Nemetona wrote a review of A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Plants and Herbs by Rachel Patterson for Issue 3 of Wyldspirit (The Wyldwood Radio e-zine in September 2014)
The spirit of plants and herbs can be a very magical thing to work with, and if you’re looking for a place to get started, this book is perfect! Written by Rachel Patterson, a practiser of Witchcraft, Wicca, Kitchen Witchery, Green Witchery and folk magic, this is a wonderful introduction to the world of growing, storing and working with the powers of nature in its purest form.
This books covers all subjects related to the use of herbs and plants, be it magical, medicinal or even just for a nice blend of tea to calm the soul and soothe the spirit.
The book is effective in that it speak to you as a person; sharing knowledge and tips from Rachel’s own experience growing and working with these magics. It does not fill your mind with difficult language; it is straight forward and simple enough to understand for those new to their path.
Throughout the book you will find meditations and short rituals to do with the herbs or the particular time of year and the best way to incorporate the herbs into your practise and intent.
This book also covers subjects such as the best herbs to use for specific intents, elements, planets, horoscopes; all sorts! So you will be able to look up good herbs to use on particular days, for particular festivals, seasons and even the deities.
The main thing I like about this book is how approachable it is to a novice like myself. A lot of the time, I find myself picking up a book about herbs or natural witchcraft, and some authors may presume you already have a degree of knowledge about the subject before you even pick up the book. The only qualm I have with the book is that is doesn’t contain the images of the plants themselves; though I understand that makes everything a lot more expensive to produce! It can just be a little easier on identification if you can see what the plants look like.
This book is a wonderful addition to anyone’s bookshelf; be they seasoned herb users or brand new to the subject. There is a lot to learn from this book, and I am very glad to have found it!
You can find out more information about Rachel Patterson via her website here: www.rachelpatterson.co.uk/
You can buy this book from Moon Books: http://www.moon-books.net/books/kitchen-witch-world-magical-herbs-plants