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Book Review: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed

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Wise Woman Herbal by Susun Weed guides you through herbalism for the childbearing woman, from child wish through pregnancy to a couple of months postpartum. Not only the mother and her ailments or discomforts are highlighted, there’s also a significant deal of attention devoted to the newborn. The book does not only offer herbal concoctions, but shares a great deal of wisdom and empowerment on womanhood in general.

“Women are the carriers of life. We hold the fruit of our loving beneath our hearts.” — Jeannine Parvati Baker

I read this book from cover to cover (almost) in one stretch, and I am sure to read it again a couple times more, this time taking notes, before this next baby comes. It is a beautiful and wise guide to pregnancy and womanhood, reconnecting you to nature and ancestral female traditions of healing.

This is the first book on herbalism I actually read, although the topic has always tickled my interest, and even though it will take significant more volumes to get to the bottom of the topic, I think this book might indeed have been the best place to start for a young mother. It sure has urged me to read more extensively on the subject.

Susun Weed guides you through all the common and less common discomforts of pregnancy, and how to first prevent them and eventually cure them. She also includes a guide on how to start your herbal pharmacy and make your own concoctions, al the while paying attention to the way herbs should be picked and treated, or what you have to pay attention to when buying herbs.

Through her words you can feel her enthusiasm, and it can’t but spark from the pages and light yours as well.

The book was published by Ash Tree Publishing, New York, and is part of a collection by the same author.

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