Herbal Elder: Juliette de Bairacli Levy, the wandering herbalist

Juliette with Gypsy Friends via Ashtree Publishing

Born under the influence of Scorpio in Manchester England, in the year of the sinking of the Titanic and the founding of the Girl’s Scouts, Juliette de Bairacli Levy was a pioneer herbalist who travelled the world seeking out ancient remedies and herbal teachings from all she encountered. What I admire the most about her was her fearless sense of adventure and her insatiable curiosity that drove her to discover worlds and cultures otherwise hidden from view. Her herbal travels led her throughout Europe, Turkey, North Africa, Israel and Greece, where she stayed for spells amongst gypsies, farmers, mountain people, and livestock breeders, learning their medicinal wisdom and sharing her tales with them as friends. When reading her books, one is compelled to explore her own boundaries and limitations; Juliette’s unapologetic approach to raising children naturally, living in tune with nature, and trusting the wisdom of our own bodies rings with a deeply rooted truth, handed down with the confidence only someone living with their heart and soul can convey. Here are some books written by Juliette of the Herbs, and some photos of her travels to inspire the wandering herbalist inside each of us…

As Gypsies Wander: Being an account of life with gypsies in England, Provence, Spain, Turkey, London: Faber & Faber, 1962.

Spanish Mountain Life: the Sierra Nevada, London: Faber & Faber, 1955.

Wanderers in the New Forest, London: Faber & Faber, 1958

Summer in Galilee, London: Faber & Faber, 1959.

The Natural Rearing of Children, London: Faber & Faber, 1970

A Herbal Handbook for Everyone, London: Faber & Faber, 1966.

Juliette’s nature’s children via Susun Weed

Juliette’s daughter Luz with her owl

Juliette with her home-bred naturally raised Afghan in the 1960’s. Via greasy.


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