Earth Day is fast approaching. Each year, the month of April is a time when I'm reminded of the things I am doing to help our Mother Earth (recycling, reusing, actively reducing my carbon footprint by carpooling) as well as a time when I search out new ways to contribute to the effort (such as composting, becoming a "localvore," or making my own cleaning supplies).
I love that Llewellyn has so many books to inspire my green living aspirations; from cultivating a reverence for the Earth and all her inhabitants to creating my own skin care products, I can always find something new each year to try.
Of the many (and yes, there are many!) Llewellyn books on green topics below is a partial list of the ones that, in my humble opinion, should inhabit any green-lover's bookshelf:
To Cultivate Your Relationship with Our Mother Earth:
Voices of the Earth, by Clea Danaan
Awaken your psychic powers, talk to nature, and hear her reply. Nature
intuitive Clea Danaan gives lessons in building psychic awareness and
communicating with plants, trees, and nature spirits. This rewarding
connection with nature offers healing, renewal, knowledge of your life
purpose, and a spiritual oasis in a chaotic world. (2008 Independent Publisher Book Award for "Most Likely to Save the Planet" Bronze Medal Winner)
Flower and Tree Magic, by Richard Webster
Flowers and trees have long been celebrated as sacred and powerful. By
learning to read the special messages they hold, plants can help us
navigate our life path and reconnect with nature. In this comprehensive
guide, bestselling author Richard Webster uncovers the hidden properties
of every major type of tree, herb, and flower that we encounter in our
daily lives. From protection and healing to divination and worship, this
book shows you how to apply ancient spiritual practices from many
cultures to modern life.
To Help You Enact Green Changes in Your Community:
Sacred Land: Intuitive Gardening for Personal, Political, and Environmental Change, by Clean Danaan
positive and practical handbook, Danaan shows how organic gardening can
germinate environmental awareness and political change while feeding
your spirit. You'll learn how to plan and plant your garden, create
compost, save seeds, conserve and transmute water, connect with garden
goddesses, and incorporate planetary energy in your garden.
Land explores the benefits of native plants, organic food and
agriculture, buying locally, and eating seasonally. It suggests simple
yet effective ways of spreading the message of ecology and
sustainability to your community. You'll discover how to get along with
ants, bats, bees, butterflies, fairies, frogs, gnomes, worms, and other
creatures who share our gardens. This one-of-a-kind gardening guidebook
also includes inspiring stories of women activists, farmers, artists,
and healers who are making a difference in the world.
Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future, edited by Ly de Angeles
diverse arenas of Paganism, eleven established activists, authors and
academics passionately debate the critical issues facing modern Pagans.
These provocative discussions--exploring feminism, magickal ecology,
ancient Egyptian ethics, political activism, globalization, the power of
truth, sacred communities, and environmental spirituality--challenge
readers to reconsider what it means to be Pagan in the twenty-first
To Help You Discover Your Magical, Green Thumb:
The Real Witches' Garden, by Kate West
Enrich your Craft and tap into an age-old source of a Witch's power—the garden.
Kate West, acclaimed Witch and top-selling author in the U.K., can help you
transform a garden of any size into a sacred space for healing, working
magic, honoring the gods, and celebrating the Wheel of the Year.
Incorporate the five elements or magical shapes into your garden. Work
plant spells. Grow a window box of medicinal herbs. Honor your gods and
goddesses with specific plants. Use Moon energy to help your garden
thrive. Also included are spells and rituals for deterring pests,
healing sickly plants, influencing weather, and consecrating your
Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up, by Ellen Dugan
How does your magickal garden grow?... With violets, rosemary, and yarrow to attract
faeries; an apple tree for love and health; and a circle of stones in
some tucked-away corner? Whether you live in a cottage in the woods, a
home in the suburbs, or a city apartment with a small balcony, a
powerful and enchanted realm awaits you. Discover the secret language
and magickal properties of the trees and flowers, herbs and plants found
growing around you, and learn how to create your own witch's garden.
Written with down-to-earth humor by a master gardener who is also a practicing
witch, this creative and encouraging guide will inspire gardeners of all
ages and experience levels. It includes a journal section that makes it
easy to keep track of your progress, practical gardening advice,
personal stories, and garden witchery lore and magick.
To Help You Discover Natural and Homeopathic Remedies:
The Essential Guide to Natural Skin Care, by Hélène Berton
Treat yourself—your face, hands, hair, and lips—to vitamin-rich, toxin-free nourishment from nature. The Essential Guide to Natural Skin Care
maps the wondrous qualities and uses of botanicals used in homemade
beauty products, making it easy to customize your own lotions, creams,
milks, body butters, face masks, lip balms, ointments, toners, and more.
Choose from a wide variety of eco-friendly vegetable oils and butters, infused
and essential oils, aromatic hydrosols, and emulsifiers. Discover the
beneficial beauty and healing properties of each, as well as their
practical traits, such as shelf life and absorption. You’ll find
ingredients that soften, tone, and hydrate skin and hair; tighten pores;
fade scars; stave off wrinkles; prevent and heal acne; promote hair
growth; treat dandruff; fight infection and fungus; and repel insects.
This portable, compact DIY reference also includes practical advice and
basic recipes that can be easily modified to your unique skin type,
needs, and tastes.
The Wild & Weedy Apothecary, by Doreen Shababy
outside your doorstep or kitchen window, hidden beneath a tall pine
tree or twining through porch latticework, a wild and weedy apothecary
waits to be discovered.
Doreen Shababy shares her deep, abiding love for the earth and its
gifts in this collection of herbal wisdom that represents a lifetime of
work in the forest, field, and kitchen. This herbalism guidebook is
jam-packed with dozens of tasty recipes and natural remedies, including
Glorious Garlic and Artichoke Dip, Sunny Oatmeal Crepes, Candied Catnip
Leaves, Lavender Lemonade, Roseberry Tea, Garlic Tonic, Parsnip Hair
Conditioner, and Dream Charms made with Mugwort.