Herbal Healing for Men

I’ve been working with herbs for almost twenty years to manage my reproductive health and well-being, but it wasn’t until I dated a man in his forties, that I became curious about the benefits of herbal remedies for men. Since he hadn’t yet experienced any sexual dysfunction (fortunately), much of our exploration was around promoting heart health and overall vitality. I made spinach and blueberry shakes, supercharged his oatmeal, and we ate garlic like we were preparing for a vampire apocalypse. While I focused on whole foods, I never got around to using herbs with him the way I did with myself.

As my studies of the Wild Feminine deepen, I find myself more and more curious about the Wild Masculine. Daniel Vitalis of the ReWild Yourself podcast says that much of what ails modern man and women is the result of our domesticity, and that we must rewild ourselves to reclaim optimal health and get back to our true nature. The more I learn about herbs and experience the benefits, the more I believe that herbal healing is the first step to reconnecting with our wildness, right up there with hunting and foraging.

Reading through Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Healing for Men almost made me want to reconsider my health coaching niche. While this book is written with and for men in mind, I’m not sharing my copy. If the man in your life is like mine, you may find that while he’s open to supplementing with herbs, he may not be inclined to take initial action. But that’s fine because I’m looking forward to working through the book myself. I really love how comprehensive Herbal Healing for Men is, covering not only the basic preparation of herbs, but also creative culinary uses such as energy balls and chocolate syrups, self-care options, and a discussion about general health and wellness concerns specific to men.

There are a few herbs mentioned in the book that I use on a regular basis, which means we’ll get to enjoy several recipes together in addition to the ones that are just for him.

If you’re a man who is concerned about maintaining long-term health and vitality or know a man who would benefit from adding medicinal herbs to their daily regimen, Herbal Healing for Men is for you.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd Revised ed. edition (June 13, 2017)

The Remedy is The Revolution

Originally written for BasilandSpice.com on June 3, 2010

Updated on on May 4, 2017

While I am not a fan of long-term fasting and detox diets and don’t promote or use them in my health coaching practice, I understand that a number of people are interested in these kinds of diets, and many have maintained these diets with varying results. Please exercise personal discretion and wisdom when making any changes to your diet. For best results, please seek the advice and support of several trained health and wellness professionals before beginning any diet program such as the one presented in this book.

What path do you follow when your mother is the foremost authority on womb healing, fasting, and other health concerns that affect black American communities? What’s it like having a mother who makes you drink green juices, won’t buy you junk food, and has you give up all food for days at a time? You can act out and be sent away to gain some perspective, or, you can straighten up, fly right, and join her. If you’re Supa Nova Slom, it’s both, and then you write a book about it.

Supa Nova Slom, Hip Hop’s very own Medicine Man, has taken core values of holistic health – adequate sunlight, green foods, detox, and exercise – and packaged them in the most accessible format I haven’t seen. Ever.

The Remedy: The Five-Week Power Plan to Detox Your System, Combat the Fat, and Rebuild Your Mind and Body is a two-stage program – stage one for The Remedy and stage two for the Supa Power Plan. Supa Nova will introduce you to his “Chlorophyllian Cleanse”, a five day juice and “Mega Supa Greens” juice fast that you’ll make yourself, and then show you how to go from careless omnivore to conscious eater, guiding you each step of the way with practical transition tips, self-care rituals, and recipes, and a maintenance plan.

You’ll also find testimonials from some top names in the entertainment industry, including Erykah Badu, Tyson Beckford, and Jim Jones. There’s even commentary from Doug Green, founder of NYC’s Liquiteria.

While Supa Nova Slom himself practices a high raw and green plant-based diet, he’s not out to convert you or make you give up your favorite foods. Instead, he invites you to consider the effects poor eating habits and food buying choices are having on your overall health and well-being, and presents you with an alternative.

The Remedy is available for purchase by clicking here or at your favorite bookseller.

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (April 7, 2010)

What’s For Dinner? Whatever You Want to Make

Originally published on BasilandSpice.com on December 20, 2009

Updated May 4, 2017

If all the talk about buying locally grown, Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, community supported agriculture, farmer’s markets, yard sharing, and community gardens hasn’t got you on the sustainable food/homesteading bandwagon yet, then this revised and updated classic will.

The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook: With More Than 1,000 for Choosing, Cooking, and Preserving Natural Ingredients takes you from market to table, with sections on choosing health-supportive and organic ingredients, tips on selecting the best cookware and equipment, stocking your kitchen with staples, canning and preserving, and, recognizing that key ingredients may be missing from your pantry, provides a simple substitutions list.

With this expanded and updated volume, home cooks will satisfy every palate, whether serving staunch vegans (baked peppers stuffed with fava beans and bulgur), hardcore foodies (osso buco), the health-conscious (spicy baked salmon), or your own sweet tooth (saucepan mocha brownies).

The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook is a comprehensive guide to home cooking suitable for beginners yet robust enough for serious home cooks.

The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook is available for purchase by clicking here, or at your favorite bookseller.

Print Length: 752 pages

Publisher: Rodale; Rev Upd edition (December 8, 2009)

Publication Date: December 8, 2009

 

I received a copy of The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook in exchange for this review from BasilandSpice.com.