When I was contacted by Storey Publishing to review the Illustrated Herbiary by Maia Toll I jumped at the offer. I had seen this book around on Instagram and was instantly captivated by the beautiful cover art. I made a point of not reading any reviews of the book so I would have an honest reaction - and I couldn't be more pleased with it.
Studying herbs is a passion of mine, and this book blends that beautifully with elements of witchcraft and ritual. The thirty-six plants included are a mix of ones you would expect, and others that tend to be overlooked.
Things I love about this book:
1. It comes with Oracle Cards of the plant illustrations! I had no idea about this and it was a really wonderful surprise to find in the envelope in the back (which is another feature I love for storing notes).
2. You don't need to have all the herbs to participate in some of the rituals. Many involve visualization, journalling or crafting.
3. The rituals are completely unique. Aside from burning sage, they were all new to me. This makes working with old plant friends feel like new again.
4. The art is just stunning. The artist is Kate O'Hara and I look forward to uncovering more of her work.
5. Makes a beautiful gift for beginners and experts alike.
6. Maia's writing is so friendly and inviting, you feel like you're listening to a friend tell you a story.
7. The information on the plants is short and sweet, but still interesting and educational. This is hard to pull off and Maia does it perfectly.
Things I don't love about this book:
1. I wish there were more than thirty-six plants! Please do volume two!
If you have been seeing this book around and on the fence, don't be. You'll really enjoy it, you'll learn something and it will definitely pretty up your collection.
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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for the purposes of review. The fact I received it for free has not influenced the review in any way.