Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
August 2007
Volume 7 Number 8
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Empower Yourself...
About Fire and Weather,
excerpt from Travelers Joy
by Juliette de Bairacli Levy

Traveler’s Joy
About Fire and Weather
excerpt from Travelers Joy , pp. 34-36
by Juliette de Bairacli Levy


It may seem strange to find almost an entire chapter of a book written about fire; almost fire worship, but fire for the nomad is the heart of the daily lifethe ART of Cathy Connolley. Gathering place for travelers and their animals the fireside; oven for the travelers’ rough but wholesome bread; protector of the family in the dark nights, it keeps away wolves, snakes, rats and vampires; giver of warmth and good scents, and always a thing of everchanging beauty in glowing embers, galloping flames and flying, spiraling sparks.

Fires are perfume from nomads; every wood burns with a different scent: hawthorn like the white blossoms of the tree, apple wood like apples, pine like the fragrant pine resin and needles, almond like the nuts when crushed, and rosewood like roses. But of all the things for burning, I love best the brushwood fires of rosemary. In the villages of the Sierra Nevada, in the stone ovens of the farmhouses of the Balearic Islands, in all of Spain, where rosemary grows wild in endless stretches over hillsides and sea cliffs and pinewoods, the bakeries and ovens are often fueled with rosemary, and the pungent rich scent of that woody-stemmed plant, mingled with the wood-baked wheaten bread, fills the air and is unforgettable.

Frequently in places where I have lived, my fires have been of rosemary, and I dried my children’s clothes by such fires, and all their clothing was rosemary-scented. In Galilee, where I stay quite often, I can do likewise, as in my herb garden there, the many rosemary bushes which I planted for my bees grow tree high. My children are grown now and have just completed military service, but I can scent my own clothes with rosemary from the nightly fires and have it wafting through my rooms.

In its beauty the wood fire is endless: the gold, yellows, oranges and reds of the flames are a true bouquet of wild tulips, and the rising smoke is many things of loveliness, like the wands of purple lilac blossom, frosted fern fronds fringed silver antlers of stags, and feathers the wild gees cast as the fly. And there is the fire music! The snapping and cracking of wood, as castanets in Spanish Gypsy hands, and the sea-like pound and roar in storm, and the overall humming fury of a swarm of bees in nuptial flight.

Juliette De Bairacli Levy



“In Memory of Juliette the Grandmother of Herbal medicine”


This collection includes three great herbal medicine books and one video by Juliette de Bairacli Levy, well-known as the "grandmother of herbal medicine."

Nature's Children
is a classic book on natural childrearing; it includes remedies, recipes, and fascinating lore.

Traveler's Joy is a unique guide to finding the wild bounty in simple living; Juliette covers topics such as travel, water, dwellings, medicine, and food.

Common Herbs for Natural Health is an essential herbal with lore and uses for 200 herbs including cosmetic, culinary, and medical recipes.

Juliette of the Herbs, the exceptional video included in this collection will delight, entrance, and inspire!

20% savings YOURS for $49.95 ($63.80 value), plus shipping.

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Traveler's Joy
Traveler's Joy by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
Explore the free wandering life of this enchant-ing guide by a legendary teacher who lives in tune with the rhythms of nature. Lots of herbal lore. 256 pages, index, illustrations.

Retails for $18.95

"This magical book has made me want to shelve my responsibilities and hit the road! The author's enthusiasm and ability to embrace hardship and bounty alike are truly inspirational. I am encouraged to lighten my material load to provide space for the gifts that the simple life provides. Recipes, travel lore, herbal medicine, literary references, and personal observations make this book an enjoyable read.



Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs

by Rosemary Gladstar and Pamela Hirsch

Voted one of the Top 10 books in 2000 by the Vermont Book Publishers Association. A collective endeavor by United Plant Savers, featuring America's most respected and well-known herbalists. Includes a chapter by Susun Weed. All author royalties will be used for replanting native medicinal herbs on a 370-acre botanical sanctuary in Ohio. Paperback: 328 pages

Price: $22.95


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