I am not one of Carlos Montenegro, and as we say in Spanish. "He is not a Saint of my Devotion." But I have to say that this little booklet impressed me. Okay the baths are a bit elaborate; the book has a cookbook feel to it. But the herbs where accurate, and to what Orisha ruled them as well. The only problem is that, if you do not know what these herbs are, you are going to be lost. As only the Spanish name is given, there is no English or Latin translation.
To make this a really complete Herbal Bath of Santeria, there should have been a section on how to properly prepare the baths, these are not proper. In dealing with herbs, Orisha practitioners know that praise and songs are given to Osain for hemust be always be petitioned, and this is a ritual in itself. Also there are certain ways in handling the herbs to get the proper Ashe' out of them, this is not discussed.
If you want to learn how to prepare herbal baths in the Santeria tradition, I would recommend you just watch your godparents. If you do not have godparents and fear the over charge in prices that most "Botanica owner charge, who are not really initiated into Santeria" charge. Trust me there are allot of charlatans, and I agree with the previous review. I would rather recommend the books Spiritual Cleansing: Handbook of Psychic Protection and Original Publication's Complete Book of Baths, by Robert Laremy. These books are not Orisha or Santeria, per say they are more Brujeria, but well worth the read. But these books can never make you an expert in Spiritual Healing, as these lessons are best learned with first hand experience. A book can never replace a well knowledge teacher.
Know I said this book impressed me, well with all due respects to Carlos Montenegro. If you have read any of the other Hog Wash he has written, this one would impress you too.