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Effective, safe, and inexpensive, medicinal herbs are simple to grow, and they can be used to naturally fortify your body against common upsets and ailments. Rosemary Gladstar, the godmother of modern herbalism, offers a fresh introduction to growing and using 33 of her favorite herbs, complete with tips on introducing an herb patch to your backyard ...
Effective, safe, and inexpensive, medicinal herbs are simple to grow, and they can be used to naturally fortify your body against common upsets and ailments. Rosemary Gladstar, the godmother of modern herbalism, offers a fresh introduction to growing and using 33 of her favorite herbs, complete with tips on introducing an herb patch to your backyard garden and easy-to-follow recipes for brewing restorative teas, blending soothing salves, and making tinctures, oils, syrups, and pills.
124 of Rosemary Gladstar's favorite medicinal recipes include:
Creaky Bones Cayenne Rub, page 63
Warming Cinnamon Bath Salts, page 68
Ginger Lemonaide, page 80
Brain Tonic Tincture, page 85
Good Gargle for a Bad Throat, page 88
Rosemary's Famous Face Cream, page 116
Nutritive Heart Tonic Tincture, page 136
Lemon Balm Bath, page 160
Peppermint Tooth Powder, page 187
“The goal of this beginner's guide is to teach readers how to identify and cultivate medicinal herbs and then use them to create healing oils, salves, tonics and more. ... Whether your passions lie in gardening, crafting or natural health, you'll find this a wonderful addition to your home library."
Chapter 1: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Medicinal Herbs
What Is a Medicinal Herb?
How Is Herbal Medicine Used?
The Benefits of Herbal Medicine
Starting a Home Medicine Garden
Chapter 2: How to Make Your Own Herbal Remedies
Setting Up Your Kitchen Pharmacy
Baths, Poultices, and Compresses
The Skinny on Dosage and Duration of Herbal Treatments
Chapter 3: 9 Familiar Herbs & Spices to Grow and Use
Chapter 4: 24 Safe & Effective Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
St. John's Wort
Posted June 5, 2012
Good information. I'm not happy that there are pages missing. It jumps from page 82 to 89 and even if you manually type in the pages in between it sends you to page 82. Thanks......for nothing.
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Posted August 9, 2012
Im enjoying it on my nook but once i get to pg 83 it skips to pg103!!! Theres some good info i missing out in. If i knew pages were missing i would have bought the book......it defeats the purpose of the nook! :/
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Posted May 21, 2013
I love that Rosemary inspires people to take charge of their own health. This book isn’t about curing complicated diseases nor is it a fix everything with one product type of book. It’s about the “medicine of the home” to help non emergency health problems that arise in everyday life. This is something that years ago was common knowledge; something that mothers and grandmothers taught their daughters and granddaughters as a way to care for their families. I feel strongly that this art is just as important today as it was for our ancestors and I trust Rosemary Gladstar to teach it to me.
Rosemary has been called the “Godmother of American Herbalism” and has been studying, teaching, and using herbalism for over 35 years. She has founded multiple herb schools, authored numerous books, founded a medicinal tea company, started and acts as president of a non-profit organization that conserves and cultivates North American medicinal plants, and she now lives and works on a 500 acre botanical preserve in Vermont called Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center. Rosemary is definitely someone who knows what they are doing!
This book is full of information, is beautifully written, contains vibrant color pictures, and it really makes you feel like you have a good friend in your kitchen helping and teaching you. It is written in the same chronological order as if you were attending a class taught by Rosemary and is broken up into four sections.
In first section Rosemary’s enthusiasm and knowledge for herbs quickly becomes apparent as she gives an overview of what medicinal herbs are, how they are used, starting a home herb garden, and harvesting. The second section Rosemary uses her 35+ years of experience to teach readers how to successfully make their own herbal remedies. Rosemary covers everything from making herbal teas and syrups, to salves, tinctures, and pills. The third section is about nine herbs and spices that most people are familiar with when cooking (cinnamon, garlic, sage, basil, etc), however I most people probably don’t realize all the medicinal qualities in these cooking herbs. The last section teaches about twenty four herbs that are relatively common and used but beginners may not be as familiar with (St. Johns Wart, lavender, yarrow, calendula, etc). All thirty three herbs included are safe and effective, non toxic, and have few if any negative side effects and are great herbs for a beginner to start working with.
For each herb, Rosemary includes a picture of either all or a portion of the plant, lists the botanical name (very important as there may be more than one species of plant with different medicinal qualities that goes by the same common name), a short introduction to the herb, a bit of information on how to grow it, a section on its medicinal uses, and then between two and five recipes that use that particular herb. Each recipe states what it is for, the ingredients, how to prepare it, and how to use it. The recipes are relatively simple, are easy to understand and follow.
Because of this book we planted two elderberry bushes in our yard and I have sage, basil, and rosemary on our windowsill! I got some yarrow, calendula, and chamomile seeds that I’m going to plant in our garden in a few weeks. And I’m looking for some St. John’s Wart, peppermint, spearmint, Echinacea, lavender, lemon balm, and cayenne to plant!
I received this book from to publisher to facilitate my review. However this did not affect my opinions
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Posted December 10, 2013
Full of color and photos, this is a great book for anyone wanting to learn about medicinal herbs like myself. I have now caught the medicinal herb bug and would want to see and learn more (this is just a beginners guide introducing 33 herbs), but for starters this is a great starting point. I'll look forward into seeing more of Rosemary's books in the future.
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Posted October 6, 2013
I have a hard copy of this book and really like it. It is very informative and has lots of herbal recipes. This is a great book for beginners in herbal medicine.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2013
I have this book in hardcopy and love it. I use the pictures and the layout is great-it would be lost on the nook. This is a book that you will want to go "old school" with.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 9, 2012
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