- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books (1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0938190911
- ISBN-13: 978-0938190912
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seven Herbs: Plants as Teachers Paperback – January 29, 1993
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"In fine inspired prose Matthew Wood teaches us the personalities of seven common herbs and the corresponding human personalities for which they provide benefit. Seven Hearbs: Plants as Teachers synthesizes insights from the teachings of Paracelsus, the science of homeopathic medicine, and the stories of the Bible to help us understand how the nature that surrounds us teaches and heals us. After reading this book, you will find it more difficult than ever to seperate the science, art, and spirit of healing."
- Dana Ullman, M.P.H.
"Matthew Wood in his book has succeeded in integrating information in a manner which is rarely seen in contemporary writing. Starting with the works of Bohm, Paracelsus, Hahnemann, Burnett, and Bach, he has studied long and hard and has created a work that is far greater than the sum of its parts. This book belongs in the library of healers of all persuasions."
- Julian Winston
About the Author
Matthew Wood is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has maintained a private practice as an herbalist for twenty years. He lives and practices at Sunnyfield Herb Farm in Minnetrista, Minnesota.
Top Customer Reviews
Wood gives the knowledge of life an extraordinary sense, based on his learnings with the Ojibawe tribe he analizes 7 stages of spiritual development and relates them with 7 diferent plants and 7 diferent simbols found in the book of the Genesis. This way you can learn and comprehend about the phase in wich you currently are and help you through it using the power of this plants.
He explains everything in such a simple and wise way that permites you to deeply learn the use and meaning of healing plants, as he gives a light in understanding the dinamics of life.
The format is based on the pedagogical concept of the Ojibwe Grand Medicine Lodge, where students advance through seven stages or grades, each of which centers around one plant. However, the exact plants and medicinal lore involved are not shared outside Ojibwe culture (Wood is not Ojibwe) and maybe there is no one left alive who even knows all of it. So instead of the original seven Ojibwe plants, Wood provides seven American plants that have emerged as important in his own practice; and instead of the Ojibwe medicinal lore, Wood interprets seven chapters of Genesis and relates these stories to the plant teachings. Another important factor to consider is that this is really a book about homeopathy, not traditional herbalism.
If you identify as a Christian homeopath or herbalist I bet you will really dig this book. Even if you don't agree with Wood's take on the scriptures, his views are interesting and you will probably find them thought-provoking.
If you are not Christian and/or not especially interested in Biblical literature, you might just want to skim those parts or else be really patient and try to view them as heuristic models.
I liked the uniqueness of the approach. This particular work was written almost 30 years ago and I think Wood's approach and understanding of the plants have evolved and become more holistic since then.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not my favorite Matthew Wood book, but still very informative.Published 2 months ago by Dawn Trygstad Rubin
Matthew Wood never disappoints. This is not light reading. Everything he has ever written I have learned from -- a master teacher.Published 12 months ago by R. Walker
The first book I read by Matt Woods, and it is still my favorite!Published 16 months ago by A. Phelps
Fabulous book even for people who don't think they're interested in herbs.Published 22 months ago by Jacque Lene Engel