Surveying the healing and sacred roles of beer from many cultures and past centuries, herbalist Buhner proposes that fermentation and plant use are part of the exploration of what it means to be human. He provides 120 recipes using ingredients from 80 plants, and includes nutritive and curative use for specific conditions. Lightly illustrated. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth Poet and the award-winning author of fifteen books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod, who primarily used botanical medicines when he began his work as a physician in rural Indiana in 1911. Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist and citizen scientist in American society—especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.