Rochester: Destiny Books, 1983. Paperback, 120 pages. New.
A biochemist, physicist and Herbalist by profession, author Richard Alan Miller brings together both science and ritual in this exploration on the practicalities of herbal magic. The Magical and Ritual use of Herbs describes the historical use, chemical structure, preparation for, and magical use of nineteen herbs which have narcotic, hallucinogenic, stimulant or depressive properties. These include Morning Glory seeds, Wild Lettuce, Damiana and Scullcap. The chemical properties of each herb is given, and corresponding rituals are included which aim at heightening physical and psychological awareness, providing at the same time the necessary precautions for their safe usage. Miller also discusses how these natural substances have been used in other cultures and religious traditions, and how they can be utilized by individuals for the enhancement of sexuality, initiation, astral projection and spiritual growth.