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“Buhner articulates the sacred underpinnings of the herbal world and deep ecology as only a real ‘green man’ can.”
“The first in-depth analysis of the processes used by Native Americans to communicate with the plant world for the purposes of healing human illness. It is a work long overdue by an author who himself ‘talks’ with plants as Native Americans have always done.”
". . . guides the reader through the practical technology of herbalism—which parts of the plant to use, and how to prepare tinctures, salves, and infusions, never letting us forget the underlying precious and holy exchange that is happening."
". . . offers not just another herbal, but the first in-depth analysis of how the Native Americans communicated with the plant world to heal human ailments."
". . . the first in-depth study that examines the world of Native American medicinal herbalism."
"Sacred Plant Medicine will guide you into the territory where plants are an expression of the spirit. Through prayer and sacred medicinal songs, Buhner shows how plants reveal their medicinal properties."
"A delightful read in all ways and highly recommended."
"This is an excellent reference book, as well as a wonderful book for beginners who want a true understanding of how to begin working with plants."
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Foreword by Brooke Medicine Eagle
Preface to the New Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 The Sacred and the Earth
2 To Be Healed by the Earth
3 Visions of Sacred Plant Medicine
4 The Sacred Song of a Plant
5 Making Sacred Relationship with Plants
6 Healing in a Sacred Manner
7 Digging for Medicine: The Wildcrafting of Medicinal Plants
8 Making Plants into Medicine: The Technology of Herbalism
9 Ceremony: Making Deeper Relationship with Plants
10 Four Sacred Plants of the Rocky Mountain Region:
Their Sacred Qualities and Uses as Medicine
11 A Short Compendium of Plants and Their Sacred Uses
12 The Birth of Gaia
Appendix: Wildcrafting Ethics and Guidelines
by the Rocky Mountain Herbalists’ Coalition
Suggested Readings and Herbal Apprenticeship Programs