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Magic and Medicine of Plants Hardcover – September 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; 5th printing edition (September 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895772213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895772213
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 6.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA The modern equivalent of Grieve's Modern Herbal (Dover, 1971). The editors have done an amazing job of compiling information about medicinal plants from scientific pharmacognosy, folklore, botany, and myth. The core of the book is a ``Gallery of Medicinal Plants,'' organized in alphabetical order by the plant's common name. Each entry includes a photograph of the plant in a field setting, a beautifully rendered color illustration, the history of the plant's medicinal uses, identification techniques, habitat, and scientific name. There are also chapters on plants in myth and magic, growing herbs, recipes for cooking with herbs, making herbal cosmetics, dyes, and various medicinal preparations (digestive aids, gargles, liniments, etc.). Included are a good index and useful charts. The best book available on herbs and medicinal plants. Jennifer John Reavis, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This pleasant, colorful book opens with a brief introduction to medicinal plants followed by a "gallery" of 282 species that includes some naturalized plants as well as North American natives. Each one-page entry shows a photo of the whole plant, plus a close-up drawing and a few paragraphs describing the plant and its uses. A final section on growing and using herbs includes recipes and craft ideas. The book is quite attractivegood quality paper and printing, color on every page, and an unusual but handy size (6w x 11h). Unfortunately, there is no focus for the bookit's just many bits of sketchy information on numerous topics, suitable for browsing. For solid information, get Barbara Griggs's Green Pharmacy ( LJ 1/15/82). Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

This is a must have book for the home remedy naturalist.
Poems
Good pictures, good descriptions, lot of info, includes medicinal qualities of plants, what part to use etc.
Ailsa Hebert
Well illustrated book and we found it to be very informative.
Elaine Harrison

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Cloud on June 9, 2000
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Bright Greetings, In my humble opinion, there is no one book to encompass herbalism in its entirety...but if you are willing to combine two books may I suggest using this book in conjunction with Paul Beyerl's "A Compendium of Herbal Magick". Paul's book is full of information regarding Magick, history and lore...but contains no pictures. If you couple his book with the herbal guide Reader's Digest sells, you won't be disappointed. The RD book is loaded with both photos and drawings, and together they make a very informative team! May Your Path Be Blessed, Morgana
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2001
When I went to school for Herbal Medicine we used this book only as a picture reference. The info is incomplete as well as false in some instances and gives herbs a bad wrap. Probably written by someone affiliated with the FDA. Might as well buy the PDR for Herbal Medicines which is also a decent picture reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2001
Well, the pictures certainly make it a little easier to identify stuff in the wild, and the dye references, and growing guides are helpful. I am not a very adept gardener so I need all the help I can get. What dissapointed me most was the fact that each herb is limited to a one page section (except for the exotic and poisonous herbs). I was hoping to actually have information on the medicinal uses and at least guidlines on how to prepare them for use. It amazed me that it gives instructions on the harvesting of opium, but has next to no information on the medicinal preparation of plants.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1999
This books is a must have for parents, pet owners, and everyone. The book has clear pictures of each part of each plant it describes, historical use of the plant, current scientific knowledge of uses, ways to gather plants in the wild and how to tell the plant you are looking for from lookalikes that could harm you. I can't imagine what I did before we bought this book! It will save you from using synthetic drugs once in a while (with doctor's OK). Buy it, buy it, buy it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2002
Magic and Medicine of Plants by the editoral staff of the Reader's Digest is a very good book for graphics of the plants. With this volume you should be able to identify the plant you need quite easily.
Healing powers of plants is indisputable as today we understand the underlying physical and chemical principle that account for the medicinal properties of plants. Not only are some of these plants beautiful in flower, but they can help today's scientists learn about their medicinal properties. This book portrays the plant in its natural habitat, has a description of the growth habits, geographical range and the specific environment in which it grows, making it easy to identify the plant in the wild... or in your own garden.
Using this book will impart a world of pleasure and knowledge as one explores this repository of fascinating herbal medicine.
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This is a must have book for the home remedy naturalist. The pictures are spot on and the information is invaluable. An excellent book to have on hand that shows the poisonous plants along with non-toxic and suggested uses.
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A good reference book. I like it. I didn't have one quite like this, and it's really good to have in my library of herbs.
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By Ailsa Hebert on August 13, 2013
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Just what I was looking for! Good pictures, good descriptions, lot of info,
includes medicinal qualities of plants, what part to use etc.
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