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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An Elders' Herbal

An Elders' Herbal: Natural Techniques for Promoting Health and Vitality by David Hoffmann

David Hoffmann's complete guide to healthy aging addresses the unique concerns of people approaching fifty years of age and older.  A medical herbalist for sixteen years, the author has developed a wide variety of herbal treatments that focus on prevention and promote longevity.  He also offers specific herbal remedies for minor and more serious conditions, including hypertension, insomnia, bronchitis, varicose veins, and arthritis.  While these preparations are powerful healing agents, they produce none of the unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects often brought on by synthetic drugs.  By applying their natural healing properties, we can minimize our dependence on conventional medical treatments while shoring up and strengthening our immune systems.  The book's Materia Medica, listing more than 150 herbs by both common and Latin names, specifies which part of the plant to use, actions and indications, preparation methods, and recommended dosages.

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