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Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality

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Considered the mother of modern herbalism in North America, Rosemary Gladstar has inspired an entire generation of herbalists and has been a driving force in herbal education. Now everyone can share in her wisdom and enthusiasm with this practical yet evocative compendium. It offers easy-to-understand information for achieving optimal health, as well as tried-and-true advi ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Missy
This is the herbal that I recommend to folks just starting to explore medicine-making and home remedies. Frankly, it took me a couple of years to truly appreciate just how easy-to-use yet informative Rosemary Gladstar's book is. The instructions on how to make tinctures, salves, and teas are simple; the formulas are fun and elegant; and the materia medica is to-the-point.

My only bone to pick is that Gladstar has a "women's" section -- dominated by aids to alleviate menstrual pain, address cancer
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Elizabeth
Great resource. Keep it close by. Recipes, tinctures, factual information. Rosemary is a comprehensive author.
Li
I finally finished reading this one after several years of having this book (this was one of my books that I read most of, and is one of the main herbalism books I use for reference, and have probably read most of it in sections at different times, but never from cover to cover, so missed a few sections here and there but I finally finished it cover to cover). I love this book, I have been using it for years (it is very well researched and contains many recipes and has safety information in it) ...more
Linn Wiggins
Love anything by Rosemary Gladstar - her writing is really down to earth but her decades of experience as a practising herbalist and teacher of medicinal herbs shine through with specific information (the fine print) so you can apply it in a practical way.

As always with Rosemary, there is an enormous respect and love for plants, the environment, her mentors and the elders and ancestors who have passed this knowledge down for thousands of years.

This book breaks herbs down into sections - stress
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Christy
I need to buy this book already because it's a book I could reference everyday for one thing or another.
Gladstar's philosophy is fairly simple, but this book isn't for everyone. Her recipes call for a lot of herbs and they take time to make, but so far everything I've tried has really worked. It's fun to play witch doctor sometimes. :)
Gina
This easy-to-use reference book is helpful for living healthy day-to-day and has herbal suggestions for ailments. Rosemary Gladstar even includes notes about organic sourcing and wild OVER-harvesting of popular plants. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in healing your body without pharmaceutical drugs.
Nicole Martin
Feb 21, 2008 Nicole Martin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nicole by: My old roommate Amy
This is a really great book for someone just getting into herbalism. It has a wide range of recipes to assist in several different illnesses. It gives general
"how to's" for tinctures, tea blends, cough syrups, salves, liniments etc. Quit throwing all your money at Whole Foods. DIY or die!
Nancy
This is a really good reference book to herbs as well as remedies. I think this one will be purchased for my bookshelf. Lots of great skin care recipes too. It's a bit new age-y but I liked how she thought out of the box.
April
Great book for beginners and experience healers. Makes a wonderful reference book. It contains load of information on herbs there uses and recipes. It even has a few Eastern herbs(i.e. fo-ti and ashwaganda.
Rachel
A beautiful book filled with natural remedies for common illnesses and complaints.
A great book for a beginner and not too heavy on the "earth-worshipping" that some herbals contain.
Abby
Gotta love Rosemary. I'm a sucker for a pretty book with pretty pictures, too. Lots of info and very well organized. Great recipes and knowledge, as usual.
JoDean
This was the first book I read on herbs. The writing is clear, the photos fantastic and the recipes easy to follow. I have recommended it several times.
Sara
My all-time favorite herbal book with a wide-scope of remedies, step-by-step instructions, history, plant facts, resource section, etc.
Jen
Everyone should have a copy of this book. It is great for beginners but also has great recipes suitable for advanced herbalists.
Karen
So good! I wish it was still in print. I had to get it from the library. An essential herbalism book.
Erin
One of many classics that grace my shelves. Rosemary is an invaluable resource.
Kathleen O'Mara
Just re-read portions of this book.

Highly recommend Rosemary Gladstar's book.
Colelea
perfect herbal for light kitchen reading and creations for the casual/novice herbalist.
Swanelle
Great general reference book. Good directions on making herbal preparations.
Heather
Jun 02, 2007 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: herb and garden lovers
This book is a great reference! I love Rosemary Gladstar, is inspiring.
Sally
Nov 23, 2008 Sally rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Got this in the mail today. So excited. Thought it would be bigger.
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Rosemary Gladstar is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the 'godmother of American Herbalism'. She began over 35 years ago developing herbal formulas in her herb shop, Rosemary's Garden in Sonoma County, California. She is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, the oldest running herb school in the United States, author of The Science and Art of Herbalism home st ...more
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