The Herbal Handbook: A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism
Well-respected herbalist David Hoffmann's comprehensive and practical guide to herbal medicine.
• Discusses the history and modern practice of herbalism, including Chinese, Native American, and Welsh influences.
• Includes a practical reference section listing the effects of various herbs, with prescriptions on how to use them for a wide range of illnesses.
• Covers the fundamentals of growing, drying, storing, and cooking with herbs.
• Over 45,000 copies of previous edition sold.
This compendium of medical herbalism by one of the most eminent herbalists practicing today is both comprehensive and practical. Answering basic as well as complicated questions about herbal medicine, it provides both the novice and the experienced practitioner with a reliable framework in which to develop their herbal skills.
A discussion of the history and modern practice of herbalism, encompassing the influences of Welsh, Chinese, and Native American herbal medicine is followed by a practical reference section that lists the various actions herbs have on the body (carminative, anti-inflammatory, etc.), with examples of herbs and their mode of activity in each category. Herbal prescriptions for various illnesses are also organized under the main systems of the body so that information can be quickly and easily referenced. A final section covers the fundamentals of growing, drying storing and cooking with herbs, as well as the making of infusions, decoctions, oils, and ointments. The author also provides helpful introductions to aromatherapy and plant medicines.
best book for newbie to herbs
By nachipmunks - May 14, 2010
This book lays the foundation for working with herbs especially for newbies. It puts the herbs into categories base on the actions they produce example demulcent, and then Hoffman tells you how a demulcent works on different parts of the body. He gives a basic overview of how to make tinctures, salve and ointments ete. A great book to have if you are starting out. Great info and how to use herbs for healing. I found great help on how to help my daughter ezcema.
The Herbal Handbook, guide to medical herbs
By Tommy B. Roberts "vegetguy" - July 4, 2009
This is a good reference for medical alternatives to high priced pharmacy medicine. These were the first drugs used by native peoples all over the world. They still work without many of the side effects of petroleum based drugs of today. Grow them in your back yard or in a pot at home and supply your own remedies at home. Dry them, grind them, make a tea of them.
Detailed Book for Your Health
By Rebecca Graf - November 28, 2011
This is a great book if you are looking for medical herbalism. It is divided up by the action of herbs, body systems, cooking, and herbal uses. It is very detailed.So if you are not looking for something that is in depth for your health, then this is not the book for you. But if you are serious about your health and using herbs to stay healthy, this is a book you should really have. You'll refer to it quite often.
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