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The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants Paperback – April 28, 2009
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—Rudolph Ballentine, MD, author of Radical Healing
“Matthew Wood propounds with great clarity, wisdom, and his own experience the gifts the earth in its wisdom has given us in the form of amazing medicines for almost all our ills, whether of body, mind, emotion, personality, or constitution.”
—Anne McIntyre, herbalist (NIMH)
"Matthew Wood has put his over 25 years of experience as a practicing herbalist into the heart of this book, giving us all something worthy of study and reference, no doubt for generations to come. His understanding of the spirit of herbalism, along with his love of the craft, is contagious—I sincerely hope many people will catch a good dose of his knowledge!"
“What [Matthew Wood] brings to herbalism is a first-hand sense of the old Western herbal knowledge with each plant steeped in its historic role.”
—The American Herb Association
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The common things are mentioned, known to most of us working in this field , but one top of that: knowledge which can only come from a very experienced herbalist with a strong intuition as well.
It is "mood-raising" to read the writers description of all the extra characteristics of many herbs, which one will probably find know where, at least not in such a clear and practical description.
I will take years to find out if all the "specific indications" described/collected by the writer will work in one's own practise as well,if applied properly, but is seems to me worth every effort.
So much more then the "materialistic" German commission E composition on herbs [nothing wrong with that]
Highly recommended even if one is not working with herbs but just wants to know some of the beauty or our creation.
As for the content...I'm new to herbalism, yet committed to learning as much as I can on my own. The content here is excellent- it provides an intellectual framework for understanding the body's systems as well as a wholistic view of the plants themselves. This is the first time I've encountered this in my new studies, something lacking in previously viewed herbal guides.
The writing is dense, but clear and readily understandable. I appreciate the inclusion of references and inconsistent points of view presented directly in the text; this increases comprehension and eliminates the need to flip around the book mid-reading (difficult on a kindle).
I may wind up purchasing the print version after I receive my refund.
Content, style, authority: 5 stars
Kindle presentation: 0
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This is a great book paired with The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BErwin PhDHH
These books are a must have for herbalists of any kind. Extremely helpful for the beginner, lots of new things for the intermediate herbalist, and many good reviews and a wonderful... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joe
This book contains little information about lots of stuff. It doesn't have enough information in it for use as a guide to treating ailments. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anonymous
Excellent book. I have found why Matthew Wood is well known, referenced, sought after healer. I would find it amazing to just sit with him for one day watching him heal those who... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jenny
Matthew Wood, I would not be without his books, great for natural medicine and any herbalist.Published 16 months ago by SC