Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera


Earth Medicines is a beautifully illustrated handbook to natural healing and wellness by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Due out 19th Oct 2021 from Roost Books, it's 224 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. 

This is a book dedicated to and written around traditional Indigenous healing practices. The author is a healer (Curandera) and educator on the methods traditionally used by her culture to maintain and bolster health naturally. 

The book itself contains four thematic chapters with recipes and tutorials: Water, Air, Earth, and Fire. The recipes are varied and include many skin and beauty treatments, bath and skin care products, as well as some ritualistic and meditative practices to improve health and lifestyle. 

Recipes contain background information and purpose in the description, ingredients in a bullet list sidebar, and step by step directions. Ingredient measures are given in American standard units only (not metric). The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout. Photos are clear and in color.

The emphasis throughout is on alternative methods of thinking, gentle and natural body care, and philosophical mediation and affirmations. The author has included a resource and links list as well as a cross-referenced index.

This would be a good choice for readers interested in natural/native medicine, meditation, and alternative philosophy.

This is a five star read for the target audience.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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