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The Family Herbal Paperback – September 1, 1992


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  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892812974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892812974
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,165,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

This book outlines herbal treatments for a wide range of ailments. Particular attention is paid to herbal remedies for childhood illnesses and disorders associated with old age. The Theisses stress the importance of illness prevention, and feel that along with better health, herbal healing will inspire a return to the personal initiative we may once have had to heal ourselves. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From The New Yorker

This is an excellent, easily understandable introduction to using herbs safely and effectively for adults and children. It clearly explains the main systems of the body and some of their most common disease conditions and offers detailed suggestions for practical herbal approaches that the Theisses have found effective. Beginners will appreciate the step-by-step instructions, often accompanied by photos, on how to make various preparations for internal and external use; the revealing discussions of dietary and lifestyle causes of ill health; and the separate index to plants and list of herbal suppliers. Readers more experienced with herb use will appreciate the Theisses' particular angle on the subject. The herb photos are especially beautiful. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erin on July 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I was upset they decided to remove comfrey - and announced this fast at the beginning - due to controversy, and replaced it instead with an herb that they said was "more mainstream and with more studies behind it", The Family Herbal is a great herbal for anyone interested in alternative healing.

The first large bonus it has going for it is Chapter 8, which deals primarily with the famous formula Swedenbitters, giving tribute to Maria Treben for bringing its attention to the world again. Not very many books mention this combination enough, so it's always a delight to find one that does. They discuss it in detail and their successes with it, as well as instructions for a Swedenbitters poultice (accompanied with pictures.) Great stuff.

The Cleansing and fasting chapter is informative as well, detailing several herbs they prefer for cleansing (such as Stinging Nettle), giving various recipes and skin advise.The rest of the book focuses on chapters broken into various body systems.Each chapter details various herbs best suited to the ailments, as well as formulas they prefer, and why.

While not huge in length, it's clear these two truly have experience and are not just 'experts', something that endears me to this book more than anything else. Reading an herbal created from two that firmly believe in nature and God's healing power, who believe in what they're saying, who aren't just quoting but are telling their experiences and sharing remedies they've used, shared, and sold for years is priceless.

An underrated book to have, the glossy pages make it an even more enjoyable pleasure to read. (Along with the detailed, color pictures of various plants and procedures)
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