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Book Title: Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation|
The author of the book: Stephen Harrod Buhner
ISBN 13: 9780937381663
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 999 KB
Edition: Brewers Publications
Date of issue: September 18th 1998
Reader ratings: 4.9
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This is an amazing book that explores and explains the traditional processes and meanings behind making mead, ale and beer. Included in the text are not only recipes from the MIddle Ages and Renaissance and explanations of how and why indigenous peoples made their brews, but detailed explanations of various additives (herbs) and their effects: in terns of inebriation, psychotropic and medicinal.
Thorough and clearly written with passion, this is an invaluable resource for home-brewers, anyone interested in herbal law and history as well as those who just want to avoid the clinical and commercial aspects of alcohol consumption. As a research text, I found it very useful and a welcome antidote to some of the drier accounts I have encountered that deal with ale-making and brewing in the past.
My only slight criticism is that it was a little too American-focussed for me, in that I would have loved a little more of the text to explore Britain and Europe and the techniques and natural products used. Buhner did do this but was obviously keen for his American readership to understand that they too could access many of the herbs and flowers he mentions.
Overall, a fascinating read.
Read information about the authorStephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of ten books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.
Stephen's work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman's Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.
Stephen has served as president of the Colorado Association for Healing Practitioners and as a lobbyist on herbal and holistic medicines and education in the Colorado legislature. He lives in New Mexico.
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