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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2005
It's basic book on many herbs. Anyone interested in natural medicine should buy and own this book. More about this book, as well as some other important books on health can be found at starthealthylife.com You can get there some free ebooks on many health topics, as well as buy some popular books on health . Also look for special gift packages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2008
This book is very informative and useful. It was recommended to me by a friend who found it to cure her illness. Maria Treben lists many common herbs and how she uses them to help cure people of illness. I found it facinating to read. I have tried a few of the herbal suggestions and they seem to be helping. They certainly can't hurt. This is probably the best herbal book I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
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So far she is enjoying it. In any case, I read the original German version, and it's indespensible! I've never read a book about herbs and their uses that brought their importance home the way Maria Treben does. Herbs that grow in the garden and alongside the road, that we thought were just pesky weeds, are our best friends. Read it!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2006
This book was a breakthrough for me. I learned about using herbal baths and herbal rubs. I have a much beloved husband with a chronic back condition. Swedish Bitters rubs made a huge difference in helping him.

Of course, all health information (and the book says this) has to be reviewed with your physician. For instance, comfrey is suggested as a food in this book, but now comfrey is not to be taken internally because it supposedly harms the liver. However, comfrey as a rub is hugely beneficial for skin, muscle, tendons.

I enjoy the book.
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on May 9, 2014
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I have always believed that "good old" advices are valuable but have not been able to find a detailed book - until now
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on February 3, 2015
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Helpful!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2013
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I was disappointed because I ordered the wrong book. It was not what I was looking for.
There isn't more I can add to this.
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