Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation

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Siris Books, 1998 - Cooking - 534 pages
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Often radical and controversial, Buhner has clearly and beautifully explored the mysterious universal beliefs between ancient arid indigenous cultures as to the spirituality and healing power of plants and fermentation. In the spirit of Carlos Castenada, he forges a quest in pursuit of the experiential. Highlights of comprehensive information never presented in one volume include: mead, honey and hive products; heather ale; psychotropic beers; and beers and ales from sacred and medicinal trees and plants.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Man, this book makes me want to run right out and start brewing! It's got lots and lots of recipes for making ale and beer out of any sort of plant one can think of, and even some one cannot. Mustard ... Read full review

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User Review  - cdddddd - LibraryThing

Wow, this book is wild. The essential premise is: at this time Western culture consumes only two alcoholic beverages; all beer is a watery solution of fermented barley and hops, and all wine is ... Read full review

Contents

The Well ofRemembrance i
19
Yeast A Magical and Medicinal Plant
61
Sacred Indigenous Beers
79
Alcohol Aqua Vitae the Water of Life
135
Psychotropic and Highly Inebriating Beers
165
Beers and Ales from Sacred and Medicinal Trees
223
Beers and Ales from Sacred and Medicinal Plants
265
Epilogue
425
Appendix Two Some Meads of the Middle Ages
441
Herbs Used in Meads of the Middle Ages A Brief Compendium
469
Chapter References
483
Index
513
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About the author (1998)

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth Poet and the award-winning author of fifteen 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 when he began his work as a physician in rural Indiana 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. He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist and citizen scientist in American society-especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

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