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have collected a few titles from my own library and suggestions
from friends, emphasizing medicinal herbs, remedies and resources.
we have merged our Healing Arts Bookstore here to include, shamanism,
crystal healing, massage, reflexology, pressure points, rebirthing-the
healing modalities I am most familiar with, and can suggest with
comes down between man, woman, beast, and the spirit world. A classic
on working with devic and elemental energies. A must read for any
conscious being on this Planet!
his is a book of conversations and pictures with each of the founders
of the Findhorn garden and community. The most remarkable thing
about Findhorn is that it is a flourishing garden with plants from
every climate (even tropical), growing many times normal size, in
sand in Scotland, of all places! Throughout the years horticulturists
have tested the soil and declared the results incomprehensible,
even impossible. Findhorn also does not use pesticide, but instead
talks to the insects and makes agreements about what the insects
eat and what they don't (after all, we wouldn't have anything without
them and they should get their share of Earth's bounty!). The candid
thoughts in the book, simply expressed, gave me the shivers, they
felt so true. I can only read it in spurts because after only a
page or 2, there is so much to digest and think about. The pictures
are only in black & white, but I find myself constantly looking
at them in awe of the Joy and Life coming through in the people
and the plants. This would be a great book for environmental scientists
to read, as we move into a unique time where serious decisions will
have to be made about natural resources and how to use our waste.
The Findhorn community presents an idea that things would be so
much easier for us if we allowed the veil to come down that exists
between man, beast, and the spirit world. According to them, the
Universe is full of helpful entities who genuinely WANT life to
continue and for us to create heaven on Earth.
Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Humanity and Nature
in Cooperation (Findhorn Community)
by Sir George Trevelyan (Foreword)
The Findhorn Garden first inspired people around the planet some
forty years ago, when the founders of the spiritual community saw
plants and flowers growing in soil that seemed unable to nurture
anything. It was soon realized that the garden was blessed with
devas and nature spirits that were guiding the members of the Findhorn
Community toward their true identity and uncovering the divine reality
within all things. The story of the garden is the celebration of
this divine life in its myriad forms.
Founded in November 1962 more than 40 years ago, the Findhorn Community
is situated in northern Scotland and is made up of several hundred
people from around the world who believe that behind the material
world there lies a spiritual reality that unites all people, all
life and all matter. At its heart is the Findhorn Foundation, a
major international center of adult education and personal and spiritual
transformation, offering people many ways to visit, live and work
Findhorn Book of Meditation
by Darren John Main
This book is both instructive and informative and takes a deceptively
complex topic and logically lays out the way for someone to successfully
meditate, by avoiding all the common pitfalls that he or she may
encounter while meditating. I would have given this book a higher
rating, but I felt that it only skimmed different forms of meditation
(Jewish repetitive prayer, Buddhist chanting, "mind blanking"
are three that come to mind) at best, rather than investigating
them more deeply, and explaining why they work for different people.
I also have mixed feelings about the author providing as much personal
information as he does. On the one hand, by humanizing the material,
it can help the reader relate to the subject matter, but on the
other hand by being so autobiographical, it shifts the focus of
the book, which detract from the subject matter. This is still a
very good book, loaded with good information on how to establish
a positive meditative practice, and as mentioned, very readable.
Findhorn Book of Connecting With Nature
by John R. Stowe
The Findhorn Book of CONNECTING WITH NATURE explores an entertaining
range of topics designed to connect the physical, emotional, &
spiritual aspects of the reader with the complete spectrum of Nature
that surrounds us all.
As the authors states, "You can reclaim your natural roots
& access the peace & strength of knowing where you live.
The advantages of doing so are wonderful & real. The world of
Nature is life affirming; it offers a healing, vitalizing alternative
to the activities & distractions of the modern world."
Whether we connect with our own garden, a favorite tree, a fly on
the windowsill, or the phases of the moon, John R. Stowe expertly
leads us to a deeper, and more joyful, understanding of Nature's
presence throughout our immediate environment.
John uses his own observations & those of participants in his
workshops to cultivate a basic theme: the benefits derived from
taking time to "tune in", in order to "start cultivating
a deeper relationship" with all aspects of "The Living
"All these explorations are active, ongoing, & continually
evolving," the author continues. "Our goal is to learn
how to move beyond the old, harmful belief in separation & to
learn--each in his or her own way--how to promote a new depth of
harmony & balance within ourselves & the rest of the living
-A HIPPIE CLASSIC-
To Eden Revised Edition
by Jethro Kloss
Back to Eden is a classic. The author Jethro Kloss was a true master
of herbal and natural medicine. Flip the book open to any page and
your are sure to find some useful and interesting information. To
paraphrase from the book, Jethro says that The Devil can bring about
no disease which The Lord does not provide a cure for in nature.
I believe this statement to be absolutely true and Jethro claims
to have cured people from a variety of diseases, including cancer.
Back to Eden is filled with invaluable information. Jethro Kloss
has created a masterpiece tomb of cleanses, herbs, and natural remedies.
If you have only one book on herbal medicine, this is the one to
have! It has a slew of information on herbs & herbal formulas,
diseases and illnesses, cures, health, food & drink, healthful
life-choices, your body, all aspects of caring for the sick, and
much more! - A goldmine of easy to understand information, much
of which is unavailable anywhere else! Get the hardcover edition,
as you will wear this fantastic book out, because it works!
Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
by Alfred Vogel
Dr Vogel came from a Swiss family where the secrets of herbalism
were known and practiced. 'The Nature Doctor' has become a recognized
publication even amongst medical doctors and scientists. This book
is a blend of Herbal, and Homeopathic Techniques.
Secret Life of Plants
by Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird
This book will show those willing to see that plants not only can
communicate with us, but that they also are willing to work with
humanity to return us to Eden, or more prosaically, that through
methods less harmful to the environment and less expensive than
commercial fertilizers, farmers can raise crops which surpass the
abundance of those raised by conventional methods. There are a few
cases, such as those in the chapter on radionic pesticides, which
were not supported by sufficient evidence to prove their points,
but in general this book demonstrates that plants are indeed more
alive than we suspected, and are our willing helpmates in all aspects
of life, if we would but listen. Recommended for all who work with
plants, and for those who already believe in the living universe,
and who want to see scientific confirmation of that fact.
Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
by Scott Cunningham
This is the first time I had heard of herbs like eryngo and life-everlasting-
this reference is well done.
The herbs are organized alphabetically, and black and white drawings
of the plant or flower are to the side of each entry, which typically
includes the scientific (Latin) name, health codes (such as G for
safe, and a guide is included in the book for all of the codes),
any folk names, its attributed gender, planet, element, and deities,
followed by brief (or sometimes long) descriptions of ritual and
After the listings of herbs, there are lists of categories, under
which are listed what herbs fit that area- such as masculine plants,
herbs that correspond to certain ritual intentions, and elementary
rulers. Also included are an index, a glossary, and a mail order
list for those who do not have an herb store nearby.
by Dr. Michael Tierra
Tierra has compiled an impressive work that covers the philosophies
of traditional Eastern herbal medicine along with describing the
herbs and their uses. He compares these systems to Western herbal
traditions, aiming at a synthesis to create a "planetary"
herbalism. Tierra's basic assumptions, that because the Eastern
systems have existed for centuries, they must work, and that "all
plants must have potential therapeutic application," are unproven
and probably unprovable. He sees herbalism as a religion of nature,
intuitive rather than precise and scientific.
major work integrating the herbal traditions of the East with those
of the West by the bestselling author of "The Way of Herbs".
This practical handbook and reference guide is a landmark publication
in this field. For unprecedented usefulness in practical applications,
the author provides a comprehensive listing of the more than 400
medicinal herbs available in the west, classified according to their
chemical constituents, properties and actions, indicated uses and
Way of Herbs
by Michael Tierra
Tierra covers not only the botanical and therapeutic properties
of herbs, he shows with great clarity how they fit into the wider
context of holistic healing. His integration of traditional Western
herbalism with Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine--and he is a master
of all three--justifies his proprietary name of "Planetary
Way of Chinese Herbs
by Michael Tierra
It is the best in providing the names for Chinese medicines by ailment.
What is especially useful is the names of the Chinese formulas in
pill form. Gan mao ling has been a life saver in fighting off colds
and flu, and that is only one of the herbs we have found! The Chinese
clerks/herbalists have been impressed with our knowledge, asking
where we have been able to get the information and names of the
Cancer with Herbs: An Integrative Approach
by Michael Tierra
In this book, Dr. Tierra provides a complete, systematic approach
to treating cancer from a holistic perspective, while detailing
the entire range of herbs and herbal medicines available to the
practitioner and the patient alike. He adds his clinical experience
and his deep compassion to create perhaps the definitive guidebook
on cancer treatment for today's world.
All persons (willing to set aside our inherently limited, myopic
Western worldview) are invited to take a step forward in to the
time-honored medical traditions of our forefathers that are as relevant
now as they were 5,000 years ago. Dr. Tierra is a true renaissance
man in every sense of the word; he has stretched his belief systems
to incorporate many healing traditions - American Indian, Western
herbal, East Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese acupuncture and herbs.
Drawing upon over forty years of study, teaching, and healing experience,
he makes an impassioned plea for the integration of natural treatments
with the oft-times too aggressive arsenal of accepted Western medical
practices including surgery, radiation & chemotherapy.
, the science of life, prevention and longevityis
the oldest and most holistic medical system available on the planet
today. It was placed in written form over 5,000 years ago in India,
it was said to be a world medicine dealing with both body and the
spirit. Before the advent of writing, the ancient wisdom of this
healing system was a part of the spiritual tradition of the Sanatana
Dharma (Universal Religion), or Vedic Religion. VedaVyasa, the famous
sage, shaktavesha avatar of Vishnu, put into writing the complete
knowledge of Ayurveda, along with the more directly spiritual insights
of self realization into a body of scriptural literature called
the Vedas and the Vedic literatures.
The Science of Self-Healing
by Vasant Lad
Keeping it short: this is the only modern intro. to ayurveda that
is utterly complete, thorough, concise... well written, top to bottom,
thoughtfully organized.... full of very real everyday applications
of ayurveda.... it's theory plus application.... confused about
ayurveda? want more 'cause you still don't quite get it? yes, this
is the book you need.... as an individual's very first book on ayurveda,
it is potentially very dense, depending upon consciousness.... if
you've already got the essentials in your head, this book will give
you an acceleration of understanding...
You have to be able to understand that "western" medicine
is not the answer for everything and that in many cases it will
eventually make you even sicker. What do you prefer, Prozac or a
cup of some herbal tea that will eventually help you with depression?.
What do you prefer, a cup of chamomile tea along with jatamansi
or Pepto Bismol?. Ayurveda is something very real, helpful and extremely
cheap. Hmmmm..... just wondering why allopacy wants to destroy alternative
methods. Even better, is Ayurveda really an alternative treatment?
3,000 years before Jesus Ayurveda was being practiced...so, just
wondering who's really alternative.
Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Second Edition
by Vasant Lad, David Frawley
For the first time, here is a detailed explanation and classification
of herbs, using the ancient system of Ayurveda. More than 270 herbs
are listed, with 108 herbs explained in detail. Included are many
of the most commonly used western herbs with a profound Ayurvedic
perspective. Important Chinese and special Ayurvedic herbs are introduced.
Beautiful diagrams and charts, as well as detailed glossaries, appendices
and index are included.
by Vasant Lad
Vasant Lad has presented a true text book that will become a companion
of the modern day Ayurvedic student. Normally if one was to source
concise information on the fundamentals of Ayurveda then one had
the difficult task of studying the translations of Caraka Samhita,
Sushruta Samhita and Vagbhata Samhita. While these texts are the
foundation for modern Ayurveda they can be daunting to the student
new to this amazing science. The only other method was to correlate
information from books written by Vasant Lad, David Frawley, Atreya,
Robert Svoboda, Subhash Ranade, Maya Tiwari etc.... and then one
would build up a collection of information from different sources.
Whilst this is not a bad thing (and I will continue to read books
offered from these great teachers) finding enough detailed information
was sometimes very hard. "The Text Book of Ayurveda: Fundamental
Principles" is truly amazing. It is a must for the serious
student of Ayurveda. Vasant Lad has indicated that this if the first
of three, the next two dealing with; the clinical assessment of
health and disease, and the management of disease. The contents
of this book is vast, it covers all aspects of the philosophical
foundation that Ayurveda stands upon, The Tridosha, Agni, The Seven
Dhatu, The Fifteen Srotas, Ojas, Tejas, Prana, Digestion and Nutrition,
to be honest this does no justice to what is actually in this textbook.
ancient medical/holistic system from the vedic civilization of India,
teaches that health is maintained by the balancing of three subtle
energies known as Doshas - individually they are Vatha, Pitta and
This system teaches maintenance and protection of the whole person
(mind, body and soul). Ayurvedic medicine is based on an individual's
characteristics and body frame rather than oriented toward treating
disease or sickness.
Each of us are made up of a combination of the three types of doshas.
The three doshas are comprised of these five universal elements:
Vatha is a combination of air and space.
Pitta is mostly fire with some water.
Kapha is mostly water with some earth.
Overall well-being and striving for longevity
depends on keeping your doshas balanced. Any imbalance among the
tridoshas causes a state of unhealthiness or disease. Factors that
can bring about balance of the tridoshas are diet, exercise, good
digestion, and elimination of toxins. You can follow the three links
below to evaluate the characteristics of each dosha to consider
if you are predominately one dosha or would be classified as a combo-energy
such as vatha-pitta or vatha-kapha, or pitta-kapha, and so on.
Useful Ayurvedic Treatments
Steam Baths or Sweats
books are for liberated women (and men) or
those who want to be. -LionHeart-
Erotica : Arousing Body, Mind, and Spirit
by Diana De Luca
In this stunningly beautiful book, veteran herbalist Diana DeLuca
shows us how to use safe and available herbs in ways that enhance
and increase sensuality. . . . Much more than simply being a compendium
of herbal aphrodisiacs, Botanica Erotica is dedicated to exploring
the realm of the erotic by using your entire being.
"Botanica Erotica blends real herbalism with a joyful affirmation
of sensuality, one that can come only when real experience blends
with the consciousness of a green wise woman. The result is
a fun and empowering book, offering a cornucopia of pleasure to
all who read it."
Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs
by Gail Faith Edwards.
Herbal medicines, plant lore, poetry, ceremonies, wild plants, medicinal
trees and much more! A keeper. "This charming book weaves herbal
lore, wise woman tradition, and personal experience into a magical
and spiritual tapestry. Gail Faith Edward's directions for growing,
harvesting, and utilizing Natures green gifts are surpassed
only by her ability to express her own Wild Heart. Experienced herbalists
and novices alike will be inspired by her vast knowledge and uplifting
spirit. Includes 113 trees and herbs for medicine, food, and beauty."
by Susun S. Weed
The Wise Woman tradition is the way of nourishment and sustenance,
rather than of "fixing" and "curing." With that
in mind, Susun Weed introduces us to seven herbs and encourages
us to get to know these Green Allies by spending time with them.
Food and medicine recipes are given for each herb, as well as fun
facts and literary references. Susun also includes detailed instructions
for making herbal preparations such as infusions, tinctures, oils
and poultices. Her knowledge of herbs is quite evident, as is her
commitment to the Wise Woman way of life.
This book is full of information on healing with herbs, and presented
with insight and wit. I feel confident any health problem I may
come across can be cured. Not with western medicine but with simple
gifts from Mother Nature we should all get to know better, and shoud've
used all along!
by Jeannine Parvati Baker, Jeannine Parvati
Much of Parvati's material is geared to younger woman-probably because
she was younger when she wrote the book and authors tend to write
about their experience, but she does have some good stuff on menopause.
Given the outpouring of books on the topic of herbal healing in
recent years, you might wonder what this book covers not found in
other herbal volumes, and the answer is plenty. Parvati's book is
about herb uses and the reproductive organs of the female body.
Parvati organizes the herbs by topics, covering subjects such as
aphrodisiacs to whet the sexual appetite, as well as herbs to improve
fertility, assist with birth control, boost lactation, ease menstruation,
et cetera. She has lots of graphic illustrations and pictures (naked
bodies) and discusses herbal applications you probably won't find
discussed anywhere else.
Parvati is Native American with a few other good qualities thrown
in such as six children conceived and delivered a la natural. This
is a book for liberated women (and men) or those who want to be.
Healing for Women
by Rosemary Gladstar
Gladstar points out that "there's a natural affinity between
women and the plant world." Her own background includes individual
experience with herbs, running a school of herbalism, and managing
a herbal store; and her book (which does not identify plants) illustrates
many of her resultant theories, attitudes, and practices. After
introducing us to herbalism and describing the preparation of remedies
and aids, she turns in the next four parts of the book to the subject
of women and herbs according to "moon-time" in women's
lives: early maturity, the childbearing years, pregnancy and childbirth,
and menopause. The strong influence of woman's relationship to the
earth's annual cycle pervades the text; a particularly beautiful
example occurs in the discussion of the menarche and a lunar festive
tea. Gladstar does admonish seeking professional help at times and,
moreover, in a practical way rather than merely as an afterthought.
Several appendixes provide additional information
Indian Healing Arts : Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season
by E. Barrie Kavasch, Karen Baar
Throughout their history, the American Indians have healed with
rituals using herbs, fungi, and other natural materials. They have
valued as sacred the spiritual side of life and their connection
to the earth. Their medicine has always been holistic, treating
the body and spirit as one and illness as a sign of imbalance. Now
we can benefit from American Indian wisdom with American Indian
Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life.
This book is organized by the stages of life, presenting different
tribal perspectives on the significance of each, with ceremonies
and healing rituals (songs, prayers, botanicals). The book includes
more than 60 recipes for treating health problems and other needs,
from "cramp bark tea" to "marigold-calendula deodorant
cream." There are also directions for making tonics, ointments,
tooth powders, and digestive remedies, and illustrations consisting
of leaf-rubbings of 80 plants. Besides learning to use American
Indian remedies, you learn fascinating facts about their ceremonies.
The Navajo celebrate not only birth, but the infant's first smile
and first laugh, for example. An Apache girl celebrates first menstruation
by running and dancing for four days (guided and massaged by an
elder woman). If you're interested in alternative healing, or intrigued
by American Indian culture, this book will add to your knowledge.
Plants Native Healing
by Tis Mal Crow, Tis Mal Crow
This book is a must for beginners and serious students of herbs
and of Native American ways. This set of herbal teachings, which
draws strongly from the Muscogee tradition, presents an understanding
of the healing nature of plants for the first time in book form.
In a time of expanding awareness of the potential of herbs, this
work shines and beckons. Tis Mal examines common wild plants and
in a clear and authoritative style explains how to identify, honor,
select, and prepare them for use. Illustrated and indexed by plant
name and medical topic.
of Native American Herbal Remedies: A Comprehensive Guide to the
Native American Tradition of Using Herbs and the Mind/Body/Spirit
Connection for Improving Health and Well-Being
by Anthony J. Cichoke
A complete guide to centuries-old Native American herbs and other
The modern techniques of holistic and alternative healing and natural
remedies have been alive in the "old ways" of Native American
medicine for centuries. This comprehensive guide introduces the
Native American concept of healing, which incorporates body, mind,
and spirit and stresses the importance of keeping all three in balance.
Dr. Anthony Cichoke explains the philosophy behind American Indian
healing practices as well as other therapies, such as sweat lodges,
used in conjunction with herbs. He examines each herb in an accessible
A-to-Z format, explaining its healing properties and varying uses
in individual tribes. Finally, he details Native American healing
formulas and recipes for treating particular ailments, from hemorrhoids
Handbook of Native American Herbs
by Alma R. Hutchens
This is a good book detailing over one hundred herbs commonly used
by the American Indians for a variety of treatments. The book details
the treatment, gives methods of application and a drawing.
Herbalogy of North America
by Alma R. Hutchens
This book is indexed by plants and by diseases. It gives descriptions
of habitat so you can go and find them in the wild. It is the only
book i have read to date that actually tells how to make the ointments
or tea and a history of how it has been used in many cultures. It
gives side effects and wonderful detailed plant sketches.
farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense,
with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use
and minimizing agricultures impact on the environment.
A truly great resource for medicinal herb seeds, trees, bulbs, and
Fedco Seeds grew out of the new wave food co-operative
movement of the 1970s, starting in 1978 as a project of the Maine
Federation of Co-operatives. Fedco stands for Federation of Cooperatives.
The Federation also ran a co-operative food warehouse in the late
seventies and early eighties.
We operate our own certified organic trial and research farm here
in Albion, Maine for seed production and to grow, breed, and evaluate
over 4000 new and experimental varieties each year.
This site now contains over 600 images of medicinal plants all taken
at Horizon Herbs Farm. Enjoy!
We are growers of organically certified medicinal herb seed and
plants here in Southern Oregon. We ship our seed worldwide, and
we also ship plants and live rootstock within the U.S. We offer
an extensive collection of organically certified seeds from the
new harvest and plants grown on our own farm, including indigenous
herb seeds from the Native American, Ayurvedic and Chinese traditions.
Association Kokopelli, a non-profit making organisation in France,
was set up in 1999 to take up the torch of Terre de Semences in
France, which was forced to close down following the enforcement
of a ministerial decree (Ministry of Agriculture) imposing draconian
conditions for the legal registration of ancient vegetable varieties
in a "A List for Amateur Varieties".
Association Kokopelli has, in this short time since 1999, blossomed
all over Europe presenting an imposing collection of ancient vegetable
varieties. Many members of the Association are very deeply involved
in the protection of alimentary biodiversity and the safeguarding
of traditional varieties.
My organic seeds are grown in our own gardens.
Many of the varieties have been grown for decades. We hand pick
the biggest, best and ripest specimens and proudly pass this quality
We grow plants for their uniqueness in taste and appearance, color
and shape. We find the best of these qualities in old-fashioned
plants. We have grown and tested many old-fashioned varieties, and
we have many good-tasting vegetables to offer you.
Some of these plants are rapidly being replaced by hybrids and genetically
altered varieties. By growing these older varieties yourself, you
will help to preserve our vegetable heritage.
ALL OF OUR SEEDS ARE OPEN-POLLINATED AND UNTREATED.
WE DO NOT USE OR STOCK GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SEEDS.
MOST OF OUR SEEDS ARE ORGANICALLY GROWN.
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