By Alfred Savinelli
Plants of Power is a guide to the sacred plants traditionally used by Native Americans and other indigenous people. It is an excellent tool for those seeking to connect more fully with the mysterious world of plants, animals, and Spirit.
For thousands of years Native cultures have used plants to heal physical and spiritual ailments. Highlighted here are 14 significant plants, with information on their properties, growing conditions, and medicinal applications, along with descriptions of Native American ceremonies and rituals in which these plants play a central role.
Alfred Savinelli had wildcrafted plants for more than 25 years and is an active defender of plant rights and indigenous wisdom.
this smoke from the sweet grass will rise up to You,
and will spread throughout the universe;
its fragrance will be known by the winged,
the four-leggeds, and the two-leggeds,
for we understand that we are all relatives.”
—High Hollow Horn from Keeping of the Soul Ceremony
Native Voices, 2002