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The Healing Power of Celtic Plants: Healing Herbs of the Ancient Celts and Their Druid Medicine Men [Paperback]

Angela Paine
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19 Oct 2006
The Celts were a successful and vigorous people who spread all over Europe a few thousand years ago. Our knowledge of them has been growing rapidly over the last few decades. They practiced what many in the medical profession today say is crucial to good health- drinking copious quantities of pure spring water, eating fresh vegetables, fruit and grains, and taking plenty of exercise. They were also a shamanic people, treating their environment with respect. One of the most fascinating aspects of their culture was their use of plant medicine, and central to this was the use of herbs. This book traces that history, from its ancient Druidic roots right up to the present day, where many of these herbs are still used clinically to treat a range of conditions. Each of the herbs is covered in depth, covering its history, myth and symbolism and explaining how to grow, preserve, prepare and use them. Uniquely, here, their properties are examined together with the scientific evidence that they work. Learn from the practice of our ancestors to improve your own health and lifestyle.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O Books; 1 edition (19 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846944457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905047628
  • ASIN: 1905047622
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Paine has a BSc in Human Physiology and PhD from the School of Pharmacy, London University, in medicinal plant chemistry. She has been on research trips to Africa and South America to collect plant material used as medicine, and collaborated with scientists around the world, publishing internationally in scientific journals. Immersed in the Celtic tradition, living in the Welsh Borders, she runs workshops on Celtic Medicinal Plants.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Research and study guide 9 Jan 2007
This is a solid and helpful book which is easy to access and sift through. It is not so much a book to read from cover to cover for there is so much information that you could not remember it all anyway. It is best used to dip and delve into when the need arises and when you wish to understand a plant and its uses better.

All plants are listed with their History, Botanical description,Habitat, Season,Growing conditions, Preservation,Parts used,Chemistry,Research, How to use as a medicine ( recommend you know what your doing first ), dose, side effects and toxicity as well as contraindications.

The history of the Celts, Druids and the Celtic Alphabet are also covered.This is a book written by someone who knows what they are doing, but you must be careful you do also and as always it may be wisest to consult a trained expert before trying remedies yourself.

A useful book - if you have a need for it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but not much 'Celtic' 24 Nov 2011
I was, i admit, disappointed. The herb information is accurate, plentiful, well-researched and interesting but why put 'Celtic Herbs' on the front cover when the Celtic herb knowledge is non-existant?
Many of the herb entries simply have no mention of Celts at all and one says 'we know the Celts were in contact with . . . . and so they must have had knowledge of this plant' ! ! ! Not nearly good enough.

A book for general herb interest but look elsewhere if you want Celtic herb wisdom.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a big disappointment 24 Nov 2011
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I was really looking forward to getting this book as the blurb refers to 'The Healing Power of Celtic plants .. and the scientific evidence that they work'.

Sadly a large part of the book is a mish-mash of unscientific nonsense. If this was submitted to any serious scientific reviewing process it would be laughed at.

A typical example (page 18):
'The ancient Celts were so in tune with their natural environment that their souls and spirits were easily attacked. A man or woman whose soul was attacked through illness, assault, shock or fright could suffer soul-loss or soul-fragmentation.'

What does any of this mean? None of the terms are explained or quantified in any way - you are just supposed to understand what they mean and believe its true.

Who are the 'ancient' Celts being referred to? The author jumps from millennium to millennium, BC to AD, mixing up what people said and did from one age (and location) to another so its almost impossible to tell who did what, when and where with any certainty.

If you wanted a factual reference to plants growing and being used at certain times and locations with any accuracy (and evidence), this is not the book to use.

The individual plant information is the 'strongest' part of the book but there is hardly anything here you cannot find elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Celtic medicinal plants explained and a little Celtic lore thrown in 24 Dec 2008
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This is a lovely work. It starts by giving you an appreciation of the UK Celts, their culture, lifestyle, the Druids and the various stories, beliefs,traditions that abound such as those concerning the passage of the soul in death, legends like the the lady of the lake, folklore of gods and goddesses as related to medicinal practice or popularity of particular plant.

There is also discussion about the difference between the various plant species that have found their way around the globe from UK to US and other places in terms of whether the plant is one of the same as that the Celts utilised medicinally or whether the properties have changed and thus negated the plants viability as a medicine (important given people in other parts of the world with introduced UK species can avoid accidentally using something that has transformed from useful to useless/harmful over the course of its migration).

But the bulk of the work focusses on the varied assemblage of medicinal plantlife the Celt (and Druids in particular) cultivated from the native UK landscape.

Each plant section has several elements which are a combination of (not necessarily all inclusive of) the list that follows:

Personal experience of the authoress in connection with the plant in her native UK
History of (including the alternative names the plant may be known by)
Botanical description
Parts used
Preservation
Habitat
Season
Growing Conditions
Chemistry
Research
How to use the resultant medicine be it internal or external
Dosage
Side Effects and Toxicity
Contraindications

The explanation of all things medicine throughout is clear, concise and is something anyone with a modicum of understanding in basic food stuff preparation could undertake if they wish to try it out themselves. If you can follow a simple recipe in the kitchen, you wont be lost. So dont fear you have to be a practicing Druid to get it right.

Negatives: Its a matter of opinion, but the book is worthy of a glossy full colour layout. Simple black and white drawings/written descriptions dont replace nice colour photo's of the plants in question and the identification of the plants fruit/flowers. But that a minor aside. All up a relaxing read that doesnt feel like a dry college textbook.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life... 1 Oct 2008
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This will be an incomplete review for right now.

Since no one else has reviewed this book yet, I wanted to at least let other potential buyers know that it is outstanding. The author absolutely did her research-historical, scientific, and pharmacological. In addition to which, she brings the practicing herbalist and genuine plant lover's enthusiasm to this work.

Upon reading the section on the Bilberry fruit, I decided to try it out. Bilberry has made such a huge impact in mine and my animals lives, that now we can't do without it. I think I am personally keeping the European bilberry growers in business at this point. But I would never have known to give bilberry a try, if it had not been for the invaluable information offered in this work.

I will add more to this review later, but suffice to say, this is absolutely a worthy purchase for the novice OR the experienced herbalist. It is also an excellent reference for a *Celtophile*, CR Pagan, Neo-Druid, etc. because it covers many of the plants that were of central importance in the lives of the Celts, Western Europeans, Irish, etc. This a serious, elegant, and eminently useful book.
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