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.
James Green - Male Health - a professional herbalist currently working and teaching in the San Diego area. He is the author of The Herbal Medicine-Maker¹s Handbook and The Male Herbal. James was the owner and director of the California School of Herbal Studies in Sonoma County for the last 15 years. He is a founding member of the United Plant Savers and the American Herbalists Guild.
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.
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.
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.
As a clinical herbalist who went to school for Phytotherapy, I have to say that this is still one of the best books on the subject of making medicines (one which many of my teachers reference). It gives multiple methods, and quite a bit of trouble shooting. I suggest it to all beginner and advanced medicine makers alike!
This book had some good herbal information and instructions on how to make various things. Unfortunately you have to sift through a bunch of New Age spiritualism and nonsense to get there. Not everyone studying herbalism wants to manifest magical energy spirits into their flower essences for spiritual cleansing. Some of us just want practical herbal remedies for overall health.
The nitty-gritty of herbal medicine making, laid out in a well organized and thoughtful way. James has a great conversational style to his writing, you will feel like a kind friend is right with you guiding your learning. I like that he sticks to just a few (25 or so) herbs that you are most likely to use, so you can get to know them really well. He also has a great sense of humor and so reading through this book is never dry! The lovely mucha-ish illustrations throughout the book are done by his very tallented daughter. I would love to meet James in real life, as he seems not only knowledgeable but kind and fun.
I read this for some insights into herbal medicines as I do believe that SOME herbal treatments and alternative (what a dull word) remedies work, while others don’t (aloe vera for burns, but not sage for rectal bleeding kinda thing). I come from a cultural background wherein herbs, spices, roots, leaves, barks, saps etc. are integral to the cuisine and also the medicines, and I grew up learning about this sort of thing in a small way, and benefiting from it as well. I therefore thought this book would be an interesting read (plus the author shares my name which is satisfying for that reason as well as for aptronymic reasons of potential nominative determinism), and there certainly were a lot of very intriguing aspects to the book and the information it delivers. However, it does on too many occasions lapse into spiritual hippie “I want the plants to reveal the essence of their universal love” mumbo jumbo, the kind you’d parody if you were Frank Zappa, and this brings down the quality of the book slightly, as well as making questionable the validity of the information that it contains. Still worth a perusal of the pages though, if this kind of practice is something you find interesting.
The true essence of this beautiful author, his heart and sentiments towards herbalism and respect for mother nature comes shining through in each and every chapter of this book. This book has technical information interweaved with deep insight and wisdom, that I hope all budding herbalists engage with and respond lovingly to.
This is a delightful book for the aspiring or more experienced medicine maker. It is full of clear information, sensibly organized. Green's writing is precise and enjoyable, very human, drawing from his obvious lengthy experience. I have been working with herbs, growing many medicinals, making tinctures and essential oil products for many years. I found much to like in this manual, learned some new ways. I can recommend it to anyone who loves herbs, self sufficiency, good writing.
🙂This is very good book. A lot of knowledge given. I am still reading this book and I use it when I need to prepare a herb/s. Wealth of information, from gardening, harvesting, drying, garbling, storing, extraction process, solvents, forms of herbal medicine, different infusions, decoction, tincturing, lotions, creams, much more. If you like using and preparing your own herbs, this book is great. I highly recommend it.
this book contain lots of information of some herbs and the many different ways you can work with them. there was a lot to take in and hard to just remember all, but the book will be used for years to come when making medicals as a guide for doing is the way to learn. i loved the story in chapter 26
This handbook has everything in it. Detailed explanations on how to make tinctures, balms, salves, pills, etc... It does not have a lot of explanation on herbs and their uses, which is fine. There are tons of books on that subject. This book is a how to make medicine's book and if that is what you are looking for I highly recommend.
Contains a great deal of information about herbal preparations, but not much on the herbs themselves. My guess is that this is an amazing resource for experienced herbalists, but not so much for relative novices such as myself
A great resource for learning every step of herbal medicine production. Great illustrations. Of all the books I have read in this genre, this one far exceeds all others in its quality as a technical manual. He explains the medicinal qualities of 30 herbs and discusses the best preparation for each. He has explanations for certain productions in this book that I have never before seen explained in writing. As a trained herbalist, I have previously only heard this information passed from teacher to student orally.
I am loving this book as a guide as I'm taking an herbalism class. I am really getting interested in learning more about plants, how to recognize, gather & heal with them. Such fascinating stuff!! Now as I'm reading the info on how to do everything, I am in the know as I've experienced a lot of it in my class. So exciting!! I'm just giddy!! This is definitely a good reference book that I am putting on my wish list for my home shelf.
I LOVE James Green ... always have. He has been one of my favorite herbalists, along with Susun Weed, since I first began my own herbal journey, many many moons ago.
This is a beautiful beginner's manual - an introduction to the philosophy, relationship with plants, tools and basic instructions for creating herbal medicines. James' writing is a joy to read, and this book includes a beautiful philosophy of health, beauty, and life.
Green is knowledgeable about using heat and solvents to extract chemicals. I really liked that about this book. Though the book gives some brief discussion on therapeutic activity of certain herbs, it is more about the processing side of herbal medicine making. He references pagan spirituality frequently in terms of communicating with the plants, and a bit of earth-worship. Nevertheless, it's a well-crafted book from a person who clearly has the knowledge and skill to speak on the subject.
THE foundational handbook for learning how to work with medicinal plant preparations. Provides detailed "how to" based on years of practice and research, from creating simple tinctures and infusions to the more esoteric preparations. The stories and anecdotes are both entertaining and highly educational.
Great, practical information on just 20 herbs - but good insight into each herb and how to make a lot of different types of herbal medicine with step by step instructions. It makes you practice american measurements to metric conversion - which is good. Wonderful recipes. Great voice. One of my top "herb books" that I recommend.
I am in the throes of this informative, loving and easily digestible text. As I write, I am also enrolled in an Herbalist class and feel that this will be a good go to after the class to reintegrate all that I have learned as well as give some options for me to play with.
i really like this book. james is reallyfunny and knowledgeable. tthis book covers a lot of topics and shows many different ways of making hherbal medicine. i think its better suited for intermediate studeents than begginners though. (i can actually spell, but my keboard is dying) :(
The best manual I have seen, an erudite writer with a sense of humour and spiritual awareness packs in a huge amount of usable information. Good for first-time herbalists and more experienced alchemists.