Herbs of the Southern Shaman is an informative and at times, very entertaining, A-Z of psychoactive herbs that grow in the southern hemisphere. Following on from the author, Steve Andrew’s popular Herbs of the Northern Shaman, the book is very well-researched and with an excellent index, together with a glossary of medical and botanical terms, bibliography and recommended further reading makes an excellent reference book.
Andrews makes it clear in his introduction that “… the purpose of this work is for educational reasons and to provide horticultural and botanical information… Even though I have included personal descriptions of hallucinogenic experiences… I am in no way advocating the ingestion or use of any of these herbs, many of which are very poisonous when consumed and can present a very real danger” and in this he has succeeded admirably.
Herbs of the Southern Shaman should appeal to a far wider audience than I first thought before reading the book; the chapters on the plants are very well-detailed, including botanical information as well as information about their use in indigenous shamanic practice, making Herbs of the Southern Shaman potentially of interest to anyone interested in shamanism, botany or gardening as well as those wanting to learn more about indigenous sacred teacher plants.
Book Details: Steve Andrews. Herbs of the Southern Shaman. Moon Books; Reprint edition (26 April 2019). ISBN: 1789040999.
Review Details: Herbs of the Southern Shaman was reviewed by June Kent, editor of Indie Shaman magazine and published in Issue 42.
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