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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; 10.10.1999 edition (November 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440235294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440235293
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An ancient Chinese legend: Once there was a man who knew 100,000 healing properties of herbs. He taught his son 80,000 secrets. On his deathbed, he told his son to visit his grave in five years, and there he would find the other 20,000 secrets. When the son went to his father's grave, he found, growing on the site, the tea shrub....

Teas are the gentle, natural, most beneficial way to absorb the healing properties of herbs--easily and inexpensively. A simple cup of tea not only has the power to soothe and relax but to deliver healing herbal agents to the bloodstream more quickly than capsules, tinctures, or infusions. Feeling tired? Rose hip tea will rev you up and beautify your skin. Need some help with your diet? Ginger tea will provide the boost you need and help aching joints too. Hot or iced, these pure and simple drinks offer delicious ways to stay healthy and revitalize you from the inside out. This unique guide offers:

An A-Z listing of common ailments followed by the teas best used to treat them
Instructions on how to create your own medicinal kitchen
Advice on creating your own tea blends
Descriptions of the top 100 herbs and their secret healing properties
And much, much more!

About the Author

Victoria Zak is an award-winning writer, researcher, and co-author of The Fat to Muscle Diet and The Dieter's Dictionary and Problem Solver. Her work has appeared in many national publications, including Ladies' Home Journal, Prevention, Shape, USA Today, The Boston Globe, and Glamour.  She lives in Massachusetts and has been featured in Who's Who in the East.

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I liked the book because it was very informative, concise and easy to read.
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how tea and herbs can contribute to their health!
Corinne L.Elks
Great in depth info for many herbs and teas, how they blend and what ailments to use them for.
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116 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Corinne L.Elks on January 10, 2000
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20,000 Secrets of Tea is the best book I've ever read on the subject of herbs and herbal teas.Unlike some books on herbs and teas, this book is clear-cut and extremely easy to follow. The book also contains many recipes for tea blends and recipes for certain ailments. I was amazed by the amount of information contained in this book. Not only does it contain detailed descriptions of herbs, but it also gives a summary of traditional and historical uses of herbs. It also lists certain precautions that should be taken when considering herbal remedies. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how tea and herbs can contribute to their health!
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Dera R Williams VINE VOICE on April 26, 2001
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Have a stomach ache? PMS? Then this book is what you need. the natural way of making and drinking tea is in this book of herbs for teas. The origins and properties of these herbs are explained. A natural way to enhance your health. This is cross-referenced to find out any symtom or name of herb. I read a book where the characters where always drinking Red Clover tea and I went to this book to find out that red clover is good for coughs and dry scalp. There is a wealth of information packed in this little book.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Expressionality on February 6, 2007
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I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!

One of the gals at the health food store that I go to recommended this book. If I had to pick only one book on herbal teas, this would be the one. It is a quick, easy reference - and right on the money with the medicinal uses and any cautions that should be taken. I built my 'herbal tea cabinet' based on the advice from this book - and I need a bigger cabinet! (smile)

The cost is just pennies for the 20,000 secrets!

Go for it!
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By nomadbride on March 7, 2013
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I ordered this book last week and have LOVED reading it. Ms. Zak has done a wonderful job of writing informatively and interestingly. Her paragraphs overflow with information and anecdotes and it just makes me excited to read about all the ailments that herbs, used correctly, can address.

That said, I started to have a few small items come up as I was reading that I thought, "That could have been done better." Chapter 5 is all about an A-Z guide of ailments with the herbs listed beneath them to address that particular malady. On further research of the individual herbs, however, we find that some herbs only marginally affect that illness while others are not recommended and others yet might be the *perfect* herb for that illness. I have found myself going back and forth between the list and the sections detailing each herb and either crossing out certain herbs the author recommends against (blue cohosh, for instance) or highlighting the herb that is "the supreme" herb for that problem. For ease of reference, I wish the author or editor had done that for me-- using a ranking system of some sort to mark the extremes (those herbs either absolutely excellent for a certain condition or those that, while they address it, are not recommended for it). Flipping back and forth in the book is a bit of a pain, no matter how much I've enjoyed learning more about the herbs.

That was only a personal preference, however, and nothing that would keep me from recommending the book. It's inconvenient, but doesn't reflect on the content of the book, merely the manageability.

Stepping up the inconvenience, I found I had to repeatedly look outside of this book to reference something the book said. In Ms.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rachael G. on July 22, 2011
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This book was extremely informative and very well set up. Everything is straightforward and it is very easy to locate exactly what you are looking for. This was my first book on teas and I understood everything that was said, no technical jargon. With that said, many of the herbs used in this book do not have the proper warnings or listings of what medications they cannot be used with. Also, a few of these have been proved to be carcinogens when ingested so be sure to research the herbs before following these instructions. It turns out, that since I am on birth control, I cannot utilize 85% of the remedies in this book, so be wary if you are on any kind of prescription that requires a delicate balance as this book may prove to be useless unless you want to use herbs in EVERY area of your life.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mary Nell Jackson on February 20, 2006
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Victoria Zak's book includes herbal tea history, remedies,directions on making your own teas,detailed lists of herbs + ailments to treat.She lists herbs with cautions as well as parts of plant to use in making tea along with historical facts about many herbs. Recipes and quotes make this book an interesting read + educational reference to your herbal tea library.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Hogan on September 19, 2005
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This is the perfect book for anyone looking to use herbs for healing! It is very easy to understand and I was relieved to find all of these herbs in Whole Foods, (a local health food store). This book is not just for when your sick, it also gives great information about teas for every day use and illness prevention.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tasha Halpert on June 6, 2001
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Did you know that 20,000 Secrets of Tea has been translated into Russian? The Russians know a good thing when they see it.I wouldn't be surprised to see other countries follow Russia's lead. This extraordiary little book--small in size and large in scope, is the loving work of one who relies on the healing value of herbs in everyday life and knowledgably shares the information with us all. Ms Zak knows much about the properties, history and the lore of herbs, and she tells it freely in this delightful as well as useful book. It would make a wonderful gift for anyone who is even peripherally interested in herbs, as well as in helping to heal themselves and their families of a variety of minor and even some major ailments. A pleasure to peruse, this book harks back to the tradition of the Wise Woman who once kept her village healthy with what she gathered from woods, field and garden. Written clearly and with a well honed style, this 20,000 Secrets opf Tea is a special treasure to own and a a helpful text to refer to. Whether you grow your own herbs or buy teas from a healthfood or grocery store, for a variety of reasons you will find Ms Zak's book to be of great help in your everyday life.
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