Christian F. Brunner, author of several books on pagan spirituality in the Alps, has practiced ancient healing methods for over twenty years. He is also a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, contributing regularly to the Order's monthly magazine, ""Touchstone."" The author invites you to take a stroll with him through his beloved Alps, where myths and folk customs still sing of the people who lived there in antiquity, the Celts. Caitlin Matthews says about the book: ""This is a wonderful book. The Alpine and Mountain traditions preserve so much lore and practice ""
The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants • Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances • Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality • Contains 797 color photographs and 645 black-and-white illustrations In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful plants--those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness--have traditionally been regarded as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Rätsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them. The author begins with 168 of the most well-known psychoactives--such as cannabis, datura, and papaver--then presents 133 lesser known substances as well as additional plants known as “legal highs,” plants known only from mythological contexts and literature, and plant products that include substances such as ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The text is lavishly illustrated with 797 color photographs--many of which are from the author’s extensive fieldwork around the world--showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.
Author: Claudia Müller-Ebeling, Christian Rätsch, Wolf-Dieter Storl
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
An in-depth investigation of traditional European folk medicine and the healing arts of witches • Explores the outlawed “alternative” medicine of witches suppressed by the state and the Church and how these plants can be used today • Reveals that female shamanic medicine can be found in cultures all over the world • Illustrated with color and black-and-white art reproductions dating back to the 16th century Witch medicine is wild medicine. It does more than make one healthy, it creates lust and knowledge, ecstasy and mythological insight. In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature’s healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf’s claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead--Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.
Author: Christian Rätsch, Claudia Müller-Ebeling
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
An examination of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas • Analyzes the symbolism of the many plants associated with Christmas • Reveals the shamanic rituals that are at the heart of the Christmas celebration The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. But Christmas is no ordinary folk observance. It is an evolving feast that over the centuries has absorbed elements from cultures all over the world--practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place. In fact, the symbolic use of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern-day living room into a place of shamanic ritual. Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling show how the ancient meaning of the botanical elements of Christmas provides a unique view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity. The fir tree was originally revered as the sacred World Tree in northern Europe. When the church was unable to drive the tree cult out of people’s consciousness, it incorporated the fir tree by dedicating it to the Christ child. Father Christmas in his red-and-white suit, who flies through the sky in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, has his mythological roots in the shamanic reindeer-herding tribes of arctic Europe and Siberia. These northern shamans used the hallucinogenic fly agaric mushroom, which is red and white, to make their soul flights to the other world. Apples, which figure heavily in Christmas baking, are symbols of the sun god Apollo, so they find a natural place at winter solstice celebrations of the return of the sun. In fact, the authors contend that the emphasis of Christmas on green plants and the promise of the return of life in the dead of winter is just an adaptation of the pagan winter solstice celebration.
Author: Gertrud Hirschi
Publisher: Weiser Books
Mudras—also playfully called “finger power points”—are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. They can be practiced sitting, lying down, standing, or walking, at any time and place. Schooled in the traditional knowledge of this eastern art of healing, well-known Swiss yoga teacher, Gertrud Hirschi, shows how these easy techniques can recharge personal energy reserves and improve quality of life. These mysterious healing gestures can calm the stress, aggravations, and frustrations of everyday life. Readers will learn how to: Apply these simple exercises to prevent illness and support the healing of a great variety of physical and emotional problems. Use mudras to promote spiritual development. Additionally intensify the effect with breathing exercises, a affirmations, visualizations, herbs, nutrition, music, and colors. Also included are several full-body mudras and exercises to enhance any meditation and yoga practice.
Culture and Horticulture
Author: Wolf D. Storl
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Various studies have shown time and again that small organic farms and home gardens are capable of producing more food per acre with less fossil energy than large-scale commercial agricultural installations dependent on machines and toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This classic book by Wolf D. Storl, a respected elder in the practice of permaculture, details how food is grown holistically and beautifully by traditional communities around the world, and shows how to apply their ancient wisdom to our own gardens. With interest in natural, sustainable, organic and local food at an all-time high, people are looking beyond their farmers markets and CSA cooperatives to hyperlocal ways of growing healthy, delicious produce in urban gardens and their own backyards. Culture and Horticulture details time-tested methods that are as effective today as they were hundreds of years ago. On the practical front, the book works as a manual for creating and maintaining a bountiful harvest. It explains how to build the soil to maintain fertility; how to produce compost; how to plant, sow, and tend the various fruit and vegetable plants; how to rotate crops and practice companion planting; how to set up a favorable microclimate; how to deal with so-called weeds and pests; how to harvest at the right time; and finally how to store vegetables and herbs. Special emphasis is given to the art and science of composting, the compost being the "heart" of any self-sufficient garden and a model for the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. At the same time the reader is introduced to the wider aspects of horticulture, to its historical, philosophical, and cosmological contexts and social relevance. Gardening is a cultural activity, shaped by peoples' thoughts, wishes, and needs as well as by their cultural traditions. The author, an anthropologist by profession who has investigated the gardening practices of indigenous people throughout the world and worked for many years on biodynamic farms and in his own food garden, will introduce the reader to Rudolf Steiner's vision of the garden as an organic unit, embedded in the context of terrestrial and cosmic forces. Storl explains the importance of cosmic rhythms (solar, lunar, and planetary), the role of biodynamic herbal preparations as "medicines" for the garden organism, and the so-called "etheric" and "astral" forces. The book presents a vision of the garden as seen through the eyes of "Goethean science," a magical place where alchemical transformations of material substances take place.
Mutter Natur hat für alle Anliegen ein Kraut wachsen lassen! Der Erfahrungsschatz unserer Vorfahren ist voll von wundersamen Geschichten über Kräuter und Pflanzen, deren geheimnisvolle Kräfte Schutz vor bösen Mächten boten und gegen alltägliche Beschwerden halfen. In einer Zeit, in der es auf dem Land noch keine Ärzte und Apotheken gab, vertrauten die Menschen auf die Kräfte der Natur; "Kräuterweiber" und "Bauerndoktoren" waren hoch angesehene Persönlichkeiten. Das Wissen unserer Vorfahren hat sich über die Jahrhunderte entwickelt und wurde von Generation zu Generation weitergegeben - und auch wir können vieles aus diesem Erfahrungsschatz lernen. Viele Menschen besinnen sich heute auf das Althergebrachte und Bewährte und nehmen dankbar die wunderbaren Gaben von Mutter Natur an. In diesem umfassenden Praxisbuch vermittelt die erfahrene Kräuterpädagogin Elfie Courtenay viele interessante Informationen zur kulturhistorischen Entwicklung von Kräuterbrauchtum und Volksmedizin, vor allem aber: über 70 ausführliche, reich bebilderte Pflanzenporträts mit Inhaltsstoffen und Wirkungenvielfältige Empfehlungen für individuelle Verwendungsmöglichkeiten der Heilkräuterzahlreiche Rezepte für Hausapotheke und Küche
Author: Eva Dimmendaal
Publisher: GRÄFE UND UNZER
Ursache einer Borreliose Erkrankung ist die Besiedelung des Körpers mit Bakterien, die in erster Linie durch Zecken übertragen werden. Die herkömmliche Antibiotikatherapie ist oft wirkungslos, für die Betroffenen beginnt ein jahrelanger Leidensweg. Der GU Ratgeber Gesundheit Borreliose zeigt mit seinem ganzheitlich wirksamen Selbsthilfe Programm, wie eine Borrelieninfektion durch alternativmedizinische Methoden behandelt werden kann. Im Vordergrund stehen dabei die Abtötung der Bakterien, die Regulierung des Körpermilieus durch ausleitende und entsäuernde Verfahren und die Stärkung des Immunsystems. Pflanzenheilkunde und die richtige Ernährung spielen dabei ebenso eine Rolle wie der gezielte Einsatz von Homöopathie und Schüßler Salzen zur begleitenden Behandlung. Und da die sicherste Waffe gegen Erkrankungen die Vorbeugung ist, widmet sich ein abschließendes Kapitel der Borreliose Prophylaxe.
Sie möchten wissen, welcher Wirkstoff was bewirkt und wie Sie Heilpflanzen bei verschiedenen Indikationen gezielt anwenden können? Dann bietet Ihnen dieses Buch fundierte und lebendig gestaltete Fachkenntnisse rund um die Heilpflanzenkunde. Die Autorin hat Ihr geballtes Wissen anschaulich und praxisnah aufbereitet. So lernen Sie die Grundlagen der Therapie mit Heilpflanzen sowie die Wirkstoffgruppen leicht und verständlich! Der große Praxisteil bietet Ihnen bewährte Therapiekonzepte für viele Indikationen, ergänzt durch wertvolle Praxistipps zur Durchführung. Auf dieser Basis wenden Sie die Phytotherapie gekonnt und sicher an. Interessante Zusatzkapitel, wie z.B. Wildkräuterküche und Räuchern, runden dieses umfassende Werk ab. In der 4. Auflage wurden neue Erkenntnisse ergänzt und die Präparate auf den neuesten Stand gebracht.
Health from God's Garden
Author: Maria Treben
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
Herbal remedies for glowing health and well-being.
Author: Wolf-Dieter Storl
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
An extensive look at all the aspects of multi-natured Shiva • Explores the shamanic roots of world spirituality as exemplified by this Hindu god who shares many of the attributes of the Norse Odin and the Celtic Cernunnos • Looks at Shiva’s relation to contemporary culture, Tantra, and the dualistic religions of the West To his devotees Shiva is the entire universe and the core of all beings. Hindu myth shows him appearing at the beginning of creation as a giant pillar of fire from which this world sprang forth. Yet he is also the most approachable of gods, for he is the lover of lovers and the devotee of his devotees. Of the 1,008 names of Shiva, Pashupati, Lord of Animals, is one of the most common. His special relation to animals along with his trickster nature reveal the deep connection of Shiva to shamanism and other gods such as the Norse Odin and the Celtic Cernunnos that came out of the Paleolithic traditions. Ethnologist Wolf-Dieter Storl was first captivated by Shiva when he was in India as a visiting scholar at Benares Hindu University. In this book he invites readers to join in the lively and mythical world of Shiva, or Mahadev, God of All Gods. Shiva is a study in contrasts: As the lord of dance he looses himself in ecstatic abandon; with his consort Parvati he can make love for 10,000 years. Both men and women worship him for his ability to unite and balance masculine and feminine energies. But as the ascetic Shankar he sits in deep meditation, shunning women, and none dare disturb him lest he open his third eye and immolate the entire universe. Lord of intoxicants and poisons, he is the keeper of secret occult knowledge and powers, for which he is worshipped by yogis and demons alike. Shiva dances both the joy of being and the dance of doom--but in every aspect he breaks through the false ego to reveal the true self lying within. This is his true power.
Author: Simone Widauer