newest book, Botanica
Poetica, expands the repertoire of her
unique, healing poetry to include verses about 111 herbal remedies.
In the spirit of Medica Poetica, her pioneering
first book, the new volume gently guides the reader to
familiarity with the basics of when an herbal remedy might be appropriate
and how to prepare and use them.
Following the tradition of previous Poetica Press
books, Botanica Poetica is hardbound in a rich blue cloth
cover and includes a ribbon bookmark.
Click here to see some sample poems
from Botanica Poetica, or read on to see some comments from reviewers:
special book will appeal to many. An enjoyable means of study for
those learning herbal medicine, playful yet meaningful synopses of
herbs already befriended by the botanical practioner, this book will
also charm any lover of plants and poetry.”
-- Gloria Schwartz, ND, from the Foreword.
author draws from some of the authoritative contemporary literature
for some of the plants' properties, so both folkloric and modern scientifically
documented uses are put to verse...Several
copies of this book are certainly worth having – on the coffee
table, for the backpack, bathroom, wherever one reads. A truly
excellent gift for the Holidays!”
-- Mark Blumenthal
Founder & Executive Director
American Botanical Council
“Tired of trying to decipher obscure scientific language
in herbal clinical trials? Take a break with some herbal poetry to refresh
your spirit. I initially approached this book with some skepticism,
but that vanished after reading the first poem, and has not returned
after reading twenty more.
style and rhyming is humorous, but the content is quite
solid. I’ve never before seen a bibliography
in a poetry book, but Chatroux has one, and it includes some of my favorite
herbal reference books. She’s done her homework on every single
herb, and somehow managed to synthesize the key information
about each of the 111 herbs into verse. Most include, in addition to
primary uses, information on adverse effects, energetics, or species
names. The poems amaze my students and make them laugh. Me too. The
poems are interspersed with old woodcuts of the plants. This book makes
a wonderful gift for you favorite herbalist or student.
A Review in Verse
The rhymes are funny, poignant too
her research thorough, the content's true.
One things sure, her poetry
is a lot more fun than chemistry.
Chatroux, a Family Pactice
physician who incorporates natural therapies, had plenty of
practice before turning to the subject of herbal materia medica for
She’s previous done volumes on homeopathy (Materia Poetica: Homeopathy
in Verse) and pathology (Medica Poetica:
Malady in Verse), each with
the same skillful light verse combined with solid content.
Editor: Medical Herbalism Journal http://medherb.com
Director: North American Institute of Medical Herbalism http://naimh.com