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Plant Magic

Christine Buckley’s Plant Magic: Herbalism in Real Life is helping me reset my relationship with good-for-you plants. . . . Plant Magic is a crash course, a field guide, and a reference primer sure to delight those who are already curious about the healing properties of plants. . . . Buckley lays the groundwork for an at-home herbalism practice, explaining what it is (a system of healing supported by plants and food), what it is not (a new thing invented by white people with blogs), and how it can coexist with Western medicine (drink your red clover tea and get a flu shot). She provides instructions for making balms, ointments, and facial steams, but the real highlights are the recipes for things you can eat and drink. There’s garlicky chicken stock to bolster the immune system, a cinnamon latte to increase circulation and calm stomach cramps, and a rose petal toast. . . . With plants that taste this delicious, you just might forget they’re also good for you.”—Healthyish

“In her first book, [Christine Buckley] explains the healing properties of plants, profiling 21 herbs and their medicinal uses. The first part describes the tools and methods needed to cultivate these natural products at home. Readers will be familiar with many of the plants—dandelion, eastern white pine, red clover—and may even have them growing in their yards or neighborhoods. Buckley details ways to infuse herbs in teas, vinegars, syrups, and more. She also provides instructions on how to use herbs in balms and toners that can be applied topically. . . . Accessible, organized, and engaging, [Plant Magic] is a useful introductory resource and perennial reference guide. There may be increased interest, too, as readers look for ways to grow their own food and boost their immune systems.”—Library Journal

“Those interested in at-home homeopathic aliments and herbalism are sure to learn about the benefit of plants with Christine Buckley’s book. Here, she introduces a slew of plants—and their usages—instructing ways to brew teas and forage for herbs right outside your door.”—Chowhound

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