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