Herbs for Long-Lasting Health: How To Support Vitality and Well-Being at Every Stage of Life

Storey. (Basics). 2014. 128p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781612124711. pap. $8.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612124728. HEALTH
Author and teacher Gladstar (owner, Vermont's Sage Mountain Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary; founder and current president, United Plant Savers) has created this text as a reference for students of herbal medicine and any reader interested in alternative and complementary medicine. However, this is not a preventative medicine text. Readers will not be able look up an ailment and expect to find a solution. Instead, this is a listing of healthful herbs supporting "vitality and well-being." At only four chapters, this book is certainly not a time-consuming read, and as a reference, it does not need to be read in order. Readers will feel comfortable picking chapters as needed; Chapter 1, "Perspectives on Aging," reads more like introductory or preface matter, but the next three are enlightening. Chapter 4, "Recipes for Longevity and Well Being" is intriguing (who can resist Good-Life Wine?). Readers of Prevention magazine or the writings of Andrew Weil should find this work engaging and informative.
VERDICT Recommended for aging readers who don't want to feel aged!
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