The Healing Spirit of Plants Hardcover – Oct 1999
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Plant spirit medicine has the power to evoke feelings of joy and tranquillity, to rekindle youthful vitality, bring boundless energy, and make you feel years younger, so the authors insist. Plant spirits and their healing properties played an important role in ancient rituals, and working with plant spirit medicines brings a greater understanding of life. The authors expound on the belief of healing with "spirit energy" (plants can talk to humans, and humans can talk to plants) and on the complex powers of nature--what they call a "form of creative intelligence." They tell how to make flower essences and discuss the ritual of burning sacred plants, offering directions for making a sacred medicine pouch; and advice is given on working with perfumes and oils and preparing the leaves, petals, stems, roots, and barks of plants. An encyclopedia of 80 plants, giving spiritual and healing properties, is the main feature. George Cohen
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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.
Limitations: -The book covers about only 45 plants that commonly are known for their healing properties, some common and some less common. -it covers very LITTLE practical ways to use healing plants -it covers many topics a little with out any depth and with little practical use or ways to fit it in the big picture.
Benifits: -it includes regions and short histories of plants -it has many wonderful and very accurate and useful color pictures on subjects that I never thought would be in this book -the book is not overwhelming with writing... a lot of illistration and nothing written without illistration.
I personally wouldn't buy this book at full price, but you should be able to get a good price for it used.
Again I have to say that this book isn't for someone who is looking for a serious book to start from, because there are much better books for that, but If you still think this book is for you and you understand its limitations then you won't be disappointed.