Plant Spirit Medicine

A Journey into the Healing Wisdom of Plants

Plant Spirit Medicine

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"Cowan has charted the territory for a medicine of the past and the future and restores one of the vital links for this to happen—the healing power behind our relationship with the plant world."—Malidoma Somé, author of Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

"Eliot Cowan's inspiring Plant Spirit Medicine explores the intrinsic unity and connectedness of all living things. It extends the boundaries of consciousness to include not just humans and animals but plants as well. Important not only because of its profound implications for healing, this book is a blueprint for our survival. It illuminates the kind of sacred regard we must develop for all of life on Earth if our species is to survive and thrive."—Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters

Whether you live in a mountain cabin or a city loft, plant spirits present themselves to us everywhere. Since its first printing in 1995, Plant Spirit Medicine has passed hand-to-hand among countless readers drawn to indigenous spirituality and all things alive and green. In this updated edition, Eliot Cowan invites us to discover the healing power of plants—not merely their physical medicinal properties, but the deeper wisdom and gifts that they offer.

Enriched by many new insights, this guide unfolds as a series of chapters on how plant spirit medicine helped Cowan resolve specific challenges in his own healing journey and in his work with others. In the telling, we learn how plant spirits can directly communicate with and aid all of us, including:

  • Plant spirit medicine's five-element view of healing
  • Ways to assess our own states of health and balance
  • Receiving guidance from plants, including those found within herbal preparations
  • New passages on community and sacred plants such as peyote, marijuana, and tobacco
  • Additional interviews with plant shamans across diverse traditions, and more

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Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by gilad s

I have already been connected with plants since traveling to Peru. After reading the book, plants actually started to talk to me. And they say good and uefull things and I feel them much more alive and freindly. I also started to use plants mentioned in the book with success. I use by the way Ayahuaska and other plants regularly. I also started to pay attention and recall my dreams.

(Posted on 10/8/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Laurel B

I really appreciated learning of his work. Well written.

(Posted on 10/5/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Sandra M

I had already begun working with trees, sort of accidentally, when I came across's Eliot's work. I am convinced that the trees and plants wanted me to have some guidance about how to work with them.
If you hadn't already some knowledge of shamanistic techniques, I think you would find this a strange little book. But this man is really steeped in plant spirit work. I think he has more to offer, and I would like to know more, but he may reserve deeper stuff for his students. Right away I want to read it again.

(Posted on 9/22/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Stephen S

The book took me down hitherto unknown metaphysical paths. It reinforced my belief in those immortal words of Voltaire, "We must tend our garden." When my bamboo speaks, I can now listen better.

(Posted on 9/17/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Jean M

World-view changing. Marvelous.

(Posted on 9/2/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Andrea B

The formatting for my ebook (Sony Reader) was defective and I could not read several pages.

Some interesting ideas presented however some of it is promotion for his courses.

(Posted on 8/23/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Martha L

This is a beautifully written book. The examples make Plant Spirit Medicine come alive, in their beauty and simplicity and power. It brought about a renewed appreciation for our planet and the sacredness of all that inhabit it. I am about to reread.

(Posted on 8/11/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Judy G

We love this book, reading a few pages aloud every morning. It's given us a new sense of "one-ness" with the world, and connection with Plant-Spirit.
Thank you.

(Posted on 8/10/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Audrey T

That was an interesting read and I like the idea of considering all sorts of spirits even in the small daily encounters we have with nature.

(Posted on 8/10/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Meg M

Excellent book - helpful to have access to Shamanic techniques!

(Posted on 8/10/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Joe Garrison

Great book by Cowan! He and Stephen Harrod Buhner, Pam Montgomery, and a few other similar authors offer us the profound wisdom found in the plant world! It's nice to see Sounds True finally beginning to recognize these shamanic voices! I would truly love to see some of their books made into audio programs! Come on, Sounds True! The world needs more of their wisdom!

(Posted on 7/6/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Laura B

One of the best books I've ever read - moving, lyrical, informative, wise, just filled with wonder and meaningful stories. It truly is a manual for living.

(Posted on 6/24/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Loraine O

This is a beautiful book, that both inspire and fills me.

(Posted on 5/31/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by Patrick

Thanks for the online interview! I love this book and have done healing work with Eliot for many years. I found this interview beautiful transmitted so much of the wisdom that he has to offer...few people have given me so much peace in these troubled times...

(Posted on 5/14/2014)

Review for Plant Spirit Medicine Review by mayzee

very interesting indeed,wish i was nearer so i could go and learn more.
thank you.

(Posted on 5/10/2014)


Paperback Book

Contents Paperback book (211 pages)
Date Published April 01, 2014
ISBN-10 1-62203-095-8
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-095-8
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK03781


Contents eBook (211 pages)
Filetypes EPUB, JPG, PDF, PRC
Date Published April 01, 2014
Product Code BK03781W