- List Price: $23.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Publish date: 08/01/1998
This book records, monthly, a year-long journey into the earth's natural cycles as they unfold in New York City. Each monthly section describes a facet of the earths temperament, offering us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in nature's unique expression of birth, growth, fruition, decay, death, and regeneration, the primary cycles that weave a thread of continuance through our lives. Even in an urban environment, the constant presence of the elemental natural world and the use of herbs can be a touchstone to bring both body and soul back to a natural cadence.
Each monthly section discusses one herb in detail -- how and where it grows and what it does -- and presents recipes for simple teas, lotions, and foods, along with rituals appropriate to the season that can bring your life back into harmony with the moods of nature.
For thousands of years, humans have used herbs and trees for just this kind of medicine, in addition to calling on the plants as a source of nutrition, remedy, heating, shelter, and magic. These are the old ways.