Cassandra's Herbal Lore

Updated 02/11/99

MYRRH -- Leah Rosenthal has written another article for us, this time on the history and various uses of Myrrh. Check out our new article!

Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni -- Shomeret wrote to us recommending this book as something that folks interested in herbs might enjoy. Here are her comments: "It's about an immortal woman from a secret society of magical herbalists who has come to Oakland, CA to dispense herbal wisdom at an Indian grocery. There's an herb for each chapter and a great many references to magical uses for herbs. I recommend this book very highly. I think Cassandra would love it."

For more information on the book and/or to order it directly from, click on the book cover:

WOAD -- Anyone who has seen "Comes a Horseman" and "Revelation 6:8" knows why we chose to do a little bit of research on the uses of "woad" both in ancient times and today. It was once Methos' make-up of choice!

HOPS -- Can anyone guess why we might write an article about hops for this website? Well, beer is certainly Methos' favorite drink...and perhaps Cassandra has a love of it, as well. Hops wasn't used to flavor beer in ancient times, though.

In Search of Mythical & Mystical Trees -- Here's a site that Cassandra would no doubt heartily approve of! If you have an interest in ancient history as well as plants, give this site a visit.

The Herbal Encyclopedia -- A quick reference for herbs and the common uses of each, as well as sections about herb healing for pets, gathering and storing herbs, and the like.

The Herbal Bookworm -- Reviews of herbal books written by an English medical herbalist.

Witches Brew -- Cassandra would, of course, want to know all of the magical and healing uses for herbs! Here's a site that has tons of information (and links) about incense and herbs and oils and everything else magical. (Click on the logo above.)

The Herb Society of America -- According to their mission statement, this organization is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community. Home Page -- A hyper-text version of A Modern Herbal, 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve. Over 800 varieties of medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic herbs, including economic properties, cultivation and folk-lore. Do a word search of all 860 pages.

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