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Karen Baar

I'm a journalist specializing in health, and the author of For My Next Act... Women Scripting Life After Fifty (Rodale, 2004). In addition, I'm the co-author of American Indian Healing Arts, The Circadian Prescription, and Women and Pain: Why It Hurts and What You Can Do. I've also written articles on health, fitness, nutrition, and alternative medicine for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Health, Cooking Light, Family Circle, Self, Good Housekeeping, Natural Health, Parenting, Yale Medicine and Columbia Public Health.

My passion for women's health dates back to the feminist movement of the 1970s, when I was part of a group that launched the Somerville Women's Health Project, a storefront clinic for women and children near Cambridge, Massachusetts. A former health care activist, educator, and administrator, I hold a B.A. from New York University and a Masters in Public Health degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. I have two daughters, ages 19 and 27, and I live in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American;

American Indian Healing Arts is a magical blend of plant lore, history, and living tradition that draws on a lifetime of study with native healers by herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch.

Here are the time-honored tribal rituals performed to promote good health, heal illness, and bring mind and spirit into harmony with nature. Here also are dozens of safe, effective earth remedies--many of which are now being confirmed by modern research.

Each chapter introduces a new stage in the life cycle, from the delightful Navajo First Smile Ceremony (welcoming a new baby) to the Apache Sunrise Ceremony (celebrating puberty) to the Seminole Old People's Dance.

At the heart of the book are more than sixty easy-to-use herbal remedies--including soothing rubs for baby, a yucca face mask for troubled skin, relaxing teas, massage oils, natural insect repellents, and fragrant smudge sticks. There are also guidelines for assembling a basic American Indian medicine chest.

Authentic Indigenous Text