This week I made it to Dussmann, an enormous book and music store here in Berlin. They have an entire English bookstore inside the larger store. I got both English and German versions of Maria Treben’s “Health from God’s Apothecary”. My first German-language book! It’ll be a long project to work my way through it. Just flipping through the German version, I already know she used a LOT of Swedish bitters. I may just have to try her recipe. Treben is the only German-speaking herbal writer I’ve seen mentioned in English language books. My understanding is that her herbalism was very traditional and entirely bioregional. I’m thinking this is a good first text, foundational to getting to know German herbalism. If I don’t post much, I’m reading Maria Treben…

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