The Korean Herbal Apothecary
Ancient Wisdom for Wellness and Balance in the Modern World
by Grace Yoon
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 09 Nov 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – Fair Winds, Fair Winds Press
How has the Korean culture, now being looked at as a new Blue Zone, created such incredible wellness and longevity? An examination of their healing traditions may provide some actionable answers. Grace Yoon, Founder of Qi Alchemy, delivers just this with The Korean Herbal Apothecary, the first book to focus specifically on Korean herbalism and ancestral healing practices. She reveals healing traditions that have been used for generations, handed down grandmother to daughter and granddaughter,
Based on Korean ancestral practices and herbal medicine, this guide teaches the Eastern approach to healing, including:
- The Korean Sasang Typology system (comparable to doshas in Ayurveda)
- How to create a Korean herbal medicine cabinet
- Recipes for healing remedies and elixirs
- How to use traditional fermented foods for health and beauty
- How to resolve imbalances in Qi (vital energy) for health and emotional balance
With The Korean Herbal Apothecary at your side, you will learn how to use the power of ancient wisdom and remedies for spiritual and physical healing.
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I love this book and would definitely consider getting a physical copy of it, because like the stacks of cookbooks you have in the house- this one goes a step and more beyond in understanding traditional herbs, aspects of nature and divinity and wholistic development that builds on your health and well being.
I am trying some recipes and can't wait to refer to it again.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.
Grace Yoon provides some background information on the Korean herbal apothecary and write about her grandmother telling her that everything has Qi. She further states that the use of herbs is energetic, and to be one's own herbal
alchemist, it is essential to understand their Eastern ancestry. Because inAsia, ancestors passed on three spiritual philosophies or religions that Koreans mainly practice:
In addition to discussing Qi, the author discusses Yin and Yang. She states that a traditional Korean meal includes various herbal dishes formed by energetic qualities of yin and yang that create the five elements in Korean cuisine (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). The five elemental foods are selected mindfully, and they include a spectrum of five cardinal colors:
• Blue represents trees in the woods.
• Red represents fire.
• Yellow represents the earth.
• White represents metal.
• Black represents the sea
She, also, provides a correspondences of the five elements and the flavor, emotion, and the Yin Yang organ for each of the elements. In addition, she discusses the properties and role that many of the herbs play in the Korean culture. In doing so, she discusses the following for a large number of herbs:
3. Common Names
4. Part Used
5. Effective Qualities
6. Native Regions
10. How to Prepare
I feel this is a great book on Korean herbs, and the fact that the author presents the information in such a meaningful and easy to understand format. Plus, there are quite a lot a various recipes provided.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I feel it would be a valuable asset to any herbalist's library. I highly recommend it.
Wonderful detailed book on aspects of yin and Yang. Beautifully illustrated and inspirational. I intend on using more Korean herbs and vinegar in my daily life to help increase my health Herbs . Steeped in traditions come to life in our Dayton day world to help us follow a more intentional healthy life.