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text 2017-05-04 18:59
Public Library ebook finds
Alice's Tea Cup: Delectable Recipes for Scones, Cakes, Sandwiches, and More from New York's Most Whimsical Tea Spot - Haley Fox,Lauren Fox,Lauren Fox
Herbs for Tea - Marian Sebastiano
A Short Empirical Guide to Tea - William Francis Morella
20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs - Victoria Zak
Tea and Teatime Recipes: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-174 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) - Maggie Stuckey
Coffee & Tea Cookbook (Gooseberry Patch Classics) - Gooseberry Patch
Green Tea: Antioxidants in a Cup: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-255 - Diana Rosen

Wishlisted these "tea" ebooks at my public library (mine uses overdrive) if anyone else is interested.

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review 2017-03-09 00:00
Herbs for Men's Health: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Energy, Potency, and Strength
Herbs for Men's Health: How to Make and ... Herbs for Men's Health: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Energy, Potency, and Strength - Rosemary Gladstar Review to come.
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review 2017-01-24 00:00
Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ing... Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal - Rosalee de la Foret description
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quote 2015-11-03 16:39
"her instructions are really easy to follow. I must confess, I have always bought smudge sticks from shops but it is so easy to make them, now I know how, that I feel a fool and I'm inspired to try some of these ideas out."
A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants - Rachel Patterson

This a comment from a review first posted on http://www.witchhazelsmagick.com/2014/10/book-review-kitchen-witchs-world-of.html - the reviewer is a book lover and a witch, and clearly really got on with the book. 

Source: www.witchhazelsmagick.com/2014/10/book-review-kitchen-witchs-world-of.html
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review 2015-10-23 16:01
Bluebell / Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia,
Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Two different species of plant, both with pretty blue bell-shaped flowers, that both seem to be called bluebell or harebell depending on what part of the world you are in. They also seem to have similar magical properties. Note: the Hyacinthoidesspecies is protected in the UK so please don’t pick any in the wild.

The bluebell is definitely a flower of the faerie folk and also good for helping with shapeshifting magic. It is said to provide protection especially against witchcraft if you rub the flower on your body.

Use dried bluebells in magical workings to bring about the truth in a situation.
Add it to incense blends to aid with healing and to dispel illnesses.
A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants - Rachel Patterson

This is a charming book, with an array of simple, practical and magical uses for herbs. Much of the book is concerned with correspondences, so if sympathetic magic especially appeals to you, this is an ideal text to pick up. 

 

It's pleasingly responsible as a text.I picked the above quote because it illustrates this. I find it curious that anyone could confuse bluebells and harebells - bluebells are a Beltain flower of the woods, harebells a late summer flower belonging to grassland. they do however look very similar, and colloquial names for plants can vary a lot one place to another.

 

Rachel includes a helpful set of folk names for herbs and the plants they connect with - all that eye of newt stuff may not be as gruesome as first imagined! This is a really interesting list. I was also fascinated to see a list of Victorian flower associations - the language of flowers being more associated with sending secret messages than with magic. But that's the thing about this kind of pragmatic approach to witchcraft - is something is interesting, appealing, if it works in some way, it really doesn't matter how old it is. What matters is the inspiration and where that takes you.

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