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Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality Hardcover – September 1, 2001

4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality is an all-in-one source for all ages. The community herbalist, founder of United Plant Savers and author of Herbal Healing for Women, demystifies the world of herbal healing and shares her expertise and recipes and formulas for herbal soups, salads, teas, tinctures, elixirs, creams, salves and baths for people of all ages. Gladstar points the way to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, utilizing her natural means but warns of the dangers of improper usage. Sidebars and highlighted sections in this handsome reference discuss controversies and highlight special points.

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About the Author

Rosemary Gladstar is the best-selling author of Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide. She speaks and teaches internationally, and is the director of the International Herb Symposium and the New England Women's Herbal Conferences. Gladstar formulated the original blends for Traditional Medicinal Teas. She lives in Vermont, where she directs the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580174256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580174251
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book to have. However, it is the EXACT same book as "Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family". Different title and cover but same book page for page. Don't buy both like I did.
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I own many herbal books, but this one stands head and shoulders above all the others. Reading this book is like walking into a house with treasures hidden at every turn. Unlike other herb books I've read, Rosemary explains how using herbs is not just a way of treatment, it is a way of LIFE. She explains how herbs can become a part of your nutrition, medication, beauty routine, garden and home. All her recipes work fabulously well. They have obviously been refined over the years and stood the test of time. Her little life anecdotes which appear scattered throughout the book are delightful, instructive and serve to draw you further into her world. Her resource list at the end of the book is extremely helpful. Thank you, Rosemary, for sharing your world and love of plants with us. I truly hope that this book will be passed down to my kids and their kids and beyond (if it doesn't get too beat up from being in the kitchen all the time!).
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Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality, is basically all her small manuals (Home Medicine Chest, Herbs for Beauty, Herbs for Children.. etc..) condensed into one handy volume with added information she doesn't include in her other books. She has been an herbalist for quite some time, and really knows her stuff. She also presents it in an easy to read and understand format while including some information about scientific properties of certain plants. Of course, you can't only have one book on herbalism, you have to cross reference, but this is a good book to add to your collection. It has a lot of good recipes, too.
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This has become one of my favorite herbals! I would love to give a copy to everyone I know! The book is concise, easy to follow and reads like a novel! It is a joy to read and I anticipate wearing my copy out.
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Yea this woman KNOWS what she's talking about. Written with a little humour, with joy, and incredibly knowledge, laid out in a manor that's easy to read and easy to access. I recomend this book for everyone who wants a little herbal beauty, a little herbal remedy, and a lot of herbal fun in their lives.
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This book is awesome!! What attracted me to it is that it is used as a textbook in several alternative medicine classes. Rosemary is very good at explaining herbs, suggesting recipes, teaching how to make medicine, and recommending alternatives for your particular situation.

I would have given her 5 stars, but she makes a couple of recommendations for children that are potentially dangerous. First, she discusses honey for infants. She points out, which is true, that raw honey has been given to children under 1 in cultures around the world, for many years. However, with the current methods in industrialized countries for gathering and storing honey, the risk of botulism in babies is just too great to even cosider using it for this age group. Just wait the year, please. Also, she suggest enemas for children as an unintrusive remedy for common complaints. Enemas are now counterindicated, especially for children under 6, as there is a risk of severe dehydration and rectal irritation.

So, while is an incredibly user-friendly family herbal, and I would highly recommend it, I feel that consultation with other sources or a family practioner would be a cautious complement.
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I have accumulated quite a herbal library over the past few years-but this book is easily a favorite. Her style of writing is both informative and full of personality... you dont feel like you are reading a textbook at all. I get the feeling that she is truly giving us all of her favorite recipes and knowledge not just a compilation of older books. A+
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I have been reading books on herbalism for 10+ years. Rosemary Gladstar's are always, always the best!!!! I am hoping to take her apprentiship this summer or next. She always presents her information in a straightforward, yet entertaining way. I always enjoy reading her books!
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