Herbal Remedies For Dummies

Overview

People have been using herbs to fight disease and promote wellness since prehistoric times. In recent years, science has gotten into the act and amassed quite a respectable body of evidence to support what healers the world over have been saying for centuries – herbal remedies work. Experiencing the heartbreak of psoriasis? A little dandelion root can clear it up. Grandpa’s sciatica acting up again? St. John’s Wort ought to put the spring back in his step. Got a bad case of poison ivy? Stop the itch with ...

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Overview

People have been using herbs to fight disease and promote wellness since prehistoric times. In recent years, science has gotten into the act and amassed quite a respectable body of evidence to support what healers the world over have been saying for centuries – herbal remedies work. Experiencing the heartbreak of psoriasis? A little dandelion root can clear it up. Grandpa’s sciatica acting up again? St. John’s Wort ought to put the spring back in his step. Got a bad case of poison ivy? Stop the itch with echinacea. Ginger tames the morning sickness beast – lavender and peppermint leaf also work well. Use licorice, chamomile, and wild yam root to pacify an irritable bowel.

If you’re one of the millions of people who feel let down by conventional health care, or who’ve experienced unpleasant or harmful side effects from modern medicines, Herbal Remedies For Dummies is a book you’ll want to have. Written by fourth-generation herbalist Christopher Hobbs, it gets you up to speed on what you need to know to:

  • Choose safe and effective herbal products
  • Treat scores of common ailments and conditions
  • Find specific herbal remedies for women, men, and kids
  • Grow and harvest herbs
  • Create herbal products at home

Chris clears up much of the confusion surrounding herbal medicines. He anticipates just about every question you’re likely to have about herbal medicine, and he provides concise, interesting answers laced with fascinating details from history and folklore. From alfalfa to yerba santa, he describes an array of best natural remedies, and he supplies:

  • Easy-to-follow instructions on how to select the best herbal products
  • A Symptom Guide – simple and easy herbal remedies for more than 80 common conditions, listed alphabetically by symptom
  • An Aroma Guide – an A-to-Z guide to 100 easy-to-find medicinal herbs
  • More than fifty recipes for healing teas, oils, tonics, and more

This friendly, caring, and accessible introduction to the world of herbal medicine is an important resource for anyone looking for a safe, easy-to-use alternative, or supplement, to conventional medicine.

"...a quick yet thorough introduction to herbal treatments for a variety of illnesses & disorders, as well as for overall health maintenance...breaks down herbs & explains ways to make tinctures, teas, & aramatherapy products."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The successful "DummiesR" series gets into the alternative health field with these two titles. Dillard, head of Oxford Health Plans's Alternative Medicine Program, and Ziporyn have done an excellent job of compiling information related to the major alternative therapies. They discuss the limitations of alternative medicine and the dilemma arising from the paucity of scientific evidence on its effectiveness. The authors define the major therapies, outline benefits vs. harmful effects, and advise readers on how to talk with their doctors about alternatives. A final section lists specific health conditions and which therapies might help. Also listed are respected web sites, databases, and other information sources. The scientific literature is referenced throughout the text; tips and informational icons, as in the rest of the series, are quite helpful. Hobbs, an herbalist and botanist, explains the benefits of using herbal remedies, their selection and safe use, and growing and making herbals at home. He also provides recipes and dosages, identifies herbs for specific groups of people (such as senior citizens), and discusses aromatherapy and healing with spices from the kitchen. For easy reference, readers will find a symptoms guide, an herb guide, and a list of herbal suppliers and associations. Although Hobbs does not include a bibliography of evidence-based data to support his therapeutic claims, he covers the topic in a knowledgeable manner. His practical guide is an excellent introduction to the ways in which herbs can be used. Both titles are recommended for public libraries.--Kristine Benishek, Good Samaritan Hosp. Lib., Dayton, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764551277
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 494,600
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

About Christopher Hobbs Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac., A.H.G., is a fourth-generation herbalist and botanist, a licensed acupuncturist, and an internationally recognized lecturer. He has published 18 books on herbal medicines and written numerous articles for magazines such as Natural Health, Vegetarian Times, and Herbs for Health.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: So, What Are Herbal Remedies, Anyway?

Chapter 1: Using (Not Abusing) Herbal Remedies.

Chapter 2: Choosing the Best Herbal Products.

Chapter 3: Aromatherapy — Getting Well from the Smell.

Chapter 4: Herbs for Everyone.

PART II: Growing and Brewing Your Own Herbs.

Chapter 5: Growing, Drying, and Storing Herbs.

Chapter 6: Making Herbal Products at Home.

Chapter 7: Kitchen Medicine — Healing with Spices.

PART III: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 8: Ten Reasons to Use Herbs Every Day.

Chapter 9: Ten Top Power Herbs.

Chapter 10: Ten Delicious Herbal Teas.

Symptom Guide.

Herb Guide.

Appendix A: Herb Talk Glossary.

Appendix B: Herbal Dosage Guide.

Appendix C: Resources.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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