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Herbal Remedies (Eyewitness Companions) Paperback – 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Eyewitness Companion
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405312823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405312820
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2008
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Eyewitness Companions has a long list of publications. And this is one that will probably interest many readers. The focus? The title says it all: "Herbal Remedies." I am somewhat skeptical about all the claims made for herbal medicine. On the other hand, I also know that there are some research findings suggestive of real value for some herbs.

Use of herbs to address ills of one sort or another goes way back in time. And such natural medicine is widespread in many parts of the world. The purpose of the book: ". . .'Herbal Remedies' aims to provide you with the essential information to answer [a series of basic questions], to choose safe and appropriate herbal remedies, and to put them to good use."

The book is divided into several chapters--Chapter 1 addresses what herbal medicine is; Chapter two focuses on how to use herbal remedies; the third chapter explores safety and quality; Chapter 4 may be the heart of the book, an A--Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) to Z--Zingiber officinalis (Ginger). The final chapter outlines which herbs go with what maladies (e.g., for a migraine, try Feverfew, Butterbur, or Lavender).

For me, the heart of the book is the enumeration of herbal palliatives. A few examples to illustrate. . . . The miracle of garlic! For medicinal use, the clove is the part used. The clove has several medicinal effects--antibiotic, blood-thinner, antifungal, counters cough and respiratory ailments, decreased blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and nurtures useful intestinal flora. Dosage? One clove a day. Caution: if already taking blood thinners, take garlic only on the advice of an herbal or medical practitioner. The book also notes that there is a fair amount of research testifying to the utility of garlic treatments.

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Anyone who is interested in herbs should get this compact book. It's a great resource to have on hand when working with plants.

The book starts off with some general information on herbal medicine and its preparation. Then it gives exact details on about 140 plants, each accompanied by full colored pictures and details of their therapeutic properties. At the end of the book there is a long chapter on common health problems, and the suggested herbs to use for treatment.

Even though some of the herb listings are a little brief, it's a great starter book and gives you a good overview of the most common herbs.
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I actually bought this is a book store; i have some knowlege of herbs and am looking to expand it. Besides being quite a colorful with beautiful photographs, it is actually quite informative. At first look, i thought it was a book for a coffee table, but i am finding usefull information, as well as ratings, and precautions. I definately recommend.
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Nothing wrong with the product itself... my 3 star rating was mostly based on the usefulness of the book. Although, informative it lacks step by step on creating tonics, ointments and such with the plants themselves. I wouldn't pay more than $5 for it.
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love herbs, love trying to stay healthy and this book makes it very easy. I love having multiple resources and this is one of the better ones. wonderful book came in excellent condition.
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This is a wonderful book on learning about old fashioned herbal remedies. The pictures are great, and the wealth of information on what each herb is useful for is so helpful. I learned about lavender oil helping migraines and being an antispasmodic, so I tried it and was overjoyed to find that it really helped my headaches and spastic colon. It also has helpful sections dealing with using herbal remedies, as well as safety and quality. I bought a copy for my daughter-in-law, and she loves it.
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I really liked this book. It has sections describing what herbal medicine is, the different types of remedies, how to make the remedies, safety and quality, charts of common health problems in adults and what herbs to use, charts of common health problems in children and what herbs to use, and a chapter on A-Z of herbal remedies. The author describes 140 plants and there are beautiful photographs on every page of the book which really held my interest. He also includes drug/herb interactions, the use of herbs during pregnacy, what to watch for when buying herbs, and tips for home use.

The book is easy to read for the layman and useful to the professional herbalist, and it is very comprehensive. There should be a copy in every home where the people are interested in a natural approach to medicine.
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I purchased this book to learn about the various herbal properties of different plants for home use. Although it does not provide actual recipes I think it is an outstanding resource and quick reference. I have acquired several books on herbal medicine and none are so logically laid out and easy to quickly reference.
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