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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Ash Tree Publishing; Revised edition (April 11, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961462094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961462093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Juliette de Bairacli Levy is famed for her mastery of herbal lore and her many books on living in tune with nature.

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Juliette was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1912 in Manchester, England. She was educated at Lowther College, one of the best girls schools in Britain, and went on to study veterinary medicine at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool.

However, Juliette did not approve of the vivisection and animal experimentation that was going on in the universities, so she left university after two years and went to study with the Gypsies and peasants of the world.

In the late 1930's Juliette ran a distemper clinic in London where, at a time when many dogs were dying from this disease, she treated and cured hundreds of dogs with fasting, herbs and a natural diet.

When many Afghan hound puppies were dying of distemper, Juliette raised a litter of puppies on her natural rearing methods and these puppies won Best of Show at Crufts Dog Show.

In the 1930's Juliette developed a line of herbal supplements for animals known as Natural Rearing Products. For the next 50 years these were the only products of their kind on the market. Today these supplements are still distributed world wide.

During World War II, Juliette worked in the Women's Land Army gathering sphagnum moss which was used on soldiers' wounds. After the war she went to Yorkshire where she cured thousands of sheep who had been declared incurable by conventional vets.

In the 1940's, while travelling in America, Spain, France, North Africa and Turkey, Juliette gathered herbal remedies from the nomadic and peasant peoples of these lands. When her Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable was published in 1951, it was the first veterinary herbal ever to be published as before this time, the art of farriers, gypsies and peasants had been passed on only by the spoken word.

Thus Juliette became THE pioneer of what is known today as holistic animal care. She went on to write The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog. Both these books together with Juliette's Illustrated Herbal Handbook for Everyone and Natural Rearing of Children have become classics and many generations of humans & animals have been raised & healed on these books.

Juliette became famous for saving her hives of bees from shell attack during the six day war. In Israel and later when she moved to Greece, Juliette continued to write, to raise Afghan hounds, to garden and to gather herbal remedies. As well as her herbal books, she has written several travel books, two novels and three books of poems.

Juliette de Bairacli Levy is a world renowned herbalist, author, breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveller in search of herbal wisdom, and the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine. Juliette has a long record of spectacular cures to her credit and the books she has written have been a vital inspiration for the present day herbal renaissance, (born 11.11.1912 deceased 5.28.2009). Juliette is the author of many books including Traveler's Joy, Common Herbs for Natural Health, Natures Children, Spanish Mountain Life, Summer in Galelie, A Gypsy In New York, all in print by Ash Tree Publishing, and more titles now out of print.

Customer Reviews

The book is very well laid out and easy to understand, and a pleasure to read.
I haven’t read it yet but I think it will be fascinating and am looking forward to reading it.
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I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in using the natural approach to healing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
I ordered this wonderful book last year because I was interested in herbal medicine. Since that time, I have used this book countless times for common ailments like colds, flu, bug bites, scrapes, bruises, etc. In almost every case, the recommendations given by Ms. Levy work as well or better than expensive, over the counter medications & salves. Some of the herbal recommendations, including using fresh basil on insect bites have results which are almost miraculous. I highly recommend this book. It's very interesting reading as well, Ms. Bairacli Levy infuses it with her life experiences garnered by learned about herbal medicine from indigenous people around the world. I cannot say enough about this book...it is one of the best and most helpful books I've ever bought.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Suzie Housley on October 15, 2002
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I was astonished at the vast amount of invaluable information I found in the pages of COMMONS HERBS FOR NATURAL HEALTH (Herbals of Our Foremothers) by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. Readers will be rewarded by a detailed listing of 200 worldwide herbs. You will learn how to find them, store them, and prepare them to help treat many common ailments. Don't be surprised if the recipes contained in the back of the book will have you searching your yard late at night for the intriguing ingredients.
This book is a must-read for any herbalist enthusiast, or anyone who has a slight interest in alternative medicine. I can easily see this book being passed on from generation to generation; the information is priceless. After reading this treasure, it fully convinced me to change the topic of my college thesis. I'm happy to say I couldn't have read any better book to start me on the path of learning this ancient tradition.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on June 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
My grandmother was an immigrant from Russia and with her transition to this country in the late 1800's came a wealth of knowledge of herbs and their power to heal. To this day, I still use herbs in the treatment of many minor health problems from colds, sore throats, insect bites, minor infections, headaches and symptoms of menopause.
"Common Herbs for Natural Health" brings back memories of my grandmother's garden where fresh herbs grew abundant, and her kitchen which contained herbs of every description. Many of the uses for herbs found in this back are generations old; They are tried and true - they worked then and they work now. That is not to say, herbs are the solution for every illness. For example, I would never attempt to treat a serious infection with herbs alone, but they certainly do have their time and place, as this book will indicate. Herbs can be an optimum solution to many problems. Since they are a natural source, they generally have fewer side effects, as long as you know and understand what herbs not to blend together. They are also less costly than medications found on a store shelf. This books contains a vast amount of information on the herbs and suggests which ones to use for various treatments. It is a book anyone who is a believer in natural health care and healing will want to own.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By reader on July 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This author is The Matriarch of Herbalism among the inner

circle, which includes well known practicing herbalists,

"celebrity" herbalists, other authors, and many thousands

of community herbalists all over the world.

My 30 year old copy- my very first herb book -

is falling apart so I just ordered another because it

contains a lifetime of tried and true herbal information

for personal and professional practice. Anyone starting

out in their understanding of this field, as well as

anyone who has been studying for years, should have this,

and all her books, on their shelves, and use them! If

you do, you will "get it".

This book is recommended to educate and enlighten those

who have been brainwashed by the media to think "herbs

are drugs", or poisons, or worse- as it clears up issues

of practical usage, and proper usage, and everyday

applications, by someone with decades of experience ,

well respected the world over. It contains useful, full

descriptions of many common herbs (the "materia medica"),

some not so common, some , in older versions, which may

have fallen out of use or access. A story emerges of herbal

use all over the planet for health care, and along with

this information, the author shares her insights into

incorporating natural living to promote robust health

and vitality.

No fads here- just classical, timeless, tried and true,

unchanging , eternally helpful enlightenment.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anna Maranta on October 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Julliette's book was the guide I turned to again and again as I raised my daughters, now 16 and 18. Her grounded knowledge of naturual childrearing was the missing link I needed. My mother, a product of the public health indoctrination of the 50's and 60's, knew little about caring for children without a doctor. As a young breastfeeding mother, refusing vaccinations, raising my daughters as vegetarians, using natural health care, home-educating . . . I liked her calm, balanced approach. She opened me to a world of life and healing that I had not encountered as a child and young woman.
As a midwife, this text was one I referred to frequently as I learned my art. Her belief that "the births of her children, are surely the greatest event in a woman's life" continues to influence me greatly. The many natural remedies found within her text still form the basis of my practise many years later.
I am happy to see that this book long-out-of-print has been re-released.
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