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The Village Herbalist: Sharing Plant Medicines with Family and Community Paperback – December 5, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company (December 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890132543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890132545
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At one time the only option for treating illness, herbal medicine has been superseded by modern "conventional" medicine, even though many Americans regularly use herbal preparations as part of their health regimen.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
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Village Herbalist is a long overdue love letter to all of us who serve our communities as herbalists.
Covering every aspect of herbal practice, from setting up a business, practical tips, information on making preparations, to questions of ethical practices and some of the internal/political struggles concerning the herbal community, this book will give those interested in herbalism as a livlihood a good sense of what to expect.
My favorite aspect of "The Village Herbalist" is the many profiles of practicing herbalists scattered throughout the book, along with quotes from other herbalists concerning their opinions on the various topics covered.
My initial reaction was to sit down and devour this attractive and well illustrated book, but my instincts told me to read slowly and savor it instead.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is so in line with my own philosophy regarding herbalism! Very interesting, appealing to both experienced and newcomers alike. I've decided to use this book as the main text for the herbal course that I teach. It was hard not to rush through it in one night, and I, too, had to force myself to savor every page :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tonks Plum on April 14, 2008
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If you own or are looking to purchase "The Herbalist's Way" by the same authors then this book is as good as redundant. The Herbalist's Way can be considered the new revised addition to "The Village Herbalist" & is packed with "more" information. The distinct difference I have found (I just received this book after ordering) are the 8 full color photos of people tending & picking herbs (cover & title have been changed).

It's still nice to get if you just "have" to have it but not really necessary so I am a bit disappointed that this was not mentioned anywhere before I paid money for this book. Still, no complaints on content but 3 stars because there is a better version out there.

Well now I know why it's no longer in print lol!!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
"I just speed-read The Village Herbalist! I couldn't put it down. It's so wonderful. I wish I could make everyone I know read it so that they could understand why I want to follow the path of the herbalist! It's all in there."
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