Volume III: Insights through Spiritual Science
This new botany of medicinal plants presented in this work is based on anthroposophy, the modern science of the spirit founded by Dr. Rudolf Steiner. This science makes it possible to re-establish a link that had fallen into oblivion for a long time and to make us aware again of the relationship between human being and medicinal plant.
The point of view taken allows us to discover the interactions between the human being and the world of nature outside the human being from which we obtain our medicines.
The aim is to open paths for the human mind to a national pharmaceutical botany on the basis of which new insights on the healing powers of plants can be gained which are based not merely on tradition and ethno-botanical discoveries.
The illustrations by Walther Roggenkamp show what nature has withheld, what words cannot express. Aspects of the plant's essence emerge, being only hinted at in nature but visible to the mind's eye through the artist's graphic creations.
C O N T E N T S:
How Does One Experience Elemental Beings?
Mistletoe Plants - Santalales
Orchids and their Elemental Life
Valerians - Valerianaceae - Find their Formative Forces - Language
Pineapples - Bromeliaceae
Ginger Plants - Zingiberaceae
Survey of Monocotyledons
Nettle Plant as Organs of Earth Life and as Regulators of the Iron Process
Pimpernel - Anagallis
Sumacs - Anacardiaceae
Achlamydeae - Perianthless Flowering Plants
Hemp - Cannabis sativa
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana
Regarding the Sun Class of Flowering Plants - Proranales
Hazelwort - Asarum europaeum, and Birthwort - Aristolochia clematises
Spice Plants and the Members of a Human Being
Horse Chestnuts and the Weaving of Undines
Violet Family - Violaceae
The Elm - A Mercury Tree