Secret Medicines from your Garden
Ellen Evert Hopman
Every now and again I come across a book which I know will become favourite resource, one that will live on my bookcase, one I will reach out for on numerous occasions, one that will never be leant out to anyone in case I were to lose it. Such a book is Hopman’s ‘Secret Medicines from your Garden’.
This is not a traditional herbal encyclopaedia by any means, for unlike others this is topic based. Plants frequently appear in one section of the book only to pop up again in another, showing us a different side to them, one that may be overlooked by others. Sections of the book teach us about working with the signatures of plant, seasonal herbs, the invisible dimensions of the plant world and ways we can make use of plants in our own lives. Throughout her book Hopman provides us with a real treasure chest of information, wisdom, both modern and traditional, recipes, remedies, potions, tinctures, teas and more besides.
Ellen Evert Hopman is someone with an eclectic background, interested in many things who is both a herbalist and a Druid . In Secret Medicine from your Garden we benefit from this diverseness, for because of it, she is able to open up the world of plants to us in both a practical and very spiritual way.
Yesterday afternoon I went to a friends house to a talk on doTerra Essential Oils. While I’ve heard of essential oils of course, and have even been known to use the odd one or two, for example, lavender oil is made into a spray for the house, while Tea Tree oil is always my go to first aider of course, I had never heard of doTerra.
I spent a happy couple of hours, sniffing, tasting (yes really, these are said to be safe for internal use) and rubbing oils into my hands. I came home with the tiniest amount of Wild Orange in a bottle and one drop each kept hubbie and me happy for the rest of the evening.
I’ve been looking at reviews of the oils on line and almost everyone loves them. They are expensive but what essential oils aren’t?
I don’t know what it is but there is something about these oils that has drawn me in a way none of the others have. I am thinking now of having a talk for friends and clients, see if their reaction is as positive as mine was. I’d also like the chance to spend some more time with the oils to see if I can make some sense of what it is that is drawing me to them so much.
I’m then thinking about ordering a few to use in my home, just to see if I feel the same way about them once I have worked with them for a while and to give me chance to get to know them of course. If I ever win the lottery though what I’d love is this….
A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Plants and Herbs by Rachel Patterson
This is a comprehensive look at how plants and herbs, those found in the garden as well as those purchased in shops, can be used in a wide range of ways to enhance your life. Rachel Patterson shares her ideas for growing, harvesting and storing herbs, working with plant spirits and energies, as well as ways of crafting with flowers and herbs. Through doing so she shows us the magic in the everyday. The bulk of the book though is made up of information about each individual herb or plant and includes general information for each plus the magical properties. In some cases there are spells, incense mixes or even teas that can be made from the herb or plant. There are also lists of correspondences for the plants and herbs in the book.
This is not a medicinal guide, not a how to grow book but rather a wonderful resource in which the author shares her love of herbs and plants and the magical uses that they can be put to. A must for the bookshelf of every witch, would be witch as well as anyone who loves plants and herbs.