Posted by: Nyxks | August 3, 2007

Llewellyn’s 2008 Herbal Almanac

Llewellyn’s 2008 Herbal Almanac © 2007
Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN 0-7387-0554-3
312 pages
$8.99 (U.S.) $9.95 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

Every year Llewellyn offers a variety of almanacs, datebooks, and calendars. And every year people find some reason to complain about them. If for no other reason their sheer dependability makes them a worthwhile addition to your bookshelf.

The basic astrological data (which is traditionally Llewellyn’s strong suit) is the least of the reasons to buy this almanac. The articles (36 of them, in six sections, by 24 separate authors) are the strong suit. I look forward to this almanac every year, even though I am, by no stretch of the imagination, an herbalist. In fact, I sometimes use that as a guideline when reviewing books. If a subject is beyond my areas of comfortable knowledge (things I trust my memory on, with no urge to verify my memory), and the book under review doesn’t send me to check alternate sources, I feel safe in saying that it is a worthwhile addition to the “average” Pagan or Witch’s library.

The articles are divided into six broad categories as they are every year (Growing and Gathering Herbs; Culinary Herbs; Herbs for Health; Herbs for Beauty: Herb Crafts; and Herb History, Myth and Love). They cover a broad spectrum within each of these categories, and there should be something to appeal to everyone.

The disclaimer about only being a collection of folk knowledge and not intended for medical use, etc. is the same as it is every year (and as it must be in this litigious society). I understand and agree with this disclaimer and with the recommendation to start with small amounts to check for reactions.

This is a book to be savored and enjoyed. Don’t rush through it. Pick and choose. Read an article when you have half an hour to kill. Let the information seep into you. A simple read-through cannot begin to exhaust the information contained in this book.

Whether or not you agree with all the information (and I’m betting there will be an occasional “Are you kidding?” moment for everyone), you should find some “Aha!” moments as well.

Don’t buy this book for the astrological and astronomical data. Buy it for the articles.


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