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  • Perfect Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Ash Tree Publishing, Woodstock NY; Rev Upd edition (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888123079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888123074
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Juliette de Bairacli Levy (1911-2009) is honored as the grandmother of modern American herbalism. She has devoted her life to the health and well being of domesticated animals, especially dogs. Her herbals and memoirs have been in print, and in use, for over fifty years.

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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.

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This is a delicious and so well written book by Juliette.
Jamie Jackson
Juliette de Bairacli Levy's story of her typhus experience in Spanish Mountain Life depicts her as a woman of great determination and inner strength.
Alicia Campbell
This way all senses are engaged, and the information can be recalled easier.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carl on June 1, 2011
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Juliette is such a compelling story teller. Her own inquisitiveness comes out as she weaves her way through the various experiences she encounters in the book "Spanish Mountain Life." It is difficult to describe her warmth of expression and the subtle way she tells us of cures, healings, omens, remedies, fore telling of coming events and all the other things she learns while in these lovely mountains she describes so beautifully. I always feel i am with her and having read this lovely book I feel like I need to go back. Wonderful book.

Carl Bozeman

Author; On Being God: Beyond Your Life's Purpose
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate on August 13, 2011
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I am in love with this book. To say that Juliette was the heroine of her own life, would be an understatement. Even when facing seemingly insurmountable odds, she keeps the joy in her journey. Her struggles with Typhus, childbirth and recovery are humbling and touch your heart in the most human of ways. I struggled with being unable to breastfeed my daughter (we exclusively pumped for 14 months) so the nursing by the nanny goat was very close to my heart.

The history and folklore running through this book are as much of an integral character as Juliette herself. The healing and remedies are taught as they are lived and that is true wisdom.

I can't wait for the day when I can give this book to my daughter. The lessons contained in it show the meaning of being human; love, struggles, joy, pain, healing and triumph. Thank you Juliette for leaving such a rich and loving legacy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Pecone on August 14, 2011
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It was so refreshing to read such a beautiful memoir by a beautiful women who did so much to open our eyes to the power of the natural life. I love all the practical applications of herbal and folk medicine use. I feel like I just took the trip along with Juliette and her children. My favorite remedy which she shared was when she was scalded and the medicine woman treated her with a vinegar wash and several applications of honey.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynnet McKenzie on August 13, 2011
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Juliette takes you to another place and time without leaving your own home in Spanish Mountain Life. She gives a "tell it like it is" taste of life in a fairly primitive village while sharing her eye for what works and her ability to see beauty even in harsh circumstances.
She is a woman who does what needs to be done for herself, her children, animals, and others-- and she does it with grace, ease, and an indomitable spirit that is both humble and powerfully confident.
Juliette is a clear example and role model of a woman living her life in tune with both the Nature surrounding her and her own nature. Whether it is swimming in icy waters daily even while pregnant or curing herself and her small child from Typhus with herbs, she left a beautiful mark on the world just by being herself!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniela Sales on August 10, 2011
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In Spanish Mountain Life Juliette so vividly shares her experience of living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, her struggle to recover from typhus she and her young daughter contracted there, her emotional struggle of accepting the illness and working with a doctor, ways she complemented and strengthened her recovery through practice of fasting and remedies she used in the process, etc. Her tremendously difficult struggle and almost miraculous recovery are narrated in a way to allows us to see and gleam the complexity of human wellness as well as human illness and the all-important connection of between one's physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state of being.

Through her wonderful way of storytelling, Juliette tells us of healings, omens, remedies, events, and many things she learned from the experience of living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is an indispensable addition to every herbalist's library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly E. Upton on August 16, 2011
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A wonderful book about trusting yourself and the world around you. Juliette de Bairacli Levy weaves a story that draws the reader into her world, as if you are standing there with her during her experiences. This is a magnificent read, and a testament to the determined strength of a mother. When learning about herbs, healing and overall well-being, it is important (I feel) to do it in story-telling format. This way all senses are engaged, and the information can be recalled easier. Storytelling is where Juliette de Bairacli Levy is a master. The tapestry of her words covered me and brought a deeper understanding of wellness. A fantastic book! This is just another masterpiece in the world of Juliette de Bairacli Levy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Jackson on August 15, 2011
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This is a delicious and so well written book by Juliette. Her words paint a story and you can see her world by just closing your eyes. Loaded with herbal lore, but written like an easy to read story. Everyone is going to love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 15, 2011
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"As instinctively as the swallows, I have always known the time to go to a place and the time to leave."

Juliette offers readers a glimpse into her life in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, where you are invited to join her and her children as they greet the animals on their morning procession from town to the mountain. Walk alongside her as she illustrates how the garden is your teacher and your friend. Allow the mountainside to be your classroom. Juliette's intricate tapestry of herbal wisdom is interwoven with joyful memories of her life among the gypsies and peasants - herdsmen, basket-weavers, mothers, and children living close to nature.

Nourish your mind and soul with this fascinating account of life - and near-death - in the town of Lanjaron. Healer of animals and people alike, Juliette's belief in herbs is interspersed throughout her account of mountain life: interpersonal drama of living in a small town, tales of suffering and survival, and joys of simple living.
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