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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 1 edition (24 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620550849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620550847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Guido has written a classic. What is most masterful about Guido’s teachings and writing is the way he weaves folklore, tradition, and science flawlessly together, making a sensible, cohesive argument for the daily use of these common and important plants.”
(Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and founder of United Plant Savers and author of Rosemary Gladstar&rsqu)

“An essential title for those interested in alternative medicine, especially for the additional information in the extensive notes and bibliography.” (Library Journal, August 2013)

“A twenty-first-century herbal filled with the wisdom of authentic herbalism. Not only are vital skills of herbalism imparted in a friendly and grounded way, but the book is brimming with insights and wisdom from an herbalist who truly walks his talk.” (David Hoffmann, FNIMH, RH, medical herbalist and author of Medical Herbalism)

“In The Wild Medicine Solution, Guido Masé presents a beautiful tapestry of writing that weaves together the colorfully rich tradition of herbal medicine around tonics and bitters, which are among the most important classes of botanicals for human health. Great information. A delightful read. The real solution to the health care crisis!” (Roy Upton, RH, Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine, executive director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia)

“There are those who incorporate everyday plants into their diet, knowing this is herbal healing at its best. Guido Masé goes one step further. Here’s the science that makes clear why direct plant medicine rocks. Tonics, bitters, and aromatics enliven our meals as well as stimulate our life force. Read this book and dare to be healthy!” (Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard and The Apple Grower)

“Whether you are an aging boomer looking for the best ways to stay healthy; a prepper worried about the end days; a sage femme guiding women toward wholeness during pregnancy, birth, and menopause; or a surgeon curious about integrative medicine, you will find ideas here that may overturn your current conceptions of health. This book is a short course on a deep matter, with plenty of practical, do-it-now examples to support your own health and engage in true preventive medicine. It is a gift of green blessings to us all.” (Susun S. Weed, author of Healing Wise and A Wise Woman Herbal)

“Since ancient times we have been told that bitter and aromatic herbs can improve our health and well-being, but most Westerners avoid these beneficial herbs. Guido Masé, on the other hand, gives us convincing historical and scientific reasons for using them as well as simple recipes to help us enjoy them.” (David Winston, RH, author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief)

“In The Wild Medicine Solution herbalist Guido Masé elegantly weaves human history and biology with the history of herbal medicines, offering readers compelling reasons to reharmonize with nature and reintegrate herbs as medicines into their lives. A good read and a beautiful presentation.” (Aviva Jill Romm, M.D., herbalist, midwife, and author of Vaccinations and Natural Health after Birth)

“If you have to deal with the stress and stressors of modern life, please read this. Accessible to non-science geeks and very appealing to those who like some soul served up with their science, this book is also a good one for skeptics who want scientific proof before they’ll buy into the validity of using herbs.” (Vaguely Bohemian, April 2013)

“A natural adjunct to the current real food movement, this book is a resource you’ll want to return to again and again.” (Anna Jedrziewski,, May 2013)

The Wild Medicine Solution is a love letter to wild plants. From peppermint to dandelion root, Guido Masé writes with a fervent, irresistible intensity about the capacity of wild plants to restore humanity’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.” (Alizah Salario, Spirituality and Health, May 2013)

“In The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants, herbalist Guido Mase skips the laboratory-created supplement aisle and instead focuses deeply on how to use three plant categories for mind and body wellness...Mase adeptly explains how these special plants work in consistent and predictable ways to improve neuromuscular tone, aid digestive and metabolic activity, and even adjust our genetic expression, the way our cells read our DNA. Creating wild botanically based soups, salads, teas, spirits and tinctures make it easy to regularly include these plant categories into our lives.” (Gail Lord, Spirit of Change, June 2013)

“Whether for everyday well-being or in dealing with dangerous diseases, plants offer natural options for improved health. The Wild Medicine Solution and Herbal Antivirals help put plant power in the reader’s hands.” (Lisa James, Energy Times, July 2013)

About the Author

Guido Masé is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward. The cofounder and codirector of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, he is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, the American Botanical Council, and United Plant Savers. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

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What a great book. Very informative and yet reads like a novel. I could not put it down as somehow it was a love story about the relationship between human and plant. More than that it was about how the human body slowly falls apart without the presence of different types of wild plant.

I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in health, in plants, in preventative medicine. It has certainly inspired me to consume a wider range of wild plants making sure I include some aromatic, some bitters and some tonics.
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You don't have to be a herbalist to benefit from this book, I really like the way it encourages people to have an awareness of plants growing wild which can safely be harvested for nutrition and health support. It is quite scientific in parts but that doesn't detract from what is written.
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HASH(0x95cfed88) out of 5 stars You have changed my life after just reading one chapter 27 Mar. 2013
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Thank you Guido for opening my eyes for me to discover a totally new passion. To think that all this time I have been ignoring these "weeds" without any thought to their medicinal values. You could have been writing about me as I watch what I eat, no GMO's, clean water AND several supplements when in fact I should be getting those nutrients from wild medicine.

You write in such an interesting manner that makes this far, far more than a gardening book or a health book. It is pure magic and truly a classic! I hope you will consider writing another volume with other local, common garden plants e.g. stinging nettles, red clover etc.

I have never thought of using a herbalist to keep me healthy. That situation will change as your book has made clear to me that it is the perfect addition in my wellness regime.

Thank you so much for such an informative, interesting and easily read masterpiece.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x970d0198) out of 5 stars Are you overwhelmed at the thought of giving up "convenience" foods? 8 April 2013
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Most of us are. Our increasingly busy lives make food planning seem more and more like a tiresome chore. Guido Masé is hoping to help restore a reverence for how and what we eat. Specifically he is asking readers to look at consciously adding aromatics, bitters, and tonics to our diet to increase energy and prevent disease.

Part scientist, part folklorist, and part clinical herbalist, Masé has put together an amazing overview of the use of wild plants for medicinal purposes, followed up with inventive recipes, formulas for teas and tinctures, and guidelines for safely incorporating these dynamic plants into our daily lives. While he imparts lots of academic information, he manages to do so in a conversational, sometimes even lyrical, tone. The book is very readable.

For those who are overwhelmed by the large volume of information, I suggest turning to the section on CHOCOLATE. Do a quick read through of all the health benefits of cacao, then make yourself a cup of Mayan hot chocolate, breathe deeply as your blood pressure lowers, and wait for that blissful chocolate feeling to kick in.

A natural adjunct to the current real food movement, this book is a resource you'll want to return to again and again..

( received a free review copy of this book.)
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HASH(0x95a16438) out of 5 stars Great book! 22 Jun. 2013
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Wonderful book on wild medicines, thank you Guido for this gift to me and my herbal book library. Great pictures for easy identification.
HASH(0x95b9bfd8) out of 5 stars but it stirred up some great interest in me that I'd surely try some of ... 21 April 2016
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I was reading this book in an academic setting, but it stirred up some great interest in me that I'd surely try some of the recipes detailed in this book. There is really no point in not following some simple steps to ensure that you are healthy and you have some edge over the gravest of the medical issues confront modern human beings today. This book will let you know how.
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HASH(0x9592ab7c) out of 5 stars Great book by a great author 14 Jun. 2013
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I sat as a student with Giuido and know that he is brilliant! I learned so much in that two days and decided to buy his book, I bought it not only on my kindle but am purchasing the paperback so I can highlight the info in hardcopy!
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