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Herbs and Herbal Preparations: Year 2. A Wiccan Themed Series.

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Herbs and Herbal Preparations - Year 2 in Wiccan Witchcraft.
A Wiccan Themed Series. Book 3 of 12 in Series.

"I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania some time of the night, Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight."
-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

For thousands of years humankind had used many plants to cure ailments, to flavor cooking, as ingredients for perfume and as part of magical and religious practices. Yet in the so-called "modern world" some of these ancient usages have slowly all but disappeared. Many of us now have easy access to state run medical treatment which, with its seemingly wonderful and powerful drugs, has made the use of folk remedies steadily obsolete. Knowledge that our country-living ancestors would have commonly had about the various qualities of the plants around them has vanished with the mass migration of entire populaces to the cities.
Magical herbalism has similarly ebbed away as folk traditions have given way first to Christianity and then to the industrial and technological revolutions. So much so, in fact, that today most individuals will only really make use of herbs in cooking.
And yet, herb lore has never quite withered and died. There are a growing number of colleges that offer herbal training, although these mainly concentrate on using herbs in medicine and for dietary considerations. These have proved increasingly popular over the last twenty years or so as some terrible side-effects of manufactured drugs have hit the headlines. Such colleges are also well attended by Witches who regard herbs as part of their stock in trades. Here, though, there is a gap in the market. Witches take a holistic approach to herbs as with much else in life. They have a great interest in the medicinal properties of herbs to be sure, but they are also keenly interested in their other properties and here they are less well served.
In this book I have therefore included astrological, medicinal, magical, culinary and aromatic information.

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