As an herbalist, I have been using herbs as medicine for several years. Dancing through my garden with snippers, merrily collecting herbs for my concoctions I felt that I was "in tune" with the plants and their healing properties. I was wrong. What I failed to understand is the energy and spirit of the plants that I collected. I thought I could run to my endless library of herbal literature and learn everything about the plants but what I failed to see was the spirit of the plants. The Healing Spirit of Plants is a guide to understanding and appreicating plants for more than their chemical constituents.
The book begins with an explantation of plant spirit medicine, how to interpret the energies, and how the energies interact with our energies through chakras and meridians. It continues with tips on how to work with the energy systems to increase your sensitivity and connect with plants.
From the theoritical to the practical, the book continues with an exploration of various ways to work with plant spirit medicine. Directions on how to make sacred bundles, use scents, flower remedies, and homeopathic medicine are just a few ways the book gives you to enhance your life with plants.
Historically, the book covers plant medicine around the world including, but not limited to, North and South America and Indonesia. This historic lesson gives the reader the backround of plant spirit medicine use throughout time and a connection with traditional healers.
A plant encyclopedia covers 80 species of plants and their spirit medicine use. Each covers the flower remedies, homeopathy, traditional use and myth. It also includes the scientific name (which I found missing in many pop herbal books) and the plant family.
A glossary, bibliography, and suppliers list completes the contents of this book.
So why is it three stars when I can't say enough about it? I need to know if they even asked an editor to review the information. I found tons of typos and even places where text is missing forcing me to "fill in the blanks" where gaps occured. It is a very sexy book, lots of bright photos, and I think it could have dropped some of the sexiness and put more time and detail into the actual text. The editing mistakes makes me question the credibility of the research. To be fair, I haven't found any misinformation but I haven't lived with the book for very long so we'll see.
All in all the book made me look at plants differently, which is what I was looking for in the book. It forced me to collect and use the plants with more ceremony and respect. Not just like a cheap over the counter drug but as a spirit with the potential to heal the disease and not just mask the symptoms.