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“In The Earthwise Herbal, Matthew Wood has revived the richness, depth, and dignity of the herbal medicine of the old masters, while at the same time endowing it with a new cosmopolitan, cross-cultural flavor that lifts it to a genuinely planetary level.”
—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!"
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“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

About the Author

Matthew Wood, a practicing herbalist for more than twenty-five years, lives on an herb farm west of downtown Minneapolis. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, accredited by the University of Wales. Wood is the author of five previous books (all published by North Atlantic Books) and a registered herbalist, or professional member, of the American Herbalists Guild, the only self-regulating body of practicing herbalists in the United States. He is also on the faculty at Minneapolis Community Technical College in the Western Herbalism program.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155643779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437793
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very well done, has more information than I expected.
J. Morgan
It fully encompasses hole body function as well as why different herbs benefit certain ailments/conditions.
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Matthew Wood is one of the acknowledged masters in the field of herbal medicine today.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Linda E. N-Eaton on June 21, 2009
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This Guide to New World Medicinal Plants and its sister companion book are simply 2 of the best herbals to be found anywhere. Chocked full of information, including scientific information, details, and experiences not found anywhere else, no herbalist should be without them. Having already purchased The Complete Guide to the Old World Medicinal Plants, I pre-ordered its New World Sister companion and waited months for its availability, And it was worth the wait!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Angela Reads on June 19, 2009
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This book is a comprehensive guide to non-toxic North American herbs. People who already have a lot of knowledge and experience with herbs will get the most benefit from this book. Some of it will be 'over the head' of the novice. This book is laid out like an encyclopedia, alphabetical by herb name. If you want to look up herbs that help with a specific condition, there is an alphabetical index of health conditions in the back. Each herb is described, including the taste and dosage to try. There is also a list of conditions (physical and emotional) that are helped by the herb. Sometimes a sketch of the herb is included, and at times the story of a patient who benefited from the herb is added. I found this book to be useful. I only wish there were more pictures or sketches included!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PatriciaD2284 on March 25, 2010
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If you only have two books in your home on herbal remedies, this one and its companion are the ones to have. The information is well-researched, as complete as possible and very easy to find your particular condition. Dosage information is also provided, something you won't always find on the herbal tincture bottles in the health food store. I've learned to go to these books FIRST before seeking medical treatment and almost always find relief. Remember that modern medicine is BASED on herbal (plant) medicine before they are mutated in the laboratory.

Highly recommended!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Woodhill on October 6, 2009
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This is the second in Matthew Woods "Herbals" and allows us a privileged view into Herbs of America from a maestro on the subject who is also a native American. Matthew's books are highly professional and at the same time personable and readable, full of anecdote and insight. To read these is to step into Matthew's world, full of magic and healing and connection with the spirit.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By harold jitschak bueno de mesquita on March 20, 2011
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The both earthwise herbals are highly original.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Morgan on January 25, 2012
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Purchased this book as a reference for my study of herbal medicine. Very well done, has more information than I expected. Well worth the space in my book shelf. More than just the basics found in other basic herbal books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Connie on November 10, 2012
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Loved that it gave directions on how to use the herbs.
Would have enjoyed more detail, but that would probably take another volume!
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