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Herbal Healing for Women Hardcover – April 1, 1995
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Comprehensive and easy-to-use, Herbal Healing for Women explains how to create remedies -- including teas, tinctures, salves and ointments--for the common disorders that arise in the different cycles of a woman's life. A complete women's health-care manual, this book discusses:
- common disorders and the herbs that are effective for treating them
- how to select and store herbs
- preparation of hundreds of herbal remedies
- an alphabetical listing of herbs, including a brief description of the herb, the general medicinal usage, and when necessary, warnings about potential side effects.
Gladstar points out that "there's a natural affinity between women and the plant world." Her own background includes individual experience with herbs, running a school of herbalism, and managing a herbal store; and her book (which does not identify plants) illustrates many of her resultant theories, attitudes, and practices. After introducing us to herbalism and describing the preparation of remedies and aids, she turns in the next four parts of the book to the subject of women and herbs according to "moon-time" in women's lives: early maturity, the childbearing years, pregnancy and childbirth, and menopause. The strong influence of woman's relationship to the earth's annual cycle pervades the text; a particularly beautiful example occurs in the discussion of the menarche and a lunar festive tea. Gladstar does admonish seeking professional help at times and, moreover, in a practical way rather than merely as an afterthought. Several appendixes provide additional information. William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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PS - I am always a little skeptical at first of books specifically for women, even though I am one, but since it was highly recommended - I begrudgingly ordered it and waited to be disappointed. I was not. It's a fabulous book.