Several years ago I wanted to get a copy of Healing Wise right then. I was really tuned in to the universe and my own Goddess energies, so I asked for help. Then I realized our Friends of the Library sale was that weekend. I went to it, walked to the herbal section, and put my hand on a table full of books to rest. When I looked down I saw a bit a green peeping out near the bottom of that stack. It was a virtually new copy of Healing Wise -- the only one in thousands of books on those tables. I looked for more to give friends, but alas, that was all. But I had one!
About the book, it is thoroughly informative, and tells so much through the eyes of a few herbs, and her introduction to making one's own herbal pharmacy is priceless for anyone who wants to begin working with herbs. I am not a novice, but I still learned a lot from this wonderful book. How she threads her understanding of the lives of plants, their energies, and all the things about herbs that go beyond the mere chemical, and how those energies are woven with ours, is just magical.
But always, I think Susan's most important contribution with this book and all that she does is to help women change the way they THINK about herbs. If we pop an herb just to cure a symptom with no more thought to nourishing body and spirit, we're not doing much different than the drug companies would have us do with their wares. Her model for thinking about healing traditions is sound, and her Seven Rivers of Healing is, in my opinion, the most sane approach to healilng I have ever known. (And I come from first a Medical - paramedic, and then a Heroic perspective).
I could ramble on forever, and still just dance around the topic. But I think Healing Wise is the book to help begin to shift the way we think about herbs. For me, it made that shift a way of lfe.
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