The Sensory Herbal Handbook: Connect with the Medicinal Power of Your Local Plants

The Sensory Herbal Handbook: Connect with the Medicinal Power of Your Local Plants


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The charismatic Seed Sistas distill over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience into an easy-to-use comprehensive system of herbal medicine. This book empowers readers to take charge of their own wellbeing by reconnecting them with their local plants, and with the land, the elements and the seasons.

"A unique mix of knowledge and wisdom, respect and irreverence" - Bruce Parry

This book has been written for anyone who has heard the whispers of the wild and has been stirred to know more, for those with a political conscience and for lovers of the outdoors. Whether you are new to the ways of herbs or already a practising herbalist, it explains how you can take your physical and mental health into your own hands using the plants that grow around you.

Sensory Herbalism is a unique system of health devised by the Seed Sistas over 20 years of practice. It combines traditional herbal knowledge with an understanding of how the elements (water, fire, air, earth and spirit) and the ever-changing seasons interact with the human body. Their approach blends science, medicine, creativity, ritual, magic and fun into practical, easy-to-use tools that guide readers in developing their own relationship with plants. Illustrated with 140 artworks, photographs and diagrams, the book offers a revolutionary understanding of how to get to know and use your local medicinal plants. Understand plants better than ever before using the five tools of Sensory Herbalism: observation through the senses, intuition, interpretation, characterization and the poetic creation of plant dreams. Embark on a guided journey through the year, deepening your knowledge of each season's featured plants and enhancing your wellbeing with herbal medicines, nutritious recipes and healing rituals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786782113
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

The Seed Sistas, Fiona Heckels and Karen Lawton, are medically trained herbalists, activists and modern plant folklorists. With artist Belle Benfield, they are on a mission to connect people with their local plants and to promote empowerment, autonomy, freedom and diversity in health care.

Table of Contents

Foreword Bruce Parry 4

Part 1 Welcome To Sensory Herbalism 6

What is Sensory Herbalism? 8

How the Seed Sistas began 11

Why Plants Matter 14

How to Use this Book 20

Part 2 Foundations Of Sensory Herbalism 22

Astrological Herbalism 24

Colour and the Chakra System 30

The Pagan Wheel of the Year 34

Elemental Medicine Across the World 36

Part 3 Tools Of Sensory Herbalism 46

Five Tools of Sensory Herbalism 48

Observation 49

Intuition 56

Interpretation 60

Characterization 61

Plant Dream Creation 63

Other Key Tools 66

Safety 70

Harvesting Herbs 72

Preserving and Preparing Herbs 74

Using Herbs as Medicines 79

Part 4 A Sensory Herbal Seasonal Journey 80

Starting the Seasonal Journey 82

Spring 86

Spring/ Water 88

Lymphatic System 90

Urinary System 92

Leaf 96

Three Spring Leaves:

Plantain 98

Cleavers 104

Rosemary 110

Nutrition and Ritual with Leaves 116

Summer 118

Summer/Fire 120

Cardiovascular System 122

Blood 125

Flower 126

Three Summer Flowers:

Daisy 128

Heather 134

Yarrow 140

Nutrition and Ritual with Flowers 148

Autumn 150

Autumn/Air 152

Nervous System 154

Respiratory System 159

Seed 162

Three Autumn Seeds:

Rosehips 166

Fennel 172

Elder 178

Nutrition and Ritual with Seeds 184

Winter 186

Winter/Earth 188

Musculoskeletal System 190

Skin 192

Digestive System 194

Root 200

Three Winter Roots:

Dandelion 202

Valerian 210

Horseradish 216

Nutrition and Ritual with Roots 224

13 Moons 226

13 Moons/Spirit 228

Female Reproductive System 232

Male Reproductive System 235

Whole Plant 238

Three Mystical Plants:

Mugwort 240

Datura 248

Poppy 256

Spirit of Nutrition 264

Where to Now? 265

References and Further Reading 266

Resources 266

Index 267

Author Acknowledgements 272

Photographic Credits 272

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