Holly Bellebuono’s “Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History, and Geography of Herbal Medicine” (Skyhorse, 2014) has been awarded the 16th annual Thomas DeBaggio Book of the Year Award by the International Herb Association.
Called an “inspiring work” by the IHA, the hardcover book “Women Healers of the World” offers an intimate look into the stories, challenges, and triumphs of remarkable women, past and present, who promote the use of medicinal herbs. The book is a tribute to women scientists, researchers, medical practitioners, and folk healers, who work to empower their clients and communities through plants. The book features world-class photography, original watercolor artwork by Vineyard artist Tracy Thorpe, and personal interviews that Holly Bellebuono, a resident of West Tisbury, conducted over seven years of travel and research. The book profiles 31 women from 20 countries and 16 healing traditions.
This prestigious book award was established by the IHA Foundation in 1999 to foster excellence in herbal literature and to acknowledge outstanding books on herbs and their culture and/or uses. It was named to honor Thomas DeBaggio, a courageous journalist who became a nationally prominent herb grower, gardener, and author as well as a defiant and poignant voice for fellow Alzheimer’s patients.
This is Ms. Bellebuono’s third book; “The Essential Herbal for Natural Health” and “The Authentic Herbal Healer” were published in 2012. Her fourth book, “The Healing Kitchen,” will be released in 2016. An empowerment speaker for conferences and universities, Ms. Bellebuono is the director of Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary and the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, providing training and certification nationally. The book may be purchased on her website, HollyBellebuono.com.