Title: Natural Woman : Herbal Remedies for Radiant Health at Every Age and Stage of Life
Author: Leslie Korn
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Release Date: December 17, 2019
Book Source: NetGalley
“Plant medicines are a woman’s ally to achieve optimal health; they bring balance and nourishment to daily life and can reduce or eliminate symptoms of physical and emotional distress. They can also provide alternatives to many pharmaceuticals. This go-to herbal sourcebook gives women the tools to thrive throughout their lives, with remedies using common herbs and plants to support a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
Dr. Leslie Korn brings over forty years of experience in numerous herbal traditions and healing modalities, offering timeless wisdom in this herbal companion that can be shared with friends and passed down in the family for generations. She offers treatments using common and easy-to-obtain herbs to address sleep disorders, menstrual issues, autoimmune conditions, anxiety, headaches and migraines, stomach issues, fertility issues, postpartum recovery, skin ailments, common discomforts that affect children, and much more.
Korn also offers herbal guidance for rites of passage, moments of community, psychoactive herbs, and a protocol for end-of-life care, as well as a comprehensive resources section.” – Amazon
I need to stop reading non-fiction books on herbs, crystals, witchcraft, and other natural living topics because I keep finding books I want to add to my reference library. Natural Woman by Leslie Korn will be another addition!
This book is great for the beginning to the more experienced herbalist or person who enjoys gathering knowledge and recipes with herbs. Korn incorporates the beauty, food, and medicinal recipes throughout the book when she is giving your information on a particular herb. I really enjoyed this way of writing the book because you read about an herb and it interests you, and then you have a recipe right there that can help you improve your life.
As a Certified Aromatherapist, training to become a Clinical Aromatherapist, I always pay close attention to how authors talk about essential oils. Korn did okay in some aspects such as when it came to the amount of drops added to recipes (you really don’t need a lot, and some oils such as Ylang Ylang are so strong in scent that in most cases one drop is enough), but she said to put a drop of essential oil right on your temples when you have a headache. You should not put essential oils directly onto your skin, instead adding it to a carrier oil. If you are absolutely in a pinch, every once in awhile is okay. But over time you can develop a sensitivity to essential oils, to such a point that you can’t even use that particular oil any more without it irritating your skin.
Another wonderful aspect of this book was the rituals that she incorporated, information on psychoactive herbs, and end of life care with herbs. A lot of people shy away from talking about psychoactive herbs, but my thought is the more knowledge one has, the better. And end of life care is not usually a topic included in herbal books, unless that is the topic of the book, so reading some information was great.
Highly recommend, and am excited to get my physical copy in the mail!
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