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Herbal Remedies: A Complete, Concise Guide to Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs to Prevent, Soothe and Heal What Ails You
     

Herbal Remedies: A Complete, Concise Guide to Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs to Prevent, Soothe and Heal What Ails You

by Kathleen S. Fisher
 
A complete, concise guide to growing and using medicinal herbs to prevent, soothe, and heal what ails you. 100 line drawings.

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A complete, concise guide to growing and using medicinal herbs to prevent, soothe, and heal what ails you. 100 line drawings.

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Well organized, easy to understand, and complete with appropriate cautions, this is a reasonable guide to using herbal remedies. Journalist Fisher (past editor of the magazine of the American Horticultural Society) first describes the dual role herbs can play, in that they can act both as preventive and healing medicines. She then explains how to prepare herbal formulas, from infusions, decoctions, and tinctures to capsules, compresses, ointments and salves. She then describes 32 medicinal herbs, including a description and illustration of each, what conditions it prevents or treats, what part(s) of the plant to use, and how to grow or find each. Some are quite familiar (aloe, fennel, echinacea), some more surprising (hops, catnip, feverfew). Fisher includes detailed instruction on harvesting and storing the plants. There follows treatment recommendations for 40 common ailments (e.g., acne, allergies, cuts, depression, liver problems, weight management), all with important provisos (for example: "Safety first. Don't use Chinese angelica if you are pregnant It can cause uterine contractions"). Always proceed with caution, then: check with a medical practitioner and beware of interactions with medications. But all in all, a well-laid-out explanation of the possible benefits of herbs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875968315
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Rodale's Essential Herbal Handbooks Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.67(d)

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