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My New Favorite Herb Book,
This review is from: How to Be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist: Herbal Traditions, Expert Formulations (Paperback)
Contrary to a few other reviews I found this book to be very useful. The first reviewer is correct in stating that the bulk of this book is charts of herbs that are useful for different symptoms of the ailment referanced. It was the one thing in this book that seperated it from all the other herb books I have ever read, something I have never seen in other herb books. I loved it because it gave you the leeway to custom make herbal formulations according the the person you are treating and it simplifies the do it yourself idea. With all the options given chances are you can make most of the herbal formulations with herbs you have around the house already.
When using other herb books It was always frustrating that when I needed an immediate herbal formula, I didnt have all the neccessary herbs on hand because there were no substitutions given. I dont have this problem with "How to be Your Own Herbal Pharmcist" because there are so many options.
I do not believe that this is the best book, on its own for those just starting to play with herbs because there really is very limited information about each herb. Also Linda Page only gave a few warnings about different herbs and didnt give warnings on some herbs that I understood to be toxic in quantity which concerned me a bit. I would recommend having an herbal reference encyclopedia in conjunction with this book so that you have more background on each herb. And remember to cross check whatever herbs you are using to the medications you are currently taking.
In summary, I believe this is an excellent book for intermediate home-herbalists and that is has a great deal of value, as long as you have some basic knowledge of herbs and a small herbal library. But it's not for the beginner on its own.