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Craft a soothing aloe lotion after an encounter with poison
ivy, make a dandelion-burdock tincture to fix sluggish digestion, and
brew up some lavender-lemon balm tea to ease a stressful day. In this
introductory guide, Rosemary Gladstar shows you how easy it can be to
make your own herbal remedies for life’s common ailments. Gladstar
profiles 33 common healing plants and includes advice on growing,
harvesting, preparing, and using herbs in healing tinctures, oils, and
creams. Stock your medicine cabinet full of all-natural, low-cost herbal
preparations.

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Reviews for Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use:

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November 7, 2015

My favorite go-to resource! She includes loads of pictures and recipes and instructions. I like the fact that she includes instructions on how to make so many preparations. It really is the ideal first book. Perfect for the beginner as well as the more experienced herbalist. I bought additional copi...Full Review
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Apr 27, 2015

This is a nice little introduction to using medicinal herbs. I like how it focuses on a limited number of herbs and gives a pretty thorough description of their properties as well as how to cultivate them. There are also some easy recipes to get started in making tinctures, salves, infusions, and all sorts of other things. It made me want to make stuff.
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Oct 19, 2015

Way before all of us were bombarded with countless ads for so-called wonder drugs on television, people turned to nature for remedies. Rosemary Gladstar has written a useful guide, “Medicinal Herbs, Learn How to Ease Common Ailments Naturally” which describes how to grow, harvest, prepare and use 33 of the most common healing plants. It is written in an easy to understand style with plenty of pictures. Highly recommended.

I spoke with Rosemary Gladstar about her book and that conversation can be Way before all of us were bombarded with countless ads for so-called wonder drugs on television, people turned to nature for remedies. Rosemary Gladstar has written a useful guide, “Medicinal Herbs, Learn How to Ease Common Ailments Naturally” which describes how to grow, harvest, prepare and use 33 of the most common healing plants. It is written in an easy to understand style with plenty of pictures. Highly recommended.

I spoke with Rosemary Gladstar about her book and that conversation can be heard here:
http://dougmilesmedia.com/?p=1949
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Aug 31, 2014

After reading one of Rosemary Gladstar's books, I went looking for others. In this book she provides pictures so you can recognize the plants, explains which parts are useful in which capacity, and even has safety sections. You will find many helpful uses for the spices you use for cooking. An excellent resource.
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Oct 17, 2012

Herbalism doesn't have to be complicated and scary. Rosemary's advice is to start with just a few herbs - ones you know well, that grow near you. In this book she talks about growing and using such common garden sights as yarrow, St. John's Wort, dandelion, and basil. Basic, easy-to-understand directions for the common preparations are included right up front - tincture, salve, infusion, decoction, poultice - all in plain, non-technical language. Rosemary's signature wise-elder style comes Herbalism doesn't have to be complicated and scary. Rosemary's advice is to start with just a few herbs - ones you know well, that grow near you. In this book she talks about growing and using such common garden sights as yarrow, St. John's Wort, dandelion, and basil. Basic, easy-to-understand directions for the common preparations are included right up front - tincture, salve, infusion, decoction, poultice - all in plain, non-technical language. Rosemary's signature wise-elder style comes through in her writing, so reading the book gives you a little bit of that magical feeling of just listening to a wise old aunt or granny talk you through your first few recipes. ...more
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Dec 15, 2015

Beautiful book on how to grow and use medicinal herbs. Gorgeous pages all full color! She's simple but knowledgable. She's from my awesome state of Vermont! I got this for a great price on Amazon! A gem!
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Feb 10, 2019

This book offers simple practical instructions for tinctures, various remedies, and insights on commonly used medicinal herbal plants. Many or most of the plants referred to are likely accessible to you in some form regardless of locale.

As you turn the pages you feel the vibrance of who Rosemary Gladstar is renown to be. She has created a warm read for the plant lover at heart, someone starting into the practice of herbalism, or the experienced herbalist to use as a reference. This book will This book offers simple practical instructions for tinctures, various remedies, and insights on commonly used medicinal herbal plants. Many or most of the plants referred to are likely accessible to you in some form regardless of locale.

As you turn the pages you feel the vibrance of who Rosemary Gladstar is renown to be. She has created a warm read for the plant lover at heart, someone starting into the practice of herbalism, or the experienced herbalist to use as a reference. This book will serve my family and I for a lifetime in natural, reliable, back to nature ways to promote health and vitality.

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Oct 29, 2018

Fantastic resource and a book that you will return to time and time again.
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Apr 16, 2018

This is a beginner's guide as stated in the subtitle. So it is neither comprehensive in its list of herbs nor in its list of applications.

I do believe that Ms. Gladstar has done an excellent job of explaining the benefits of herbs for health. Also in selecting some of the most readily available herbs, in North America at least, for readers to purchase or grow their own.

You will learn the difference between an infusion and a decoction and how to go about making them. Or simply making your own This is a beginner's guide as stated in the subtitle. So it is neither comprehensive in its list of herbs nor in its list of applications.

I do believe that Ms. Gladstar has done an excellent job of explaining the benefits of herbs for health. Also in selecting some of the most readily available herbs, in North America at least, for readers to purchase or grow their own.

You will learn the difference between an infusion and a decoction and how to go about making them. Or simply making your own herbal teas and flavorful foods. There is discussion of medicinal oils, syrups, salves and tinctures and what each is good for.

You will also learn how to apply remedies by bath, poultice, or compress and considerations for treating children, and chronic or acute problems.

That said, you will probably not learn these all on your first read. I read this as a Kindle book and believe that would be the best format to own it in. This is a wonderful beginner's reference and the page links in the table of contents and the great index will help to quickly find what you need when you need it.

If you find yourself referring to it often you'll probably have the interest in a complete herbal manual. However, you won't find a better place to start your adventures in herbs. ...more
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Sep 17, 2014

This was my first book about herbalism and I am pleasantly surprised.
For one, the layout is really beautiful and modern, with lots of full color photos, unlike many of the older herbalism books that I looked at at the library. Especially for beginners I think it is very nice to have a book that is not too heavy on the text.
The beginning of the book is dedicated to making different herbal medicines, like tinctures, infusions and even herbal pills. The remaining part of the book (about three This was my first book about herbalism and I am pleasantly surprised.
For one, the layout is really beautiful and modern, with lots of full color photos, unlike many of the older herbalism books that I looked at at the library. Especially for beginners I think it is very nice to have a book that is not too heavy on the text.
The beginning of the book is dedicated to making different herbal medicines, like tinctures, infusions and even herbal pills. The remaining part of the book (about three quarters) is dedicated to 33 differents herbs and spices, including a description of their medical properties and some recipes to try at home. Most of these are common herbs one can easily find at the health food store.
What I enjoyed very much was that a lot of the recipes contain only 3-5 ingredients. If you are a beginner herbalist you don't want to have to buy ten different herbs just to make one formula.
So far I made the Dandelion Burdock Tincture for the liver and I plan on trying the Cayenne Rub next.

I really don't see anything wrong with this book and would recommend it to every beginner interedted in learning the basics of makinf one's own herbal medicine. ...more
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Feb 17, 2016

This is an excellent introductory and/or summary guide for incorporating medicinal herbs into your lifestyle. I appreciate that the author does not discount or disapprove of modern medicine and/or visiting your doctor for greater complications but instead advocates for simple herbal remedies one can try in replacement of over the counter medication for minor problems (headaches, digestive pains, burns and itching) and as preventatives. This book is highly accessible to anyone interested in This is an excellent introductory and/or summary guide for incorporating medicinal herbs into your lifestyle. I appreciate that the author does not discount or disapprove of modern medicine and/or visiting your doctor for greater complications but instead advocates for simple herbal remedies one can try in replacement of over the counter medication for minor problems (headaches, digestive pains, burns and itching) and as preventatives. This book is highly accessible to anyone interested in learning about medicinal herbs.

The only annoyance I had with the text was the author not including references to certain claims for particular herbs. I would have appreciated the ability to access that literature esp. when she writes a statement such as, "Scientific research has proved.../shown.../demonstrated that herb X can..." We know there is evidence for the potency of medicinal herbs but not treating information as scientific (by referencing it appropriately) creates problems with understanding. Then again, this is a book for the layman and not the scientist so this may be my issue. ...more
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Jan 06, 2016

A wonderful beginner's guide to medicinal herbs. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and love how it sets out to dispel any negative feelings about growing, using and integrating into yours and your family's everyday life. I also greatly appreciate the simple breakdown on how to make your own tea blend, syrups, salves and tinctures. This book also contains a plethora of "recipes" to assist with everyday problems such as cold related coughing, allergies, relaxation aids, digestive aids, acne A wonderful beginner's guide to medicinal herbs. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and love how it sets out to dispel any negative feelings about growing, using and integrating into yours and your family's everyday life. I also greatly appreciate the simple breakdown on how to make your own tea blend, syrups, salves and tinctures. This book also contains a plethora of "recipes" to assist with everyday problems such as cold related coughing, allergies, relaxation aids, digestive aids, acne treatments, PMS symptom aids, and so much. A must have for herbalists and those looking to take their health into their own hands! ...more
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Feb 06, 2014

Loved this book! I've read it several times over the years and have tried several of her recipes. Fantastic beginners guide. Our favorite is the candula salve- we use it on a regular basis and it works very well. Her instructions on picking and drying the flowers and clear. Instructions for making salves is easy to follow.

I also really enjoy the Chamomile tea for sleep. I have several of the herbs she recommends now growing in our yard and I look forward to finding more favorite uses from them. Loved this book! I've read it several times over the years and have tried several of her recipes. Fantastic beginners guide. Our favorite is the candula salve- we use it on a regular basis and it works very well. Her instructions on picking and drying the flowers and clear. Instructions for making salves is easy to follow.

I also really enjoy the Chamomile tea for sleep. I have several of the herbs she recommends now growing in our yard and I look forward to finding more favorite uses from them. Highly recommend for anyone interested in getting started with medicinal herbs. ...more
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Apr 16, 2016

What a treasure.

I have to admit, when I read the book's enthusiastic encouragement to use this herb or that, in this preparation or that, for anyone, adult or child – I was a little uneasy. I know herbs have been used for millennia, but I also know that the traditional medical community gets a bit shirty about self-doctoring; I also know children have very different needs and tolerances. But this isn't a casual hobbyist's manual – at least, it can be read that way, but it was not written so. What a treasure.

I have to admit, when I read the book's enthusiastic encouragement to use this herb or that, in this preparation or that, for anyone, adult or child – I was a little uneasy. I know herbs have been used for millennia, but I also know that the traditional medical community gets a bit shirty about self-doctoring; I also know children have very different needs and tolerances. But this isn't a casual hobbyist's manual – at least, it can be read that way, but it was not written so. It is a thoroughly knowledgeable guide to safe use of herbs., and lovely to look at. ...more
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Jan 09, 2014

Enjoyed this book. Lots of god, basic information. It did cover a lot of what I already knew about general preparation (making infused oil, tinctures, salves, etc). The instructions were simple and will be a good reference.

I loved the pictures of all the herbs. The visuals made me realize how common a lot of herbs are. I was able to recognize a few by sight, but never knew they had medicinal qualities. Love it!

I would recommend this book.
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Dec 25, 2013

This was the first book on medicinal herbs I've read. It came highly recommended as a great beginner's book, and I can see why. Very simple explanations of the most common and useful herbs, beautiful pictures, and plenty of recipes with instructions on infusions, decoctions, tinctures, and salves all make this a must-have tome on a homesteader's book shelf.
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Nov 28, 2017

phenomenal. ive read a handful of books on herbalism in the basics realm, and this is by far the most useful. this and my DK publishing “medicinal herbal” are my go-to for all western herbal medicine. gladstar provides so much useful information in only a few pages for each plant, including pictures, growing needs, uses and science behind how it works, warnings when applicable, and recipes for handy things to have around (99% of which, by the way, are comprised of herbs found in the book, and phenomenal. ive read a handful of books on herbalism in the basics realm, and this is by far the most useful. this and my DK publishing “medicinal herbal” are my go-to for all western herbal medicine. gladstar provides so much useful information in only a few pages for each plant, including pictures, growing needs, uses and science behind how it works, warnings when applicable, and recipes for handy things to have around (99% of which, by the way, are comprised of herbs found in the book, and are limited to only a few ingredients; very simple, useful stuff here!). plenty of tips and tricks sprinkled throughout, so it makes for a fun read even if you’re familiar with most of the herbs. we can always learn something new right? thanks rosemary!! ...more
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Apr 27, 2019

Really loved the information given. I don’t know if I could consider this a beginners guide. Some of the herbs mentioned in the book don’t grow well in my area and some recipes seem a bit out of reach for my humble budget and kitchen herb garden. I was looking for a very in-depth look at a few herbs and this really wasn’t it. The section on Thyme was redundant. I also think it’s a bit reckless to put St. John’s Wort in a beginner guide. Also I really don’t understand why there are herbs that Really loved the information given. I don’t know if I could consider this a beginners guide. Some of the herbs mentioned in the book don’t grow well in my area and some recipes seem a bit out of reach for my humble budget and kitchen herb garden. I was looking for a very in-depth look at a few herbs and this really wasn’t it. The section on Thyme was redundant. I also think it’s a bit reckless to put St. John’s Wort in a beginner guide. Also I really don’t understand why there are herbs that aren’t featured in the book, included in ingredients for someone of the recipes. ?? ...more
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Jun 18, 2017

Gentle and affirming

This is a lovely overview of some of the most readily available and helpful herbs. So many herbalists have Ridgid lists of how to prepare, what the herb is good for and how to cultivate. Gladstar recognizes that there is not a whole lot of consensus with these common herbs and honors their hardiness in cultivation. I love her attitude towards her plants and her garden. I only wish she had gone further into the energetics of the herbs. She only does this with a couple of them.
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Feb 05, 2018

Fantastic book for beginners. The number of herbs discussed is limited, but I found it useful for a project about nervine herbs. I adore Rosemary Gladstar and all of her books, and the tone of her writing voice is warm, like sitting with a friend in a garden, sharing a cup of tea, and talking about staying healthy, feeling well, and living the good life.
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Jun 05, 2018

This is an incredible book for the beginner herbalist! I loved the lay-out, how it wasn't overwhelming (only 33 herbs are featured) and Gladstar's own suggestions of favorite recipes and recommendations with each herb was infinitely helpful. This is definitely one to own and refer back to again and again.
5

Nov 11, 2019

great beginner book to get into herbalism. she teaches you the basic ways to make teas and slaves and tintures and more. she then gives you a good descreption of over 30 herbs that are easy to grow and how to use them along with plenty of ways to use them
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Nov 26, 2018

I thought this was a great introduction to herbal medicine for a novice. Not too scientific, overwhelming, or pretentious but full of useful information. Rosemary's tone is lovely and inspiring, and there's a great assortment of plants to use and recipes to try.
5

Jun 17, 2018

Very helpful and informative. I have tried many of her recipes for salves, tinctures and cold remedies. I am a big fan. For anyone wanting to get started in herbalism this is a great book to get started with. She really explains the uses and benefits of each plant.
4

Mar 19, 2019

Really helpful + interesting introduction to the world of growing + utilizing medicinal herbs. Saved many recipes for future use. Would have given it 5 stars, if only there had been more photographs to aid this foraging newbie with identification.

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