The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life

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North Atlantic Books, 2014 - Cooking - 552 pages
Herbalists, naturopaths, plantspeople, witches, and natural healers will love the empowering information, engaging stories, and heartfelt meditations and rituals of natural herbal medicines in this book. Nominated as a Herbal Book of the Year by the International Herb Association, The Gift of Healing Herbs by well-respected urban herbalist Robin Rose Bennett offers readers who want to take charge of their health an immersion into a myriad ways to use plant-based remedies to care for themselves and others on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

With more than 180 easy-to-follow recipes informed by the wisdom that physical and spiritual healing are inextricably intertwined, The Gift of Healing Herbs explores herbology as the "people's medicine," freely available to all, and as a powerful yet gentle way to heal body, mind, heart, and soul. The book is divided into three parts: the first part examines health and the causes of illness; the second part comprises a reference of all the physical systems of the body and the common and not-so-common herbs for tonifying them; and the third part contains recipes for teas, brews, and instructions for incorporating herbs into our daily lives. The hundreds of recipes for herbal preparations in this book--accompanied by prayers, meditations, and rituals--offer spiritual and physical insights into the relationship between our body systems and the elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water, thus helping the reader explore and experience the interconnection of all things in the web of life.

Filled with personal stories, case histories, and elements of personal memoir, The Gift of Healing Herbs is equal parts inspiration and instruction drawn from the author's life and decades spent teaching and practicing herbal medicine in a spiritual, earth-based, nondogmatic style. The author explores how one's personal story turns into one's embodied physicality and ultimately reveals individual unique paths of healing for each reader.

 

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Contents

All Healing Is Spiritual Healing
3
Healing Herbal Recipe for IronDeficiency Anemia
6
What Is Soulful Healing?
10
My Friend Jims PostStroke Tincture Blend
23
Herbal Preparations
29
The Herbs and Your Body Systems
59
Healthy Heart BlendVariation I
65
Great Way to Start the Day InfusionVariation I
73
St Js Wort Ointment
299
Womens SexualReproductive System
308
Magical MoonBathArtemisia vulgaris Tincture
314
Ritual Artemisia Bath Preparation II
320
MotherwortPeach Bittersweet Blend
329
Red Clover Poultice
340
Sweetheart Leaf Poultice
347
Wild Carrot Recipe for Natural Conscious Contraception
355

The Digestive System
80
Digestive Aid Honey BallsVariation I
84
The ImmuneLymphatic System
101
LymphLovers Tincture Blend
114
DeepRooted Ease Blend
120
Dry Burdock Leaf Poultice or Compress
126
Root and Berry Brew
133
Easy Elder Flower infusion
143
Easy Elderberry Tincture
147
The Musculoskeletal System
161
Recipes to Heal a Torn Meniscus
164
Postsurgical Musculoskeletal Healing Infusion
178
The Nervous System
182
SuperSoother Oat Tincture Blend
192
Simple Sleep Pillow
206
Rose Blossom Glycerites
223
Heal My Heart and Give Me Strength Blend
229
The Respiratory System
239
White Pine Infusion
243
Mullein Leaf and Flower Syrup
256
RarintoGo Infusion
276
SkinThe Integument System
280
Black Birch Spring Delight Infusion
293
Remedies for a Personal Journey of Menstrual Healing
361
AZ ArtemisiaZingiber WombMassage Oil
367
Ladys Mantle WombTonic Tincture
373
Kitchen MedicinesCommon Foods Herbal Honeys Herbal
383
Lavender Honey
388
Orange Peel Honey
396
GreatGrandma Esthers Barley Recipe
405
Fancy Gomashio Recipe
412
Bone Soup with Mushrooms
418
Luxurious Lentil Soup
424
CinnamonRaisin Toast
431
Basic Basil Infusion
438
Perfectly Easy Parsley Pasta
441
LateNight Turmeric Snack
455
Additional Remedies Tips
469
Eyewash for Burst Blood Vessels in the Eye
475
PainRelief Blend
492
PainRelief Liniment
493
Some Additional Remedies Recipes and Tips
495
Some Ideas about Healing
502
Notes
517
About the Author
553
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ROBIN ROSE BENNETT is a compassionate, empowering herbalist and spiritual teacher. The focus of her healing work is to share the generosity of the earth and the magic, mystery, and beauty of the web of life. Since 1986 she has taught at schools, clinics, progressive and holistic organizations, herbal conferences, and is a repeat guest lecturer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, St John's Hospital, Montefiore Teaching Hospital, Beth Israel's Nursing program, and Brown University Medical School. She is a faculty member of the New York Open Center and author of two meditation CDs. Bennett has a private consultation practice in New Jersey, offered on a sliding-scale, and an herbalist-in-residence teaching practice at a family medical practice in Bronx, NY. She is a long-time member of United Plant Savers and the Northeast Herbal Association. Robin writes regularly for Plant Healer Magazine and is proud to be a founding member and on the board of directors of SustainableWestMilford.org. Hundreds of apprentices have graduated from her 3-year, in-depth apprenticeship programs over the past 25 years and thousands of students have benefitted from her regular classes as well as free classes that she regularly offers in her town as a community service. The author lives in Hewitt, New Jersey.

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