Medicine Grove

A Shamanic Herbal
By (author) Loren Cruden

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Medicine Grove
A Shamanic Herbal
By (author) Loren Cruden

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Pages : 224

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892816477

Imprint : Destiny Books

On Sale Date : May 01, 1997

Format : Paperback Book

Loren Cruden combines her first-hand experience as an herbalist with a profound knowledge of indigenous tradition to bring us a sacred herbal. With listings for every common herb and many wild plants in North America, she explains which plants are best for seasonal ceremonies and making offerings, and tells how to purify a sacred space. She covers topics such as vision quests, consciousness-altering, and the special connections between certain herbs and totem animals.
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About Medicine Grove

Medicine Grove is a comprehensive herbal, with listings for every common herb and many wild plants of North America. It includes descriptions of the part of the plant used, notes on preparation, lists of symptoms alleviated by the herb, and common effects. But Medicine Grove goes further, with chapters on gathering and growing wild herbs, using herbs in shamanic ceremonies or as plant allies in the wilderness, and birth, death, and dreaming herbs. Cruden combines her own first-hand experiences with a profound knowledge of indigenous traditions, enabling the reader to bring herbal lore into his or her own practice. She explains which herbs are best for seasonal ceremonies, smudging, and making offerings, and tells how to purify a sacred space. She covers topics such as vision quests, consciousness-altering, and the special connections between certain herbs and totem animals.


Medicine Grove brings the concept of an herbal into sacred territory, offering guidelines for incorporating herbs into one's spiritual life, based on the author's lifetime of work with Native American practices.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Part 1: Shamanic Herbalism
 
1. Gathering and Growing Herbs 
2. Preparing Medicinal Remedies 
3. Healing with Herbs 
4. Plant Allies 
5. Offering Herbs 
6. Smudge Herbs 
7. Maintenance Herbs 
8. Ceremonial Herbs 
9. Smoking Herbs and Use of Psychotropic Plants 
10. Birth, Death, and Dreaming Herbs 
11. Trees
 
Part 2: Materia Medica
 
Appendices
 
Appendix 1: General Tips for Growing Common Garden Herbs
 
Appendix 2: Forms for Medicinal Application of Herbs
 
Appendix 3: Plant Associations Within the Web of Life
 
Appendix 4: Herb Allies for Specific Aspects of Well-being
 
Appendix 5: Herbs Used in Ceremony 

Suggested Reading

Sources of Supply

Plant Index 

General Index
 

Author Bio
Loren Cruden leads shamanic workshops and sweat lodge ceremonies throughout the Northwest. She is the author of The Spirit of Place, Coyote's Council Fire, and Compass of the Heart. She lives on First Thought Mountain in Washington State.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"To anyone interested in the spiritual aspect of herbs, Medicine Grove will be a revelation to read. Cruden's ideas are fresh and appealing, and though she adapts them from the indigenous attitudes toward the plant world, she shows us how to incorporate them in our modern lives."
Barbara MacPherson, The Herb Quarterly

"Whatever kind of shamanic herbalism you're into, this book can help you refine your craft and strengthen your alliance with herbs."
Paula Amero, Magical Blend

"This well-written and inspiring book goes a long way towards reawakening our ancient connection with the magical Green World."
Northwindvisions.com
Back Cover

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SHAMANISM / HERBALISM

Medicine Grove offers guidelines for incorporating herbs into one’s spiritual life. A comprehensive herbal, listing common herbs as well as wild plants of North America, it is based on Loren Cruden’s lifetime of work with Earth-based spiritual practices. Medicine Grove includes chapters on gathering wild herbs, finding plant allies in the wilderness, and using herbs in shamanic ceremonies. A complete materia medica provides practical information for all herbs discussed. Cruden combines her own firsthand experiences with a profound knowledge of indigenous traditions. She explains which herbs are best for seasonal ceremonies, smudging, and making offerings, and tells how to purify a sacred space. Covering topics such as vision quests, consciousness-altering, and the special connections between certain herbs and totem animals, Medicine Grove brings the herbal into sacred territory.

LOREN CRUDEN leads shamanic workshops and sweat lodge ceremonies throughout the Northwest. She is the author of The Spirit of Place, Coyote’s Council Fire, and Compass of the Heart. She lives on First Thought Mountain in Washington State.

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