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Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal Series)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  804 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Superb herbal in the feminine-intuitive mode. Complete instructions for using common plants for food, beauty, medicine, and longevity. Introduction by Jean Houston Healing Wise sets forth the foundations of the Wise Woman Tradition, contrasting them with the Heroic and Scientific views of healing. Weeds draw us into ancient wisdom in a clear and refreshing way, says herbal ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Ash Tree Publishing (first published July 1989)
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Wise Woman Herbal: Healing Wise looks at health and healing from a completely different perspective than any other resource I've ever consulted. Instead of looking at illness as something needing medication (as in western scientific medicine) or as the result of some sort of bodily imbalance (as in traditional eastern medicine), this book looks at illness as an opportunity.

At first, I have to admit that this concept sounded really strange to me. What sort of opportunity is suffering from Chroni
Linn Wiggins
Another grandmother of herbal medicine, Susun tells it how it is.

She has a really different take on herbs to many other writers out there - in that she is very connected to the spirits of plants. I personally love how she allows each plant to tell their story in their own words.

But there is no denying Susun knows her stuff. The medicinal qualities of the plants are really well researched, her insights are clear and sharp on medicinal uses and great recipes.

I love that she uses really commonly a
Jun 20, 2012 Kat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Green witches, healers, wild women
I really like this silly magical little book. At first you open the book and think, Who is this new-age whack job and what is she trying to say? Upon closer inspection, this book is an outstanding resource full of true wisdom and practical applications of common plants in healing. I feel that I will return to this book again and again for information and inspiration as I get to know my plant allies. I think the book would have been stronger if it spent less time explaining the scientific and her ...more
2.5 stars

This book is, quite simply, something else. I couldn't get through the first section without skimming, it was just way too Earth-Mother for my taste.

The sections on the "weeds" were cool but I found it annoying how she wrote from the weed perspective, and I had to completely skip the dandelion section which was in a fake French accent.

Read this book only if you don't mind reading stuff like "Think of chickweed as increasing your permeability to solar, lunar, universal and cosmic en
This book has too much "New Age" mumbo jumbo. However, that being said, I continue to drink my herbal infusion everyday.
Basic herbal for women. A good entry guide for developing relationships with healing plants. Magical.
Maja Haloway
Charming story-telling and helpful herbal information to help women keep themselves healthy and happy.
Kristen Brockmeyer
Great information - this belongs on my reference shelf forever.
Inspirational writing in the voice of each plant.
Stephanie Solomon
Fun but WAY over the top.
Sandra Holladay
Susun keeps her plant allies to a minimum (7) which allows her to fully cover the benefits of these healing herbs. In addition, they are common herbs/weeds that are easily found for those of us in North America (i.e., never used Burdock before and the local health store didn’t carry it because it was “so plentiful” in the area. After googling what it looked like and where found I looked around and found lots of it on the trail behind our house). The section on the ‘Herbal Pharmacy’ is excellent, ...more
this is a unique herbal. Susun Weed focuses on seven common plants and details their multiple uses and personalities, devoting full chapters to each. she lays out a distinction between the scientific, heroic, and wise woman traditions in healing arts, explaining how the one "fixes", the other "cleanses", and the last nourishes the whole human. Weed is very conscious to offer information in forms palatable to both sides of the brain / different styles of learning, and the tone feels friendly and ...more
Apr 26, 2007 Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the beginning herbalist
If you have an interest in the plants around you and herbal/natural medicine, this is an excellent place to start. Susun Weed walks with you through 6 or 7 specific plants, getting down to the details of each one. It's a good way to meet the ideas of natural medicine without leaping headfirst into the complexities of A Modern Herbal or other more esoteric works. Weed is an herbalist par-excellence and the information is all extremely solid. Easy to work with, delightful to read, a joy to recomme ...more
This book has been in the queue for awhile, just picked it back up. Had a lot of good recipes and also instructions for preparing herbal medicines. The writing style was not my favorite, (the author writes from the point of view of the plant, and somewhat annoyingly, gave some of the plants accents.) This book, along with a field guide, is a great starter for anyone looking to use locally growing plants (otherwise known as weeds) as medicine.
Sean Murnin
i'm loving this book. a friend exposed me to susun weed a few years ago and i didn't "get" HER transformative message. this past year i saw and heard susun on youtube and "it clicked" resonated and dug deep inside me. i ordered the book from her website, it was delivered quickly to me signed :)

the drawings inside the book are an additional visual treat
The cover is HILARIOUS. There's some interesting information in here, for sure. I definitely agree with the discussion of the scientific healing tradition and how it tends to treat the symptoms of disease and to view health as simply lacking major illness. The way it is written, though--a bit too wackadoo for my taste :P
Amber dePixi
While I don't agree 100% with her philosophy, Susun Weed's indepth relationship with our "green allies" is a great way to learn, and to change your mind from focusing on "dis-ease" and working with being healthy!

The online forums are awesome too. :)
Sharon E.
Every woman needs a copy of this book in her health reference section. I learned about common "weeds" that are overlooked by many of us and how they fortify our pre-menopausal and menopausal systems. I love Susun Weed and her style of conveying wisdom.
I haven't finished this yet, but I love it already. Susun has a vast amount of knowledge on herbal medicine. I would love to take one of her workshops and learn even more, and I already plan on buying more of her books when I'm finished with this one.
Diane Bluegreen
i love this book for its philosophy the most...the theory rather than the practical stuff. it's worth buying for that alone,and i've bought more than one copy of this book...because i couldn't find my copy,and i wanted to always have it at hand.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in healing with plants! One of the best I've read in a while, Susan Weed as a interesting way of blending words so that it's almost like reading chants.
May 13, 2008 Joelle added it
Covers only a few herbs, but very indepth information about them. She writes about them as if they had personalities, which makes it easy to understand and remember their properties. (and enjoyable reading!)
certainly not for everyone. but this was a good read for me right now. encourages me to take another foraging tour, too, and maybe make something more than just food from my findings.
I really enjoy Susun Weed's books. Susan explains the wisdom of the Wise Woman tradition of healing as she introduces some basic healing herbs.
Debbie Vanover
I refer to this often
Megan Fox
I loved this book. I was put onto it by a herbalist friend of mine. Such a great tool for teaching about herb craft.
Learn all about about dandelion, burdock, chickweed, violet, nettles, various seaweeds, and oats. Befriend them, even.
Susun's writing style is unique. The book does contain very good information!
I have learned so much from Susun. She rocks. This is my favorite of her books.
Currently waiting for spring, to go out and find some new plant friends!
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Susun S. Weed has no official diplomas of any kind; she left high school in her junior year to pursue studies in mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA and she left college in her junior year to pursue life.

Susun began studying herbal medicine in 1965 when she was living in Manhattan while pregnant with her daughter, Justine Adelaide Swede.

She wrote her first book -- Wise Woman Herbal f
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