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About the Author

Cat Ellis is a practicing herbalist and avid prepper. Her love of herbs began with “pretty things”, like sachets and scents. After using herbs to recover from a severe bout with influenza in 1999, however, her focus became fixed upon the medicinal properties of plants. Cat's interest in prepping began in 2008 when her household faced a loss of income due to the failing economy. Both interests melded together earning her the nickname, “The Herbal Prepper”. Cat Ellis is a homeschooling mom who teaches herbalism, aromatherapy, and food storage techniques in New England. Cat regularly blogs and podcasts on her website, HerbalPrepper.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Preppers
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (June 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161243438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612434384
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Found book to be somewhat interesting to certain degree but lacking critical info. and basically ignoring the entire world of traditional Native American and Appalachian folk medicine. Native Americans often used live plants as-is with very little preparation beyond a little cutting, grinding and squeezing. Most of the herbs discussed in this book have to be purposely grown or purchased -- something that may not be a viable option in a prepper / survival situation where mobility is a factor. You gotta use whatever is in your immediate environment. Likewise, most of the remedies covered in the book require days, if not weeks, to prepare -- also not an option for someone on the move.

Major pet peeve: the book fails to mention widely-available North American wild plants like Yellow Mustard, Garlic Mustard, Alfalfa, American Mistletoe, Antelope Sage, Aspen, Hops, Mint and Bloodroot, just to name a few. I pulled these from a list of traditional Native American medicinal plants; the kinds of plants a survivalist / prepper can easily find growing along country dirt roads, fallow fields and forested areas throughout most of North America. Yeah, space is limited and, as a writer, you have to draw the line somewhere -- you can't cover them all -- but a lot of this stuff grows wild all over the place and just wasn't mentioned in the book. Your typical old fallow field or open natural grassland can literally be a drug store if you know what to look for and how to use it.

The author did a fairly good job of showing how to prepare the various medicines and remedies mentioned but I felt the focused too much on complex preparations as opposed to plants and herbs that can be used as is or with minor preparation work.
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This book is the next best thing to having Cat Ellis sitting in your living room or better yet, helping you make some of the tinctures, extracts or salves with you in person. From start to finish this is written for a time you might not have access to conventional medicine but need it. That said, you will realize as you begin reading you will be gathering materials soon after reading. The only thing that would be better would be having every one of these salves, tinctures or extracts already made up in a corner cupboard ready to use.
This book is written as though Cat Ellis is talking to you. She has done her research and not only has she covered ingredients, how-to instructions, when various things might be appropriate to use, she obviously knows human physiology and anatomy, the herbs she speaks about and their effects on the body. She has backed up her work with resources and studies, and is very specific about how to prepare nature's medicines for use safely.
What I appreciate is the way Cat Ellis talks to you throughout the book. She draws from real life experience and hours of research and hard work. She also brings home the fact that this is not always a substitute for conventional medicine. Some things cannot be helped by herbal preparations and require immediate hospital care- if it's available. If not, this is a book I will be happy to have with me and hopefully I will be able to gather enough ingredients to start making my own 'Nature's First Aid Kit' right away. I won't be sorry.
If I had to want anything more, I'd want a plastic cover for this book because it's going to get handled quite a bit.
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Good book, not necessarily new information (if you enjoy reading herbal medicine books, that is) but it is well organized and info is presented in a very reader-friendly manner. Although the book is written by a prepper and for preppers, it doesn't have the sense of urgent doom and gloom that so many others have. Just good, common sense herbal medicine information that can benefit anyone--whether they are expecting the end of times or not.
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Great book!. You will learn about common herbs that you can grow or wild-craft and how to use them if the SHTF, and what herbs that you might not be able to get post-SHTF that you can get and prepare as a tincture now. Along with a plant/herb identification book or two an invaluable resource
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Prepper's Natural Medicine: Lifesaving herbs, essential oils and natural remedies for when there is no doctor by Cal Ellis, published by Ulysses Press in Berkeley, CA, 2015

Have you ever wondered what you would do if there were no pharmacy or if health care were suddenly cut off? Cat Ellis's book, Prepper's Natural Medicine can help us put a plan in place.

This guidebook teaches the basics of crafting natural medicines, gives detailed information on the therapeutic properties of 50 different herbs, and shares some time-tested remedies for emergencies, first aid, and common complaints. Ellis is rightly concerned about the fact that the CDC reports that one out of every two adults in America has a chronic illness. She is also rightly concerned about the political shenanigans over health coverage and the suppression of natural medicine and nutrient-dense foods by our government's regulatory agencies in favor of corporate food and that we are moving toward a system where access to health care and type of treatment is determined by our government rather than health care professionals.

Ellis is right when she says that as part of a well-rounded survival plan, we need a renewable source of effective medicines that we can produce by ourselves. For those that doubt the effectiveness of natural medicines, they only need to check the numerous studies available at www.PubMed.gov. Many of these studies can be accessed for free and they detail the effectiveness of herbs and alternative therapies. Thank God natural medicine is easy to learn. Most people would not be able to whip up a batch of Tamiflu in their kitchens. But many would be able to make flu-fighting elderberry syrup in their kitchens. Finally natural medicine provides valuable barter items.
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