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The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups (Herbal Body) Paperback – January 3, 1998

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Endorsed by Rosemary Gladstar, renowned herbalist and author of Herbal Healing for Women, this book of "homespun alchemy" bursts with easy recipes for medicinal wines, herbal oils, salves, tonics, syrups, throat drops--you name it. From the guidelines for gathering medicinal plants to instructions for tincture preparation, Joyce Wardwell conveys her love and respect for herbs. She comes from a long line of herbalists: her great-great-grandmother Jane learned the herbal craft from the Ojibway in Minnesota; Jane's mother was condemned for witchcraft and her husband was hung for it during the Salem, Massachusetts, Witch Trials. But there's nothing to fear from the Remedy Book: recipes are made primarily from the 25 most common herbs, and instructions are so clear they're nearly foolproof. The flu, insomnia, colic, menopause, and sore muscles are all covered. Any household with children will find the "herbal home medicine chest" invaluable, with treatments for everyday ailments such as colds and coughs, burns, bug bites, bruises, and strains. The publisher, Storey Publications, is known for its practicality and environmental awareness, and the book is printed on lovely cream-colored recycled paper.

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The virtues of this guide to herbal medicine lie in its utter simplicity, clarity of presentation, and grounding in the earth. Practicing herbalist Wardwell aims to provide a basic manual for the beginner. In part 1 she chooses and elaborates on 25 common, safe, easy-to-grow herbs, rather than confusing the reader with comprehensiveness. Instructional chapters cover how to recognize, gather, and store plants and how to select quality ingredients and equipment. Part 2 gives detailed steps in the preparation of various remedies: tinctures, herbal oils and salves, medicinal wines and vinegars, and syrups and lozenges. Part 3 lists the components of a basic herbal medicine chest, gives guidelines for blending herbs, and provides an AZ list of symptoms (e.g., headache, chapped skin) and their herbal treatment. The book's promised index will be needed to locate information in this symptom list because of the often poorly chosen entry words. Sprinkled throughout the book are Native American teaching stories that illustrate Wardwell's theme of humans' ties to plants and the earth. Penny Spokes
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Product Details

  • Series: Herbal Body
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (January 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580170161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580170161
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is written in a humorous, easy to understand and concise format. It is an great way for someone who has never studied herbal medicine before to dip their toes in the water. Ms. Wardwell is very clear about the dangers of using certain herbs. It also has wonderful guidelines on learning how to identify the different types of plants and herbs you'll be using. Ms. Wardwell also includes several recipes for various tinctures, teas, wines and vinegars to be used. She also offers interesting stories explaining the folklore behind certain plants as well. I can't recommend this book highly enough to any student of herbalism whether beginner or advanced.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2002
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Simpling refers to a method of learning herbalism. Choose an herb and explore every facet of it - leaves, petals roots, uses, dangers - inside and out. When you finally "know" that, then and only then, choose a second herb to get to know. This book is an amazing primer for beginners to herbalism. I chafed its simplicity at first, "More herbs! Its too basic!", until I really began to learn my first herb, catnip. Then I realized how silly I'd been and how very much there was to learn. This book is a bible for beginners!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Gegis on December 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have to say that I was rather shocked to read another review's comment that many of the recipes in this book were beyond the beginner's grasp.... This has not been my experience at all. I use this book for most all of my students and have had great success with it. It's simple, totally down to earth and gives a very firm grasp of old fashioned downhome herbalism (the best kind in my not so humble opinion). I love her focus on 25 very common (and often overlooked herbs) that almost any of us can access no matter where we are. I also love her rather unfashionable uses of homemade herbal wines and vinegars, that are a fabulous and gentle choice for the home herbalist (not to mention cheap and practical). She also focuses on using food as medicine and lifestyle as medicine, which are of course, really the only medicine that work in the long run. Joyce does a really lovely job of making the best of herbal medicine accessable and joyous. Of the probably hundreds of herb books I've read, this remains a classic for me, easily in my top ten best herb books.

I would also recommend books by Susun Weed, Juliette Levy, Gail Faith Edwards, Judith Berger, Stephen Buhner, Michael Moore and Matthew Wood for more great writing in a similair earth loving vein.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ana Hotaling on April 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book hoping that it would guide me in the creation of herbal remedies -- I'd always had a culinary herb garden and wanted to expland my horizons. I wasn't disappointed -- there were many simple recipes for decoctions, poultices, and other non-culinary herb uses. However, some -- okay, many! -- of the descriptions and instructions were beyond what the simple practicioner or budding herbalist could understand. In the end, I just use the recipes I've marked and ignore the rest of the book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bookloverFLA on August 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is not the only book you will own but it is the first one I bought to learn some of the basics. If you want an overview of some of the most useful and available herbs this is what you want.

I like it for it's down-to-earth advice and easy to understand (and do) instructions.

I also purchased Readers Digest "Herbs" which is great for the photography of herbs so I can identify them in the wild.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jo Martinez on August 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Does not cover alot of different herbs but the ones that she does cover are usually easy to find and prove very multi-faceted. The book has a nice section on preparing herbs ,tinctures etc..that is easy even for beginning herbal enthusiasts as well as a handy "symptom guide" to find what will work in different situations quickly. The cover art is not all glossy or artsy like some but instead much like the content within... natural,workable & easy to get into. I use this book often and will continue to until we are both old and worn.(-_-)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is so much fun to read. It isn't the ultimate sourcebook in terms of listing all the herbs out there, but it offers wonderful information on making herbal remedies with interesting stories to go along with the recipes. The author definitely shows her love for herbs with this book.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1999
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If you buy any herbal recipe book-this is the one.Easy to understand with illustrations and definitions.Perfect reference for the begining or seasoned Herbalist****Recommended reading by Mother Earth Market Place****
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