HERBS; Marlene Houghton, CM BAPS

Pub. Orion Plain and Simple, 2017

ISBN 978409169871

ebook ISBN 978409169888


This practical book is based on helping people take responsibility for their own health. It is organised by body system so you can look up the issue and read about recommended herbs. It covers various herbal modalities: Western & Eastern approaches to herbs, oils and different ways of applying them internally and externally. This treasure trove is what's on the cover: plan and simple! Recommended as a great gift for anyone wanting to get into herbal self-help or to have as a reference guide.

Review by Nina Ashby, CM BAPS

Spirit of the Hedgerow by Jo Dunbar

Published by Local-Legend 2016 £10.00 ISBN 97-1-910027-16-5

This is an easy to read and useful introduction for those new to healing with native wild plants . The dedication at the front ‘ Dedicated to the Goddess and the Green Man of the land and to the plants of the hedgerow in all their manifest and unmanifest forms ‘ and the rather startling front cover photograph of a Green Man with bright emerald hair and make up clearly show the author’s perspective ; she is a qualified herbalist , horticulturist and Druid.

Our ancestral roots and those of our hedgerow plants are inextricably entwined. Stories and legends of the plants connect us to our forebears’ knowledge though the greenery around us. Our understanding of the trees and plants connects us to the wisdom of our ancestors. It is as if we are able to access a parallel green world of intelligent plant beings which we can co-operate with by study and observation of the plants . To my mind, a green mantle of healing energy envelopes the planet and its existence is quite awe-inspiring yet so accessible. It’s amazing what we can find right under our feet , when we take the time to look.

The book is usefully divided into monthly sections with references to the Wheel of the Year so the reader can easily locate the plants in their growing season . There are 2 indexes at the back ; one for the common names and one for the botanical names which makes crosss-referencing and identification easy .

The uses and habits of the plants are described with their folklore , Celtic Tree Oracle and magical uses and illustrated with colour photographs . If I had one criticism it is that the quality of some of the photographs is a bit blurry. The writing style has that rare combination of knowledge and direct experience , giving a deft personal touch to the insights presented. I highly recommend this book for its usefulness and originality and at £10.00 for almost 200 pages, it’s a bargain.

Book review by Helen Francesca Consultant Member BAPS.

'Creating Trance and Hypnosis Scripts’, by Gemma Bailey,

 O Books 2008 ISBN 978 1 84694 197 9; £11.99

If you are interested in the mind and have any training in hypnotic induction, this is an interesting resource for learning or expanding your repertoire; to write scripts, including tone, embedded metaphors, rhythms and hypnotic patterns. 

Nina Ashby - CM BAPS

"Call of the Forbidden Way", Robert Owings, reviewed by Nina Ashby

Cosmic Egg Books ISBN 978 178535 366 6

This is a gripping tale about the initiatory path, reminiscent of Carlos Castenada and his journey from sceptical novice towards adept-hood, though in this book through various spiritual disciplines. The descriptions of spiritual trial and personal pathway are very accurate and well written and believable.

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'The Element Encyclopaedia of Birthdays’ by Teresa Cheung;

Element Books 2007; ISBN 13-978-0-00-729893-8;  £12.99  

Not a new book but one of my favourites to dip into when I find out someone’s birthday! Character analysis is very accurate. Gives life challenges, negative and positive personality traits in an easy to digest format. Love this book!  

Nina Ashby - CM BAPS

'Crystal Prescriptions: Feng Shui and Psychic Protection, An A-Z Guide, by Judy Hall

Space Clearing, Feng Shui and Psychic Protection, An A-Z Guide, Volume’ by Judy Hall, 2015 O Books, I*SBN 978 1 78535 457 1; £12.99  

As all of Judy Hall’s wonderfully detailed and accurate books on crystals and their therapeutic uses, this is a useful and inspiring book to have on your shelf. Her approach is practical and she makes rather complex concepts easy to understand with loads of cross referencing for easy access to information. Highly recommended for all levels.  

Nina Ashby - CM BAPS

Palmistry Made Easy by Johnny Fincham reviewed by Paul Harrison

(Dodona Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-84694-620-2)

This is a slim volume containing a wide range, and reasonable depth, of information for people new to the world of palmistry. Topics covered include skin texture, hand and finger shapes and print and palm patterns. For those with some basic knowledge of the subject, the presentation can be a little confusing, as he assigns new names to familiar hand parts.

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