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Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life: A Guide to Many Practices

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life: A Guide to Many Practices

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life: A Guide to Many Practices

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life: A Guide to Many Practices


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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.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594734595
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 208
File size: 3 MB

About 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

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

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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.

Table of Contents


1. Healing Herbals
A Touch of Scent
Growing an Herbal Heart
Purification and Protection: Smudging
Purification and Protection: Scents of Protection
Purification and Protection: Garlic Wreath
Cards for Celebration
Cards for Solace
Treatments from Trees
Pillow of Peace and Protection

2. Of Aesthetics, Spirit, and Virtue
A Wreath of Pure Beauty
Sachets of Courage
Bathing Balm
Soap for the Spirit
A Light of Life

3. Feeding the Spirit, Giving Thanks
Easter Carnival (Rustic) Pie and Pepper Biscuits
Herbal Easter Eggs
Herbal Easter Basket
Herbal Christmas Decorations
Herbal Christmas Tree Centerpiece
Herbs on a Cone
Hanukkah Candles
Valentine's Day Heart for the Heart
Valentine's Day Card
Ramadan Beverage
Pots of Herbs
Interfaith Manna from Heaven
Ritual Cleansing for Meals
Daily Havdalah Spice Box
Egyptian-Style Thanksgiving Garland
Pots of Potpourri

4. Circle of Life
Herbal Memorial: Lustral Water
Herbal Memorial: Egyptian Floral Bouquet
Bereavement Bouquet
Egyptian Herbal Oil
Marriage Blessing: Marjoram Marriage Garlands
Marriage Blessing: Flower Blessing Rings
Egyptian Wedding Bouquet
Tea for Two
Promise of Pomanders
Herbal Newlywed Blessings
Baby Blessings and Milk Biscuits

5. Cosmic Herbals
A Cosmic Herbal Garden
Protective Herbs for the Cosmic Garden
Heaven and Earth
Cosmic Labyrinth
Cosmic Community Centerpieces
Lavender Birds of Peace

6. Reflection and Meditation
Retreat, Respite, Rose
Herbs of Meditation
Totality Tea
Art of Herbal Reflection: Driftwood Herbals
Art of Herbal Reflection: Herbal Ball
Art of Herbal Reflection: The Art of Knowing
Seeds of Success
Mesopotamian Meditation Incense

7. The Practical Realm
Planning and Designing an Herb Garden
Choosing and Obtaining Herbs for Your Garden
Preparing the Soil
Caring for Plants
Harvesting and Preserving Herbs

Appendix: Sources for Herbs, Seeds, and Herbal Supplies
Glossary and Index of Herbs and Flowers
Index of Activities
Lists of Herbs

  • Herbs for Healing
  • Herbs for Aesthetics, Spirit, and Virtue
  • Herbs for Feeding the Spirit and Giving Thanks
  • Herbs and Flowers for Circle of Life
  • Cosmic Herbs, Flowers, and Fruits
  • Herbs and Flowers for Reflection and Meditation

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