Oct 5, 2018

The Great October Herbal Giveaway

October 11/18

The folks taking home herbals this month are:

Liz D - Botanical Folktales 

Mel - Southern Folk Medicine

Sharon from October Tea Society - Blackthorn's Botanical Magic

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by to enter. If your name wasn't drawn this time, don't fret...the next giveaway is ready for you!

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When I was around eight years old I went camping with my grandparents. It was the height of summer and I excitedly ran through an open grassy expanse of land that was dotted with red clover...and bees. I inadvertently stepped on one poor creature and it stung my foot. I limped back to the campsite, tears streaming down my face, and my grandfather attempted to get the stinger out, to no avail. My grandmother took one of the potatoes we were going to be having for dinner, cut it in half and placed it over the wound. Within minutes the sharp pain had lessened and the stinger came right out. That was the moment I discovered that plants were magic.

A few years later my grandmother would teach me about gardening (weeding first, which I never enjoyed until much later in life), and the joy of growing my own food. Aside from the potato miracle of my youth, there weren't too many other folk cures that I can recall in my short number of years with her, except that a cup of orange pekoe tea made everything better (as did ginger-ale). There was always a sugar bowl on her counter (even though she would rarely let us near it), a box of Borax in the entryway, and a kitchen witch hanging in her window. I knew that there were uses beyond the mundane for these things. I wish I'd had her around longer to ask more questions of, but she gave me enough of a start with gardening to encourage a lifetime love of growing things and wild curiosity of herbal medicine and magic.

I bought three books this year that speak to the wonder of plants, their history and lore, and their potent personalities. And of course I picked up a copy of each for you too.



The first book is the absolutely enchanting Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau.
I’ve written a collection of folk tales with a difference: all the stories involve trees and plants. 
Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland is a story journey through the growing year, with folk tales of the land and the wild trees and plants that surround us through the seasons, in countryside, town and city. 
A lot has been written about modern and historical British plant folklore. Most of this is fragmented: for example, we know that the elder tree has always been associated with witchcraft, or that nettles should be grasped by the stem. These are interesting connections, but they are not stories. It’s my search for these stories that has led to this project.

The next book is one I have been so excited to get my hands on, since the wonderful Amy, of Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends, first announced it. I've been working with essential oils in my small apothecary for almost ten years, and I'm always thrilled to learn more about oils I adore, and to have an introduction to a handful of oils I've not used before. I love the lore, recipes and myriad uses laid out for each entry in this delightful collection!

Blackthorn's Botanical Magic by Amy Blackthorn.
Here is the first contemporary guide to the transformative powers of essential oils for use in spellcraft and the cultivation of ritual power. From rose-scented rosaries to the lingering aroma of frankincense, and the cleansing energy of white sage, Amy Blackthorn— the woman behind Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends —will take you on a journey beyond the soothing, healing power of scents into their hidden realms and their use in prayer, meditation, and shamanic journeying. One of the very first of its kind, this book includes:
  • The rich history and lore of scent-related magic
  • Over 135 essential oil recipes and craft projects
  • An explanation of how magical aromatherapy can enhance divination with tarot and runes
  • Practical information regarding the purchasing, blending, and storing of essential oils

The final book I gathered up for you is Southern Folk Medicine by Phyllis D. Light. There is a healthy emphasis on medicine in this book, with wonderful personal stories, history, and folklore of the Appalachian peoples. 
This book is the first to describe the history, folklore, assessment methods, and remedies of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine—the only system of folk medicine, other than Native American, that developed in the United States. One of the system’s last active practitioners, Phyllis D. Light has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for more than thirty years. In everyday language, she explains how Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine was passed down orally through the generations by herbalists and healers who cared for people in their communities with the natural tools on hand.

Any of these tomes would be a treasured addition to your bookshelves. There is deep wonder here and a true appreciation of nature and its magic, mystery, and healing touch.

You have until Thursday, October 11th at 9pm Pacific to drop your name in the witch's hat, via a comment (and be sure I have a way to contact you if you win) or send off an entry with the "make contact" tab above. You can let me know which book you prefer and I will do my best to pair winners with their choices, if possible.




Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

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* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.


I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop

58 comments:

mxtodis123 said...

OMG!!! These books are fab. Definitely going to put them on my wish list.

mxtodis123 said...

I'd be happy with any of them.

Kelli said...

All of those are going on my wish list!

Kelli said...

In case my email was attached to my profile, kpaxphillips[at]gmail(dot)com

Soli said...

yessssss

motheralice said...

Oh that Southern Folk Medicine would do me right!
Cheers!

petoskystone said...

I’ve had Amy’s book on my wish list since it came out, but all three look most interesting!

Eveline Maedel said...

These all look great, but I'm particularly drawn to the Botanical Folk Tals of Britain and Ireland :) emaedel(at)gmail(dot)com

Melisa Glassford said...

They all look like great books!

Johanna Lawson said...

All seem to be a wonderful addition to any witchy library!

JamesandKathryn Mohns said...

Happy October and Thanksgiving Blessings
from Vancouver Island. I am a Hedgewitch and would love Blackthorne's botanical magic. I actually have it saved on Amazon right now!

Renee Crowschild said...

That Blackthorn book has been on my wish list forever.

Lisa Teaney said...

I'd love either one of the 3!

Stephanie Clayton said...

Oh my! I’d love Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic! I love her teas!!!

Beth Brown said...

I would love any of the books but Botanical Magic would be my first choice!
Oneoldgoat1962@gmail.com

Rebecca Powell said...

All of these books look wonderful! I think I would pick Blackthorn's Botanical Magic if I had to pick a first choice :)
rapowell(at)gmail(dot)com

Maggie said...

I am so very interested in the Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland. It's on my to-die-for list!! I can be reached at airmid3120(at)gmail(dot)com!

Unknown said...

I would enjoy anyone of those books <3

Liz Davenport said...

Jen, I always so look forward to October and your extra-lovely, evocative prose and magical giveaways!! YAY!!! My first choice, if I am lucky enough to be chosen, would be Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland, followed by Southern Folk Medicine, then Blackthorn's Botanical Magic. However, really, they are all sterling choices, and any one of them would be treasured!! As always, Jen, thank you, thank you, thank you!! :-) :-)

My email address is ledvenport@gmail.com

Liz Davenport

Sparkless said...

I'd love to win any of the books because they all look fabulous and now I've just added even more on my to read list! LOL!

Melody Siracusa said...

These books sound great! Especially the book on Southern and Appalachian folk medicine. I'm a native born Appalachian, so this is right up my holler!

Orionova (at) Gmail (dot) com

Susan said...

Any of the three would be a welcome addition to my library! Swomersley (at) gmail (dot) com

dampviolets said...

So many of my books were lost to Hurricane Florence, it would be a blessing to have Southern folk medicine or the British plant lore to add to my depleted library. Bright October Blessings to you Jen

BrigidsBlest said...

All of these look awesome, but I think Botanical Folk Tales would be my favorite!

Tracy Smith said...

I would be happy with any of these books, but I would really love Blackthorn's book! I have wanted to learn more about essential oils. Thanks for offering these great books in this giveaway!

Siduri said...

I like the sound of all these titles!

Yvonne Rich said...

Would love to curl up with one of these books this winter! Thank you for the awesome chance of the give away!

Nialla Buckingstone said...

I have an interest in the Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland and the Blackthorn book. They both look so fascinating! Thank you for offering this. Buckingstone@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

I would love any of these books, but first choice would be Southern Folk Medicine. Thank you!! :) Jennifer@jenniferdavidhesse.com.

Raylene McCalman said...

Always appreciate your posts ... this is lovely giveaway collection, I have had the Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland on my wishlist for a while.

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

I would love to be entered in this book giveaway....any would be magickal, xoxo Oma Linda

Susan T. Blake said...

Here's my entry! Also, I'm curious about the sugar bowl and the kitchen witch....

Debra Nehring said...

All of these look fabulous, Jen, and since I don’t own any of them yet, I’d be ecstatic with any one of them!
Thanksgiving Blessings!
Debra dot nehring at yahoo dot ca

Petrichor La Fey said...

I would very much like a copy of Botanical Magic. I currently don't have anything on essential oils in my personal library and this would help a bunch in my spell work! Please count me in for the draw.
Find me at ladypetrichor@aol.com <3

Iesadora said...

I would love to win the Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau.

Thank-you for the giveaway!

Brigid Lenehan said...

Ohhh I‘d love the Blackthorn, but won‘t say no to any of them!

Sharon said...

Girlfriend, I am happy that you are holding Jen's Annual Giveaway. I know it's the "Great October Book Giveaway," but it will always be Jen's Annual Giveaway in my book. Stop by and say "howdy" sometimes. Now hopefully I can figure out how to post your announcement on my blog.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Oh my! Going back to my roots I would *love* to win the Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland. What a great giveaway!!!

Stephanie said...

Wow! Those sound fascinating but especially the Botanical Folk Tales. They're all going on my to read list! I look forward to your October giveaway every year because I find out about some neat books I hadn't heard of before. Thank you!

Annette Lanniee said...

Fantastic books, all three. =)

Jennifer BR said...

Thank you for this giveaway, Jen. My choice is Blackthorn's Botanical Magic by Amy Blackthorn. I love Amy and her magickal work. Her book is very high on my wish list.;)

Misty Fouquet said...

I want all of these!! I have a big interest in Amy Blackthorn’s book and Phyllis Light’s book. I had the pleasure of hearing Phyllis at the Florida Herb Conference a few years ago and love her work! bearmother80@gmail.com

Beau Salsman said...

Excellent choices here. I'd be most keen on checking out "Southern Folk Medicine".

Thanks for another great round of books.

ajc1696 said...

I have Phyllis's book and it is really good, but the other two look great too! Definitely going on my wish list. april (dot) chase (at) gmail (dot) com

Cathi Christmas said...

I prefer Botanical Folktales of Britain and Ireland...sounds like just what I need to add to my library! The Southern Folk Medicine book would be wonderful as well, but I already have Blackthorn's aromatherapy book. Thanks for this opportunity! sidhe@windstream.net

Unknown said...

Southern folk medicine 🙏❤️ @churchgoinmule on ig ❤️

lynnsbeans said...

oh i would love to read this thank you for the chance

Unknown said...

These books look brilliant!

Kelly M said...

Blackthorn's Botanical Magic sound fantastic.
Thanks.
Kelly

victoria raschke said...

These are all lovely choices and I would be thrilled with any of them if my name came out of the witchy hat.

Unknown said...

As a studying herbalist all the books seem like a wonderful edition to my library. Thank you for your generosity!

Brandy Boyd said...

OMG. these are all so wonderful and going straight to my wishlist for Solstice!

Pati said...

Oh, any of these books would be a treat! Thanks for doing this giveaway.

♥ eli mari said...

I would be incredibly happy to win any of these books, & they are all going on my wish list. 🖤

Vicki H said...

I would love to win any of these! I've recently started to get into gardening, and raising my own herbs, so any of these books would be great for brainstorming ideas for my next year's garden.

lillie8302 said...

All of these sound amazing! I’d love to get my hands on Southern Folk Meficine especially though :) lilefal1102(at)hotmail(dot)com

Venus Blues Hideaway said...

You are so thoughtful!

Theresa N. said...

I'd love to have Blacktorn's Botanical Magic.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com