Outstanding in its completeness, The Master Book of Herbalism fulfills a need that has long been felt by students of the magickal arts. In his sincere and gentle manner, Paul brings over 15 years experience as he writes about: the medicinal use of herbs, including illustrations of plants easily found in the wild; history and religious lore with specific background information on individual herbs; herb gathering and storage the magickal way; the herbalist as a magickal practitioner; incenses, oils, amulets, elixirs, balms and fluid condensers including detailed information on how to create them; herbs and their relationship with gemstones, etc.; herbal links with astrology and the tarot; rituals; the use of herbs in seasonal festivals, initiations, handfastings, purifications, etc. Over 50,000 sold!
|Publisher:||Phoenix Publishing, Incorporated WA|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Beyerl is well known as a Master Herbalist and as a Wiccan author of eight books. Having been a guest speaker and educator at events throughout the United States, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 1993 where he continues his work with The Rowan Tree Church which he founded in 1976 and The Hermit's Grove, a nonprofit educational organization, which he founded in 1992. Beyerl teaches herbal medicine and horticulture at Seattle Central Community College and a Master Herbalist Program through The Hermit's Grove. The Hermit's Grove is both the location of The Rowan Tree hurch and a 45,000 square foot herbal and botanical garden.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I first read this book several years ago when I began studying Wicca and herbal healing. It is packed full of information both magickal and remedial. I continue to refer to this book frequently and highly recommend it to anyone regardless of their level of experience, novice or experienced.
Wonderful book with a lot to say. As a chemist I have to tell you do not expect detailed (or any really) descriptions of chemical properties, dosage, or common medical practice. It is a wonderful historical book though. It goes through several early herbal manuals and herbologies and syntheses the information into a very manageable form. A few of the herbs mentioned in the book are commonly thought of as poisonous and that is not mentioned so I would never use this book as my only reference for selecting herbs to burn, ingest, or bathe in, but it does give a historical context for herbalism. It also has several huge well thought out indexes for finding Latin names based on common names, astrological correspondence, deity correspondence and more. I would say that this would probably not be a great first book on herbalism (I would recommend Scott Cunningham's for that) but it is a must for the serious student of pagan herbalism.
This is an older book. It is a very comprehensive book about the many uses of a wide variety of herbs.