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Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature's Medicine [Hardcover]

Michael Castleman
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April 1991
The Healing Herbs provides the information you need to use the earth's wonderful bounty of medicinal plants confidently, effectively, and above all, safely. It examines 100 of the most widely used, most easily available, most familiar, and most fascinating medicinal plants, tracing their history, folklore, and healing properties, and summarizing the latest scientific research on their many benefits. The Healing Herbs also explains where to find the herbs, how to take them, store and prepare them, even how to grow them.

The Healing Herbs also includes an easy-to-use A-to-Z herb encyclopedia, plus a section titled Prevention and Treatment: A Fast-action Guide to Using the Healing Herbs, including: Conditions--from ear infection to stress, A-to-Z conditions and the herbs you can use to treat and prevent specific symptoms and diseases; Healing Actions--from antibiotic to sedative, an A-to-Z list of medicinal uses with herbs as a natural alternative to certain medicines; Other Uses--some unusual uses for the healing herbs, for example as insect repellent or memory improvement. Both Conditions and Healing Actions include special precautions about certain herbs, whether in preparation, long-term use, or short-term effects.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; 1st Edition edition (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863810021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878579341
  • ASIN: 0878579346
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 27 Mar 2011
By Minna
Format:Paperback
Easy to use, interesting information about the herbs. I have to say, one of my favourite herb books. I am not educated in the healing art of herbs YET :D but if I look at the maany books I purchased on herbs recently, this one is one of the top books. I refer to it anytime I come across a herb I forget the use of, easy guide and lots of uses listed for each herb instead of just a few like in some herb books.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
At the start of the book one of the first things the author claims is that fluoride is good at fighting tooth decay. That got scrubbed out. Another problem I had with this book was promoting the use of microwaves for drying out herbs. Again, scrubbed out.

The author didn't seem to like traditional, centuries old medicine very much but the FDA, phD, clueless about herbs types that study them for a brief period (probably never use them) were glorified of course.

If you ignore all of this nonsense the book is very good. It includes many different ways to prepare the herbs; drying, tinctures etc. and the recommended doses. Some really good cure all herbs are included here that you've probably never even heard of. I am dead chuffed that the best of these grow right here in the UK ha ha :) and I can't wait to start using them.

The best part of this book though BY FAR has to be the HOXSEY formula, revealed! Yes you heard me right,

THE HOXSEY FORMULA IS IN THIS BOOK!!!

I always wanted to know after watching a program about Hoxsey if the formula used in his Dallas clinic was still being used and where you could go if needs be. Not only do they give you the location of where to get treated but they also tell you 9/10 of the ingredients used in his formula. YES!

For those of you unfamiliar with Hoxsey, he came up with a cure for MANY cancers back in the 50s but big pharma shut down his clinic. The majority of his patients were cured of cancer using his formula but they're probably all wackos for opening their mouths of course. Anyway, get the book. It's in here!

Despite the ridiculous and wrong statement about fluoride at the beginning of the book I'm giving it 5 stars because it makes up for it massively by including the Hoxsey formula and where to get treated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 11 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great knowledge of herbs. I only read few pages and already found out lot of interesting things - which I didn't know despite of my interest in herbal remedies. It gives a little bit of history first (enough to enlighten the reader but not bore) and then it has a form of encyclopedia, what makes it easy to find the herb's description. It has index on the end so you can also search illness first. One of those old books full of knowledge so interesting but forgotten by us. Definite "must-be" in every herbalist's library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So informative - the best ever 12 Nov 2012
By Pamela
Format:Paperback
This book is the best and most informative and easily understood book that I have read. It is so well written. The amount of information is great and so easy to pick up at any time to find natural herbs that you can trust for so many conditions. It is also tells you who should not use it and why!

The amount of info is amazing. I am so thrilled I choose this book, as it is so difficult to know what book is the right one for you to buy when you cannot look at it first. I am so thrilled I got this one correct for a change! The book was thicker than I expected, which came as a nice surprise.

I whole heartedly recommend this book as it has given me so much help as I have trouble with taking GP medication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definate requirement 17 Mar 2014
By wendums
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This book is full of all information to help heal yourself naturally. I recommend this to everyone who has an interest in non prescriptive healing
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Complicated 6 Feb 2014
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I did not realise how American this book would be. Did not fne it very easy to get on with at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced user's guide 7 July 2014
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A very useful book of herbal medicine including the history and new research on specimen. Extensive selection of herbs. Simple drawings of the herbs, often not enough, but these you can find elsewhere. It makes the book small enough to carry everywhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 6 July 2014
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very interesting book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
So pleased I purchased this book .Full of wonderful information on plants and herbs that can be used for medicinal purposes. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Noah Ark
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value!
A GREAT reference book for anyone interested in the medicinal benefits of herbs.
Easy to use and packed with information without rambling on. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Emma1975
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best
I am somewhat dissapointed in this book, going by the reviews I expected better,might possibly be more suitable to someone with zero knowledge on the subject, limited information... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Catherine Kearns
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I keep reading and reading this book. I do agree with most of the points but I also disagree with some points. Nonetheless, delivery was prompt, quality was good.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and fast delivery
As always, I am super-satisfied with the service and with the high quality of the used book.
Living abroad (in Sweden) the international P&P is a bit costly though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helen Mortensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing herbs
A great reference book, for herbs and healing, I will use time and again, thank you.
What more can one say?
Published 3 months ago by Miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to read
Things here ive never heard of ''add to do bit shoppin around to find some of the herbs/'' but on the hole 'very enligthing book ''good service and packageing '''
Published 5 months ago by SANDRA MAKIN
5.0 out of 5 stars the healing herbs
well written book would recommend this if you are into alternative medicine very informative most of the lotions and potions in the book are of common plants grown in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeanette
4.0 out of 5 stars A complete guide.
A very comprehensive, easy to use guide. Introducing you to the wide world of herbs and breaking down each section into to easy to read chunks. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kirsty
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