The Art & Practice of Spiritual Herbalism – Transform, Heal, and Remember with the Power of Plants and Ancestral Medicine By Karen Rose published by Fair Winds Press
Although the internet is readily available to many, there is nothing like the traditional feel of holding a book in your hand, leafing through the pages, and referencing your favourite topics as many times as you like. I have found The Art & Practice of Spiritual Herbalism is the perfect example of such a book.
The book shares with you, stories, notes, and ideas on how to utilise the magic of plants as well as diasporic ancestral practices in remedies and rituals with Master Herbalist, Karen Rose.
This guide to harnessing the power of plants is a practical tool for working through the symptoms of body disease and underlying emotional and spiritual issues.
Organised by major body systems such as circulatory, digestive, and reproductive, and filled with stories, ancestral recipes, and accessible practices that anyone can use, The Art & Practice of Spiritual Herbalism shows you how plants can be used to bring oneself back to healing and balance.
There is a complete guide of facts about herbs and ways to use them to nourish and care for yourself. It gives information on the Orishas and amazing insights into the systems of the body and is a wonderful addition to your herbal book collection.
I really connected with this beautiful book. Karen shares a unique and much-needed perspective on modern herbalism. While staying true to her cultural tradition and standing against cultural appropriation she also offers a completely useable reference for herbal enthusiasts that want to take their practice to the next level.
About Karen M. Rose
Trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, Master Herbalist, Karen M. Rose has dedicated her life’s work to empowering individuals to reconnect to their own ancestral traditions. Over the past 20 years, she has created several outlets to offer her teachings and healing modalities to women, people of colour, Black, and LGBTQX communities. The opening of the Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2009 was merely the beginning. Karen has now expanded her enterprise, opening Sacred Botanica and Sacred Spice in 2020, two new locations in Brooklyn, to make healing more accessible to the greater community.
Karen’s inspiration for this work began as a child in her native home of Guyana, where she was exposed to how African, Caribbean, and Latin American traditions profoundly influenced plant medicine and community healing. The legacy of these lands is the foundation of Karen’s core values and spiritual practices.
Regarded as a Spiritual Herbalist, Karen is revered for being the first to teach Spiritual Herbalism, plant medicine deeply rooted in ancestral healing and spiritual consciousness. Offering guidance to those on the path to finding the truth, she has trained over 400 herbalists through her Spiritual Herbalism Apprenticeship program as an act to reclaim their own health and offer healing to their own communities.
Karen’s accomplishments include several in-house projects such as the Sacred Vibes’ Annual NYC Spiritual Herbalism Conference, 2019, 2020 Herbal Almanac, the Global Virtual Apprenticeship Program, and the Spiritual Herbalism Apprenticeship Community, and the free Herbal Community Summer workshops. Karen has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Black Enterprise, Refinery29, Allure Magazine, Organic Life Magazine, and Elle.com and has partnered with brands like BET and Squarespace. Karen currently resides in New York City with her three children, grandson, parents, and sisters. Her family is valued foremost, and all her work is supported by this firm foundation.