Herbal Healing

Song of the Seven Herbs

Walking Night Bear & Stan Padilla



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You and your children can enter into a beautiful story of how it came to be that the Creator of All Good Things gave healing herbs to the people of the Earth.  It all began when the Creator of All Bad things brought disharmony, and thereby illness, to the world.  Seeing this, the Creator of All Good things made a special plants to cure the illnesses that were brought to the world. 

What follows are the stories of seven herbs that encompass various forms of disharmony and their healing solutions.  You and your children will learn how the plants grow, why the Creator of All Good Things gave them particular healing powers, and how it is that the people use them.  Couched within this myth that resonates with the Greek myth of Pandora's Box story, Genesis 1:12 from the Judeo-Christian tradition, and many other world creations stories, is one of the finest presentations of botanical natural history and herbal wisdom that I have come upon.  Any child who is treated to this book will learn things of value for the entirety of their lives, and in ways that will not soon be forgotten.

Song of the Seven Herbs is just right for the Waldorf 5th grade botany block.  Covered are the following herbs: Stinging Nettle, Yarrow, Dandelion, Violet, Chicory, Wild Rose, Sunflower.  This book is a joy - one to share and return to as often as you need a reminder of the ways of goodness in the world of ours.

Highly recommended for children and adults over age 10.

Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

174 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

Rosemary Gladstar

Foreword by James A Duke, Ph.D.

New Softbound edition - formerly titled Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal


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The herbal that has it all!

I ordered copies of this book for our book shop sight-unseen simply because I enjoy Rosemary Gladstar's other herbal books so much. I expected to find another book reflecting her love of plants and knowledge of herbs, and containing many of her outstanding formulas for various things. What I really found, and what I am jumping up and down in excitement about, is nothing less than the best family health and wellness guide, the best introduction to plant lore, the most loving guide to living in wholeness on our earth I have every seen!!!!! It's fun to read, too - I could barely put it down long enough to write this review and I'm going back to it the minute I'm finished.

The publishers must have thought as I do, also, because they have put extra effort into the binding (extra heavy, signature stitched, beautiful), the paper selection (heavy, semi-gloss), the layout - two column text with many boxes of extra stories, insights, lore, the need for beautiful photos (lots of color photos of plants, people and more), the size (an extra friendly 7.5" x 7.5" x 1.5"thick). In short, this is a book that will last as long as it's usefulness (several generations) and will gladden the heart every time it's used.

Rosemary has divided the Family Herbal into 9 well-organized chapters, two appendices packed with basic information, herbal resources and an excellent index.

  1. Eco-Logical Herbalism
  2. A Prescription for Life - the basics of healthy living, where herbs fit in
  3. Taming Stress and Anxiety
  4. Home Remedies for everyday Ailments
  5. Recipes for Radiant Beauty (I've been using her facial system for over 5 years with outstanding results!)
  6. For Children (includes great sections on the needs of the sick child beyond remedies, dosage for children and more)
  7. For Women
  8. For Men
  9. For Elders
  10. Appendix I: The Herbal Apothecary: An A-to-Z Guide
  11. Appendix II: The Art of Making Herbal Remedies

I can't think of any homecare situation that isn't covered here - and there is much that goes beyond the basics. This book is as joyous as its author and very, very thorough. Mini-biographies and vignets of some of our most wonderful herbalists are an extra attraction.

If you can have only one book on herbal remedies, this is the one to get!

Rosemary Gladstar is a national treasure, a leader and a visionary in the field of folk herbalism for more than three decades. . . . Don't leave this book on a shelf - it belongs on the kitchen counter, where it can be used every day!

- Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.; Member, White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Common Herbs for Natural Health

Juliette de Bairacli Levy


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It's hard to say which is more of a classic, Common Herbs for Natural Health or Juliette de Bairacli Levy, the book's author. Long before most of us had even thought of it, Juliette was blazing a trail that many would later follow toward a simple, healthy life in harmony with the Earth and it's creatures. Common Herbs was first published in 1974, but has been out of print for nearly 20 years. Those lucky enough to have original copies clung to them like the treasures they are. Having a copy of Common Herbs on your bookshelf is like having a wise woman just down the road, someone whose very living distinguishes the essential from the non-essential. Juliette knows plants and animals at a depth that sparkles forth like the Water of Life in a fairy tale. We are very grateful to Susun Weed for bringing this treasure back into print.

Nature's Children

Juliette de Bairacli Levy


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Few books have inspired the devoted following of this one. Originally published almost 40 years ago, many of the children whose parents used Juliette's wisdom as a guidepost have now raised their own children with same joy and confidence their parents found in Nature's Children. Juliette's love of children, of the Earth, of herbs, and of goodness and truth make Nature's Children so much more than just another great natural healing resource. Nature's Children is nothing less than the transmission of an elder to those younger who would receive it. It's great to see it back in print.

New Age Herbalist

Richard Mabey


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The New Age Herbalist is an outstanding, comprehensive guide to the healing properties of plants and the ways our bodies respond to them. It is filled with photographs, drawings, clear descriptions of over 200 plants and their uses, introductory human physiology. The New Age Herbalist goes beyond the medicinal uses of plants by offering thorough information about the culinary and cosmetic uses and a guide to gardening and cultivation. Highly recommended as an introduction or reference.