Review: The Treadwell’s Book of Plant Magic by Christina Oakley Harrington

Review: The Treadwell’s Book of Plant Magic by Christina Oakley Harrington October 19, 2020

The Treadwell’s Book of Plant Magic by Christina Oakley Harrington photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

I enjoy surprises so when I opened up a package from London, I couldn’t have been more excited. The fabulous package contained The Treadwell’s Book of Plant Magic by Christina Oakley Harrington. There were also a variety of very useful herbs, candles, and other ritual goodies from my favorite shop in London.

I’ve seen a lot of herb books over the years, one of my minors in college was Plant Science, and most days I like plants more than people. Don’t tell anyone. Because of this I’ve read a lot of plant books. My shelves are full of everything from Culpeper’s Complete Herbal to A Modern Herbal written by Maud Grieve in 1931.

This is honestly the best herb book I have seen in a long time. It has everything I expected and need from a book like this: Latin names, common names, attributions, and even a segment on spells and potions. The Treadwell’s Book of Plant Magic starts with a short section titled “problems and solutions.” Here Harrington tells us to use marigold and vervain for money, and clover to detect liars. In fact almost every possibility is addressed. However, the bulk of the book is dedicated to addressing each of the magickal plants in detail. The reader can learn how to use garlic to stop jealousy and envy by rubbing it on your possessions on a Tuesday, the day of Mars. A whole host of plants are detailed here from Agnus Castus to Yew and everything in between. Harrington is the founder of the famous Treadwell’s bookshop in London. Starting as an academic historian, she now focuses on managing lectures at the shop and special projects. She has a lifelong interest in folk magic, which is beautifully present in the text.

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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the newly released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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