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Healing Wise, The Second Wise Woman Herbal

I. Overview
II. Competition
III. Market
IV. Publicity
V. Bio
VI. Chapter Outline
Other Titles

I. Overview

Author: Susun S. Weed.
Introduction by Jean Houston. 312 pages, index, illustrations by Durga Bernhard and Alan McKnight
ISBN: 0961462027 Retails for $21.95

Cited as the "best book on the female-intuitive approach to health," this book discusses, compares, and gives examples of the Scientific, Heroic, and Wise Woman traditions of healing.

In addition, it contains monographs on seven herbs -- burdock, chickweed, dandelion, nettle, oats, seaweed, violet -- including: the voice of the plant, a weed walk to harvest the plant, uses of the plant in plain language, easy to follow instructions for making your own herbal remedies, recipes for beauty, garden, kitchen, and medicine chest. Includes info on how to make herbal preparations.

This book was conceived by Ms. Weed when, meditating at the cairn of her favorite goat (Penelope), who had recently died, she saw the outline of the book explaining her philosophy of healing and her teachings in dancing green letters before her eyes.
When the manuscript got too big, it was broken into two parts: Healing Wise (published in 1989) and Healing Well (to be published in 2003). Healing Wise is used as a required text in college-level classes on herbal medicine. Published in German as Heil Weise, in two parts.

Ash Tree Publishing
was founded in 1985 to reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients and to make the Wise Woman Tradition available to modern women. The information gathered in Ash Tree books offers women simple, easy, successful, and safe ways to regain and maintain health.

Sample Review:
What a powerful book! It has changed the way I feel towards modern medicine, the chaos in my life, and even my backyard. The seven featured common weeds are given voices and distinct personalities. For instance, dandelion speaks from this book with a charming and joyous French accent. My medicine cabinet has fewer pharmaceuticals these days and an increasing assortment of odd little bottles of tinctures, oils, and salves that I have had great fun making from plants I have found within walking distance of my home. The voice of Wise Woman wisdom rings throughout this book and I find myself turning to this book for solutions to my various discomforts instead of calling the doctor.

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II. Competition

Please note that reviews of Healing Wise from consistently give our book 5 stars, a rating above other, similar titles such as:

Green Magic: The Sacred Connection to Nature by Aoumiel, Ann Moura

Medicine of the Cherokee: The Way of Right Relationship by J. T. Garrett, Michael Tlanusa Garrett

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III. Market

Many herbals offer a little information about a lot of herbs. Healing Wise is the herbal that offers a lot of information about seven herbs (or weeds, if you will). Even experienced herbalists don't use hundreds of herbs; they develop relationships with a few.
This book encourages you to do the same: to invite into your life the common plants that grow near you. You'll be amazed at their power to heal your woes and keep you healthy.

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IV. Publicity

Susun Weed has appeared on numerous national radio, television, and new-media venues, including National Public Radio, NBC News, CNN, and She has been quoted and interviewed in many major magazines, including Newsweek, Natural Health, Woman's Day, First for Women, Herbs for Health, and Whole Earth. She is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, and writes a regular column in Sagewoman. Ms. Weed publishes a monthly ezine at her 500+ page site

Susun Weed's publicity team continues to actively seek radio, television and speaking engagements on a regular basis. Visit her online press kit and publicity schedule.

Susun Weed is an enthusiastic and well informed guest who encourages people to take control of their health. She is the keeper of a wealth of herbal knowledge. I hope she returns as a guest soon. - Susan Lembo, Healthy Lifestyles Radio

I was so impressed with Ms. Weed's wisdom. It is awesome and we can all benefit from being in her 'presence' whether we read her books or have the pleasure of talking to her.
- Barbara Holstein, Enchanted Self

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V. Bio

Susun Weed is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades. Click here to for more about Susun Weed.

Ms. Weed's four herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including menopause, childbearing, and breast health. Visit her site for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more!

Browse the publishing site to learn more about her alternative health books. Venture into the NEW Menopause site to learn all about the Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way.

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VI. Chapter Outline


Introduction viii

Foreword x

The Image xii

Notes on My Way xiv

PART I: Traditions of Healing 1

WISE WOMAN ways nourish spiraling transformations 5
HEROIC ways cleanse the spirit's dirty temple 47
SCIENTIFIC ways fix the measurable machine/body 61
SPIRALS OF TRANSFORMATION put it all in perspective 74
Chart of the Healing Traditions 2-3
Medicine Wheel of the Wise Woman Tradition 81

PART II: Green Allies and Deep Roots 83

BURDOCK: "Get down!" 86
CHICKWEED: The Little Star Lady 111
DANDELION: "Doctor Dent-de-leon, s'il vous plait" 129
NETTLE: "Pay Attention" 163
OATSTRAW: Secret Sexy Goddess Reveals All 191
SEAWEEDS: The Salt of Life 211
VIOLET: Sweet (Shy) Aunt Vi 235

Herbal Pharmacy 255

Glossary 279
Index 285
Recipe Index 295

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Dandylion Wine from Healing Wise
Chickweed Weed Walk from Healing Wise


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Other Titles

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
Breast Cancer? Breast Health!

New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

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Healing Wise

by Susun S. Weed
Introduction by Jean Houston.
Superb herbal in the feminine-intuitive mode. Complete instructions for using common plants for food, beauty, medicine, and longevity. Seven herbs -- burdock, chickweed, dandelion, nettle, oatstraw, seaweed, and violet -- are explored in depth.
A Special Tenth Anniversary edition of this classic herbal, profusely illustrated. 312 pages.

Retails for $21.95

I just started reading your book, Healing Wise. Your humor and approach to life seem so "down-to-earth", just like your favorite powerful weeds. Thank you for sharing and nourishing! ~ Diane