I am an herbalist. I am a bookaholic. The two seem to go hand in hand. I love to read. A few novels here and there, biographies more so and books that I read with a highlighter in one hand the most. I have a mini library in my house. The books I save are mostly what I would call reference books. A shelf filled with poetry and some of my favorite novels on another. My herbal books are my prized books. Many of them are signed. This thrills me to no end.
I am usually reading multiple books at once. Put one down and digest the information while I start on another. I actually do finish most of what I start. It just may take a while. This summer I finished multiple books. Yeah me. One was Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History, and Geography of Herbal Medicine by Holly Bellebuono.
The book is beautiful with lots of pictures. It is an oversize coffee table book that you actually read. She introduces one type of healing modality at a time and then references women in this area of expertise. Some are contemporary and she was able to interview them for the book. Others are from the past - recent and ancient - and oh so relevant. The book includes stories(histories, facts) about Hildegard von Bingen to Rosemary Gladstar, from Western herbal traditions to native nations, folk, shamanism and so much more. She ends the book with recipes for basic herbal remedies. I thoroughly loved the book. I learned about my herbal heroes, I got to know some of my herbal sisters in a new light and I was introduced to women I hadn't heard of before. There are many sidebars that explain the etymology of words, and go into detail about different herbs and places. It is chock full of information.
Holly taught at the New England Women's Herbal Conference this year. She also had a booth in the emporium with her books and herbal treats. And..... I was able to have my book signed. Swoon!