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The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual Paperback – September 1, 2000
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James Green is the most transparent of human beings, an admiral characteristic in someone who is a healer. Green lives what he writes about, and has for a number of years. He is witty, wise, and compassionate. His methods are clearly described and discussed. You too can make many of his products using standard kitchen equipment in your own home.What you make will have your own imprimatur as you will have control over the process and can modify the steps as need be.
Green makes medicine. Some herbalists disagree with the idea of focusing on herbal products as part of a medical model, preferring instead to practice only the holistic healing which concentrates on prevention by focusing on the context within which the individual lives. Sometimes, however, no matter what you do, you get sick. Green not only shows you how to create products to deal with these lapses, he suggests ways to address them. Recipes as well as clear instructions for making tinctures, syrups, and other concoctions are included. You will probably get well just because they generally smell so good.
This book is FULL of information but it was organized in such a way that I found it extremely hard to simply look up the "medicine" I might want to make and begin or even to tell which of the many methods were recommended, or better than others.
And there were very few of what I would call "recipes". It teaches you how to make certain bases (menstruum?), and then gives you doses of herbs to add to that base - useful so you don't poison yourself - but not very helpful if, like me, you don't know much about which ailments those herbs treat. That information is in the book, but not easy to find. I was frustrated trying.
The extremely new age text really put me off too, sample: "Plant spirits will respond likewise. They are highly conscious. They are of the same spiritual essence we are. They adore us, and they communicate this to us with every vibration of their pure positive energy" and in his ritual of communion (that you should perform while harvesting the plant) "Later, go dancing. Dance to the rhythm of the drummers and the shakers; close your eyes and visualize and feel the energy of this plant. Dance this energy; like attracts like. In this state of consciousness, other nature spirits can come to you as you dance, or later that evening. Remember, plants participate in very active night lives."
I am returning the book...too much of the above, and not enough of the actual, practical instructions I was looking for and expected after reading the majority of the reviews.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a total classic. James Green is brilliant and thorough.Published 3 days ago by Patrick Edgmon
This book is great I'm just learning herbal remedies and it is so helpful. James Green explains using your own garden for your health. Read morePublished 6 days ago by H Balentine
Excellent book for beginners to the most trained herbalist. James Green's writing is great. It's almost like he's right beside you. I've bought many copies to give to friends. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Joshua Olson
I really love the way James Green writes. It is not too technical for a beginner, and reads true to someone speaking to their apprentice about herbal medicine. Read morePublished 22 days ago by aclemens