- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (July 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1507207840
- ISBN-13: 978-1507207840
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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The Complete Guide to Adaptogens: From Ashwagandha to Rhodiola, Medicinal Herbs That Transform and Heal Hardcover – July 17, 2018
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"I love this book! I feel so blessed to have been able to review it and share my opinion. The Complete Guide to Adaptogens is a welcome addition to my personal herbal library. If you are trying to improve your health with herbs, using adaptogens is a great way to start. This book will help give you a great overall background in herbs that are excellent adaptogens, tons of great recipes that are easy to use, and information and ideas you can easily integrate into your daily life for ultimate health. Additionally---this book is just gorgeous! It's beautifully bound, and the pictures are artfully created. It's hard to stop looking at it!" (Harvesting Homestead)
"The Complete Guide to Adaptogens is an amazing resource for any herbalist, and also for anyone who wants to learn more about being self-sufficient with natural and homemade remedies. Like most good books, it has you craving MORE: more information on adaptogens, more information on all herbs, etc. And, like most good books, The Complete Guide to Adaptogens will leave you feeling INSPIRED. There is seriously such a huge range of creative recipes that will keep you inspired for a long, long time. I loved this book, and I hope you will, too." (The Homestead Garden)
"A comprehensive and informative guide into the world of adaptogenic herbs. This book was a great guide to learning how herbs and simple remedies can be used to bring the body to wellness." (Asbury Park Press)
"Agatha Noveille knows adaptogens from first-hand experience. Her new book, The Complete Guide to Adaptogens is a fresh, modern handbook to twenty-four of these super-relevant-to-our-lives herbs, with recipes to show you how to make your own tinctures … or put to use in delicious drinks and more." (Just Bobbi)
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"In her new book, The Complete Guide to Adaptogens, Agatha Noveille shares over 75 recipes that will help your body heal and be supported on many levels … this full color book has it all. Many delicious recipes … are included. As an herbalist writer at Indie Herbalist, Agatha has the knowledge and expertise with herbs to guide you… Beautiful to look at, easy to read and understand and not just the standard … recipes that are often seen. This book has real life, easy recipes that your family will truly enjoy, with herbs that are easy to find!" (The Homesteading Hippy)
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About the Author
Agatha Noveille is the founder of the Common Branch Herb School, a grassroots herbal classroom that promotes herbs as a way to safeguard community health and resilience. In addition to writing her own blog, The Independent Herbalist, Agatha is part of the writing team at The Herbal Academy. She writes regular posts for The Survival Mom blog, and has contributed articles to a variety of magazines and periodicals, including MindBodyGreen.com and From Scratch magazine. She lives in Dalton, GA.
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The author starts by introducing the reader to the basics of Adaptogens. She provides details about which tools, supplies, skills, & basic ingredients are needed. She than follows this with different methods for extraction. This is followed by the Adaptogens Glossary or chapter one. The glossary provides details about each adaptogen starting with A for Albizia. She provides basic information as well as the plant hardiness zone, properties, safety, & serving size. The glossary concludes with Suma.
Part two covers recipes. The first section or chapter three is for sleep. Chapter four is to improve mood. Chapter five is to improve mental focus. Chapter six is to improve immune function. Chapter seven is to improve energy and stamina. Chapter eight is to support women's health. Chapter nine is to support men's health. Chapter ten is to improve hair, skin, & nails.
The book concludes with a list of resources & supplies, a US/Metric conversion chart & last the index.
I've been studying herbs for many years now & always welcome books of this sort into my library. One thing I know with certainty is that I don't know a thing, no matter how much I learn. Because fertility has been the main thing on my mind for the past year or so, that will be my main focus in this review.
As mentioned, in the beginning of the book, the author lists various adaptogens, safety, uses etc. I was rather surprised to learn that Holy Basil is reported to have an anti-fertility effect. Holy Basil is one of my favorite herbs, yet here I am inadvertently negatively affecting my fertility. She also discusses which herbs are in the nightshade family. If you are following an anti-inflammatory diet for an autoimmune disease, you will want to avoid these herbs. She also discusses other safety issues for the various herbs, blood pressure, if it is safe for children, or during pregnancy, etc.
Overall I found chapter two to be the most informative & useful to me. However, the beginning of the book where she discusses the extraction methods, tools, etc. is also invaluable.
If all you do is read the first two chapters, you will have all you need to know. You will understand the uses & safety for each adaptogen & you will understand how to make extractions.
The meat of the book is the recipes which provide a fun & creative way for you to use these herbs. She includes teas & bath blends, as well as smoothies, desserts, side dishes, syrups, snacks, seasonings, & more. Because fertility has been my main interest & as mentioned my main focus, I feel the need to point out that while all of these great things are covered, the topic of fertility is not addressed. Not in chapter eight, support for women's health. Nor in chapter nine, support for men's health. No yummy recipes for nourishing the womb or helping a man have healthy sperm. When I consider how many couples are dealing with fertility issues, I find it incredibly disappointing that this topic is not addressed.
I would also like to point out that the author sometime writes very childishly. Perhaps to seem more with the times, but it comes across as unprofessional rather than witty. This is a minor thing to be sure, but it takes away from the authors credibility.
While I feel there is a lot to take from this book & feel it is worth having, calling it the complete guide seems a bit overreaching.
I'm having some issues in really settling in for learning. There's a fair bit of repetition and contradiction, as well as definitive statements that are later suddenly changed or added to, all of which I take as less than desirable proofreading.
It starts pretty much right away, in an aside comment box on page 17 where the author addresses the question of whether to take a break from using a particular compound, and says they work better if taken regularly, then proceeds to add their personal preference of swapping them around every few months, or taking a break. That's confusing to me, which nulls any data I could have gotten from it.
Then on page 20, there's a list of tools and supplies, and some comments regarding how ordinary those tools are and how you probably already have them, etc. Then on page 25 you read about making extracts by maceration or percolation, and another set of tools is listed.
Several sections from then on add more tools, many of which are not "exotic" or obscure, but are still not common to every kitchen. I don't have a wooden dowel or a glass funnel, for example.
The reason this annoyed me is because after reading the first list, I bought a few things on Amazon in order to start trying some of these recipes. A few pages on, I get a list of more things, so I put in another order. A few more pages... you get the idea. So, read the whole book first, and maybe make a list as you go along.
I admit I'm not great at learning from a book. I do much better by watching, hearing, or trying, so that has a lot to do with my frustration.
There is plenty of info in here for a starter, though, so I'm going with 3 stars. This is, however, not "complete" by any stretch of the word. It has a decent amount of starting info, and then it's mostly recipes. Those are a solid benefit, though.
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