Best Audience: Herbalists and Naturalists who want to better understand the Native American way of working with the natural world to heal and create health
Although the title of Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism by Stephen Harrod Buhner might lead you to believe that this is going to be a book of Native American herbal remedies, that assumption would be faulty. There are a number of herbal remedies and uses of specific plants covered, but the majority of Stephen’s work here is about teaching aspects of the Native American way of healing. He covers a wide variety of ways to heal, such as through sweat lodge, smudging, and ceremony. He also talks about the proper way to approach a medicine plant, how to make medicine respectfully and powerfully, and offers those of us who grew up in a primarily modern European-American culture a glimpse into the very different world of the Native American healer.
I loved the reverence with which Stephen talks about the native Elders with whom he has studied and who have offered so much to their communities and to our shared land. For me, Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism was in part about healing the great divide between that which honors Nature and the Land and the often extremely damaging ways we’ve been living over the past couple of centuries.
If you’re looking for a path into working with plants that’s both sacred and grounded, Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism offers just that. In my practice, I come back to the spiritual often. I am thankful for the gift Stephen has offered to those of us who don’t have a direct connection to the Native Peoples of this land and the many sacred and beautiful healing practices they’ve developed.
Bottom Line: Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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