The Essential Herbal for Natural Health

How To Transform Easy-To-Find Herbs into Healing Remedies for the Whole Family
The Essential Herbal for Natural Health: How To Transform Easy-To-Find Herbs into Healing Remedies for the Whole Family. Roost: Shambhala, dist. by Random. 2012. c.317p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781590309476. pap. $17.95. HEALTH
With the increasing popularity of herbal remedies, many readers are interested in creating their own treatments. Here, herbalist Bellebuono offers an introductory course for those who want to make remedies and body-care items. She provides information on 13 primary herbs commonly used for diverse purposes and easy to identify and grow. (Calendula, ginger, mint, and raspberry are among them.) She then discusses how to use fresh and dried herbs, which conditions they treat, and how to make medicinal products. She encourages readers to consult health practitioners before using herbs. Chapters on medicines for men, women, and children; one on herbs during pregnancy; and recipes complete the book. The author includes a glossary, dosage guidelines for children and adults, a seasonal chart for harvesting herbs, a list of common plant names and their Latin binomials, and a resource list.
VERDICT This is a balanced basic introduction on creating herbal medicines; recommended.

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