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Poison path: book recommendations?

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So I am looking to make a book purchase or two with the intent of adding onto my herbal witchcraft library. I've looked at several, but would like some input on books that other members have found useful. I have several books on traditional herbalism, but these do not deal with the plant teachers that I am looking to work with. Specifically, I am looking for information about flying ointments and other applications using plants from the Solanaceae and Artemisia families. I need more research and to build my knowledge about these plants but I am uncomfortable with random information from the internet for obvious reasons. Any recommendations that would apply to this path would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

 

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Thanks! I'd had my eye on the Pendell, Schulke, and/or Rätsch texts but the Miller one looks interesting and useful too. Can't I just have them all?! :D

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I can recommend them all MuireAnne,

 

Be aware that some of Christian Rätsch's information is not perfectly accurate (or up to date) so there is a need to be careful if using him as a practical reference so to speak, but overall he is an excellent reference.

 

I love Pendell's writing style; he blends science, history and personal experience in a most engaging way.

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Mountain Witch, I am really leaning toward getting this. I am a bit of a nerd and really don't mind a dry/tough read if it contains good information. You've read (and liked?) other books by this author, I take it?

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Mountain Witch, I am really leaning toward getting this. I am a bit of a nerd and really don't mind a dry/tough read if it contains good information. You've read (and liked?) other books by this author, I take it?

Have everything of his that's out so yes. :)

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MuireAnne, Schulke is more poetic/prosy (reminiscent of academical manuals to me) than dry, and a passing knowledge of Latin can be helpful in reading his writing.
If you are moderately erudite then he is both entertaining and informative (with a slight melodramatic flair).

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Thanks, everyone, for the input. I really am torn between the new Schulke book and the Pharmako trilogy. I'm leaning toward Pendell because it seems like a good foundational text to start my collection with. Eventually I am going to get the Rätsche (Encyclopedia of Psychoactive plants) one too but for now it's out of my budget :(

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