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The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2012
I downloaded this book onto the Kindle app as I didn't think I would pay too much attention to it - since its written by an American for the American market - I was wrong...I've read it cover to cover, twice, and am now buying it in paperback so that I can tag and highlight pages and sections. James has presented a somewhat tricky subject in quite plain terms, but with a sense of humour that makes the reader want to keep reading. I have also tried some of the suggestions and recipes... the herb jello (botanica wiggleus) really works!! Whether you are serious about herb medicine, or you are just dabbling in boosting your own immune system, this book is a must.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is an extremely useful book for those of us who would love to make our own herbal 'stuff' but don't know how. Green concentrates on a small number of herbs with wide uses, most of which are available (sometimes for wild harvesting) here in the UK, and presents enormous amounts of practical information geared towards lay herbalists who want to experiment with making their own preparations. Use this book for practical, easy to use low-down on how to make creams, salves, lotions, tinctures and many other herbal preparations. Green has a lovely voice and presents his material in an intelligent, entertaining way. Although my herbal library is extensive, I come back to this book again and again when it comes to making herbal preparations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2014
James Green is an American herbalist. The book is nicely illustrated by his daughter, and it could easily taken more of her pictures, so perhaps they'll do that next time. Mr Green not only knows his stuff, he also is a really good teacher and has a lovely voice that has a personal touch to it. It's obvious that he wants to empower people to learn and take control, while still providing them with a framework of safety. Am taking this book on holiday as it's definitely a good one to curl up with.
The only thing that I would not follow are the recipes for making creams. If you use only oils in a cream then you don't need to use a preservative, you only need to worry about the possibility of the oils going rancid over time and this can be slowed down by adding vitamin e and rosemary anti-oxidant. If you add water to any preparation however, you are inviting bacteria to grow and you should use a preservative. (There are some on the market that are more friendly than others, some that are approved by Ecocert and are broad spectrum). Even if you keep creams in the fridge, they will start to grow yeast, moulds or fungus, despite you not being able to see them.
Despite that, highly recommended, charming, inspiring book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2008
Lots of practical advice. Lots of humour - I laughed a lot when reading it, and got inspired to get out there and try out some techniques myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2013
User friendly, easy to read and great as a Kindle.
I was looking for a book for a while and this one came highly recommended. I'm not disappointed.
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on 24 August 2015
It's very good, and he certainly knows lots- it's possibly a tiny bit ernest, as books on alternative medicine can be. But if you're looking for the whole experience and not just a list of answers (as I was) then look no further- he does also provide answers, but so many words to get there!
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24 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Don't expect the glossy cover! It is merely a beige one with a simple diagram. Other than that, the content is quite good, but could be vastly improved to be made interesting. This is literally an instruction booklet, nothing more, nothing less.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2010
It contains too many anecdots and stories about the authors family. It is more of an autobiography than a handbook
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
As a complete beginner to the world of herbalism this was among the few 'must have' books recommended to me.
Very informative but also very well written, the author is genuinely charming and clearly has a lot of passion for the subject matter, it may not cover all aspects of herbalism (I'm still too green to judge that) but it gives a great introduction to many of the techniques and processes involved in concocting your very own herbal remedies.
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on 28 March 2015
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