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The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners: The Healing Power of Medicinal Plants

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Traditional herbalists or wise women were not only good botanists or pharmacologists; they were also shamanic practitioners and keepers of occult knowledge about the powerful properties of plants. Traveling back to the healing arts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, The Herbal Lore of Wise Womenand Wortcunners takes readers deep into this world, through the leechcraft of heathen society and witches’ herb bundles to the cloister gardens of the Middle Ages. It also examines herbal medicine today in the traditional Chinese apothecary, the Indian ayurvedic system, homeopathy, and Native American medicine.

Balancing the mystical with the practical, author Wolf Storl explains how to become an herbalist, from collecting material to distilling and administering medicines. He includes authoritative advice on herb gardening, as well as a holistic inventory of plants used for purposes both benign and malign, from herbs for cooking, healing, beauty, and body care to psychedelic plants, witches’ salves for opening alternative realities, and poisonous herbs that can induce madness or cause death. Storl also describes traditional “women’s plants” and their uses: dyeing cloth, spinning and weaving, or whipping up love potions. The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners is written for professional and amateur herbalists as well as gardeners, urban homesteaders, and plantspeople interested in these rich ancient traditions.

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About the Author

Wolf D. Storl is a cultural ecologist and university professor who has conducted research and taught in the United States, India, Mexico, the Canary Islands, South Africa, and much of Europe. As an anthropologist his area of research is shamanism and healing in traditional societies with a focus on the role of plants in all aspects of life, including sacred symbolism, magic, medicine, foods, and poisons.

The author of more than two dozen books in German and English including Healing Lyme Disease Naturally, he lives with his family and a number of pets in the forested foothills of the Alps in southern Germany, where he gardens, collects herbs, conducts ethnobotanical studies and writes his books.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781583945292
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Subject:
Health & Fitness : Herbal Medications
Foreword:
Gladstar, Rosemary
Author:
Storl, Wolf D.
Subject:
Body, Mind & Spirit : Spirituality - Shamanism
Subject:
Nature : Plants - General
Subject:
Body, Mind & Spirit : Healing - General
Publication Date:
February 2012
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
384

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Herbal Medicine
Metaphysics » Healing
Metaphysics » Shamanism
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Botany

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