Monday, February 27, 2012

Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth

Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth by Thea Summer Deer.
Bear and Company Books: 2011.

As someone who is really hoping the year 2012 brings about at least some sort of change in our society, the title of this book caught my eye on a couple of different levels. “Herbal Medicine” first drew me in, as I personally am trying to bring a more healthy, natural component to my life.

“New Earth” caught my attention since I am really hoping this year does indeed bring us a new kind of earth. Changes need to be made, and while this year has already kicked off with all kinds of changes in my own personal life and those of my family and friends, we know there is a long way to go.

I got to start off this book with a great interest, and luckily, it was able to live up to – and keep – my interest throughout.

While only 13 herbs are covered in this book (I truly hope there will be another one that covers more herbs), they are covered so in depth, it is well worth it.

Each herb gets it’s own chapter broken down into different sections as follows:

“The Story” gives us the herbs mundane information about the history of the herb, it’s name, and it’s uses – medicinal and culinary.

“The Divination” gives us the herbs more magical information.

“The Deva Speaks” is basically a meditation, almost prayer like, to use while working with this herb. Some of the herbs also have poems or recipes that are under this section as well.

The herbs covered in this book (by their common names) are: borage, calendula, comfrey, sacred datura, ephedra, lavender, lemon balm, red clover, rosemary, sagebrush, self-heal, sweet basil, and uva ursi.

There is also a glossary titled, “Herbal Actions”, in this glossary it defines the different special effects the herbs can have. Each type of effect also includes a listing of the herbs from the book that produce the specific effect.

Finally the book ends with a great resource section that includes” “Books and Educational Materials”, “Field Guides”, “Organizations and Associations”, “Teachers and Practitioners”, and “Herbal Suppliers”.

Thea writes from the stance of a person who is very knowledgeable on the subject, but does speak down to, or over the heads, of her readers. Her style is informative and casual, like having a conversation with a friend over a cup of tea.

Using this book as a guide, will help you to plan a garden that not only can help you connect more to nature, it can help heal you when you are ill, and feed you when you are hungry. In this age of “doomsday preppers” – this book is a great guide to help you become self sufficient and sustainable by growing some of your own food and medicines. It goes above and beyond the physical however, and provides you with information for the emotional and spiritual aspects of your life as well.

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