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The Complete Medicinal Herbal: A Practical Guide to the Healing Properties of Herbs, with More Than 250 Remedies for Common Ailments Hardcover – March 15, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (March 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156458187X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564581877
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This attractive herbal is one of the best this reviewer has seen. A brief history of herbal medicine leads into a dictionary of 130 herbs, all well illustrated both as growing plants (with close-ups of leaves, roots, berries, and flowers where appropriate) and in prepared forms (dried stems, powders, etc.) Charts describe a wide range of ailments and the appropriate home remedies. The book also includes excellent instructions on preparing herbs for use. If your copy of Miriam Polunin and Christopher Robbins's The Natural Pharmacy ( LJ 8/92) is always checked out, buy this book too. Both works are good and quite similar, but Ody's book covers fewer plants in greater depth than The Natural Pharmacy.
-Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This attractive herbal is one of the best this reviewer has seen. -- Library Journal

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Great pictures and information.
Teranne
It has pictures of the plants, any usable parts of the plants, as well as common forms that the plant is used in.
Rachel E. Watkins
I am very interested in all things Herbal, and this book is a great addition to my library.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

103 of 103 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have browsed several books on herbal medicine and treatments. While all suggested herbs for various maladies - none told me how use the herb (root or flower?) or how to make the various ointments, or tinctures or what the common dosage should be. This book was the first I found that does! For anyone curious about the history of herbal medicine and what practical treatments can be used, this is the book to start with!
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Charles Garcia on April 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a practicing herbalist and herbal teacher I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I have given out several copies as gifts over the years and have urged my students to get a copy for their personal libraries. The photographs of the herbs and the easy reference sidebars makes this the perfect book for beginners and aging experts. Thought not as comprehensive as some herbals in print, it is far more practical and useful then 90 percent of the material being touted as herbals. I hope Ms. Ody updates this wonderful book in the near future.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book is lovely as far as pictures goes, but she leaves out some basic stuff that a beginner wants to know. I managed to figure it out, but it wasn't easy. For instance, she tells you to use a simple, but then doesn't explain the term.
I bought the book specifically to make eucalypus oil and a cough syrup, but she really doesn't tell you which method, hot or cold. With the herb Comfrey, she tells you it's a hot infusion and with Marigold she tells you it's a cold infusion. Being a beginner, I didn't know the difference between an infused oil and an essential oil, which caused alot of frustration. If she had devoted a couple of sentences under the infused oil section explaining that essential oils are very different and need specialized equipment, it would have saved me some frustration and less disappointment of the book. I had to find this out by searching on the internet.
She is from the United Kingdom and all her recipes are in european measures, so they all have to be converted, and I really had a hard time with that, maybe you won't. Although she does give you a conversion table for dosages. I did manage to make a cough syrup but I had doubts about my calculations. My husband is still alive, by the way.
She mentions Cherry bark as one of the remedies for coughs but doesn't have Cherry bark in the visual directory, which means there is no information on it at all.
After having said all of that, the descriptions and pictures of each plant is wonderful. Also, she lists combinations that are good together, like for coughs. There are 85 herbs listed in the book. It makes a good reference, but I will definately need another book to supplement it.
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on October 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice book, and a pretty book and a good place to start if you want to know more about "herbal" remedies for various maladies and ailments. Penelope Ody, the author, is an herbalist who lives and practices her craft in England.
Ms Ody provides a brief overview of the history of herbal medicine -- citing males like Pliny who had the advantage of education (ability to write) and the presence of mind to write about the herbal medical practices he witnessed in his age. Herbal remedies have come from around the world and Ms Ody includes some information about Chinese, European, Greek & Roman, American Indian, and other traditional practices. It would seem the availability of plant material determined what was used in herbal healing. For example, North Ameican Indians used Joe Pye Weed while Europeans did not, simply because the plant is native to North America and did not exist in Europe until the 17th Century. However, Plantain was native to Europe, and was imported to America by the European settlers, as were a variety of other plants now considered pests.
"Old Wives" and other hands-on practicioners such as Shamans, medicine men, etc. actually discovered the efficacy of various plant parts -- many of them at the dawn of prehistory. This knowledge was eventually recorded, and the record keeper acquired the notarity of the discovery. My favorite example is William Withering who discovered the medicinal properties of Foxglove when family members of one of his heart patients prepared a brew from the plant and administered it to the patient behind the doctor's back. Withering had been unable to help the fellow (can't you hear the family calling Withering a quack? ).
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I happened on to this book in a used bookstore, my life hasn't been the same since! This book is a beautifully illustrated book that is very user friendly. I am making things now that I never thought possible! I make all my own tinctures, cough syrups, you name it! Even when I am not looking for anything in particular I love to read this book. A definate must have.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding book for anyone interested in
medicinal herbs and their uses. It has line drawings
and also large, quality color photographs of herbs and
parts of the herbs to be used. A "How To Use Section"
to know the application of a specific herb for a specific
ailment. How to make ointments, oils, salves etc. It is
an A-Z book for anyone who wants the history and current
use of medicinal herbs. Excellent!
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