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The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal: Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies

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Herbal medicine is enjoying a much deserved revival with more and more people turning to its safe, natural remedies which are free from harmful side-effects. The most comprehensive and authoritative guide available, this herbal offers clear, step-by-step advice on the use of herbal medicine for the safe treatment of a wide range of complaints. Its unique holistic approach ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 4th 1996 by Element Books (first published 1987)
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Tiffanie
May 30, 2011 Tiffanie rated it really liked it
In my opinion, one of THE herbal books to have on your reference shelf. Accurate, concise description and plenty of illustrations. Great for amateur herbalists to learn what parts of the plant are used and why. **Of course, one should always know what they have before using it to make any remedy so I highly recommend using a field guide for plant identification purposes.
Samantha Davidson (Mirror Bridge Books)
This is a great book for finding specific treatment for your own personal needs. It simply lists out the name of the herb and which part of your body it heals. This is a great reference book for a beginner wanting to learn more about medicinal uses of herbs.
Benjo
Jan 01, 2013 Benjo rated it it was amazing
I am currently studying Herbal Medicine so this is one of the first purchases I made. I now own a collection of Phytotherapy books and I still turn to 'Holistic Herbal' for simple, clear, easy to read information on herbs and their medicinal properties.

I love how this book is divided up into all of the organ systems, diseases, herbs from A-Z and their chemical constituents and properties. The back of the book contains a quick cross reference guide to each herb, botanical names, parts used, const
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Ruric Amhari
Practical and hands on approach to a herbal this book is divided into 5 main sections:

1. Holistic approach looking at herbs and health and prevention of disease

2. Practical herbalism - good guide to gathering and preparing herbal remedies. Goes into chemistry and action of herbs and has a brief theraputic index (listing ailments and what herbs can be used).

3. Herb index - illustrated with clear and large photos eahc entry briefly describes what the herb is used for, prts used, collection, consti
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heather utah
May 07, 2013 heather utah rated it really liked it
very diverse assortment of plants in the reference section - quite thorough and technical. my only issue with this book was the guide to transforming the plants - could be simplified further. if one wants to make oils or balms then there's no need to make a decoction with water then adding oil and simmering the water off. i find this burns the plant material and makes the mix more susceptible to flashing. skipping some of the processes actually makes it easier and less dangerous.
Bossy Acres
Nov 10, 2012 Bossy Acres rated it it was amazing
Published back in the 80s, this is still a handy reference for understanding the ins and outs of herbs, how they grow, their benefits, and more. I really like how they cover and focus on a holistic approach to herbal remedies and their impacts on various systems like our circulatory, respiratory, nervous, digestive, muscular, skeletal, and glandular systems.

Nice, east to understand graphics and illustrations, as well. A good one to keep around the house!

-Reviewed by Bossy K
Julia
Sep 01, 2009 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually started using this years ago, but recently became re-acquainted during my big binge of wholistic health this summer. Makes herbal medicine exceedingly accessible and appealing. I won't lie: sometimes this is my bedtime reading, like the hippie's DSM or something.
Sharon E.
Feb 18, 2008 Sharon E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just keep going back to this one b/c it describes in detail how to make your own herbal preparations. Hoffmann gives easy to understand, illustrated instructions and plant identification illustrations that help to demystify a scientific subject.
Val
Jan 03, 2016 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I do use this book, but not as much as I thought I would. This is mainly because when I am feeling unwell I can't be bothered with the time it takes to gather and prepare the remedies.
Debbie Vanover
One of my faves


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David Hoffmann is a member of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists. He has taught phytotherapy throughout the English-speaking world through his course, Therapeutic Herbalism. His numerous books nave been translated into at least eight languages and are basic references for both beginning and advanc
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