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The Healing Power of Celtic Plants: Their History, Their Use, and the Scientific Evidence That They Work Paperback – September 18, 2006
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Since no one else has reviewed this book yet, I wanted to at least let other potential buyers know that it is outstanding. The author absolutely did her research-historical, scientific, and pharmacological. In addition to which, she brings the practicing herbalist and genuine plant lover's enthusiasm to this work.
Upon reading the section on the Bilberry fruit, I decided to try it out. Bilberry has made such a huge impact in mine and my animals lives, that now we can't do without it. I think I am personally keeping the European bilberry growers in business at this point. But I would never have known to give bilberry a try, if it had not been for the invaluable information offered in this work.
I will add more to this review later, but suffice to say, this is absolutely a worthy purchase for the novice OR the experienced herbalist. It is also an excellent reference for a *Celtophile*, CR Pagan, Neo-Druid, etc. because it covers many of the plants that were of central importance in the lives of the Celts, Western Europeans, Irish, etc. This a serious, elegant, and eminently useful book.
There is also discussion about the difference between the various plant species that have found their way around the globe from UK to US and other places in terms of whether the plant is one of the same as that the Celts utilised medicinally or whether the properties have changed and thus negated the plants viability as a medicine (important given people in other parts of the world with introduced UK species can avoid accidentally using something that has transformed from useful to useless/harmful over the course of its migration).
But the bulk of the work focusses on the varied assemblage of medicinal plantlife the Celt (and Druids in particular) cultivated from the native UK landscape.Read more ›
“I found myself living, deep in the countryside in a green, leafy, watery place, overlooking trees, meadows and hillsides with badger sets, and the deep blue hills of Wales in the distance. I was surrounded by plants that had been used as medicine for centuries, plants native to Britain, plants with a history. This magical place with its sacred wells and standing stones was steeped in Celtic mythology. I was drawn in, absorbed and seduced by ancient traditions kept alive by poets and story-tellers.Read more ›