Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Feb 24, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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The first in-depth examination of the sacred underpinnings of the world of Native American medicinal herbalism

• Reveals how shamans and healers “talk” with plants to discover their medicinal properties

• Includes the prayers and medicine songs associated with each of the plants examined

• By the author of The Secret Teachings of Plants

As humans evolved on Earth they used plants for everything imaginable--food, weapons, baskets, clothes, shelter, and medicine. Indigenous peoples the world over have been able to gather knowledge of plant uses by communicating directly with plants and honoring the sacred relationship between themselves and the plant world.

In Sacred Plant Medicine Stephen Harrod Buhner looks at the long-standing relationship between indigenous peoples and plants and examines the techniques and states of mind these cultures use to communicate with the plant world. He explores the sacred dimension of plant and human interactions and the territory where plants are an expression of Spirit. For each healing plant described in the book, Buhner presents medicinal uses, preparatory guidelines, and ceremonial elements such as prayers and medicine songs associated with its use.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Sacred and the Earth
1
Chapter 2 To Be Healed by the Earth
16
Chapter 3 Visions of Sacred Plant Medicine
25
Chapter 4 The Sacred Song of a Plant
37
Chapter 5 Making Sacred Relationship with Plants
49
Chapter 6 Healing in a Sacred Manner
68
Chapter 7 Digging for Medicine
84
Chapter 8 Making Plants into Medicine
91
Chapter 11 A Short Compendium of Plants and Their Sacred Uses
139
Chapter 12 The Birth of Gaia
175
Appendix Wildcrafting Ethics and Guidelines
185
Notes
191
Suggested Readings and Herbal Sources
200
Index
203
Also by Stephen Harrod Buhner
208
Books of Related Interest
209

Chapter 9 Ceremony
102
Chapter 10 Four Sacred Plants of the Rocky Mountain Region
124
Backcover
212
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About the author (2006)

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth Poet and senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian Studies. He lectures throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, and the intelligence of nature. He is the author of nine works of nonfiction and one book of poetry, including The Secret Teachings of Plants and the award-winning The Lost Language of Plants. He lives in Braintree, Vermont.

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