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Make Your Way To Being An Herbalist (The Pocket Herbalist Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 17, 2014
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About the Author
In 18 years as a practicing herbalist, Kathy Eich has taught, written, worked with clients, and owned an herb store. Her goal is to empower individuals and community to embrace the use of plant medicines. This book puts a fresh face to an old practice, fusing historic herbal practices with the needs of contemporary society.
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One thing I like about this book that many western herb books lack is: DIAGNOSIS!! For many of the ailments mentioned in this book, the author gives a clear list of signs and symptoms. Most herb books will simply name the disorder, without telling you what it actually LOOKS like in a human being. (Chinese herbal books are an exception, but western herbal books tend to be inadequate in this area). The author also describes disease progression, tells you how to modify the treatment, and what to watch for during its use-- something that is also often left out of other herbals, which simply give you a dosage but little else in terms of carrying out a treatment protocol or discerning whether the treatment is effective or not. No heavy-duty illnesses are dealt with here, but you will be a good, solid home herbalist after reading and using this book, capable of dealing with everyday ailments such as colds, fevers, insomnia, first aid, and more.
This book does suffers from two flaws. The first is, it really needs some illustrations, both to break up the text and to give the beginner a visual familiarity with what the herbs, herbal medicines, and the materials they are made from, actually look like.
More importantly, however, it needs a MUCH better Table of Contents, and an index. The Table of Contents gives NO page numbers! Without page numbers in the Table of Contents, and without an index, this book is much less user-friendly than it could be. That's okay if you're just casually reading through the book from beginning to end, but not when you need to find a certain formula in a hurry! Thumbing through the book for information is not something I want to do when I am dealing with a health crisis. This really should be corrected in any future editions of the book, and would make this a 5-star book.
That said, I like the friendly, conversational tone of the book, and the little gems of information sprinkled throughout. The author imparts a confident, peaceful tone. I hope she will go on to write Volume 2 and beyond, adding further layers of knowledge. Nice book.
"Make Your Way to Being an Herbalist" will provide you with a firm foundation for a life-time’s worth of herbal experimentation and discovery. You’ll have plenty to keep you busy while you look forward to reading the author’s next book!