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HALL OF FAMEon January 16, 2004
This fascinating book investigates the habitat, cultivation, historical use, chemical structure and benefits of nineteen psycho-active herbs. These plants are discussed by chapter in the following categories: Stimulants (including Damiana, Passionflower and Guarana), Depressants (including Lobelia, Skullcap and Valerian), Narcotics (Wild Lettuce and Wormwood), Hallucinogens (including Kava Kava, Yohimbe, Amanita Muscaria, Morning Glory Seed and Psilocybe Mushroom). Their preparation, ritual use, primary effects and potential hazards are described in detail.
Some of the benefits that may be derived from the wise use of these plants include stress relief (Kava Kava and Valerian Root), increased energy (Guarana), restful sleep and cleansing (Wormwood) and spiritual development (Fly Agaric, Psilocybe). The author writes with great authority, effortlessly blending scientific and esoteric knowledge. I enjoyed his no-nonsense factual approach. The book includes a Quick Reference Chart, a Bibliography and a Chemistry, Botanics/Organic and General Index, making it a valuable reference work in addition to a fascinating read.
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on December 5, 2000
One in the series of books by Richard Alan Miller. (The others being "Magical and Ritual use of Perfumes" with Iona Miller, and "magical and Ritual Use of Aphrodisiacs") This book is a typical example of the attention to detail, clarity of writing, and concise nature that I have come to expect from the author.
Covering some of the more Pharmocologically active herbs,the coverage is complete enough for my friends in the medical feilds, without losing readers with less chemistry knowledge (like me). There are diagrams of the active chemical compounds, when known, and lots of details about growth and habitat, but the directions and hazards of use are clear enough for a novice.
While not covering the more common herbs, such as Rosemary, or sage, this book is a valued part of my herbal library. I sincerely hope that the author writes a more wide ranging book on herbs in the future! Definately worth every penny.
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on June 8, 1999
This book is very informative, clearly written and well organized. One must have knowledge of wild crafting (plant gathering) and a pretty good knowledge of chemistry to take full advantage of what it has offer. It provides excellent and concise information on herbal effect and very clear warnings. Some good recipes also.
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on February 18, 2014
This is pretty concise. It has plenty of information on a group of herbs, I was just expecting a thicker book and about 100 more herbs. But it's a little neat book with a great format which I found enjoyable . Gives some history, ritual practices, how to do it, etc.
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on November 28, 2014
Good quality. Packaging was good for shipping. I would recommend and or purchase this again.
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on January 13, 2013
A great little book on many lesser known herbs from stimulants to hallucinogens and their rituals.
Love the book.
Thank you!
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on April 17, 2003
This book is a great all around kind of reference book. Covering a wild variety of plants it includes lots of interesting details such as traditional preparation and chemical structure for active ingredients. Highly recommended.
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on May 13, 2016
got it for the wife, she said it was good
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on March 25, 2016
★★★GREAT BOOK★★★ ★★★HIGHLY RECOMMEND★★★
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on April 6, 2016
Richard always writes useful books.
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