An ethnobotanist and an aromatherapist introduce you to 60 plants from the deep forests of Taiwan, unveiling the secrets to using them to promote healing and relaxation, and their connections to the cultures of Taiwan’s native tribes.
For modern people, time spent in the forest can be a soothing balm for tense nerves and work-weary minds. In this book, a botanist and an aromatherapist will guide you deep into Taiwan’s mountain forests to learn about 60 native plants and the healing properties of their scents.
The book is organized into twelve chapters, each covering the native forests of a different indigenous tribe. Each chapter opens with a tribal legend, and then introduces five plants which have cultural significance for the tribe. Scientific knowledge concerning the distribution, habitat, reproduction, and growth of each species is paired with a structural analysis of the plant’s aroma and its healing properties. Stories and illustrations complete a multi-faceted feast of the senses.
Weaving together strands of botany, anthropology, history, folklore, and alternative healing, Isle of Healing will appeal to readers with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.