- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Herbal Reads LLC; 4th Edition edition (2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970031238
- ISBN-13: 978-0970031235
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Plant Medicine Paperback – 2016
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Making Plant Medicine is about making herbal medicine. This is a modern medicine making book and formulary with its roots in original herbalism designed for every medicinal herb gardener to cultivate the full potential of the plant-human relationship. Richo Cech tells very good stories based on his experience as a global wanderer, gardener, herbalist and medicine maker. With this fully revised and updated 4th edition, Richo Cech has enriched his formulary with 28 new herbs, providing a broader view of useful plant species that can be cultivated in the home garden and used in family health care. Original, amusing and absolutely useful. Part 1: Medicine Making * drying and processing herbs * making tinctures the easy way * the mathematics of tincturing and solubility factors * basic formulas for fresh and dry tinctures, including dosages * vinegar extracts, glycerites, herbal succi and syrups teas, decoctions, herbal oils, salves and creams poultices, compresses and soaks Part 2: A Gardener's Formulary This section covers well over 100 herbs that are readily cultivated in North America. The listings include: conservation status, parts used, specific formulas, practical uses, dosages, contraindications and an overview of alternate species. Since the beginning, the garden has been a haven of good values, both physical and spiritual. The act of gardening provides a balm for every wound. May your medicine be of the garden, and may it be of benefit to all.
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This is a superb book, not only for the novice , but also the experienced herbalist. The book goes into great detail, explaining alcohol ratios for making tinctures and extracts, as well as ratios of the fresh or dried plant menstruum and which is the best to use per desired outcome. He also shares a brief synopsis of each plant. Each recipe I have tried has turned out to be perfection.
I am eager to order Cech's entire series on herbs. I find his writing style easy to read and personality of his stories delightful..
Part 1 is a how-to...tinctures, vinegar extracts, glycerites, teas, decoctions, succi, syrups, oils, salves, creams, poultices, compresses, soaks.
Part 2 is the herbal formulary...145 herbs and their practical uses, parts used, dosages, contraindications and cautions and more. The latin name and family name are essential, i.e. "Butterbur:
(Petasites), Petasites officianalis, P. palmatus. Family: Aster (Asteraceae)."
If a person is sensitive to one member of an herbal family, it is good to be aware of others in the same family.
Truely, i love it.