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The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual Paperback – September 1, 2000
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James Green is the most transparent of human beings, an admiral characteristic in someone who is a healer. Green lives what he writes about, and has for a number of years. He is witty, wise, and compassionate. His methods are clearly described and discussed. You too can make many of his products using standard kitchen equipment in your own home.What you make will have your own imprimatur as you will have control over the process and can modify the steps as need be.
Green makes medicine. Some herbalists disagree with the idea of focusing on herbal products as part of a medical model, preferring instead to practice only the holistic healing which concentrates on prevention by focusing on the context within which the individual lives. Sometimes, however, no matter what you do, you get sick. Green not only shows you how to create products to deal with these lapses, he suggests ways to address them. Recipes as well as clear instructions for making tinctures, syrups, and other concoctions are included. You will probably get well just because they generally smell so good.
This book is FULL of information but it was organized in such a way that I found it extremely hard to simply look up the "medicine" I might want to make and begin or even to tell which of the many methods were recommended, or better than others.
And there were very few of what I would call "recipes". It teaches you how to make certain bases (menstruum?), and then gives you doses of herbs to add to that base - useful so you don't poison yourself - but not very helpful if, like me, you don't know much about which ailments those herbs treat. That information is in the book, but not easy to find. I was frustrated trying.
The extremely new age text really put me off too, sample: "Plant spirits will respond likewise. They are highly conscious. They are of the same spiritual essence we are. They adore us, and they communicate this to us with every vibration of their pure positive energy" and in his ritual of communion (that you should perform while harvesting the plant) "Later, go dancing. Dance to the rhythm of the drummers and the shakers; close your eyes and visualize and feel the energy of this plant. Dance this energy; like attracts like. In this state of consciousness, other nature spirits can come to you as you dance, or later that evening. Remember, plants participate in very active night lives."
I am returning the book...too much of the above, and not enough of the actual, practical instructions I was looking for and expected after reading the majority of the reviews.
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As a student of Herbal medicine this book has been priceless to my education! Mr. Green breaks down diluted concepts taught in class, he writes clear and provide great alternatives... Read morePublished 2 days ago by J.P.
Having been disappointed by some DIY manuals, I was expecting to be let down again. A clearly written book with easy-to-follow instructions is what I got, with references,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lumoriel
This is a very "California" type of book. Amongst other things the author suggests singing to the plants you are gathering.Published 12 days ago by Bekka Baker
Gave me good insight into what herbs to grow for the herbal medicines I wanted to makePublished 14 days ago by Annie Ann
Very interesting book--a little beyond where I am right now but I bought the paperback so that I can keep referring to it.Published 18 days ago by trex
Very cool book. Lots of insight on many practices for the herbalist!Published 27 days ago by Teri Cowden