Healing Plants

Insights through Spiritual Science
Volumes 1, 2, and 3
By Wilhelm Pelikan

Mercury Press has recently published Wilhelm Pelikan's third and final volume of Healing Plants, a continuation of his previous work. An experiencing of Elemental Beings is introduced, as are a variety of medicinal plants including: Mistletoe, Orchids, Valerian, Pineapple, Ginger, Nettles, Hemp and more. Illustrations by Walther Roggenkamp show aspects of the plant's essence that words cannot express.

    ISBN 0-929979-64-8
    Mercury Press, 1997, 2012
    Vol. I: 396 pages; paperback; $30  
    Vol. II: 269 pages; paperback; $32

    Description

    This books strives to make us aware again of the relation  between human beings and medicinal plants. Not a book that tells us how to prepare and use different plants for therapy, but instead one that develops paths for insights into the healing powers of plants. Insights not based only on ancient traditions or ethnobotanical discoveries, but on enhanced capacities of perception. These perceptions focus not merely on the morphology of plants in the Goethean sense, but in addition take full cognizance of phytochemistry. Through the many illustrations and woodcuts by the late Walther Roggenkamp, one can gain an image of what nature has withheld and words do not express; aspects of the plant’s essence emerge, made visible through the artist’s creations.

    Contents - Vol. I

    Preface to the Fourth Edition

    Concerning the Illustrations in this Volume

    Publisher’s Preface

    Translator’s Preface

    • Essential Relationships between Plant and Human Being

    Goethe’s pioneering work

    Threefold plant and threefold human being

    • The “Idea” of the Disease Process and the “Idea” of the Medicinal Plant

    Polarity of inflammation and tumor

    Dissolution and hardening in the plant process

    • Aspects and Spheres of Being

    The four kingdoms of nature – man and plant

    The four aspects of being and the four states of matter in which they are embodied

    “Intermediate forms” in the plant world

    • The Mint Family (Labiatae)

    Plants of warmth

    Medicinal actions of labiate plants

    The most important medicinal plants in the family

    Aspects of seed production

    • The Carrot Family (Umbelliferae)

    Plants of the airy element

    Medicinal potential of the type

    The physical forms taken by the type

    Umbellifers growing in and by water

    Woodland umbellifers

    Umbellifers growing in meadows

    Umbellifers of the mountains

    Umbellifers of deserts and steppes

    Plant scents and what they bring to expression

    • The Poppy Family (Papaveraceae)

    The plant type

    The medicinal plants

    Latex production in the plant world

    • “Carnivorous” and Medicinal Plants
    • The Cress Family (Cruciferae)

    The plant type

    Sufur and salt processes as healing factors in nature

    Medicinal plants of the cress family

    • The Nightshade Family (Solanaceae)

    Poisonous and healing plants

    The nature of plant poisons

    Important medicinal plants of the nightshade family

    • The Cactus Family (Cactaceae)

    Plants of watery stasis

    • The Fat Hen Family (Chenopodiaceae)

    Plants with inordinate salt processes

    • The Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

    The plant type

    Medicinal plants of the buttercup family

    • The Rose Family (Rosaceae)

    Perfect moderation in the midst of plenty

    Sugar, tannin and cyanide processes

    Medicinal plants of the rose family

    • The Daisy Family (Compositae)

    Theme and medicinal actions

    Medicinal plant of the daisy family

    Vulneraries

    Moisture-loving members of the daisy family

    Compositae indigenous to mountains, hills and woodlands

    Medicinal bitters – the wormwoods

    Thistles as medicinal plants

    Highly aromatic members of the family

    Medicinal actions in the subgroup of latex-bearing liguliflorae

    • The Gentian Family (Gentianaceae)

    Bitter herbs that heal

    • The Borage Family (Boraginaceae)

    A silica process maintained in plastic fluidity

    Principal protein constituents as elements serving the incarnation of the higher aspects of being

    The functions of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and sulfur

    • The Pea Family (Leguminosae)

    Nitrogen and the astral principle in plants

    Medicinal plants of the pea family

    Casealpiniaceae

    Papilionaceae

    • The Bedstraw Family (Rubiaceae)

    The family type

    Formic acid and uric acid processes

    Medicinal plants of the bedstraw family

    • The Spurge Family (Euphorbiaceae)
    • The Lily Family (Liliaceae)

    Sulfurous succulence, congestion and shooting growth

    Medicinal plants of the lily family

    Index

    Bibliography

     

    Contents - Vol. II

    Preface ........... .............................................................................. i

    Author's Preface to Volume II of Healing Plants .... ......................... ii

    Preface to the First 1957 Edition ............................................................. iii

    Concerningthe Illustrations in this Book .................................................. v

    MedicinalHerbs from the Lower Plant Kingdom ..................................... 7

    Algae -- Phycophyta ................................................................................. 8

    Fungi -- Mycetophyta ............................................................................ 11

    Lichens .......... .................................. ........................................................ 14

    Ferns- Filicinae ...................................................................................... l6

    Horsetails - Equisetinae .......................................................................... 24

    MedicinalPlants from the Upper Plant Kingdom ................................... .25

    Evergreen Trees and Shrubs- Coniferae ................................................ 25

    The Pine Family - Pinaceae ..... ............................................................... 30

    Cypress-like Shrubs and Trees- Cypressaceae ...................................... 33

    St. John's Worts- Guttiferae .......................... ........................................ 37

    Rock foil plants- Saxifragaceae: Silica Process, Limestone and Light Processes ....................................... 43

    Thick leafed plants- Crassulaceae ........................................................ .47

    The Gourds- Cucurbitaceae ........................... , ....................................... 52

    Irises- Iridaceae ..................................................................................... 60

    Grasses- Gramineae ............... ................................................................ 66

    Arums- Araceae: Flowering Processes in the Root Region .................. 82

    Catkin Bearers- Amentiflorae ................................................................ 89

    Willows- Salicaceae: Salicin and Tannin Process ............................... 1 00

    Rues- Rutaceae: The Masters of Tropical Warmth Processes ............. 107

    Pinks- Caryophyllaceae- Chickweeds, Stitchworts, Campions ......... 116 

    Grape Family - Vitaceae ....................................................................... 119

    Honeysuckles- Caprifoliaceae ............................................................. 126

    Sea Buckthorn- Hippophae rhamnoides: Images of a Plant's Essential Nature and Therapeutic Imaginations ............................. 130

    Vitamins ................................................................................................ l37

    The Totality of Food Plants ................................................................... l43

    The Extra Corporeal "Organs" of Plants ............................................... 145

    The Nitrogen, Oxygen, Carbon and Hydrogen Organs in the Atmosphere .................................. 155

    Myrtles - Myrtaceae: Fruit and Spice Plants ....................................... 163

    Crane bills - Geraniaceae ...................................................................... 168

    Wood Sorrels - Oxalidaceae: The Oxalic Acid Process in Plant and Man .............................. 170

    Mallows- Malvaceae: The Formation of Mucilage and Fibers ........... 178

    Snapdragons - Scrophulariaceae ........................................................... 182

    Bindweeds- Convolvulaceae ............................................................... 198

    The Olive Family- Oleaceae: The Process that Forms Oils in the Plant Kingdom .............................. 200

     The Dogbane Family - Apocynaceae .................................................... 209

    The Heather Family- Ericaceae: Northern Fruits ..........................  ...... 216

    Primroses- Primulaceae: Plants with Etheric Vernal Rhythms ........  .... 224

    Medicinal Plants for the Liver.. ............................................................. 23 7

    Medicinal Plants for the Kidneys .......................................................... 244

    Medicinal Plants for the Lungs ............................................................ .252

    Medicinal Plants for the Heart .............................................................. 257

    Index of Illustrations ............................................................................. 261

    Subject index ......................................................................................... 263

     

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