In every culture throughout the world, you will find a great body of folklore concerning the indigenous plants of that region. People have collected plants from meadows and woodlands and used them for healing medicines for thousands of years. Tried and proven, the best recipes passed on to countless generations who understood the cycles of the seasons and the natural rhythms of their bodies.
Herbalism is still flourishing today as it offers a gentle system of healing. Herbs build, strengthen and perk up the body’s immune system; many nonemergency medical situations respond well to herbalism; herbs can provide fundamental support for the body while it is undergoing radical forms of treatment that may sap its life energy; and herbs are a first choice for many women’s health problems.
The West Bend Library has an abundance of books that serve as guides to the healing way of herbs. Wisconsin author Phyllis Heitkamp has written three books specifically dealing with herbs found in our own state - Wisconsin Medicinal Herbs, The Simplicity of Herbal Health, and Magic at Oakwell. She wrote these books to help readers make informed decisions about their health. The best way to stay healthy and live a healthy lifestyle is to learn to heal yourself.
Author Rosemary Gladstar has taught herbology extensively for many years and runs a retreat center and native plant preserve in Vermont. Her books will teach you the fine art of making medicinal herb teas, salves and ointments, herbal tinctures and liniments, syrups, and medicinal herbal oils.
The West Bend Library also has several books on herbal teas – how to blend and brew therapeutic teas to nourish the body, build the immune system, and lift the spirits. The simple pleasures of tea give us an opportunity to nourish ourselves and our loved ones through the wealth of nutrients found in the leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds of herbs. Did you know that chamomile tea relaxes the nerves, reduces inflammation, clears toxins, and promotes tissue repair? Lemon balm tea calms the heart, improves concentration, and cleans the liver. A cup of lemon balm tea before bed can help prevent nightmares and allow for a good night’s sleep. Sage tea improves resistance to infection, helps heal a sore throat, improves digestion of fatty foods and helps promote mental alertness. Marshmallow root calms inflammation, nourishes bone marrow, promotes tissue healing and is especially effective in soothing irritation in the respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal tracts. Healing Herbal Teas, 20,000 Secrets of Tea, and The Magic Teaspoon are a few of our titles. Healing herbs are botanical elements from the earth. They are nature’s medicine cabinet because of their ancient healing wisdom. Come to the library and check out the books we have to offer.
You will find all of our herbal books upstairs in the 615.321 call number area. If you need assistance with any titles, please contact the Reference Desk at 335-5152.