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LAURI COATES
Voracious reader, insomniac, I research everything exhaustively. I have a wide variety of interests, from witchcraft, santeria, forensic science, recycling, food preservation, gardening, home decor to art, collecting westmoreland glass bulldogs, majorica monkeys, primitives, religious artifacts, funeral and death items, gothics, study of polygamy, writing, family, psychology and more......always into something new and wierd. Lots of "charming eccentricities" 
By LAURI COATES
Published on 04/14/2010
 
Book Review A Healing Grove African Tree Remedies and Rituals for the Body and Spirit Author: Stephanie Rose Bird Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books ISBN: 978-1-55652-764-7

Learn About African Healing

A Healing Grove
  African Tree Remedies and Rituals
  for the Body and Spirit
Author:  Stephanie Rose Bird
Publisher:  Lawrence Hill Books
ISBN:  978-1-55652-764-7

The residents of the U.S. in particular and the Earth in general are beginning to understand the serious consequences of our overconsumption and misuse of chemicals, synthetic hormones and processed additives.  Our health would be better served by the use of more natural and easily renewable compounds.  In fact, it's actually in vogue now to move towards a more renewable and natural lifestyle.  The author of A Healing Grove; Stephanie Rose Bird, is willing to share her vast and fascinating study of healing with us.  If the reader has any interest in natural and complementary medicine, healthy and natural products, greener living in general or African American history, you will find tons of useful information , plant and tree knowledge and just interesting reading in this comprehensive work.  Stephanie is a practicing herbalist and aromatherapist, and a gifted writer.  Her easy, sharing style of writing is like a conversation with a good friend.  Her attention to detail, intimate insights and caring nature are wonderful and so evident in her writing.

I've been a long time student of alternative, herbal and holistic healing and this book really opened my eyes to the study of African American healing.  I had some knowledge of the use and understanding of use of bark in healing and health, but no idea of the vast potential it had.

I believe the hallmark of a great book is that you finish it satisfied but yearning to learn more about the subject.  The additional resources, organizations and companies that all would further personal study are listed in the extensive bibliography and reference section.  Just a peek at the additional resources available whet my intellectual appetite for more knowledge.  Needless to say, this book will remain in my permanent reference library and I will refer to it often.  The included glossary is great, and I think it could be extremely valuable for the novice reader of the subject of natural healing arts to start their study with the glossary.  Its so comprehensive, the beginning student will learn many of the herbal basics right here. 

I plan to read the other works by this author, and would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in healing, greener living, African American history or just great additional knowledge.