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Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family Paperback – September 3, 2008
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From the Back Cover
Soothe your baby's colic, moisturize dry skin, relieve cold symptoms, or simply enjoy a good night's sleep. Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar provides time-tested natural therapies and herbal remedies that are safe, effective, and easy to use. She guides you every step of the way, from the growing and ecological harvesting of herbs to basic preparations and dosage directions. Originally published in hardcover as Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal, this comprehensive recipe-collection offers a potent prescription for energy, health, and vitality at every stage of life. Nurture yourself and those you love with nature's healing herbs.
About the Author
Drawing on her 40-plus years of studying and teaching about the healing properties of herbs, Rosemary Gladstar is the best-selling author of Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide and Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health. She is a world-renowned educator, activist, and entrepreneur, serving as director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.
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Amidst the recipes that you'd expect from this renowned herbalist, there is a TON of side columns, stories, and interrupting anecdotes cluttering up the pages. These stories rarely have much helpful to say about the herb or remedy being discussed; rather, they are, by and large, somewhat eye-roll inducing references to ley lines, fairies, or people that she knows. While some of the stories of herbalists she knew ended up being interesting, I mostly found them distracting. The title of a book like this makes me think it should be dedicated to the study and use of plants, with an emphasis on their properties and recipes. And while they're in the book, it really seems more of a focus on the author's life. A more truthful title, in my opinion, would have been something like, "Rosemary Gladstar Talks About Her Mystical Experiences; Also Here's Some Tea Recipes."
If you're looking for a book to help you learn the building blocks of herbal medicine, I recommend her other title that I mentioned above--I found that one to be much more clearly written, focused and useful. Her wheat-berries of good herbal wisdom are totally lost in the big heap of chaff that this book ended up being.
I would warn you that in order to make all the different items you would need a HUGE pantry full of ingredients. There is a picture in the book on page 22 of the book that shows Rosemary in a room with a wall lined full of mason jars of herbs, I pretty much feel like that is what you need to be able to make all these things. I have slowly started building my stock and I think I will need an addition on my house by the time I am through. That being said I think that is probably the case for most people who get into herbalism and it will be well worth it to avoid a bunch of trips to the doctor and pharmacy bills.
I actually took this book in to work today for a few of my co-workers to thumb thru. Already two people have decided to order their own copy. I think that is a good indicator. A great value for the price for sure.
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