The natural world connects us to the Otherworld Higher Realms Invisible Realms Through the earth, the air, and the waters we draw energy from on high and create openings to realms of wisdom beyond the physical plane Plants, especially herbs, draw spirits from those worlds and enable us to capture the higher energies that they bring with them While Hopman has focused on using herbs to contact the spirits of those who have died, she offers readers a very comprehensive overview of using plants and their essences to generally draw in the energies of the higher levels of awareness.
The first part of the book includes instructions for using plants to make teas, salves, poultices, fomentations, tinctures, homeopathic dilutions, and flower essences The next section contains detailed documentation for dozens of herbs primarily those which are associated with communication with spirits , citing their history in spiritual metaphysical use, suggesting uses for the modern practitioner, and cautioning about negative side effects and misuse The last part of the book focuses specifically on the rituals surrounding Samhain There are intriguing, simple recipes throughout the book.
Beginners will find many entry points that make this work accessible to them Experienced practitioners will find interesting details and insights throughout that will pique their interest Whether you regularly speak with the discarnate as I do or have a garden that seems to be bustling with life forms you can t quite bring into focus, this is a reference book that you will find helpful over and over again Anna received a free review copy of this book.
Author Hopman has released another book focused on the season Like The Sacred Herbs of Beltaine, it is full of herbal knowledge and lore.
The Sacred Herbs of Samhain contains recipes for unusual soups, desserts, breads including Pan de Muerto and other foods A chapter called A Primer on Herbal Preparation provides an overview on preparing teas, salves, poultices, and fomentations.
The rest of the book is divided into two parts Herbs of the Spirits and the Dead and How to Use Them including a discussion of Cannabis and Herbs, Foods, and Traditions of Samhain including the Dumb Supper.