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Enhance and enrich your spiritual journey with the power of herbs.

Herbs have been essential to spiritual beliefs and practices throughout time and history. From Christian Scripture to Hindu observances, Jewish ritual to early Islamic literature, Native American traditions to Buddhist symbolism, plants are seen as a blessing from God and a way to remain in harmony with Spirit.

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Overview

Enhance and enrich your spiritual journey with the power of herbs.

Herbs have been essential to spiritual beliefs and practices throughout time and history. From Christian Scripture to Hindu observances, Jewish ritual to early Islamic literature, Native American traditions to Buddhist symbolism, plants are seen as a blessing from God and a way to remain in harmony with Spirit.

In this fun, informative and engaging guide, you will be delighted by the history of the religious and spiritual use of herbs in many faith traditions and inspired by creative ideas on how to use herbs for spiritual growth. Unique and soul-strengthening activities can teach you how to:

  • Create herbal art inspired by your faith
  • Craft herbal wreaths, pillows and soaps from herbs selected for their spiritual qualities
  • Prepare herbal teas, infused oils, meals and condiments with herbs chosen for their ability to nurture, strengthen and heal
  • Make candles infused with herbs that promote balance and centering
  • Nourish the soul with herbal sachets and potpourri
  • Use incense and smudge sticks to imbue clarity and purity
  • Design a simple herb garden of plants chosen from among different spiritual traditions
  • Construct spaces in which to use herbs for reflection and meditation
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
"Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life: A Guide To Many Practices" by author, ecologist, educator and storyteller Michael Caduto is a practical and informative guide to incorporating herbs into a spiritual life through the use of rituals and ceremonies. "Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life" provides descriptions of the herbs and their applications across many cultural traditions. Of special note is the advice on how to utilize these herbs for personal spiritual growth. For example, creating herbal art inspired by faith and the beauty of nature; crafting herbal wreaths, sachets, garlands, pillows and soaps; preparing herbal teas, infused oils and meals; making potpourri and candles infused with herbs; celebrating holidays, births, weddings, and memorials with herbs; designing a simple herb garden of plants chosen from among different spiritual traditions; even how to construct spaces in which to use herbs for reflection and mediation. All this and more make "Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life" an invaluable and very strongly recommended addition to personal and community library Metaphysical Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."
PW Religion Bookline
Caduto, a storyteller, accomplished author, and Aesop Prize winner, reminds readers that Eastern and Western medicine grew in large part out of a relationship to healing properties found in the natural world, and offers this book to help us remember this powerful spiritual connection to "a gift from the Creator." Caduto's passion for the power of herbs is brightly reflected in his thorough, well-researched, engaging multi-cultural volume. In seven chapters exploring healing; aesthetics and virtue; meals and rituals; the balance of life; the sacred cosmos; meditation; and practical tips, Caduto seemingly explores every pistil, stem, blossom, and more of the herbal world. Arcane facts about Egyptian embalming rest comfortably alongside advice on growing and harvesting herbs. Herbal experts will treasure the extensive spiritual application contexts, and beginners will find comfort in the cultivation basics. Especially soothing and bonding are the Islamic connections summoning the exquisite, sumptuous gardens of the Middle East. Each chapter has more than a handful of activities, ceremonies, and projects. Some, such as "Bathing Balms" and "Valentine's Day Cards" seem overly simplistic, but ultimately they recall the sweet elemental connection among aspects of the living world. (Aug.)
Spirituality & Practice - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Michael J. Caduto is the author of many books and founder of P.E.A.C.E. — Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange, which promotes understanding, awareness, appreciation, and stewardship as the foundation for building a harmonious, sustainable relationship between people and Earth, and among the cultures of the world. In this volume in "The Art of Spiritual Living" series of Skylight Paths, he states:

"Herbs are a joy and a blessing. Walk the pathways of these pages and experience the fun and mystery of herbs. Allow herbs to teach you and to reveal their beauty and sensory delights. Share in the creative power of herbs. Invite herbs into the rhythms of your spiritual life, and allow them to enrich and heal your inner being. Truly, herbs are a gift from the Creator."

Caduto explores the healing qualities of herbs for all aspects of body, mind, and spirit; looks at beauty and the relationship between aesthetics and virtue; provides meal rituals and ceremonies centered around the use of herbs; looks into the heart of the Circle of Life; surveys sacred herb gardens; examines the reflective and centering use of herbs for meditation, inner journeys, and artistic expression; and provides practical tips for designing and growing an herb garden. There are many insightful passages in this paperback about the uses of mint, sage, lavender, and other herbs along with salutes to the ancient of wisdom of indigenous peoples.

Book Register
ECOLOGIST-STORYTELLER & 'KEEPERS OF THE EARTH' series author Michael J. Caduto writes and illustrates the SkyLight Paths August 2007 $16.99 spiritual gardening, EVERYDAY HERBS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE: A Guide to Many Practices (978-1-59473-174-7), nonfiction trade paperback for adults, B&W illustrated. Founder of PEACE (Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange), Caduto also wrote Native American Gardening among 16 titles. This title is in SkyLight Paths’ "The Art of Spiritual Living Series." Foreword is by Rosemary Gladstar, cofounder of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary.

International spiritual and religious traditions are drawn upon in this presentation of rituals, ceremonies and celebrations and instruction in craft, mixtures and gardening. Large plant lists introduce each major chapter including herbs associated with healing, spirit, thankfulness, circle of life, cosmos, medita tion. The glossary-index is followed by an index of herb-related activities; suppliers are listed. Praised by National Catholic Rural Life Conference executive director Brother David Andrews; and minister Donna Schaper (Labyrinths from the Outside In). Today’s Books / Bookweek puts Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life on “The A-List.” Caduto’s website is p-e-a-c-e.net. (Publicity: Kate Treworgy, publicity@skylightpaths.com, 802-457- 4000; media kit includes press release.) SkyLight Paths’ website is skylightspaths.com

Publishers Weekly

Caduto, a storyteller, accomplished author and Aesop Prize winner, reminds readers that Eastern and Western medicine grew in large part out of a relationship to healing properties found in the natural world, and he offers this book to help us remember this powerful spiritual connection to "a gift from the Creator." Caduto's passion for the power of herbs is brightly reflected in his thorough, well-researched, engaging multicultural volume. In seven chapters exploring healing, aesthetics and virtue, meals and rituals, the balance of life, the sacred cosmos, meditation, and practical tips, Caduto explores practically every pistil, stem, blossom and more of the herbal world. Arcane facts about Egyptian embalming rest comfortably alongside advice on growing and harvesting herbs. Herbal experts will treasure the extensive spiritual application contexts, and beginners will find comfort in the cultivation basics. Especially soothing and bonding are the Islamic connections summoning the exquisite, sumptuous gardens of the Middle East. Each chapter has more than a handful of activities, ceremonies and projects. Some, such as "Bathing Balms" and "Valentine's Day Cards," seem overly simplistic, but all recall the sweet elemental connection among aspects of the living world. (Aug.)

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Midwest Book Review

"Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life: A Guide To Many Practices" by author, ecologist, educator and storyteller Michael Caduto is a practical and informative guide to incorporating herbs into a spiritual life through the use of rituals and ceremonies. "Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life" provides descriptions of the herbs and their applications across many cultural traditions. Of special note is the advice on how to utilize these herbs for personal spiritual growth. For example, creating herbal art inspired by faith and the beauty of nature; crafting herbal wreaths, sachets, garlands, pillows and soaps; preparing herbal teas, infused oils and meals; making potpourri and candles infused with herbs; celebrating holidays, births, weddings, and memorials with herbs; designing a simple herb garden of plants chosen from among different spiritual traditions; even how to construct spaces in which to use herbs for reflection and mediation. All this and more make "Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life" an invaluable and very strongly recommended addition to personal and community library Metaphysical Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."

PW Religion Bookline

Caduto, a storyteller, accomplished author, and Aesop Prize winner, reminds readers that Eastern and Western medicine grew in large part out of a relationship to healing properties found in the natural world, and offers this book to help us remember this powerful spiritual connection to "a gift from the Creator." Caduto's passion for the power of herbs is brightly reflected in his thorough, well-researched, engaging multi-cultural volume. In seven chapters exploring healing; aesthetics and virtue; meals and rituals; the balance of life; the sacred cosmos; meditation; and practical tips, Caduto seemingly explores every pistil, stem, blossom, and more of the herbal world. Arcane facts about Egyptian embalming rest comfortably alongside advice on growing and harvesting herbs. Herbal experts will treasure the extensive spiritual application contexts, and beginners will find comfort in the cultivation basics. Especially soothing and bonding are the Islamic connections summoning the exquisite, sumptuous gardens of the Middle East. Each chapter has more than a handful of activities, ceremonies, and projects. Some, such as "Bathing Balms" and "Valentine's Day Cards" seem overly simplistic, but ultimately they recall the sweet elemental connection among aspects of the living world. (Aug.)

Spirituality & Practice - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Michael J. Caduto is the author of many books and founder of P.E.A.C.E. — Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange, which promotes understanding, awareness, appreciation, and stewardship as the foundation for building a harmonious, sustainable relationship between people and Earth, and among the cultures of the world. In this volume in "The Art of Spiritual Living" series of Skylight Paths, he states:

"Herbs are a joy and a blessing. Walk the pathways of these pages and experience the fun and mystery of herbs. Allow herbs to teach you and to reveal their beauty and sensory delights. Share in the creative power of herbs. Invite herbs into the rhythms of your spiritual life, and allow them to enrich and heal your inner being. Truly, herbs are a gift from the Creator."

Caduto explores the healing qualities of herbs for all aspects of body, mind, and spirit; looks at beauty and the relationship between aesthetics and virtue; provides meal rituals and ceremonies centered around the use of herbs; looks into the heart of the Circle of Life; surveys sacred herb gardens; examines the reflective and centering use of herbs for meditation, inner journeys, and artistic expression; and provides practical tips for designing and growing an herb garden. There are many insightful passages in this paperback about the uses of mint, sage, lavender, and other herbs along with salutes to the ancient of wisdom of indigenous peoples.

Book Register

ECOLOGIST-STORYTELLER & 'KEEPERS OF THE EARTH' series author Michael J. Caduto writes and illustrates the SkyLight Paths August 2007 $16.99 spiritual gardening, EVERYDAY HERBS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE: A Guide to Many Practices (978-1-59473-174-7), nonfiction trade paperback for adults, B&W illustrated. Founder of PEACE (Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange), Caduto also wrote Native American Gardening among 16 titles. This title is in SkyLight Paths’ "The Art of Spiritual Living Series." Foreword is by Rosemary Gladstar, cofounder of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary.

International spiritual and religious traditions are drawn upon in this presentation of rituals, ceremonies and celebrations and instruction in craft, mixtures and gardening. Large plant lists introduce each major chapter including herbs associated with healing, spirit, thankfulness, circle of life, cosmos, medita tion. The glossary-index is followed by an index of herb-related activities; suppliers are listed. Praised by National Catholic Rural Life Conference executive director Brother David Andrews; and minister Donna Schaper (Labyrinths from the Outside In). Today’s Books / Bookweek puts Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life on “The A-List.” Caduto’s website is p-e-a-c-e.net. (Publicity: Kate Treworgy, publicity@skylightpaths.com, 802-457- 4000; media kit includes press release.) SkyLight Paths’ website is skylightspaths.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594734595
  • Publisher: Longhill Partners, Inc
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,056,157
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Michael J. Caduto is a renowned author, ecologist, educator and storyteller who has written and coauthored sixteen books, including Native American Gardening, the Keepers of the Earth series, In the Beginning: The Story of Genesis and Earth Activities for Children, and Abraham's Bind & Other Bible Tales of Trickery, Folly, Mercy and Love (SkyLight Paths). His articles have appeared in many magazines, including Organic Gardening, Sanctuary, Nature Study and Instructor. In 1984 he founded a service called P.E.A.C.E.—Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange—which promotes understanding, awareness, appreciation and stewardship as the foundation for building a harmonious, sustainable relationship between people and Earth, and among the cultures of the world. His website is www.p-e-a-c-e.net.

Michael J. Caduto is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Nurturing Herbs for Body, Mind and Spirit
  • Fiddleheads, Lamb's Quarters, Nettles and Nuts: Wild Edible, Medicinal and Poisonous Plants
  • Native American Gardening: Planting Seeds of the Future
  • Earth Gardens and the Seasons of Life
  • A Harvest of Tales: Native Stories, Song, Dance and Food

Click here to contact the author.


Rosemary Gladstar has been a practicing herbalist for thirty years. She cofounded Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary, and is a founding member of the Northeast Herb Association. She is the codirector of the New England Women's Herbal Conference and author of several books, including Herbal Healing for Women and Gladstar Family Herbal.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     1
Healing Herbals     9
A Touch of Scent     20
Growing an Herbal Heart     21
Purification and Protection: Smudging     23
Purification and Protection: Scents of Protection     25
Purification and Protection: Garlic Wreath     26
Cards for Celebration     27
Cards for Solace     28
Treatments from Trees     29
Pillow of Peace and Protection     32
Of Aesthetics, Spirit, and Virtue     35
A Wreath of Pure Beauty     42
Sachets of Courage     45
Bathing Balm     47
Soap for the Spirit     49
A Light of Life     51
Feeding the Spirit, Giving Thanks     55
Easter Carnival (Rustic) Pie and Pepper Biscuits     64
Herbal Easter Eggs     67
Herbal Easter Basket     70
Herbal Christmas Decorations     71
Herbal Christmas Tree Centerpiece     72
Herbs on a Cone     73
Hanukkah Candles     74
Valentine's Day Heart for the Heart     75
Valentine's Day Card     76
Ramadan Beverage     77
Pots of Herbs     78
Interfaith Manna from Heaven     79
Ritual Cleansing for Meals     82
Daily Havdalah Spice Box     83
Egyptian-Style Thanksgiving Garland     84
Pots of Potpourri     85
Circle of Life     87
Herbal Memorial: Lustral Water     95
Herbal Memorial: Egyptian Floral Bouquet     96
Bereavement Bouquet     98
Egyptian Herbal Oil     100
Marriage Blessing: Marjoram Marriage Garlands     101
Marriage Blessing: Flower Blessing Rings     102
Egyptian Wedding Bouquet     103
Tea for Two     104
Promise of Pomanders     105
Herbal Newlywed Blessings     106
Baby Blessings and Milk Biscuits     108
Cosmic Herbals     111
A Cosmic Herbal Garden     121
Protective Herbs for the Cosmic Garden     123
Heaven and Earth     124
Cosmic Labyrinth     125
Cosmic Community Centerpieces     128
Lavender Birds of Peace     129
Reflection and Meditation     131
Retreat, Respite, Rose      142
Herbs of Meditation     143
Totality Tea     146
Art of Herbal Reflection: Driftwood Herbals     147
Art of Herbal Reflection: Herbal Ball     148
Art of Herbal Reflection: The Art of Knowing     149
Seeds of Success     150
Mesopotamian Meditation Incense     151
The Practical Realm     153
Planning and Designing an Herb Garden     154
Choosing and Obtaining Herbs for Your Garden     158
Preparing the Soil     162
Caring for Plants     163
Harvesting and Preserving Herbs     165
Sources for Herbs, Seeds, and Herbal Supplies     170
Glossary and Index of Herbs and Flowers     173
Index of Activities     181
Credits     183
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