American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life

by E. Barrie Kavasch (Author), Karen Baar (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Throughout their history, the American Indians have healed with rituals using
herbs, fungi, and other natural materials. They have valued as sacred the
spiritual side of life and their connection to the earth. Their medicine has
always been holistic, treating the body and spirit as one and illness as a sign
of imbalance. Now we can benefit from American Indian wisdom with American
Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life. This
book is organized by the stages of life, presenting different tribal
perspectives on the significance of each, with ceremonies and healing rituals
(songs, prayers, botanicals). The book includes more than 60 recipes for
treating health problems and other needs, from "cramp bark tea" to
"marigold-calendula deodorant cream." There are also directions for making
tonics, ointments, tooth powders, and digestive remedies, and illustrations
consisting of leaf-rubbings of 80 plants. Besides learning to use American
Indian remedies, you learn fascinating facts about their ceremonies. The Navajo
celebrate not only birth, but the infant's first smile and first laugh, for
example. An Apache girl celebrates first menstruation by running and dancing for
four days (guided and massaged by an elder woman). If you're interested in
alternative healing, or intrigued by American Indian culture, this book will add
to your knowledge. --Joan Price

From Booklist
Increased interest in complementary healing methods has provoked a flurry of
books on Asian traditions, especially those of China and India. America has its
own healing traditions, though--the herbal medicines and rituals of the Indian
nations. This comprehensive volume includes the traditions of many peoples, such
as the spidery dream catcher of the Algonquin and the Cree, the Cheyenne's
sacred arrow blessing, and the Iroquois' winter solstice dances. That in itself
would make this accessible, engaging book a good choice for libraries where
interest in the healing arts is high, and its impressive collection of herbal
remedies, all employing American wild plants, only increases its appeal.
Digestive tea made from bergamot (bee balm), insect repellent from sassafras,
hair conditioner from the soap plant, deodorant from calendula and
marigold--recipes for these and many more useful substances distinguish this
well-conceived and executed book.

Product Details

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (April 20, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553378813



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