Healing Power of Celtic Plants
The Celts were a successful and vigorous people who spread all over Europe a few thousand years ago. Our knowledge of them has been growing rapidly over the last few decades. They practiced what many in the medical profession today say is crucial to good health- drinking copious quantities of pure spring water, eating fresh vegetables, fruit and grains, and taking plenty of exercise. They were also a shamanic people, treating their environment with respect. One of the most fascinating aspects of their culture was their use of plant medicine, and central to this was the use of herbs. Many of these herbs are still used clinically today to treat a range of conditions. Each of them is covered here in depth, explaining its history, myth and symbolism and also how to grow, preserve, prepare and use them. Uniquely, here, their properties are examined together with the scientific evidence that they work. Learn from the practice of our ancestors to improve your own health and lifestyle.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
- This is an absorbing work which covers the history, myth and symbolism of twenty-five plants known to the British Celts and used by them medicinally. From a healerâ€™s or herbalistâ€™s point of view, the most interesting aspect of the book is the information on the practical uses of the plants, including how to prepare them, doseage, and contraindications. By contrasting the ancient herbal use against the scientific evidence for their effectiveness.
...The bibliography is extremely extensive, as you would expect for such a work, giving plenty of avenues for further research. This is an excellent book which I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone interested in healing, with or without plants. ~ Esoteric Book Review
- The author's scientific background with a doctorate in medicinal plant chemistry equips her well to understand the basic elements of healing plants. Most of the detail will be new in terms of history, botanical description, growing conditions, chemistry and practical use. There is even a note on side-effects, toxicity and contraindications. this book will be of most interest to practising herbalists but will appeal to the general reader interested in the therapeutic use of plants. ~ , Network Review
- Fascinating....What makes this book so unusual, though, is that it does not just dwell in the past. A former researcher into the chemistry of medicinal plants, Paine turns her academic eye to more recent pharmaceutical history, which makes most enlightening reading. ~ , Sunday Telegraph
- A fascinating read, in particular the history of Celtic medicine and the various herbs they used. A veritable compendium of herbal wisdom, this book could be enjoyed by anyone interested in alternative gardens, homeopathy and herbalism. Every herb is covered in great depth with an explanatino of its history, myth and symbolism. The author also examines the scientific evidence that herbs work. ~ , Light
- The author goes into the myths and folklore surrounding these plants and explains simply and clearly how each plant works medicinally. Best of all she actually produces the scientific evidence that they work. This is a practical and fascinating reference book that will expand your appreaciation of Celtic herbal knowledge and help to improve your health. ~ , Mercury
- This lady writes about her herbs with such a passion, as if she has sat all day and all night and conversed with each one, and then told its story herein.
She has hand picked each one and talks of its personality, its chemistry, magic, how to take it, when not to take it!
These herbs and plants are of this land, grown out of our heritage, our blood and sadly almost forgotten.
I love this book and the author. Itâ€™s a great book to dip into. ~ Trish Fraser, Druid Network