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Guided by leading Black herbalistKaren Rose, discover how to harness the magic of plants and diasporic ancestral practices in remedies and ritual.
Master Herbalist Karen Rose is a first-generation immigrant from Guyana with ancestors from Ghana, the Congo, China, and India who continues her grandmother’s legacy as a healer and herbalist. In The Art & Practice of Spiritual Herbalism, she shares her wisdom on how to partner plants and rituals to guide the process of self-healing. As you alleviate physical symptoms and heal emotional and spiritual imbalances, you will see how plants can help you stand in your power, strengthen your intuition, and provide protection.
This guide to harnessing the power of plants is a practical tool for working through the symptoms of body disease and the underlying emotional and spiritual issues. Organized by major body systems—circulatory, respiratory, digestive, liver, sexual, skin, nervous systems, and immune health—The Art & Practice of Spiritual Herbalism gives a brief overview of the physical mechanisms of the system, the spiritual correspondences associated with that system, and the plants, remedies, and rituals that can be used to bring oneself back to healing and balance.
Accompanied by beautiful color illustrations of the plants, the organs they affect, and their related spirits, or orishas, each plant profile includes:
Botanical and pharmacological information
Ethnobotanical and historical use
Healing properties and indications
Methods of preparation and dosage
Applying this herbal wisdom, the recipes include:
4th Chakra Heart Oil for healing a broken heart, also helpful for healing generational trauma
Inspired Sleep and Dreams Tea to inspire dreams
Breathe Easy Steam to improve respiratory health
Immunity Chai Tea to fight off cold and flu viruses
Laying Hands Stomach and Womb Oil for indigestion and menstrual discomfort
A Castor Oil Pack for Liver Health to remove pain and swelling from sprains and bruises
Filled with stories, ancestral recipes, and accessible practices that anyone can use, The Art & Practice of Spiritual Herbalism shows you how to use the power of plants for spiritual and physical healing.
From the Publisher
Building a Courageous Heart
In indigenous healing cultures, heart problems signal discontent and unhappiness. Discontent emerges when we make all of our decisions from a rational or logical place. Making decisions from our heads and not our hearts leads to disconnection. Each time we override what we feel in our hearts with logic and reason, our hearts shrink more.
Being Present to Grief
Our bodies store away unexpressed grief and sadness in our lungs. Grief is persistent: Though we may not communicate it, it continues to exist, held in our bodies. Unprocessed familial grief does not disappear; it travels through the generations.
Following Your Gut
Our instinct, awareness, and innate intelligence lie in our gut. I have heard many say, “I knew it! My gut told me!” The question then is, why didn’t you listen? We are conditioned to listen to when our mind speaks, but what we feel is often considered secondary or ignored.
Anger is a catalyst to change. When nourished and directed, it motivates us to grow and create change for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Standing in Your Power
Having a general understanding of fundamental health concerns and knowing how to treat them is empowering. An impetus for my healing journey was understanding my body and knowing that I could heal myself, not turn my power over to a doctor to tell me what was happening in my body. It’s essential to know our own anatomy.
Healing Our Relations
Our skin, the body’s largest organ, reflects our inner being. It is a revelation of the entire body’s health and our relationship to the world, our families, our communities, and ourselves. On our skin, the truth does not get hidden. Our vulnerability, rage, exhaustion, and emotional capacity to deal with issues all show up on our skin.
Listening to Spirits
How does Spirit speak to you? How do you hear Spirit in your body? In what ways do you receive spiritual messages?
Whatever our Source is, any guidance we receive from Source comes through our nervous system. If our nervous system is not cared for and functioning correctly, we are not getting our messages from Spirit. We can receive messages in many forms, including through hearing, vision, colors, images, intuition, wind, physical changes in the body, symbology in the environment, synchronicities, dreams, and movement in the room. I have also heard that individuals feel Spirit when they are relaxed, have a clear mind, and feel connected and embodied, heightening their senses.
In Chinese medicine a large part of the immune system is our wei chi, the protective layer and energy force that guards our bodies. When your wei chi is healthy and nourished, you are impenetrable to viruses, pathogens, and other outside invaders, whether physical or spiritual.
Publisher : Fair Winds Press (February 8, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 208 pages
ISBN-10 : 0760371792
ISBN-13 : 978-0760371794
Item Weight : 1.41 pounds
Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches