More and more people are exploring the healing possibilities of plant-based medicines, and health shops across the country now stock their shelves with natural remedies, but treatments can easily be made at home. Read more...
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More and more people are exploring the healing possibilities of plant-based medicines, and health shops across the country now stock their shelves with natural remedies, but treatments can easily be made at home. The Herbal Apothecary profiles 100 of the most important medicinal plants with striking photographs and step-by-step instructions for making herbal teas, tinctures, compresses, and salves to treat everything from muscle strain to the common cold or anxiety. This holistic guide also includes advice for the home gardener on growing and foraging for medicinal plants.
Incorporating traditional wisdom and scientific information, The Herbal Apothecary provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to plant-based medicine. With the guidance of naturopath JJ Pursell, herb enthusiasts can learn how to safely create their own remedies using plants they know and love.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Pursell, a naturopathic physician and owner of the Herb Shoppe chain, reveals the secret ways of healing plants, taking herbalism out of the realm of folk healing. It takes time and effort to understand herbs and the way they work with the bodys systems, but Pursell aptly demonstrates the value in learning about these gifts from nature and understanding their uses in pursuit of sustainable health. Exploring first the tradition of herbalism and its current-day practice, coupled with a laypersons guide to the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, the book concludes with a comprehensive listing of 100 medicinal herbs and an explanation of how they affect these systems. Bogbean, for example, targets the lymphatic tissues of the body, clearing obstruction and waste, while chaga regulates immune function. The book includes treatment plans and recipes for preparing teas, tinctures, and other concoctions from the medicinal use of herbs. It is not a quick read, but will quickly become indispensable for understanding a neglected field that is ripe with great benefits. (Jan.)