Monday, 11 February 2019

A Healing Grove: African Tree Remedies and Rituals for the Body and Spirit

A Healing Grove: African Tree Remedies and Rituals for the Body and Spirit By  Stephanie Rose Bird

The book is about African tree edicine for a new world, not just the Western Hemisphere but for the entire Earth on the brink of the twenty-first century, the brink of a new age, a new world. We stand at the crossroads between paradise and ecological disaster; A Healing Grove points us in the sacred and healthy direction  Reclaiming traditions based on plants and herbs has never been more important than it is today. Widespread use of chemicals, hormones, and additives introduce unknown substances into our bodies. On a larger scale, our future on the planet depends on our ability and willingness to incorporate earth-friendly practices into daily life. Where better to look for natural remedies and soothing rituals than Africa? It is, after all, the Mother Continent, allegedly the birthplace of the entire human race, and the keeper of ancient earth knowledge. No newcomer to these traditions, Stephanie Rose Bird explores the practical uses, spiritual traditions, and historical aspects of trees in the heritage of African Americans and offers ways to rediscover and implement natural practices in twenty-first-century daily life. The topics she covers are as diverse as a wood should be, including everything from hunting, gathering, and processing to natural divination, omens, signs, and forest medicine for wellness and beauty. A Healing Grove will lead not only to personal healing but also to a lifestyle that will heal our earth.  
 Contents "A Healing Grove: African Tree Remedies and Rituals for the Body and Spirit"

PART 1 OUR HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS
  1.  Igboro-Egun: Grove of the Ancestors 
  2.  Calabash: Vessel of African Culture, Spirituality, and Survival 
  3.  Black Folk Be Workin’ Dem Roots Long, Long Time:
  4. African Herbalist’s Overview ·
  5.  Ceremonies, Rites, and Oracles of the Wood:
  6. Transatlantic African Tree Veneration ·
PART 2  REMEDIES AND RITUALS FOR DAILY LIFE

       7   Out Bush: Filters, Shields, and Field Guides 
      8  Ways and Means: Tools and Techniques for Africa-Inspired Herbalists 
       9  Seeds, Nuts, Pods, and Oils ·
       0  Fruit of Mother Nature’s Labor: Soul-Nourishing Berry and Fruit Trees 
       11 Bark, Gum, Sap, Resins, and Moss Medicine ·
       12  Very Important Palms: VIPs of Transatlantic Tree World 


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