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Secret Medicines from Your Garden: Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic Paperback – Illustrated, 12 February 2016

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“The secret in Ellen Hopman’s new text is the rich framework she presents for herbal medicine. By knowing herbs through the lenses of the seasons, the garden, the body, the stars, and more, the beginner will develop well-nourished roots and clear, practical skills with a wide range of plants. The advanced student will appreciate the thorough guide to formulation and blending, which makes this book an important reference text.” ― Guido Masé, codirector of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, chief herbalist of Urba

“Rare are those herbalists who understand the perfection of balance when knowledge is based both upon the wisdom that has survived the passing of millennia and knowledge that is affirmed with the modern tools of research and analysis. I encourage you to take the intimate journey Ellen Evert Hopman offers you in Secret Medicines from Your Garden. Her opening sentence resounds as a truth in my own life as well. And from that sentence onward, as she shares her own journey into the study of herbal medicine, she will engage you as a trusted friend and as someone who goes out of her way to always speak with clarity. The recipes and preparations are delicious, the medicinal information trustworthy, and the historical references reflect academic accuracy. This book should go home with you. And then? Let Ellen take you on a wonderful journey into our herbal world.” ― Paul Beyerl, master herbalist, author of The Master Book of Herbalism, and founder of The Hermit&rsq

“This is the most tantalizing type of herb book--the kind I love most--filled with lore and history, myth and magic, and the author’s own rich experiences weaving the tales together. We are led on a most unique multidimensional journey to the heart of herbalism. Along the way we are taught how to use plants for medicine, daily well-being, ritual, and ceremony.” ― Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist, founder of United Plant Savers, and author of Planting the Future: Sav

“Just like in nature where you encounter the same herb many times but in different ways, Ellen Evert Hopman’s new book takes you on a spiraling exploration into the world of healing plants. Your first encounter is a taste, the next a healing brew, and then a story as if around a campfire. She also shares, for the first time in print, the brilliant herbal formulation technique of the late (great) herbalist William LeSassier. What a delight to journey with Ellen as she shares her extensive experience and knowledge of the rich diversity found in each plant!” ― Pam Montgomery, herbalist, educator, and author of Plant Spirit Healing and Partner Earth

“Ellen Evert Hopman is a master herbalist who understands both the physical and spiritual nature of plants. In Secret Medicines from Your Garden she draws on her extensive experience and brings us a wonderful book that is so much more than the average herbal. Packed full of practical guidance, accessible information, and useful recipes, this original and beautifully illustrated book takes us deep into nature and teaches how plants can nourish both body and soul. Ellen is making a significant contribution to contemporary plant wisdom. Highly recommended for anyone interested in plant spirits, herbal lore, and plant magic.” ― Carole Guyett, medical herbalist, Celtic priestess, and author of Sacred Plant Initiations

“Like a box of bonbons, this collection of arcane and useful herbal lore will delight and entertain you, no matter your mood. Secret Medicines from Your Garden courses through bee-humming meadows and skirts hedgerows guarded by rowan woods, while eating flower sandwiches and pouring libations for the fairies. You will love this new and wonderful treasure from the enchanted pen of Ms. Hopman.” ― Susun S. Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal Series

“Her eyes opened to the power and beauty of nature first by the Franciscan community near Assissi in northern Italy and subsequently by the New Age community of Findhorn in Scotland, Ellen Evert Hopman felt called to work with plants in all their forms and guises. After an herbal apprenticeship with William LeSassier, the visionary herbalist and creator of the Triune formulation system, she spent five years studying the herbal ways of Native American elders. Declaring herbalism a lifelong learning path, this book is a distillation of all the knowledge she has acquired from the natural world and its benefits for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. It is a fascinating, educational, and highly enjoyable read brimming with practical ideas, recipes, and rich in history as well an important reference work from an accomplished herbalist, author, and all around plant woman.” ― Alex Dover, medical herbalist

“This book is multifaceted, a gem that is full of information about our personal green paths that encompass medicine, food, religion, and ritual.” ― Mary Pat Palmer, registered herbalist and director of the Philo School of Herbal Energetics, Philo,

“A delightful collection of nature’s wisdom translated into an easy-to-follow instructional book of herbal medicine. Ellen provides a great medicinal resource while inviting you to cultivate your intuition and connect with the spiritual components of plant medicine.” ― Aviva D. Wertkin, N.D., founder of Naturae Medical

In Secret Medicines from Your Garden, Ellen Evert Hopman takes the reader on a fascinating tour of various facets of herbalism: In part one, "A Wildcrafting Primer," we learn about medicinal and delicious plants to harvest in each season, as well as cold and flu care and plants to repel insects. In part two we meet animal spirit medicines, herbal astrology, plant spirits, and more. Part three encourages us to enjoy nature's bounty from honey to hedgerows, and includes two full chapters on tree medicine. Part four brings the reader into some finer points of formulation and developing protocols, including the details of William LeSassier's method of formulation. Drawing on many traditions, this book is likely to have something for everyone!” ― Phoenix Books "staff picks," Kristen Eaton - Manager, February 2016

"Mind-blowing! Hopman has found a way to pack a veritable treasure trove of herbal lore into a clear, precise and engaging volume. The contents are organized beautifully, starting with a primer on wildcrafting and the “doctrine of signatures” while following with a season-by-season guide to harvesting and utilizing nature’s potent healing energies. A wonderful addition to the library of any naturalist, herbalist, witch or alchemist." ― The Witches’ Almanac, February 2016

“Weaving together ancient wisdom, mystical folklore, and modern plant research, master herbalist Ellen Evert Hopman explores the many uses of flowers, trees, common weeds, and ornamental plants for food, medicine, spiritual growth, and magical rituals. She reveals the herbal lore surrounding each plant, drawing on traditional knowledge and remedies from around the world, including Native American, Celtic, and Egyptian traditions. She includes recipes throughout so you can make medicines from wild and domesticated plants easily found in yards, forests, meadows, and hedgerows, and she discusses what to plant to ensure you have leaves, berries, and flowers all year. She reveals the herbal lore surrounding each plant, drawing on traditional knowledge and remedies from around the world, including Native American, Celtic, and Egyptian traditions. She includes recipes throughout so you can make medicines from wild and domesticated plants easily found in yards, forests, meadows, and hedgerows, and she discusses what to plant to ensure you have leaves, berries, and flowers all year. Showing how to easily incorporate wild plants into your life to receive their healing benefits throughout the seasons, Hopman reveals the power of the bounty that Mother Nature has provided right at our doorstep” The Edge, March 2016

“Not just another reference book! Hopman uses narrative to draw us into her world and introduce us to the plants she knows so well. It was the spirit of St. Francis who led her to her calling. In a small church which he helped to build, she heard a voice telling her to work with plants. She heeded the calling, setting out on a journey guided only by the plants themselves. Now she is introducing readers to the properties and uses of her special plant allies. My favorite section is the one on the “doctrine of signatures” which uses plant/leaf formation, habitat preferences, smell, color, and taste to determine the special properties of the plant. Part Four of the book takes a scientific turn. It begins with a concise treatise on formula making, followed by an extensive chart of the prescriptive qualities of plants, a glossary of contraindications for herbal remedies, and a resource list. Don’t let customers miss the section on natural bug repellents, and be sure to let them know that the book is also laced with data on the multi-cultural, magical properties of plants.” ― Retailing Insight, Anna Jedrziewski, April 2016

“Weaving together ancient wisdom, mystical folklore and modern plant research, this book explores the many uses of flowers, trees, common weeds and ornamental plants for food, medicine, spiritual growth and magical rituals. It reveals the herbal lore of each plant, drawing on traditional knowledge and remedies from around the world.…includes recipes throughout.” ― AZnetnews.com, May 2016

“Hopman’s Secret Medicines from Your Garden takes the secrecy out of herbal medicine, and makes it accessible and straightforward for readers of all gardening prowess and healing needs.” ― Spiral Nature, Kait Fowlie, May 2016

“I have old favorites in my book collection, especially amongst my herbals…I've got a new favorite to add to that shelf. This is an excellent primer and highly recommended.” ― Facing North Facing North

About the Author

Ellen Evert Hopman has been a teacher of herbalism since 1983 and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. A member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages and a former professor at the Grey School of Wizardry, she has presented at schools and workshops across the United States and Europe. A Druidic initiate since 1984, she is the current Archdruid of Tribe of the Oak (Tuatha na Dara), an international Druid Order, a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile), a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana. A former vice president of The Henge of Keltria, she is the author of The Sacred Herbs of Spring; The Sacred Herbs of Samhain; Secret Medicines from Your Garden; The Real Witches of New England; Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore; A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine; A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year; Walking the World in Wonder – a Children’s Herbal; Being a Pagan; Tree Medicine, Tree Magic; and the Druid trilogy of novels: Priestess of the Forest, The Druid Isle and Priestess of the Fire Temple. She lives in Massachusetts.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Healing Arts Press; Illustrated edition (12 February 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1620555573
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1620555576
  • Customer Reviews:
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Visit Ellen online at www.elleneverthopman.com

A recent video interview!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=293840531860553&amp;ref=watch_permalink

Ellen Evert Hopman is a Master Herbalist and lay Homeopath who holds an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling.

Ellen Evert Hopman is the author of a growing number of books. Her newest offerings are The Secret Medicines in Your Kitchen, a book that teaches the uses of foods and spices already in your home, for health and well being (mPowr, 2012), Secret Medicines from Your Garden (Healing Arts Press, 2016), A Legacy of Druids (Moon Books, 2016), Tree Medicine Tree Magic - second edition updated and revised (Pendraig Publishing, 2017), The Real Witches of New England (Destiny Books, 2018), The Sacred Herbs of Samhain (Destiny Books, 2019) and The Sacred Herbs of Spring (Destiny Books, 2020)

Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore (Pendraig Publishing, 2011), is a study of the folk magic and healing plants of the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

Her first novel, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey (recently re-released by Oak Spirit Publishing, 2020), was an exciting new project for her, combining a heart-warming fictional romance with practical Druid rites, prayers and rituals. The sequel is called The Druid Isle (Llewellyn, April 2010). The third book in the series is Priestess of the Fire Temple: A Druid's Tale (Llewellyn, March of 2012). All three books are designed to illuminate the Druid path for seekers of Celtic wisdom.

Another book on trees, Celtic spirituality and the ancient Ogham alphabet is A Druid's Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine (Inner Traditions - Bear and Company, June 2008).

Other books include Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today (Destiny Books, 2001), People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out (Inner Traditions, 1995), Walking the World in Wonder - A Children's Herbal (Healing Arts Press, 2000), and A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year (Destiny Books, 1994)

Hopman is the Archdruid of Tribe of the Oak (Tuatha na Dara), an international Druid Order with on line instruction for seekers (www.tribeoftheoak.com). She was a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile, www.whiteoakdruids.org) and its former Co-Chief, a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana. She was Vice President of The Henge of Keltria, an international Druid Fellowship, for nine years and has also been at times a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and of ADF, A Druid Fellowship.

She is the co-creator of the Virtual Shrine of the Goddess Brighid (http://shrineofbrighid.com/)

Hopman has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Hopman is also a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages and has been a professor at the Grey School of Wizardry.

Hopman has presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, Paganism, and magic at conferences, festivals, and events in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States. She has participated in numerous radio and television programs including National Public Radio's &quot;Vox Pop&quot; and the Gary Null show in New York. She presented a weekly &quot;herb report&quot; for WRSI radio out of Greenfield, MA for over a year and was a featured subject in a documentary about Druids on A&amp;E Television's &quot;The Unexplained&quot; (Sacred Societies, February 1999).

She has also released video tapes and DVDs on the subjects covered in her books through Sawmill River Productions. See clips at: http://vimeo.com/user2687064/videos

Purchase the DVDs for $20.00 plus $4.00 from Ellen at POB 219, Amherst, MA 01004 and through her website www.elleneverthopman.com

She has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990 and has co-lead tours to Celtic and Neolithic sites in Europe. She was the founder of The New England Druid Summit, a yearly gathering of Druids in New England.

She has been on the staff of Keltria: Journal of Druidism and Celtic Magick and has been a contributing author to many New Age and Pagan journals.

Visit www.elleneverthopman.com to read Ellen's Moonthly blog.

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Praise for Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore;

Many of the herbal and magical practices of the Scots are echoed in

traditional Norwegian folk medicine and magic. This is a valuable resource

book not only for the serious folklorist, but also for a wider audience

interested in a deeper look at rural Scottish practices. Ms. Hopman has done

an amazing amount of research, and her Scottish herbalism section is far

more detailed than I've seen elsewhere. A &quot;must have&quot; for the northern

European folklorist's library.

Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D., author of &quot;The Hammer of the Smith&quot; and &quot;The Divine

Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods&quot;.

Through her books, Ellen Evert Hopman lifts the veil between worlds of the

present and the past. She guides the reader on a fascinating journey to our

ancient Celtic history, simultaneously restoring lost knowledge and

entertaining the reader. Be prepared to be educated and delighted.

Wendy Farley, Clan McKleod

&quot;The first things is WOW! Ellen Hopman has given us a volume that belongs in

Harry Potter's library. This wonderful collection of enchantments, faery

lore and herbal potions, is presented by a practicing herbalist and (I

suspect) magician. It is a useful manual of magic, an unusual tourist guide

to Scotland, certainly a delightful read, and at the very least, a

comprehensive and thoroughly footnoted collection of folk lore for

humorless librarians and scholars.&quot;

Matthew Wood MS (Scottish School of Herbal Medicine)

Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild)

Every now and again, a book emerges from the waves of occult and magical

authorship that delves into the deep and ancestral waters of old magic! This

book is one of those rare occasions. From the lore of herbs to the blessing

of stones; from avioding the elf-blast to healing through Faerie blessing -

Ellen guides the reader through ancient groves of oral lore to discover a

power and spirit that connects the reader to the oldest of magics, the earth

and her elements. I am confident that the Scottish Ancestral Wise Ones, are

renewed through this book and the old ways live once again!

Orion Foxwood

Ellen Evert Hopman takes us deep into a world where folk magic and herbal

medicine are part and parcel of a daily life guided by the cycles of the sun

and the moon and the land. She strikes a perfect balance, combining

rigorous scholarship, deep understanding of the Scottish worldview, and

clear and accessible writing with just the right measure of the mystical and

poetic. At once a rich and detailed study of traditional Scottish ways and

a practical manual for bringing healing and magic into your own life. A

truly masterful work.

Sean Donahue, Traditional Herbalist

http://www.brighidswellherbs.com

Like a wee bairn sitting on grandma's lap absorbing legend, lore and

instruction from the talk around the hearth, you will learn from and delight

in this richly accomplished book. Take a sip or a long draught, you will be

nourished deeply.

Susn S. Weed author of the Wise Woman Herbal series.

Woven into this well-researched and beautifully presented book is a magical

thread. This thread forms a path and this path winds its way into the very

marrow of the old and forgotten ways of Scotland. Throughout these pages

Ellen lavishes the reader with a body of knowledge that she means to be used

in direct participation with Nature. The message is clear: The old Wisdom

endures and is more vital to us than ever before.

Michael Dunning - Scottish shaman, writer, artist and teacher.

A recent review of A Druids Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine;

SageWoman

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www.witchesandpagans.com

As a practicing herbalist, I am always on the lookout for books rich with

herbal lore. The problem is that most books are either medicinal or magical,

and when they're both, the information therein is not always especially

helpful. Enter Ellen Evert Hopman, whose book, however, is a thorough and

complete look at both. Hopman is not only an herbalist but a Druid

priestess, as well and she obviously has a keen intuitive sense of tree

medicine that she couples this with Druid lore (as well as Native American

lore). Sacred Tree Medicine traces through the Druid Ogham Tree alphabet,

giving the symbolic, liturgical, poetic, medicinal, and spiritual aspects of

each sacred tree.

Though there is focus on herb lore, the Goddess is given plenty of

attention, too. Hopman teaches her reader how each sacred tree assists in

spiritual practice and which face of the Goddess it represents. I had the

most fun taking this book to the forests by my home, identifying trees and

sampling their offerings. The book closes with a section on the Druidic arts

including magic, tools, festivals, and divinations. This gives the reader

the opportunity to put her newfound knowledge of trees and magic to

practical use.

Hopman is an incredible resource for all of us seeking to take our health,

medicine, and spirituality into our own hands. Sacred Tree Medicine deserves

a place on the shelf next to her other guides of magical and medicinal lore.

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