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The Complete Medicinal Herbal: A Practical Guide to the Healing Properties of Herbs, with More Than 250 Remedies for Common Ailments Hardcover – March 15, 1993
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From Library Journal
This attractive herbal is one of the best this reviewer has seen. A brief history of herbal medicine leads into a dictionary of 130 herbs, all well illustrated both as growing plants (with close-ups of leaves, roots, berries, and flowers where appropriate) and in prepared forms (dried stems, powders, etc.) Charts describe a wide range of ailments and the appropriate home remedies. The book also includes excellent instructions on preparing herbs for use. If your copy of Miriam Polunin and Christopher Robbins's The Natural Pharmacy ( LJ 8/92) is always checked out, buy this book too. Both works are good and quite similar, but Ody's book covers fewer plants in greater depth than The Natural Pharmacy.
-Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This attractive herbal is one of the best this reviewer has seen. -- Library Journal
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The only real advantage of this one over the other is that there is a section listing general ailments and herbs to use to relieve them.
That is what I intend to use mostly.
This book took me two days to be done with. But it is kind of a 'pick it up and look it up' one.
If you own herbal books and are knowlegeable I would not recommend this because you may not learn much.
However the pictures are beautiful and it's pretty neat for a beginner. It covers most of the aspects of using herbs. And deceiving the popular ones. I would have loved to learn more about collecting growing drying and storing as well as expiration. I guess it's another book I'll find that in one day. Because I am talking about gaining that precious herb grandma knowledge I know it will not be all out there that easily available :)
It has a great layout, a lot of high quality pictures, and is loaded with good information about most of the known herbs with medicinal value.
This is a beautiful book. It discusses what parts of the plant are useful, active ingredients, common uses, origin, where the plants are found in nature, and much more.
There may be other resources that will delve deeper into the specifics particular plants, but this is about as good as it gets. For most people, this will be all they would ever need as a reference source. I could even see this in the library of the most seasoned naturopath/homeopath practictioner.
Even if you aren't interested in learning how to make tinctures or ointments, this book is just a great read and a treat to the eye!
I am an average person and by the way in the medical field who is not all that impressed by the modern synthetic medicine since if we take one drug to cure one illness, then we will develop 10 other illnesses because of the side effects of that one drug.
I want to know the true history of herbs and their true uses and I am learning very fast that herbalism is nothing to sneeze at for all the wonderful ways I could use herbs for my family and friends health.
So thank you very much for thinking of the average Joe when you wrote this wonderful book of knowledge.
You'll find more than 250 remedies for common ailments;and how to make a herbal first aid kit!
This really is the bible of herbal medicine!
Once thought to be considered a sign of those who practiced witchcraft,more and more of those in the professional field of healing are turning back to once again using medicinal herbs. A skill highly regarded in the Eastern cultures,medicinal herbs have continued to grow in popularity since the 1960's here in the US.
I don't think you'll find anyone more knowledgeable in herbal medicines than Penelope Ody who has studied in China and England and practices as a professional medical herbalist in England and writes for several publications on the subject.
I highly recommend this book for your home library or preparedness library. It's a necessity for all of us who desire to be prepared for any emergency. Learn to identify the best plants and which plants to grow in your garden to have on hand for your family's specific needs. This is a treasure!
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exactly what i wanted.
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