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Learn to identify nearly 300 North American flowers and plants believed to have some therapeutic value. The fact-packed text is filled with scientific information, historical background, and myths and legends about medicinal plants....

Title : Magic and Medicine of Plants
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ISBN : 9780895772213
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 464 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Magic and Medicine of Plants Reviews

  • Eli Schuster
    2018-11-07 11:02

    Very nice. However, unfortunatly a grat deal of the plants mentioned in this book have either become extinct, illegal, or they grow exclusivly in Europe. I found it funny how at the beginning they went on and on about how this was not a book intended for the production of magick, potions, medication, ect. and that it was just a history of such. I'll now go on to tell you: "Magic & medicine of plants" is a potion/spell book. I like to think of the introduction as a lovely '70s cover-up. Basicly, from a general point of view, if anyone would have read this a few decades ago in a different part of the world, it would have been of the utmost use. Now it's a cross between sci-fi, fanasy, and historical documentation.The main useful thing I got out of it was a better understanding of a book I previously read, "Wise Child", and what was put into the awful-smelling "mud" that they spread over her and gave her the opening to the second reality when she was flying through the roof on the broom to what I can guess as Stone Henge. Yeah, no one never flew on broom sticks, unfortunatly.

  • Eyehavenofilter
    2018-11-13 13:54

    This is actually quite the compendium of the multiple uses and possible abuses of plants and herbs found word wide, along with their histories from Egyptians, Greeks, Romans apothecaries, physicians in the Middle Ages and later, by settlers who came to North America, by the Native Americans who who met them here, and even by our own grand parents. Many of these plants are still used today, nearly half of all medications currently prescribed are derived from members of the plant kingdom.This helps to give us an understanding of the many underlying physical and chemical principals that account for the medicinal properties of plants. It also includes beautiful colored drawings, plates and photos of each species and descriptions so one doesn't get confused between poisonous and their nonpoisonous cousins. There is a section on the anatomy of the plant, the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, flower clusters, fruits, and seeds, any and all of which could/ or could not be, potentially dangerous if touched, inhaled or ingested. ( good to know on an innocent walk through the woods or even down the lane, or if your salad looks a bit suspicious, yes?) Maybe that cuppa tea your NOT so best friend is offering you, might just be something you'd take a pass on today? Not that I'm paranoid, but perhaps I've watched too many episodes of the last season of Dexter lately?

  • Claven
    2018-11-06 08:34

    This book has everything you want to know about plants, including what was believed historically, what it has been used for, and if test have been done to verify the medicinal claims (as well as, of course, the result of the tests.) It includes any warning, and describes the medical uses of plants that are considered to be dangerous, and if processing the plant in some way (such as boiling) reduces or eliminates the risk. It does not cover medicinal recipes, only simple treatments, and is missing an index to look up plant by malady. Thus, if you are suffering from a malady, you can not just look it up in the index to find the plant that will treat it. However, I have made this index specific to this book. If you want an e-copy, email me for it.-Claven

  • William
    2018-11-06 10:45

    Combines mythology, folklore, history, botany, and horticulture.Includes dozens of my favorite plants, including angelica, lemon balm, basil, bitter nightshade, borage, bugleweed, cardinal flower, chinese lantern, comfrey, coneflower, culver's root, daffodil, elderberry, feverfew, foxglove, hop, horehound, jimsonweed, and many others.I read the library copy, but worth buying.

  • claire
    2018-11-01 11:52

    I love this reference on plants and herbs. I'm sure there are "better" ones out there, but this will give you the basics including pictures and an in-depth history of the uses of each plant. Helpful for anyone interested in the healing arts.

  • Margie
    2018-10-25 06:45

    I've had this book in my collection for over twenty years. A real keeper!

  • Pat
    2018-10-24 07:35

    I know! Reader's Digest, who would have thunk it? Did you know that "wild carrots" are often confused with poinson hemlock? Seriously, you could die.

  • Camille
    2018-10-22 12:32

    This book was o.k., but not greeat. The pictures were so so and it just seemed out of date. The introduction, however, was interesting. It briefly discussed herbs and their place in history.

  • Nele Fraeyman
    2018-11-06 06:43

    Interessant. Een mens zou al direct aan de slag willen met allerlei middeltjes. Zoals je tanden poetsen met aardbeien tegen tandsteen, of 2 lepels olijfolie per dag om sneller te bruinen...

  • Joel LeBlanc
    2018-11-19 13:54

    Great herbal medicine reference material... interesting knowledge on old, forgotten plants.

  • Tchipakkan
    2018-10-31 12:59

    This is one of my favorite herbal books, the pictures are clear, both close-up and in situ, the descriptions cover useage, medicinal, culinary, dyeing and others. I've bought several as gifts.