Herba Mythica: Myths and Folk Tales of Sacred Healing Plants (Hardback)
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Herba Mythica: Myths and Folk Tales of Sacred Healing Plants (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages
Published: 04/07/2024
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Stories are spells. Healers have long recognised the need to travel to psychic realms, from heaven to Hesperides, to effect cures. Ancient medicinal manuscripts pair myth and magical incantation with instruction on how to dig up roots, make salves and concoct tinctures.

Herba Mythica draws on this tradition and is a handbook for story-lovers and herbalists alike. Acclaimed storytellers from around the world choose plants that reflect their heritage or specialism, and notes on plant origins, symbolism and healing properties complement each tale.

Mythology suggests that every bush, every flower is a deity who mirrors the healing action of the plant: Hecate is the hypnotic Poppy, Osiris the oracular Laurel and Tara the regenerative Lotus. And in folk tales, there are Willow fathers, Hawthorn mothers and brides who marry trees.

Throughout, Sherry Robinson’s characterful drawings capture the light and shade of each plant, reminding us of their power to kill or cure.

Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781803995724
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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In this compilation of leafy tales and plant magic, Xanthe has drawn on storytellers’ experience and heritage from across the globe … she has brought green enchantment to every page - Foreword from Lisa Schneidau - Lisa Schneidau

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