From Library Journal
At one time the only option for treating illness, herbal medicine has been superseded by modern "conventional" medicine, even though many Americans regularly use herbal preparations as part of their health regimen. Longterm practitioners of alternative farming methods (see, e.g., Michael Phillips's The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist), the Phillipses believe that while medical doctors are sometimes needed, herbalists still have much to offer. Writing in a style that is sometimes feisty and frequently spiritual, the authors provide a broad overview of herbal medical practice, offering their philosophy of earth-based healing and wellness, brief information on specific plants, and instructions on preparing some herbal products (such as decoctions, salves, and oils). Given the New Age tone, some readers may view this book with suspicion but they are not the intended audience. This title does not present in-depth information on specific herbs and their culture and use what most public library users want but it instead introduces a philosophy as old as humankind. Recommended for comprehensive collections. Jonathan Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., OH
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