quest for holistic healing.

This latest entry in the successful Bible series introduces readers to the core plants used in organic medicine across the centuries and around the world, including Western herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine, and India’s Ayurveda. Plant profiles include important information on each varietal’s history, medicinal components, and therapeutic properties, along with any necessary warnings. You’ll discover the latest findings in phytonutrients; which trees hold healing energies; and plants that are used for spiritual healing. Plus, a bonus chapter covers the treatment of common ailments, from depression to insomnia, using flower essences.  This fully-illustrated, comprehensive guide will become your go-to reference to nature’s remedies.


The Healing Power of Herbs - May Bethel 1977

 

Herb Garden Gourmet: Grow Herbs Eat Well And Be Green - Tim Haas & Jan Beane 2009

Amazon Synopsis: Spice up your cooking with organic herbs from your own backyard!

Cooking and gardening come together in this delightfully green book of herb-gardening tips and flavor-packed herb-based recipes. From the garden to the kitchen, experience the pleasure of growing, harvesting, and cooking with your own organic herbs, such as dill, basil, thyme, oregano, coriander, ginger, fennel, and sage.

Learn how to plant and cultivate 15 of the best fresh herbs, and then move to the kitchen to utilize each herb in more than 150 innovative and delicious recipes, such as:

  • Chicken and Cilantro Stuffed Peppers
  • Asparagus with Tarragon Butter Sauce
  • Dilled Barley Soup with Vegetables
  • Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic, Lemon, and Parsley Dressing
  • Savory Mushroom Quiche
  • Pork Roast with Mushroom Sauce
  • Ginger and Pear Muffins
  • Rosemary Grilled Chicken

Get inspired! With ample room to jot down notes and recipes, you can add, modify, or create your own culinary endeavors as you move through each chapter. Highlighted with history, cooking tips, and information about herbal health benefits, this is the only book you need to grow green and eat well.

 

The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual - James Green, Ajana, Illustrator 2000

Amazon Synopsis: THE HERBAL MEDICINE-MAKER'S HANDBOOK is an entertaining compilation of natural home remedies written by one of the great herbalists, James Green, author of the best-selling THE MALE HERBAL. Writing in a delightfully personal and down-home style, Green emphasizes the point that herbal medicine-making is fundamental to every culture on the planet and is accessible to everyone. So, first head into the garden and learn to harvest your own herbs, and then head into your kitchen and whip up a batch of raspberry cough syrup, or perhaps a soothing elixir to erase the daily stresses of modern life.


Herbs and Natural Remedies – Catherine Caldwell 1978

 

Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs - Tammi Hartung 2011

Amazon Synopsis: In Homegrown Herbs, Tammi Hartung provides the definitive guide to planting, growing, harvesting, and using more than 100 herbs. An internationally renowned herbalist, teacher, and certified organic grower, Hartung has filled this indispensable reference with a wide range of information gathered from her 30 years of studying and working hands-on with these amazing plants.

Homegrown Herbs is a step-by-step primer for gardeners of every level.  It includes in-depth profiles of 101 cultivars, including information on seed selection, planting, maintenance and care, harvesting, drying, and uses in the kitchen, home pharmacy, crafting, and body care. Hartung supports these profiles with an array of herb garden designs, illustrations, and at-a-glance charts. Sensational four-color photographs by Saxon Holt bring the information to life, and an introduction by renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar highlights the importance of the book to both individuals and the planet as a whole.

Packed with valuable information, Homegrown Herbs is much  more than an encyclopedia of herbs -- Hartung shares her passionate and compelling vision for a world that is filled with greater abundance, pleasure, joy, and compassion. With Hartung as a guide, readers will find that growing herbs is more than simply a practical act; it is also an inspired one that brings beauty, flavor, and healing to the everyday...and to the world at large.

 

How Indians use wild plants for food, medicine, and crafts - Frances Densmore 1974

Publisher's Synopsis: A renowned ethnologist with the Smithsonian Institution offers a fascinating wealth of material on nearly 200 plants that were used by the Chippewas of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The volume provides an emphasis on wild plants and their lesser-known uses. "A fascinating, well-illustrated study." — Grand Rapids Gazette.  

 

Iroquois Medical Botany - James W. Herrick 1995

Publisher's Synopsis: The world view of the Iroquois League is based on a strong cosmological belief system. This is the first book to provide a guide to understanding the use of herbal medicines in traditional Iroquois culture. Herrick and Snow relate Native American cosmology to cultural themes by showing the inherent spiritual power of plants and how the Iroquois traditionally have used plants as remedies. In all, 287 phenomena are listed.

 

Jekka's Complete Herb Book: In Association with the Royal Horticultural Society - Jekka McVicar 2009

Amazon Synopsis: This is one of the all-time classic gardening bestsellers with over 350 varieties of herb to grow and over 200 delicious and inventive recipes. It is a spread-by-spread reference work bringing together all aspects of an individual herb - history and folklore, species to grow and cosmetic, medicinal and culinary uses. Chapters on propagation, harvesting and making herb oils are complemented with ideas for ten different designs for herb gardens and a unique yearly calendar. Accurate colour photography means that identification for the reader is simple as well as making the book a glorious companion - the only book on the subject the reader will ever need.


Jekka's Herb Cookbook - Jekka McVicar 2012

Amazon Synopsis: Jekka McVicar -- whom Jamie Oliver dubbed the "queen of herbs" -- has assembled a special collection of her top-50 favorite herbs. Each herb is described in detail, including its Latin and common names as well as:

  • Its botanical features and varieties
  • A history of the herb in cooking
  • How to harvest and use the herb
  • Non-culinary uses
  • The most important and useful varieties of that herb
  • Suggestions for using excess harvest

Jekka's Herb Cookbook also features 250 original recipes that use her top-50 garden herbs. The recipes include:

  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Stews
  • Beverages
  • Desserts
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood dishes
  • Condiments and sauces

There are international recipes, such as salsa verde, and familiar favorites, such as caraway seed cake. Extraordinary color illustrations highlight McVicar's knowledgeable and enthusiastic descriptions.

For cooks and herb gardeners, Jekka's Herb Cookbook is a fascinating guide to using herbs in practical and inspiring recipes.

 

The Kitchen Witch Glossary of Cooking Herbs & Spices - Mimi Riser 2010

Amazon Synopsis: A magical, medicinal, gastronomical 3-in-1 herbal reference guide!... With so many seasonings so readily available today, what a shame we often use so few. Especially since herbs aren't just for flavor. Given the health benefits many herbs possess, their ability to enhance a food's taste could be viewed as a mere fringe benefit. That's why this glossary lists not only the culinary information for fifty (50) different herbs and spices, but also their medicinal properties -- and, as an added bonus, their "magickal" properties, too, making this a three-in-one reference. You'll also find here tips for handling herbs, special recipes to try, an additional glossary of medicinal-effects terms, and a generous sprinkling of spicy history and lore. A big bunch of info all packed into one wonderful and whimsical little book.

 

Magical Herbalism: The Secret Craft of the Wise - Scott Cunningham 2001

Amazon Synopsis: Natural magic utilizes the world around us for magical purposes. Herbs are one of the most important tools for natural magic, and the best introduction to this system is found in Scott Cunningham's Magical Herbalism.

This book presents a complete system of magic using herbs. You will learn the theory of magic and the tools you'll need. Then you'll get countless techniques for using herbs for magic. Need a protection method? "Pick several protective herbs and bind the stems together with red thread, then hang them up. This practice dates back to Babylonian times." You'll find a list of over 115 herbs that details their magical powers, so you can easily find which ones are protective in nature. How about a divination using herbs? "Get a small quantity of dried patchouly, mugwort, or wormwood. Crumble the herb between your hands until it is finely diminished. Next, pour it into a small square pan (glass or ceramic). Light yellow candles and place the pan on your working area. Close your eyes, extend the index finger of your weak hand, and gently touch the center of the pan with its tip. Move it at random in the pan, shifting from one direction to another ... Now, remove your finger, open your eyes, and interpret the symbols you have just written in the herb."

All of the techniques, rituals, spells, talismans, healing methods, and charms are this easy. And most importantly, they work! You'll also find how to make and use incenses, scented oils, perfumes, fluid condensers, and so much more.
Here is your chance to work with a beautiful and simple system. Give it a try! You won't be disappointed.

 

Magickal Herbs and Their Uses - James Aten 2012

Amazon Synopsis: A simple reference guide to the magickal properties of herbs and their uses in Witchcraft.

 

Native American Ethnobotany Database - Daniel E. Moerman 1998

Book Jacket: Native American Ethnobotany is a comprehensive account of the plants used by Native American peoples for medicine, food, and other purposes. The author, anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman, has devoted more than 25 years to the compilation of the ethnobotanical knowledge slowly gathered over the course of many centuries and recorded in hundreds of firsthand studies of American Indians made over the past 150 years. This research has yielded a treasure-trove of information whose magnitude will surprise even those familiar with the anthropological and botanical literature: it documents Native American use of 4029 kinds of plants with a total of 44,691 usages.

 

Native American Cooking: Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations - Lois Ellen Frank & Cynthia J. Frank 1995

About the Author: A Santa Fe, New Mexico based Native American Chef, Native American foods historian, culinary anthropologist, author and photographer, Lois Ellen Frank's first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener. Ms. Frank has spent over 20 years documenting the foods and life ways of Native American communities throughout the Southwest writing and photographing many articles and papers on the topic. This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, which won the James Beard Award upon its release.

 

Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary - Daniel E. Moerman 2010

Book Jacket: Based on 25 years of research that combed every historical and anthropological record of Native American ways, this unprecedented culinary dictionary documents the food uses of 1500 plants by 220 Native American tribes from early times to the present. Like anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman's previous volume, Native American Medicinal Plants, this extensive compilation draws on the same research as his monumental Native American Ethnobotany, this time culling 32 categories of food uses from an extraordinary range of species. Hundreds of plants, both native and introduced, are described.

The usage categories include beverages, breads, fruits, spices, desserts, snacks, dried foods, and condiments, as well as curdling agents, dietary aids, preservatives, and even foods specifically for emergencies. Each example of tribal use includes a brief description of how the food was prepared. In addition, multiple indexes are arranged by tribe, type of food, and common names to make it easy to pursue specific research. An essential reference for anthropologists, ethnobotanists, and food scientists, this will also make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of wild and cultivated local foods and the remarkable practical botanical knowledge of Native American forbears.

 

The Real Witches' Garden - Kate West 2010

Amazon Synopsis: Enrich your Craft and tap into an age-old source of a Witch's power - the garden.

Kate West, acclaimed Witch and top-selling author in the U.K., can help you transform a garden of any size into a sacred space for healing, working magic, honoring the gods, and celebrating the Wheel of the Year. Incorporate the five elements or magical shapes into your garden. Work plant spells. Grow a window box of medicinal herbs. Honor your gods and goddesses with specific plants. Use Moon energy to help your garden thrive. Also included are spells and rituals for deterring pests, healing sickly plants, influencing weather, and consecrating your magical space.



The Real Witches' Kitchen: Spells, Recipes, Oils, Lotions and Potions from the Witches' Hearth - Kate West 2002

Amazon Synopsis: This modern Witch's hearth is in the kitchen, and for many Witches it is their workcenter. This book contains 100 spells and recipes where herbs, plants, and other ingredients are specially blended to create medicines to heal the body and the spirit, and foods and wines to celebrate the festivals of the Wheel of the Year.

 

Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs - Claire Kowalchik & William H. Hylton, Editors 1998

Amazon Synopsis: Discover a trove of herbal knowledge.

Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs is a virtually endless source of useful information and herbal know-how. Presented in an A-to-Z format, supplemented with easy-to-use charts and lists, beautifully illustrated with drawings and color photographs, it is the only book on herbs you ever need to buy.

 

Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family - Rosemary Gladstar 2008

Amazon Synopsis: Rosemary Gladstar is the mother of modern herbalism. Her wisdom and vision have inspired an entire generation of herbal healers, and her insights into the healing power of plants have helped people everywhere embrace more natural, healthy, and radiant lives.

Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health is the author's practical compendium of herbal know-how. Written with her signature warmth, this must-have reference will help readers of every life stage enjoy radiant well-being, every day. Limit stress and anxiety, get adequate rest, boost immunity, improve mental acuity, and embrace life balance — these are elements of Gladstar's prescription for wellness, longevity, and boundless energy. To help achieve these goals, she offers a number of general-wellness recipes, including 7-Herb Long-Life Soup, Long-Life Elixir, and energy-inspiring Zoom Balls.

The bulk of the book is dedicated to specific herbal remedies for everyone in the family — adults, babies, children, and elders. Good Vision No-Cook Herbal Jam, for example, will help keep aging eyes functional, while Rosemary's Itch Relief Remedy offers a soothing salve for poison ivy. Whether a reader wants to soothe baby's diaper rash, enjoy a better night's sleep, conquer headaches, cure a case of athlete's foot, or boost a sagging spirit, Gladstar's time-tested herbal remedies offer new options for natural healing.

These therapies are enhanced with an A–Z herbal apothecary featuring detailed information about more than 90 herbs, as well as tips for preparing herbal remedies from scratch.

The hardcover edition has become an everyday reference for tens of thousands of families. This paperback release brings Gladstar’s wisdom to even more people interested in embracing physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

 

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use - Rosemary Gladstar 2012

Amazon Synopsis: With Rosemary Gladstar's expert advice, anyone can make their own herbal remedies for common ailments, such as aloe lotion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief. Gladstar profiles 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants and then shows you exactly how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use them. Stock your home medicine chest with safe, all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations, and enjoy better health!

 

Useful Bush Plants - Peter Bindon  1996 

Western Australian Museum Synopsis: Edible plants, native plants for cultivation etc.

 

Wicca Craft: The Modern Witches Book of Herbs, Magick and Dreams - Gerina Dunwich 2000

Amazon Synopsis: Wicca Craft traces the origins of this positive, nature-based religion, which preaches brotherly love and harmony with and respect for all life forms--beliefs very similar to Native American spirituality. It reveals the traditions, tools, and symbols of Wicca craft and offers step-by-step methods for performing Wicca rituals.


The Wicca Garden: A Modern Witch's Book of Magickal and Enchanted Herbs and Plants - Gerina Dunwich 2000

Amazon Synopsis: Gardening has always been an integral part of witchcraft. Witches have always grown their own herbs, and were among the first to discover the healing power of plants. Now modern witches can grow their own herbs, and plan and cultivate their gardens in tune with the Wiccan calendar and astrological charts.

 

Wild Food Plants of Australia - Tim Low 1991  

Australian Nature Fieldguide: Wild Food Plants of Australia is the fieldguide edition of Wild Food Plants of Australia. It is presented in a concise, convenient form to facilitate quick and ready reference in the field. Tim Low has provided a truly reliable guide to our edible flora, making identification easy. Thus it is a perfect companion for bushwalkers, naturalists, scientists and, with emphasis on wild food cuisine, gourmets. Low describes more than 180 plants - from the most tasty and significant plant foods of southern and eastern Australia to the more important and spectacular inland and tropical foods. Distribution maps are provided with each description plus notes on how these plants were used in the past and can be used today. Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings there is also a guide to poisonous and non-poisonous plants, and information on introduced food plants, the nutrients found in wild food plants, on bush survival, and how to forage for and cook with wild plants.

 

The Wild Food Trailguide - Alan Hall 1976

Amazon Synopsis: Invaluable in identifying, locating, and preparing wild foods, this guide is as handy in the backyard as on the trail. First published in 1973, this book has become a classic. Illustrated.

 

Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More - Miranda Smith 1999

Amazon Synopsis: Everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs using safe, natural, all-organic methods!

Practical tips and advice on all aspects of successful herb growing.

A wealth of great ideas and helpful how-to on using herbs in cooking, crafts, cosmetics, health care, insect repellents, and more.

Illustrated herb directory featuring all the most popular herbs-- from aloe to yarrow-- each with complete information on growing, care, harvesting, and uses.

 

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