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Weaving together herbal and medical traditions from around the world into a singular cohesive model, this groudbreaking book guides herbal practitioners to a comprehensive understanding of the practice and philosophy of healing with herbs.

Written by one of the most exciting up-and-coming teachers in the field, this book presents a wide-angled and innovative approach to her
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by North Atlantic Books
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Susan
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Evolutionary Herbalism” is simple in truth, yet astoundingly universal in its application for healing oneself and the earth. It reveals an archetypal common ground between a dizzyingly broad spectrum of tools and modalities.

It points to a system of human and plant wisdom that can help lead us away from hit and miss models of "allopathic herbalism" toward a holistic way of understanding both ourselves and plants. This allows us to select herbs with absolute precision. Sajah Popham teaches us ho
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Sharon Lemay
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I own a lot of herbal books and Evolutionary Herbalism is unlike any other. This is a groundbreaking book which takes herbalism to new heights. This is herbalism practiced to heal the body, mind, and soul—not just to alleviate the symptom du jour—although it does that too. This book offers something for all levels of herbal practitioners—highly recommended.
Selina
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a true gem. There is nothing else like it. It was daunting at first BUT Sajah’s ways of teaching really resonated with me. I cannot say enough about how important this book is...
Michelle Contreras Ewens
This book is a Bible. It's a great meditative read. I open mine up to any page and it speaks to me. The author obviously knows his stuff, but the book has been blessed by all the other experts, shamans, and gifted herbalists who guided him along his plant path. This book is very special to me and I feel very lucky to be able to understand these discoveries. ...more
Amy Doeun
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: herbs
I believe this book will really prove itself to be "evolutionary" in its influence on herbal medicine. Popham weaves in so many different paths and ways of looking at herbs from a variety of traditions and clearly shows how they are connected into a universal medicine that actually begins in our individual hearts. While I found the information about how tarot works and how to make spagyric medicines confusing the information is there and I will likely come back to it as I progress on my own path ...more
Natalie
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend this book! Sajah pours his heart and soul into the details of the text and shares essential knowledge for herbalists. Recommended reading for anyone who has an interest in nature, health, ALchemy and worldwide herbal philosophies. Should be read by everbody else too in my opion, the world would be a much better place and the earth would be a healthier one!! TOP book on my herbal bookshelf <3
Kathryn  Jacobs
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I have not read aka listened to the book yet because it is scheduled to release on 05/19/2020 but I am and have been enrolled in Sajah's Evolutionary Herbalism course for the last two months and I am amazed! Honestly as a nurse I cannot believe we are not using astrology in our everyday practices because it is the real medicine for the mind, body, and spirit! Taking his courses helped me identify significant events that contributed to my current medical issues. It is insane how accurate the ...more
Cecily
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evolutionary Herbalism presents a model for working with plants that can be integrated into other systems and materia medicas. By presenting an archetypal framework with which you can describe any plant, the model frees readers from needing to memorize individual plant uses and instead develop their systemic understanding of herbal medicine.
Adrienne
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much and I am not an herbalist. I am only on Chapter 6 because there is so much rich content that I have to read it slowly. This book is for anyone who wants to discover more about nature, wellness or just the amazing wonder of life that is in us and all around us.
Crickx
Mar 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drop
What a bunch of crap!
Paul
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book provides a unique perspective in relating numerous spiritual and traditional medicine practices to herbalism. One quote that sticks out is that "In herbalism you harvest plants but in Alchemy, you harvest planets." There was also a mention of using HeartMath techniques to connect with the spiritual essence of plants. Being a HeartMath coach, this really spoke to me and is something I've been doing intuitively for some time now. This booked also sparked interest in another that I just a ...more
Erica
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is tremendous. It has forever changed the way I view herbs and how I attend to use them. I will be referring to this wisdom for the rest of my life.
The only downside to this book was the tangent on tarot cards, the Qabalah, and western mysticism. I understood the why behind it all and how it applies to the author’s approach to herbalism, but I don’t believe it is necessary for successful herbalism protocols of healing. It is rather irritating how herbalism has to always be linked to m
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Dorota Gieryńska
Unique and unusual.
I bought this book after watching Sajah's webinar about correlations between planets and herbs. 
Remarkable, unique, coherently presented knowledge of herbal medicine. Sajah's approach is devoid of instrumental treatment of medicinal plants. Instead, the author pays attention to spirituality and developing a personal relationship with the world of plants and the Earth. Learning through own experience. I like various fields integrated with each other, such as astrology, Ayurveda
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Jennifer
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must have resource.
This book is so full of wonderful information and covers many parts of herbalism. Some, you probably didn’t think about, like myself. For example, the astrological influences, seasonal influences, the vitalist/medics perspective....I could go on and on.
This school (School of Evolutionary Herbalism) and book has literally changed how I view herbs, spirituality, astrology & connection.
They are truly amazing. I honestly can’t say enough good things about them. The book also co
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Stella
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sajah truly offers a revolutionary perspective on holistic healing, he beautifully puts into words the intricate and interconnected web of life in relation to human health. This was exactly what I always had been looking for and never could find anywhere else, as any other source either touches upon these topics very lightly and superficially or in an isolated fashion.
With this book, Sajah puts together all the pieces of herbalism and plant medicine, the elements, astrology, human health, emotio
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Zuzu
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible synthesis of the major nantural healing practices and how they interconnect and share ideas. When I read this book it was like finding a lesson I had been searching for ever since I started out on my journey into herbalism. Sure there are plenty of other books on the topics Sajah goes into such as plant alchemy, astro-herbalism, ayurveda, etc. but the way he puts them all together is an eye opening experience.

Anyone who is even remotely interested in natural healing in general and pla
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Donna Godfrey-Conyers
I read this book in combination to listening to it on Audible. I can only say...wow! So much information but totally well organized and accessible. I am new to the planetary and alchemical world involving herbs but this book was easy to read and understand. Even if you are not interested in those aspects of herbalism this book is chalked full of so much great insight and information. A great read. Along with Sajah's monthly materia medica I feel like I am receiving so much useful herbal knowledg ...more
Ruby Storm
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love the wisdom and heart knowledge Sajah shares in Evolutionary Herbalism. He writes straight from the heart and is an ambassador for wholeness. An incredible contribution to this consciousness, I'm looking forward to continuing to learn from him through his courses and programs. Big love! ...more
Stargazer
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
This guy puts his heart and soul into his passion for his life work so that you can do the same. There's a wealth of study in here(not to mention the bonus material) and i hope to get a physical copy of this rather than relistening over and over on audible. Well worth the price and should be on every herbalist's shelf. ...more
Sky
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sajah has done an incredible job of weaving together history and energetic languages from around the world, into a incredibly cohesive tapestry.
As a professional herbalist, I feel that this book has added to my perception of clients, and deepened my connection to the herbs I work with.
It also got me curious about exploring history through herbal medicine even more than I was before!
Peter Mitchell
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book joins together the rabbit hole of Astrology with the jolly old world of herbs, so that I may with all my eyes enjoy seeing the herb world through the lens of astrology, which of course simply expands my capacity to perform astro philosophical soul survey across the spectrum of all life. Sajah's work is complete and succinct, I also got the talking book ^*^ ...more
Indira Antonini
This book was (and still is) a kind of a long lost friend, and a very wise one indeed. As a phyto-aromatherapist, I was able to apply Sajah's online course to my every-day's routine and work, and this book is an anchor. I am so grateful for all the knowledge, experience and wisdom that are shared with me.
Truly, an exceptional book.
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Maria Culubret
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very complete book for those who want to deepen in the world of PLANTS, in the world of true healing in a holistic way. Without any doubt it is worth reading it. Thank you Sajah for your generosity.
Tracy
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking for "not just another herbal book" this is the ONE! Sajah brings his special voice to us through this amazing work. See medicinal herbs from a new perspective. This is a must have in your library. Thank you Sajah for what you bring to the world of Herbalism. ...more
Amarila
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book! Sajah Popham presents the true meaning of holistic herbalism by combining science, spirituality and medicine.
Cora
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plants, herbalism
I'm not a huge fan of all the alchemical theory, but overall this book offers an interesting framework for thinking about energetics from a variety of perspectives. ...more
Tania
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my must reads for anyone who is interested in holistic herbalism.
Lady
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent, thoughtful introduction to Herbalism and it's connection to science, spirituality and health. We can best treat/heal when we take into consideration the connection we have to all things. Sajah does a great job and making that connection and explaining it well. ...more
Teagan
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing and I hope culture changing.
Alexandra Anne
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Sajah Popham believes in creating a paradigm of herbal medicine where the science and spirit of people and plants are integrated for a holistic model of plant medicine. He holds a degree in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University and has studied herbal traditions across the world and with some of North America's top clinical practitioners. His focus is on finding the universal principles and practi ...more

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