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THE HERBAL MEDICINE-MAKER'¬?S HANDBOOK is an entertaining
compilation of natural home remedies written by one of the great
herbalists, James Green, author of the best-selling THE MALE HERBAL.
Writing in a delightfully personal and down-home style, Green emphasizes
the point that herbal medicine-making is fundamental to every culture
on the planet and is accessible to everyone. So, first head into the
garden and learn to harvest your own herbs, and then head into your
kitchen and whip up a batch of raspberry cough syrup, or perhaps a
soothing elixir to erase the daily stresses of modern life.

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Reviews for The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual:

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March 7, 2009

Not at all what I wanted...
I was looking for a easy to reference book that would teach me to make medicines at home...a sort of "cook book" for home made medicinals.

This book is FULL of information but it was organized in such a way that I found it extremely hard to simply look up the "medicine" I might want to make and begin or even to tell which of the many methods were recommended, or better than others.

And there were very few of what I would call "recipes". It teaches you how to make certain bases (menstruum?), and then gives you doses of herbs to add to that base - useful so you don't poison yourself - but not very helpful if, like me, you don't know much about which ailments those herbs treat. That information is in the book, but not easy to find. I was frustrated trying.

The extremely new age text really put me off too, sample: "Plant spirits will respond likewise. They are highly conscious. They are of the same spiritual essence we are. They adore us, and they communicate this to us with every vibration of their pure positive energy" and in his ritual of communion (that you should perform while harvesting the plant) "Later, go dancing. Dance to the rhythm of the drummers and the shakers; close your eyes and visualize and feel the energy of this plant. Dance this energy; like attracts like. In this state of consciousness, other nature spirits can come to you as you dance, or later that evening. Remember, plants participate in very active night lives."

I am returning the book...too much of the above, and not enough of the actual, practical instructions I was looking for and expected after reading the majority of the reviews.
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May 16, 2010

not at all what I expected.....
I need manual that can help me find needed information in 5 Minutes, not something I have to read for hours and still not find what I wanted.
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February 23, 2014

Didn't like it much
The only thing I'm glad about is that I didn't pay full price for it. The information's certainly there, but the reader often has to plow through too much hippy-dippy nonsense to extract it. I don't really find the format terribly useful and while I appreciate the mythology, I don't really see the need for a chapter-long conversation with a centaur. it made for pleasant reading, but that's not why I bought the book. I bought this book as a reference with the hope that it would give me a solid understanding of what herbs to use for what, in what dosage and so on. I'm sorry--genuinely sorry--to say it, but for me it's a fail. It's not without useful information--please don't get me wrong--but there's not enough and what there is could have been organized in a much more effective manner.
5

February 16, 2013

Best In Depth Course in Herbal Medicine and Practice
First, do not mistake this as an Herbal or a formulary of herbal recipes because while this book may list some information about some herbs and their uses it does not get specific into the herbs themselves. This book, however, does cover an extensive course on the basics of general herbal medicine making and an in depth course on the consideration and instruction for specific methods of herbal therapies and applications.

I personally like this book because I specialize in herbal liquid extracts and infusions, mainly tinctures, glycerites, and oils. This book extensively covers these forms of herbal therapy and application in great detail, not just on the basic components of making a tincture or other form of herbal medicine but it discusses the scientific and biological processes behind them. I especially like that he discusses tincturing by maceration and by percolation and furthermore includes a whole independent section on Solvents as well; as they can be tricky to choose from and formulate when making your own formulas and figuring out each herbs solubility factors and weigh which solvents should be used and in what quantity and ratio. In conclusion this book is another must have for any truly dedicated naturopathic medicinal herbalist and includes more valuable information one could hope for and expect especially in comparison to the books price.
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March 28, 2013

Exceeds my tolerance level for new age nonsense
I honestly didn't get very far into this book, because the steaming load of new age crap and hippy dippy nonsense overwhelms any possible use I could get out of it. I don't want to hold hands and chant mantras with my yard weeds. If you do, you'll probably love this book, but I found it a nauseating distraction.
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February 11, 2010

Lots of new age loony toon baloney
You better have a stomach for new age kookiness. I lost it when I was admonished to bow down to the weeds in my yard and offer a lock of my hair, a prayer or song to make the spirits of my dandilions happy. I am looking for good information not swaddled in goofy pantheism.
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January 13, 2015

There are some great books out there and one should always have a ...
All I can say is this author speaks to me. I am not what most people would think of as the type to get "into" herbal healing (leave it at that). I have been working and healing with herbs for about a year or so and consider it a calling ("hobby" to those who ask). There are some great books out there and one should always have a few on hand to reference. However, similar to Rosemary Gladstar, this author speaks to the inner healer - the person who is magically drawn to plants and their divine healing properties, but may not know why. He inspires a person to want to understand the magic AND the science. If you want a "list" of herbs and their medicinal properties, this isn't it, it is SO much more. I am not into worshiping Gaia or dancing under the moonlight to celebrate life's offerings, but he is and that's just fine with me. It will be fine too with anyone who chooses to include this wonderful book in their herbal reference library.
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September 13, 2013

totally useless
This book is filled with the most goofy information. About how plants have a spirit and they will talk to you and love you. Totally ridiculous. Do not waste your money!!!
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February 7, 2018

I keep thinking how easy it would be to black out the condescending useless ...
I have struggled to read this book. I was under the impression that it would guide me in the art of medicine-making, but James Green wastes time telling me when and how to be spiritual instead. I have no problem with being spiritual, it's just that I am perfectly capable of making those decisions myself. I wonder how much an editor was involved with the book. I keep thinking how easy it would be to black out the condescending useless words so the next person could come along and see about half medicine-making information, and half black sharpie.
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January 11, 2017

Amazing
First I want to say that I really loved this book.
I started working on this book in August 2016, it is now January 2017. It covers a vast amount of information. I wanted to make sure that I covered everything completely, I will now start re- read it again. The book is highlighted, underlined, notes written all over the book. This is more a text book, than a simple herb book. I highly recommend this if you are serious about being am herbalist.
This is one book I will use over and over. Love it.
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October 1, 2014

One Star
Do not get this if you are seeking a reference book or guide to herbal remedies.
5

October 29, 2015

Superbly Written
If you have ever wondered about using and making herbal remedies, this book is for you! James is a wonderful writer. You feel like you are talking to an old friend. Yes, he is an old hippie type, but so congenial. He has written this book so it is easy to read and understand. He walks you through everything you need to know. He explains the many different ways herbs have been used throughout history, what forms work the best and which extraction methods work for each type of plant. He keeps the list of herbs to a manageable level. You don't need to buy a bunch of different herbs for the formulas. And some you can grow yourself and use directly from the garden. This is a must have for anyone just getting into the practice of home herbal medicines.
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May 16, 2016

Best comprehensive book !
This is the COOLEST book ever. I ordered3 other herbal books but I really wish I would have just bought this one! There are so many recipes and sections in this book from salves to tinctures. Really interesting and thorough directions. Definitely recommend ! I can't wait to make herbal medicine !
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April 12, 2017

Love this herb book.
i love this book. Just glancing through it i have already found help i needed for a tincture..I bought my friend one and she loves it. I am not real educated on the ratios etc of herbs and she is, but we both found things in the book to help. It covers tinctures, ratios, herbs, and also has recipes. You want be disappointed in this book no matter how far along you are in making your own tinctures.
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June 21, 2017

Great Resource For Home Healthcare
I'm in awe of the information contained in this book. With healthcare costs rising and insurance co-pays going through the roof herbal medicine is a safe, natural way to stay healthy or get that way and this book shows you how.

It is written in an approachable manner that will have you contemplating the new information as well as turning the pages like the hottest new novel. You will learn what herbs help with ailments, how to prepare them and why they work.

Buy this book and start on the herbal road to good health.
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Feb 23, 2008

Such a simple sentiment, but this passage has been paradigm-changing for me, not only in my herb and natural health studies, but also in general:

"Most herbalists I know strongly recommend that a student limit her studies to 'a few select herbs.' Get to know them well by learning to identify them,... touch, taste, smell, and use them. The energies of thirty to thirty-five herbs will enchant you and keep you sufficiently busy for the following year or two. Distinguished individuals from the Such a simple sentiment, but this passage has been paradigm-changing for me, not only in my herb and natural health studies, but also in general:

"Most herbalists I know strongly recommend that a student limit her studies to 'a few select herbs.' Get to know them well by learning to identify them,... touch, taste, smell, and use them. The energies of thirty to thirty-five herbs will enchant you and keep you sufficiently busy for the following year or two. Distinguished individuals from the remaining myriad herbs that dwell on Earth will, one by one, as situations arise, attract your attention and attach themselves to your initial repertory."

There are many benefits to simplicity. The journey truly is the destination. Slow down, use less, do less, live more fully. ...more
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July 13, 2016

This is a very "California" type of book. Amongst ...
This is a very "California" type of book. Amongst other things the author suggests singing to the plants you are gathering.
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February 23, 2019

Disappointing
I bought 4 books thinking this would be my favorite. I wanted straight forward information. I got exhausted tip toeing through the tulips with this guy literally- to glean the information in this book. I'm trying to be objective. I keep editing myself. This was a waste of money for me. I don't have time to sift to find useful information.
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March 31, 2015

He is a little out there yet he has excellent knowledge of Herbs and their uses for Medicinal purposes
Very informative. Quick to ship. I found the writings of an Herbalist to be questionable as this writer believes Nature-trees, plants are the center of the Universe. He speaks to the foliage, asking the tree, plant permission of use? He is a little out there yet he has excellent knowledge of Herbs and their uses for Medicinal purposes. Still an excellent source of information.
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February 24, 2019

To much poetry not enough information
I know this gets some good reviews. I am new at this so I felt it was not for me. His language is over flowery that I get tired of it. It takes 2-3 pages to get to the point. I want information not poetry. When he talks about the dandelion he gives information you can use. He then goes back to flowery talk. I sent it back
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September 20, 2017

Disappointed
No photos or art or diagrams for a book like this so it was wordy and a disappointing I also ordered one and charged for two books.........
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October 10, 2015

Two Stars
returned to seller - didn't meet my expectations
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September 11, 2016

Three Stars
KInda basic. If you are familiar with herbs and herbal remedies this is remedial.
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May 24, 2010

Another interesting topic for me. In the past I've made batches of elderberry syrup and saved myself a bundle, as its expensive to buy! I'm ready to add a few more herbal/natural recipes to my repertoire.

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DONE! Didn't like it.. didn't find it to have a very comfortable flow.... couldn't get into it...and didn't like the new-agey feel to it.. read at least half of it and skimmed through the rest.. the author is obviously VERY knowledgeable about his craft... but I'll keep looking for a Another interesting topic for me. In the past I've made batches of elderberry syrup and saved myself a bundle, as its expensive to buy! I'm ready to add a few more herbal/natural recipes to my repertoire.

UPDATE:

DONE! Didn't like it.. didn't find it to have a very comfortable flow.... couldn't get into it...and didn't like the new-agey feel to it.. read at least half of it and skimmed through the rest.. the author is obviously VERY knowledgeable about his craft... but I'll keep looking for a book to add to my library.... this one isn't it.
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September 13, 2019

Herbal Word Vomit
I bought this book expecting a book about herbal medicine. What I got was an unreadable mess that seemed like a middle schooler's attempt to use every fancy word in the dictionary to sound smart, but failing to do so.

At one point, the author implies that a sick person can walk through a garden and that is actually better at healing them than taking herbs internally or using modern Western medicine.

Steer clear of this book. There are far better books on the subject out there, and that are written in such a way that you don't feel like you're being preached at by an English college professor on an acid trip.

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