Honouring the Loss

A Holistic Guide to Healing with Ritual and Herbal Medicine after an Abortion

By (author) India Elyn

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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : January 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 194
  • Size : 152mm(w) x 229mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 94989
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913504823
  • ISBN 10 : 1913504824
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A gentle and loving guide for women healing from an abortion.

Many women go through at least one in their lifetime, yet in our society abortion still remains a taboo subject.

As lucky as we are in the UK to be able to have safe abortions, the nature of medical care has meant that while the process is quick and efficient, minimal thought that has gone into the aftermath. How has it affected our bodies? Is it acceptable to grieve? How can we honour the loss?

Honouring the Loss is a guide that covers a whole spectrum of time; whether you are about to have an abortion or had one many years ago, there are specific exercises, meditations, herbs and rituals for each stage of this journey.

Woven throughout is the wisdom of herbal medicine; as you discover which herbs to take for common physical or emotional imbalances, as well as learning how to make your own herbal teas, tinctures and oils to empower your journey back to health.

Rituals offer the chance to transform any emotions or feelings in a way of beauty, as they open a new doorway that leads you to a place of peace and acceptance for all you have been through.

Online event with the Association of Master Herbalists - 14 June 2022 - recording now available

Watch author India Elyn discuss holistic healing after an abortion.

About the author

By (author) India Elyn

India Elyn's journey into herbal medicine began on her travels around Europe, where she met and lived with several wise teachers who opened the doorway into the plant world. This sparked a desire to step more fully onto this path, which led her to embark on a four year apprenticeship with medical herbalist and medicine woman Carole Guyett, where she was immersed into the world of plant spirits, ceremony and herbal medicine. After a decade of sitting in circle with women, and experiencing the transformations that can occur when we hold compassionate space for each other, India was inspired to create a sacred space within this book for women to connect with their wombs, feel supported and honour their experience of abortion.

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Lucy H. Pearce, author of Moon Time, Burning Woman and Medicine Woman on 06/01/2022

“Honouring the Loss is a vitally important and much-needed guide, breaking the silence on a journey that so many women travel alone. This wise, compassionate and caring companion offers support and healing resources to accompany you every step of the way.”

Anita Ralph, MSc MNIMH MCPP, Medical Herbalist and co-author of Native Healers on 06/01/2022

“This loving little book has an important message, that we can know and heal ourselves and others better, through loving kindness. It is an honest and generous sharing, with practical and specific healing strategies”

Dr JJ Pursell, author of The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary on 06/01/2022

“With grace and truth Elyn’s book has brought a lifeline to women everywhere. Her words open the heart to release the pain, suffering and shame that is often accompanied with the subject of abortion. A must-read to lead the way into the future to shift the abortion conversation.”

Carole Guyett, herbalist, teacher and author on 06/01/2022

“Honouring the Loss is an important and much-needed book, tackling the delicate topic of abortion with sensitivity and understanding. Weaving together herbal wisdom, ritual, meditation and gentle practices of self-care, India’s book is a valuable resource to assist women in their healing and recovery."

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