Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medical Fads

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Find all the information you need on herbs and spices in one place! Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medical Fads is an A-to-Z reference book written in a straightforward style that's informative enough for library use but informal enough for general reading. This essential guide takes a practical look at the popular uses of herbs and spices, presented in an easy-to-use format. The book is a refreshing alternative to the how-to guides, cookbooks, and picture books usually found on the subject. From alfalfa to ginseng to yellow dock, more than 100 entries are included, featuring historical backgrounds, popular and practical uses, folklore, and bibliographies. Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medical Fads also contains related listings and essays that range from alternative medicine to food preparation and nutrition to herbs in wedding celebrations. Detailed enough for reference use by academics, the book has a natural tone that appeals to garden club members, herb and spice experts, hobbyists, and others. Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medical Fads also includes information on: herb growing and marketing herbs and spices in literature medicinal herbs and spices federal regulations on herbs and spices horticulture therapy An everyday guide for enthusiasts and a perfect place to start for newcomers, Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medical Fads is an easy-to-use handbook with wide-ranging appeal. It combines the comprehensive information you'd expect from a reference book with a casual and colorful look at the histories and backgrounds of herbs and spices, both commonplace and exotic. As a vital resource or an occasional reference, this book is unique in its scope and invaluable in its usefulness.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Mary Beth Holz, MS, RN, FNP, HNC (Private Practice)
Description: This is a handbook of commonly used herbs and spices. Selected botanicals are cited in response to increased interest and use within the context of trends in pop culture and consumer interests.
Purpose: The authors' intent is to integrate information for selected topics on a variety of perspectives including agriculture, botany, medical sciences, gardening, art, cosmetics, cooking and popular culture.
Audience: The book is intended for herbal enthusiasts, students, for reference use by academics, garden club members, herb and spice experts, hobbyists, and anyone interested in herbal medicine. The authors are professional librarians, so they are experts in their field, but not experts in the critical assessment of herbal medicine.
Features: Each topic appears alphabetically, including organizations, associations, definition of terms, and herbs. It would be helpful to divide the book into chapters so that information on herbal markets and organizations appears in a separate section than the description of individual herbs. In addition, the title minimizes the significance of the topic by referencing the material as a "fad."
Assessment: This book provides an overview of the popular uses of herbs and spices. However, it cannot be considered an authoritative critique of the use of herbal medicine which is an extensive system of the use of products for therapeutic purposes

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Alfalfa
  • Allspice
  • Aloe
  • Alternative Medicine
  • American Botanical Council
  • American Herbal Products Association
  • American Spice Trade Association
  • Anemone
  • Anise
  • Aphrodisiacs
  • Arnica
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ashwagandha
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Basil
  • Belladonna
  • Bilberry
  • Black Cohosh
  • Black Pepper
  • Bouquet Garni
  • Brooklime
  • Burdock
  • Calendula
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Chamomile
  • Chaparral
  • Chervil
  • Chickweed
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coffee; Coffee Substitutes
  • Comfrey
  • Coriander
  • Corporate Alliance for Integrative Medicine
  • Curry Powder
  • Digitalis
  • Dill
  • Echinacea
  • Eucalyptus
  • Evening Primrose
  • Federal Regulation of Herbs and Spices
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Feverfew
  • Flax
  • Folexco
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition; Herbs, Spices, and Botanicals
  • Frankincense
  • Garlic
  • Ginger; Wild Ginger
  • Ginkgo
  • Ginseng
  • Goldenseal
  • Henna
  • Herb Crafts
  • Herb Fairs
  • Herb Gardens
  • Herb Growing & Marketing Network
  • Herb Jargon
  • Herb Quest International
  • Herb Research Foundation
  • Herb Society of America
  • Herbal Aspirin
  • Herbal Cosmetics
  • Herbal Education
  • Herbal Incense
  • Herbal Markets and Consumers
  • Herbal Pillows
  • Herbal Soaps
  • Herbs and Pets
  • Herbs in Wedding Celebrations
  • Hops
  • Horsetail
  • Horticulture Therapy
  • Hyssop
  • Indiana Botanical Gardens
  • International Herb Association
  • International Herb Growers and Marketers Association
  • Juniper
  • Kava Kava
  • Kudzu Vine
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Licorice
  • Lobelia
  • Mahuang
  • Marijuana
  • Melaleuca
  • Milk Thistle
  • Mint Family
  • Motherwort
  • The New World Tapestry and Herbs
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion
  • Opium Poppy
  • Parsley
  • Pau D’Arco
  • Peach Oil
  • Psyllium
  • Purple Loosestrife
  • Red Clover
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosemary
  • Safflower
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Sassafras
  • Savory
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Self-Heal
  • Shaker Herbs
  • Smartweed
  • Sorrel
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Stevia
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Sunflower
  • Tea
  • Thyme
  • Trout Lake Farm
  • Turmeric
  • Valerian
  • Vanilla
  • Watercress
  • Willow Bark
  • Witch Hazel
  • Wood Betony
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow
  • Yellow Dock
  • Appendix: Supplementary List of Botanicals and Their Applications
  • Recommended Reading
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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