HERBAL ANTIVIRALS: Natural remedies of Emerging and Resistant Viral Infections
By Stephen Harrod Buhner
Reviewed by Barbara Volk
This book is a fabulous reference and because it is so beautifully written, it is a pleasure to read as well. In the first section, Stephen describes the mechanisms of viruses and how they function in the body. Next he goes into specific individual and virus groups with in-depth treatment protocols for each. Chapter 5 is the Materia Medica which begins with:
“There has been very little work in the popular press (especially in the west) on herbal antivirals - and most of what has occurred is embarrassingly poor. There are a number of reasons for this.
The field of antivirals itself, whether medical or herbal, is in relative infancy.........The general over emphasis on bacteria as disease causing agents.......also contributes to the problem. Then there is the nature of viruses themselves and the difficulty of actually creating effective pharmaceutical antivirals.”
Each plant is described with its traditional uses, plant chemistry, scientific studies and a list of the specific viruses that the plant is effective in treating.
The epilog begins with “Once your life is saved by a plant, things are never the same again.” Here Stephen describes the different processes used to make the medicines and includes a source list of supplies.
This is a must have book, not only for the professional herbalist but for anyone who is interested in using plant medicine in their own lives.
Barbara wears many hats. She is an Artist, Equine Podiatrist, Forest/weed farmer, Herbalist, Teacher of many things. She is passionate about food as medicine, living a simple life and helping others learn to do the same. She has been using herbal medicine and food as medicine for more than 40 years. Always self employed, and always learning new things, she has created and run many businesses over the years, all involving activities that she enjoys.
Barbara lives on 150 acres in central WV, where she creates her life and work in the Spirit of Reciprocity and invites anyone who wants to learn to come and visit. She offers classes, and work exchange is always welcome.
To see more you can visit her website at www.spottedhorsefarm.com
Barb is the Coordinator for the Central West Virginia Chapter of HWB.
Take a listen to our latest Herbal Action Podcast. We chat with Kristine Brown of Herbal Roots Zine about herbal education, bringing herbalism and love of nature into your home and family, and raising the next generation of herbalists.
Kristine is a lifelong illustrator and lover of plants. She grew up outdoors in the woods and spent most of her free time reading books or drawing. Her herbal journey began with the birth of her first child over 2 decades ago. With the birth of her third and fourth children, she began on another journey with homeschooling which led her to create a monthly publication for children, Herbal Roots zine. This online zine combines her love of plants and illustration in a fun easy-to-learn format which has been in around for over 10 years now.
Living in the midwest, Kristine found it impossible to find a local teacher to study with so she began her herbal journey through books and experience. Over the years she traveled to conferences to learn from other herbalists who inspired her including Rosemary Gladstar, Kathleen Maier, Isla Burgess, Leslie Alexander, Leslie Williams, Matt Wood, and jim mcdonald. Most of her education has been self led, though she did choose to work through Rosemary Gladstar’s home correspondence course. Kristine also chose to mentor with herbalists Leslie Alexander and Leslie Williams for several years while rounding out her education and clinical experience before applying (and being accepted) as a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Though she is now a registered herbalist, Kristine believes that learning is never over and continues to seek out educational opportunities whenever possible.
Kristine has a well rounded practice that includes seeing clients, offering free workshops at her local library, teaching classes in her home and gardens, and making hand made goat milk soap, using milk from her own goat herd. She also travels around the country teaching classes at conferences such as the Great Lakes Herb Faire, Montana Herb Gathering, The Green Gathering, Traditions in Western Herbalism, Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, and Women’s Health Naturally! Expo to adults and children on herbalism and botanical drawing. Kristine ran the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference Kid Camp for 4 years and headed up the kid’s camp at Green Gathering in Washington the summer of 2018. She and Leslie Alexander also occasionally coordinate and run the Herbal Activity Hub at the American Herbalists Guild annual Symposium.
In addition to her own publication Herbal Roots zine and online courses, which are available on her website, Kristine has written and illustrated for various herbal and natural living publications and websites including The Essential Herbal, Natural Herbal Living Magazine, Herbal Academy, Outschool, Little Acorn Learning, Rhythm of the Home, The Crone’s Gazette, Wisconsin Healer, LearningHerbs.com, and Plant Healer Magazine.
Kristine spends her free time walking in the woods with her dog, sketching plants, observing and talking to the plants in her garden, and hanging out with her goats. She is on a mission to show everyone they have the ability to draw, if they only take the time to practice and is passionate about teaching herbalism to children as they are our future.
Kristine has a load of freebies on the website for families and kids - be sure to check it out here: https://www.herbalrootszine.com/freebies/
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