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Inside Llewellyn's Herbal Almanac, you'll find a colorful array of practical ideas on how to benefit from nature's most versatile plants. Spice up your favorite pasta dish with Presto Pesto. Restore health with an aromatic herbal soup. Even learn how to keep bees and make herbal honey.
This friendly herbal guide features hands-on projects, fresh ideas, and advice for herb enthusiasts of all skill levels. You'll be inspired by thirty creative articles on herb use in five unique categories-gardening, cooking, crafts, health/beauty, and myth/lore-on everything from quick meals to urban gardening to making herbal crafts.
—Discover the culinary and medicinal uses of the carnivorous bog violet
—Beautify your home with cheery sunflower crafts
—Enhance your good fortune with an autumn luck bag
—Make and use herb-based organic fertilizer
—Explore the nasturtium's role in myth and literature, then create a hobbit garden
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Llewellyn Publications has grown and expanded into new areas of personal growth and transformation since it began as the Portland School of Astrology in 1901. Along with the strong line of astrology books the company was founded upon, Llewellyn publishes books on everything from alternative health and healing, Wicca and Paganism, to metaphysics and the paranormal-and since 1994 has published a growing list of Spanish-language titles.
Llewellyn has long been know as one of America's leading publishers of New Age books, producing a wide variety of valuable tools for transformation of the mind, body and spirit. Reach for the Moon-and discover that self-help and spiritual growth is what Llewellyn is all about.
JD Hortwort (Greensboro, NC) is the vice chancellor of the House of Akasha, a North Carolina pagan group. A former business journalist, she writes a weekly garden column for The Courier Tribune and she has contributed dozens of articles to Llewellyn's almanacs.
Alice DeVille is an internationally known astrologer, writer, and metaphysical consultant specializing in relationships, health, real estate, government affairs, career and change management, and spiritual development.
Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker is a writer, college English teacher, nurse, and hearth Pagan/Druid living in northwestern Oregon. Sue holds a Masters degree in professional writing and loves to read, watch the stars, camp with her wonder poodle, and work in her own biodynamic garden. She is co-founder of the Druid Grove of Two Coasts and the online Ars Viarum Magicarum—A Magical Conservatory and Community. Sue has authored Yule: Rituals, Recipes, & Lore for the Winter Solstice (Llewellyn, 2015); The Magickal Retreat (Llewellyn, 2012); and Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink (Llewellyn, 2009); and is a regular contributor to Llewellyn's almanacs and calendars. Visit her online at http://www.susanpesznecker.com/.
Diana Rajchel began her career planning to serve as clergy and write about all subjects spiritual. It did not occur to her or anyone else to say with what agency she might assume priesthood. The result of this oversight in intention setting is that she is now an itinerant city priestess, well-practiced witch, and somewhat unintentional subversive. Her background includes Wicca, folk witchcraft, conjure, and a whole lot of experience organizing people that don’t like knowing that they’re organized. Diana splits her time between San Francisco, California, where she co-owns Golden Apple Metaphysical, and southwestern Michigan, where she runs Earth and Sun spiritual coaching with her partner. In between her wanderings she teaches as part of the Magick 101 series for Wicked Grounds Annex in San Francisco, and teaches and reads tarot at Elements Kalamazoo in Michigan. Diana has 25 years’ experience as a professional tarot reader and western herbalist and has 29 years’ experience as a professional writer. She is also the pet DragonCat to a very ladylike boxer named Nora.
Linda Raedisch is a writer, papercrafter, and soapmaker. She is the author of Night of the Witches and The Old Magic of Christmas as well as numerous articles on folklore, herblore, and ancient religions. She lives in northern New Jersey.
Tess Whitehurst (Boulder, CO) teaches magical and intuitive arts in live workshops and via her online community and learning hub, the Good Vibe Tribe Online School of Magical Arts. An award-winning author, she's written eight books, which have been translated into eighteen languages. She has appeared on the Bravo TV show Flipping Out as well as morning shows on both Fox and NBC, and her writing has been featured in Writer's Digest, Spirit and Destiny (in the UK), and online at elephantjournal.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Llewellyns Herbal Almanac 5
Growing and Gathering Herbs
Urban Herb Gardening Tips JDHortwort 9
Herbal Honey Harvests Suzanne Ress 15
Full Sun Spotlight Elizabeth Barrette 23
Fertilizers for Free Janice Sharkey 35
Herb Q and A JD Hortwort 41
Plants Need Friends, Too Misty Kuceris 47
How to Contain Your Garden Alice DeVille 63
Grilling with Herbs Susan Pesznecker 75
Go Wild: Free-Range & Game Meat Seasonings Elizabeth Barrette 89
Quick Cuisine Dallas Jennifer Cobb 103
Delectable, Edible Herb Flowers Suzanne Ress 109
Royal Basil Harmony Usher 119
Herbs for Health and Beauty
Energy-Opening Herbs Tess Whitehurst 129
Herbal Nervines Calantimiel 137
Herb Soups that Heal Darcey Blue French 149
Herbal Remedies for Hot Lungs by Sean Donahue 159
Shoo Fly Elizabeth Barrette 171
Essential Crafting Tools Susan Pesznecker 185
Sunflowers J.D Hortwort 199
Aromatherapy Calantimiel 203
Fragrant Graces Elizabeth Barrette 217
Autumn Luck Bag Lucy Hall Kelly 225
Herb History, Myth, and Lore
Nastxutium: Sparks in the Garden Linda Raedisch 233
Tale of the Cattail Susan Pesznecker 243
Herb, Healers & Charms Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha 251
World of Ethnobotany Susan Pesznecker 263
The Doctrine of Signatures J. Lee Lehman PhD 277
The Future of Herbs Diana Rajchel 287
Moon Signs, Phases, and Tables
The Quarters and Signs of the Moon 292
January-December Moon Tables 296
Dates to Destroy Weeds and Pests 308
About the Authors 310