Thursday, 9 October 2014

Book Review: "A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants & Herbs" by Rachel Patterson

Merry meet one and all!

As most of you will know or guess, I am an avid book lover.  As a witch I am always looking for new books to add to my occult library, and I was thrilled to be given the chance to review the newest offering from Rachel Patterson, a High Priestess of the Kitchen Witch coven and an Elder at the Kitchen Witch School of Natural Witchcraft (which in itself sounds so intriguing to me!)

Firstly, this is a kitchen witch's book rather than a medicinal reference book, so you won't find herbs to ease an achy tummy but you will find a very comprehensive list of easy to find plants, their correspondences, and some teas and ritual ideas to use them in, which takes up the bulk of the book.

However Ms Patterson doesn't stop there.  I had to fight the urge to add ideas to my Book of Shadows (herbal firelighters anyone?) and her instructions are really easy to follow.  I must confess, I have always bought smudge sticks from shops but it is so easy to make them, now I know how, that I feel a fool and I'm inspired to try some of these ideas out.

There is a fantastic section that covers herbal code names, which makes eye of newt and sparrow tongue a little less revolting, as well as an explanation of the Victorian flower language.  There are chapters on intent correspondences, elemental correspondences, gender and planet correspondences, herbs for dark magick...

Basically this book has everything you need to know about plants and herbs for all your spellworking and magickal needs, and I think it is a really good addition to the shelves of anybody who wants to widen their knowledge of this field.

"A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants & Herbs" by Rachel Patterson is published by Moon Books and is out now.