Book Review: Curative Magic by Rachel Patterson
Llewellyn - August 8, 2020 | $21.99 USD Paperback | ISBN 978-0-7387-6328-6
Why Did I Buy Curative Magic by Rachel Patterson?
When I first saw Rachel start posting about working on this book, I became quite excited. It sounded like something that would be very much up my alley!
You see, this Kitchen/Herb Witch has always been obsessed with the magical and medicinal uses of food and herbs. In my own practice, I’ve found that the two are often intertwined, and to have a book that was dedicated to blending them for the use of a Witch’s self-care and healing…well, that sounded bloody fantastic!
What’s Inside Curative Magic by Rachel Patterson?
I find it refreshing when someone is upfront about what they can and cannot do for you. Far too many folks out there, especially in the self-help arena, peddle their wares as a “miracle cure” and guarantee things they cannot possibly guarantee.
The tools in this book are based on the author’s own experience, and she recognizes that her way might not be the reader’s way…but, she’s still willing to offer assistance.
She says early on “I can present to you different options and ways to overcome some of the issues that most people have to deal with at some point.” And that she does. This book has sections dedicated to 13 different conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, & Menses and Menopause just to name a few.
For each of these 13 conditions, Rachel provides: An Affirmation, Colour Magic (Not a typo, the author is from the UK), Herbs, Foods (including a recipe), Herbal Teas, Incense & Oils, Everyday Exercise, Crystals, a Meditation, a Spell, a Ritual, and a Magic Bundle.
The rituals, spells, and affirmations are all fully fleshed out. Perfect for the beginner Witch who may not be comfortable or familiar with writing quarter calls, or how to cast a circle. However, she realizes that some of us have been around the Witch Block a time or two, and tells us to feel free to personalize things as we see fit.
There are also sections involving the Magical Pantry, Bath & Body Care, Guides for Plants, Animals, & Gods, Chakra Health, Turning to Nature, and Finding & Holding Your Focus.
It’s a well rounded reference that covers a bit of everything that most folks struggle with at one time or another. Rachel is also very clear in stating that absolutely none of this acts as a substitute for proper medical care - be it physical or mental.
Things I’ve put into practice and/or adapted from the book:
I have occasional issues with Anxiety and Depression, so those are the 2 recipes I chose to delve into first…for research (and...They sounded delicious, lol).
From the Anxiety chapter I chose to recreate Rachel’s Cloves, Cinnamon, & Chocolate Cookies recipe (page 58). I used almond flour and added some xanthan gum. They turned out pretty well!
Partaking of these lovely little morsels feels like a hug in cookie form. The scent is warm and comforting, the taste & texture - satisfying. The earthiness of the cloves and cinnamon balance nicely with the sweetness of the chocolate chips and raisins (I didn’t have sultanas - golden raisins - on hand).
Their aroma is simply DIVINE. The brightness provided by the rosemary and mustard (I used Dijon) are wonderful, and…well…CHEESE (I used sharp cheddar)! They certainly lifted the spirits of this food-motivated Pixie, and - as I suffer from Seasonal Affectedness Disorder - they will become a staple in my house throughout the dark half of the year.
Final Thoughts on Curative Magic by Rachel Patterson:
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