- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing (10 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612120059
- ISBN-13: 978-1612120058
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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"This book is a brand new, sparkling gem, full of treats and surprises and everything important. ... not just for the beginner, even though that's what the title says. It will definitely be inspiring and helpful to someone just starting out, but also to anyone who's been working with herbs for a while and might be looking for some fresh inspiration."
"A compilation of the insights and wisdom gained from a lifetime of practice using medicinal herbs ... highly useful for anyone wishing to bring herbs into their life"
"One of the most-trusted and well-respected herbalists of our time, Rosemary Gladstar, teaches readers how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use 33 of her favorite herbs in this new title. ... this book is a must-read for every budding herbalist."--Urban Farm
"This expert herbalist always offers exert advice ... Anyone can prepare her tried and true, yet always effective, recipes."--The Essential Herbal
"Rosemary Gladstar has been herbal wise woman to several generations, training future herbalists for 25 years at herSage Mountain Retreat Centeron 500 acres in Vermont. For those new to using herbs medicinally, her "Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide"(Storey Publishing, 2012) is the perfect entry, with easy recipes, preparation basics and growing know-how."--HerbalGram: The Journal of the American Botanical Council
"The goal of this beginner's guide is to teach readers how to identify and cultivate medicinal herbs and then use them to create healing oils, salves, tonics and more. ... Whether your passions lie in gardening, crafting or natural health, you'll find this a wonderful addition to your home library."
From the Back Cover
Effective, safe, and inexpensive, medicinal herbs are simple to grow, and they can be used to naturally fortify your body against common upsets and ailments. Rosemary Gladstar, the godmother of modern herbalism, offers a fresh introduction to growing and using 33 of her favorite herbs, complete with tips on introducing an herb patch to your backyard garden and easy-to-follow recipes for brewing restorative teas, blending soothing salves, and making tinctures, oils, syrups, and pills.
124 of Rosemary Gladstar's favorite medicinal recipes include:
Creaky Bones Cayenne Rub, page 63
Warming Cinnamon Bath Salts, page 68
Ginger Lemonaide, page 80
Brain Tonic Tincture, page 85
Good Gargle for a Bad Throat, page 88
Rosemary's Famous Face Cream, page 116
Nutritive Heart Tonic Tincture, page 136
Lemon Balm Bath, page 160
Peppermint Tooth Powder, page 187
From the Publisher
Learn How to Make Your Own Herbal Remedies
Recognized as the oldest system of healing on the planet, herbal medicine traces its roots back to the earliest civilizations. Effective, safe, and inexpensive, medicinal herbs are simple to grow, and they can be used to naturally fortify your body against common upsets and ailments.
Godmother of Modern Herbalism
Rosemary Gladstar is a world-renowned educator and activist. She is the founder of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary, founding president of United Plant Savers, director of the New England Women’s Herbal Conference, and founder and past director of the International Herb Symposium. She has mentored thousands of students over the past 30 years through her in-depth home study course, The Science and Art of Herbalism.
Highlights 24 Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
Common, non-toxic medicinal plants that grow well in any climate are the perfect place to begin practicing family herbalism. Create a small home apothecary and fill it with homemade herbal remedies made from herbs you’ve grown yourself.
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This book is perfect for beginners as well as novices. It lists the name of the plant, its uses, safety information, how to harvest and grow it, lots of color pictures and many amazing recipes that are really simple to make. Alot of the other ingredients you can find at your local whole foods store or order everything online. She breaks everything down so its easy to understand. Seriously, this book is perfect for anyone wanting to start using a more holistic approach to their health and well-being. When you look at all the toxic chemicals we eat and breathe, the pesticides we are ingesting, the unnecessary cocktail of medications the pharmaceutical companies shove down our throat and we basically are slaves to society about how to live, eat and take care of ourselves, this book is a welcoming breath of fresh air. It teaches us how to use simple plants and incorporate that into our lives. Even if you just take baby steps and incorporate a few things in the holistic way, your body will thank you for it and so will your pocketbook. Living holistically doesn't have to be expensive.
Yes, there are a gazillion books on natural health, essentials oils, herbs etc but one of the MAIN things you want to look for is the credibility of the author writing it. Too many times I've seen books and e-books, online articles about ways to use essentials oils, herbs, tinctures, lotions, etc, but the dosing is wrong and there is no safety information. Just because its natural does NOT mean its safe!! So do your research, always, always, always!!! Rosemary GladStar is an excellent author and has been working with herbs for years. She also has a few other books as well and I would highly recommend them also!!
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There are a lot of herbals available, many of them written by Gladstar herself. Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide outshines any number of them on a number of levels. The book is beautifully done, a true feather in Storey Publishing's cap. The pictures are rich and vibrant and the material is presented in a clear and helpful way. There are four main sections. The first is a simple introduction to herbs and herbal medicine in which Gladstar's enthusiasm is immediately apparent. The second section, an introduction to making your own herbal remedies, provides step-by-step instructions for making the most basic and practical of herbal preparations, including teas, tinctures, and salves, among other things. In the third section Gladstar discusses nine herbs that most of us are familiar with, revealing uses for them that may not be so familiar at all. The fourth section presents twenty-four herbs that are safe and beneficial for most people to use regularly, but which readers may not find familiar.
As I read through the book, I was pleased to see many new recipes and ideas mixed in with some of Gladstar's tried and true recipes, such as her Fire Cider and Gypsy Cold Care Remedy. I had been afraid that perhaps the book would rest on the laurels of its predecessors. It does not. Gladstar's text is fresh and warm, making you feel as though you have a wise friend in the kitchen with you, urging you to try something new and take charge of your health in any way you are able. This warmth and wisdom is indeed a trademark of Gladstar's. She shows us the way back to the Wise Woman inside of all of us and encourages us to rediscover our ancestor's connection to the plants, honoring our own inner wisdom and ability to be healthy.
Years ago, I met Rosemary Gladstar at the Women's Herbal Conference that she founded, and which takes place every summer. After delivering her opening address, she stepped off the platform and waded through the people straight to where I stood, feeling like an alien in my Islamic hijab, in the midst of gauze skirts and tube tops. She embraced me, and welcomed me like an old friend. This book does the same thing. It envelops the reader in warmth and welcome, teaching her the way of herbs with wisdom, experience, and confidence.
by Khadijah Lacina
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Most of the herbs she uses in this book are very common 'weeds' (plantain, burdock, mint, dandelion) and others are sometimes grown just for the flowers, like echinacea. We are so accustomed to getting our drugs at the store, but these common plants have medicinal purposes. If worse comes to worst, you have a veritable apothecary in your neighborhood or local park. And most of the time this medicine is free!
(I must say that the first book that I received had missing end pages . I noticed it when I tried to find the index and there wasn't one. They promptly replaced it.) Get this beautiful useful book. You won't be disappointed!