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Health through God's Pharmacy
on July 25, 2006
Maria Treben was a highly respected herbalist, well sought after for lectures in Europe. Her books have always been well recieved, selling several million copies in many languages, igniting thousands of testimonials on how well the remedies listed within worked. This book, at a mere 88 pages, does indeed list many remedies and personal triumphs in the healing field, all from someone who knows her stuff and believes firmly in it.
The book begins with the usual information - really brief explanations on creating tinctures and salves and such, gathering herbs and dryng them, the usual stuff, only taking up around 3-4 pages. The second section, the majority of the book, follows, listing 31 herbs. Some have more information than others, almost all having personal stories from Treben on their actions.
The real delight of this book is the chapter on the famous formula, Swedenbitters, under a chapter discussing Swedish herbs and their uses. Finally the book wraps up with advice for a variety of disorders (pg 62-77), and advice for malignant disease (pg 77-89)
This book shines in that its from someone with so much experience and love for nature, so much assurance and honesty regarding what she does. Finding advice for malignant diseases is uncommon in general herbals, so that was welcomed here. I was a bit put off by so many cautionary "see your doctor first" comments, as I didn't expect that HERE with this one, but I can let that pass. I'd have loved for this to be longer, though, telling more on the conditions with more details. It's pretty short and because of that not too much can be relayed. For the length that's here though, it's great. I'm eager to check out her other books for comparison.