As people moved into cities and suburbs and embraced modern medicine and industrialised food, they lost their connection to nature, in particular to the plants with which humanity coevolved. These plants are essential components of our physiologies - tangible reminders of cross-kingdom signaling - and key not only to vibrant physical health and prevention of illness, but, also, to soothing and awakening the troubled spirit. Offering examples of ancient and modern uses of wild plants in each of the 3 classes - from aromatic peppermint to bitter dandelion to tonic chocolate - Mase provides easy recipes to integrate them into meals as seasonings and as central ingredients in soups, stocks, salads and grain dishes as well as including formulas for teas, spirits and tinctures. Providing a framework for safe and effective use as well as new insights to enrich the practice of advanced herbalists, he shows how healing "wild plant deficiency syndrome" - that is, adding wild plants back into our diets - is vital not only to our health, but, also, to our spiritual development.
Blending traditional herbal medicine with history, mythology, clinical practice and recent findings in physiology and biochemistry, herbalist, Guido Mase, explores the three classes of plants necessary for the healthy functioning of our bodies and minds - aromatics, bitters and tonics. He explains how bitter plants ignite digestion, balance blood sugar, buffer toxicity and improve metabolism; how tonic plants normalise the functions of our cells and nourish the immune system and how aromatic plants relax tense organs, nerves and muscles and stimulate sluggish systems, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. He reveals how wild plants regulate our heart variability rate and adjust the way DNA is read by our cells, controlling the self-destructive tendencies that lead to chronic inflammation or cancer.
*Explains how 3 classes of wild plants - aromatics, bitters and tonics - are uniquely adapted to work with our physiology because we coevolved with them *Provides simple recipes to easily integrate these plants into meals as well as formulae for teas, spirits and tinctures *Offers practical examples of plants in each of the 3 classes, from aromatic peppermint to bitter dandelion to tonic chocolate
""The Wild Medicine Solution" is a love letter to wild plants. From peppermint to dandelion root, Guido Mase writes with a fervent, irresistible intensity about the capacity of wild plants to restore humanity's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being." --Alizah Salario, Spirituality and Health, May 2013
Guido Mase is a clinical herbalist, herbal teacher and garden steward. The cofounder and codirector of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, he is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, the American Botanical Council and United Plant Savers. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont.