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Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  867 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Did you know there’s a powerful herbal medicine chest in your kitchen?

Imagine being prepared for that next cold, scrape, headache, digestive issue, stressful day, or sleepless night with simple ingredients from your cupboard. Instead of pills, reach for:

Cinnamon Tea to soothe your throat . . . Garlic Hummus to support your immune system . . . Ginger Lemon Tea for cold and
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Hay House, Inc.
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Rosalee There are over two hundred cited scientific studies in the references. Most of them are human clinical trials and a couple are in vitro studies. There…moreThere are over two hundred cited scientific studies in the references. Most of them are human clinical trials and a couple are in vitro studies. There aren't any animal studies referenced. (less)

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Alicia Bayer
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was excited to hear about this book, as the author is part of the Learning Herbs site that I have followed for years. I highly enjoy their blog posts and newsletter for kids about the benefits of plants that you can find in the wild. Our family makes heavy use of healing plants (especially wild ones), and I was eager to learn more.

There are things I loved about the book but there were also things that annoyed me again and again. None of these things might bother you at all, but I'll list them
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: herbal, own, non-fiction, food
I borrowed it from the library and it was so good I bought it! And I don't buy too many books these days. But this was absolutely worth having a copy for reference. In addition to the valuable information, it's a very pretty book that's typeset nicely, with eye-catching pictures. ...more
Literally a food-as-tasty-medicine guide. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a down-to-earth practical overview on how best to incorporate healing herbs and spices into their daily routine and diet. Love her emphasis on paying attention to what works and doesn’t work for you. What you need therapeutically is determined by your energy and constitution. This may conjure visions of pagan dances beneath the moon for some but De la Fort’s explanation of discovering your own energy is extremely p ...more
Kaelan Rhywiol
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review:

This book is gorgeous and is a fantastic addition to any herbalists shelf. I've studied herbology and aromatherapy for almost twenty years, and even I learned some things.
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Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
We tend to think of chamomile as a gentle herb, with effects that are mostly psychological. A cup of chamomile tea is nice before bedtime, but is there anything to this pretty little herb beyond the relaxing ritual of a steaming mug?

Yes! I felt chamomile’s powerful effects firsthand when I began taking medicinal doses for stress and tension headaches (parenting two young kids is rewarding, but it’s no walk in the park). Chamomile, it turns out, is a potent nervine and antispasmodic herb, and a c
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
A beautiful book full of useful and interesting information- though more on foraging and uses for the herbs would have resulted in a better rating from me. And I echo what some other reviewers have said about the measurements, it would have been nice to have something more concrete to go on.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lady-authors, 2019
I really enjoyed this book. It's pretty and full of good information. I'll be using some of the recipes (which had plenty of vegan substitutions where appropriate, don't let the other reviews here fool you) and have some new ideas for tea blends. I'll also be talking to my doctor about some of these herbs. ...more
Edric Unsane
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: herbology
A good book with useful information and recipes. There are a lot of home remedies, cooking recipes, scientific studies, and actual medicinal uses for herbs. To be honest, this is one of the better books on herbs to have come out in a while, if for any reason that the author had good sources, relevant info on each herb, and the language conveyed in the book was easy to read and digest. My reasoning for giving Alchemy of Herbs a middle of the road rating was that the author focused a great deal on ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
The author purports to be an experienced herbalist who claims she has studied the peer reviewed literature regarding the nutritional and medicinal benefits of herbs and spices. And yet, she recommends recipes that include dairy and red meat -- known disease promoting substances and carcinogens. Either, the author lacks a basic understanding of the scientific literature she claims to have read, or she is willfully (selectively) disregarding the heaps of studies that have shown that meat and dairy ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
My take away from this was that plants can solve very serious medical conditions with herbal tea. Pretty much only tea. Occasionally a tincture. There's no real sense of how to use them day to day and the information is so general and apart from actual plants- ingredients lists call for dried herbs but other than going on Amazon and seeing if they have them I'm no clearer on where or how to find these herbs. Honestly each chapter feels like the same chapter. ...more
Noelle Brighton
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the information in this book and so pleased I purchased it. Not sure if cookbook style books "count" on books read on Goodreads, but I've been pleased finding these types of books are more than just cookbooks with photos and recipes. The authors have included stories and so much valuable and entertaining information as well! ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful resource to get you started in the way of using herbs more extensively and with puprose beyond a mere tasty addition to your meal. Maybe not for one who wants to have something which gives you the whooooole spectrum, but this is for me actually one of the strengths of de la Foret's book: It mostly portrais just the herbs you mostly have anyway in your kitchen, thus preventing the beginner from to much of a choice in what to do, which is (in my experience) actually a No. 1 reason to n ...more
Janka H.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is lovely, well-explained and easy to use book about the herbs with lots of various recipes for homemade remedies and dishes.
The herbs included are: black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, fennel, garlic, ginger, holy basil, lavender, mustard, nutmeg, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme, turmeric, nettle, elder, hawthorn, lemon balm, rose, tea, artichoke, cacao, chamomile, coffee, dandelion, ashwagandha and astragalus.

Coming from the European country where we use herbs on everyday basis, I
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best sort of herb book: it combines practical recipes and use suggestions with commentary about herbal actions, energetics, and research. I've stopped many times to put down the book and try something in the kitchen, cross-referenced things with my other favorite herb book, Aggarwal & Yost's Healing Spices, marked it with comments, recipe notes, and other marginalia, and referred back to various sections, already, before even finishing the first reading. While there is a general inde ...more
patrick Lorelli
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, gardening
The author of this book takes you through the history of herbs and shows you recipes for health and for adding to your regular diet to improve your pain or stomach ailments, tea for sore throat and many others. You also are given recipes for regular food to just add to your everyday life instead of always using salt and pepper. You also have to remember that though the author makes it out that it is easy to find some are not and you may need to go to a specialty store which is going to cost more ...more
If, like myself, you're a newbie in the field of herbs and herb healing properties, this is an ideal book to start!

Lots of introductory information about herbs, different types of herbs and the way they affect our body and mind. Then you have a list of most popular herbs (fennel, ginger, garlic, parsley, rose and even coffee). Each of the plants have their own small chapter in which they're well explained, including the herb's properties and how and when to use it.

All in all great herb reference
Catie Mcginnis
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rosalee takes the reader through discovering the constitution of their body to know which herbs will work best with them.

Each of the herbs are sectioned in part 2 by pungent, salty, sour, butter, and sweet. Each herb starts it with a little introduction, a plaque with the Latin name, family, parts used, what she calls energetics, taste, plant properties, uses, and preparations. Then she goes more into depth about the herb and it's uses, how to use and theraputic dosage and the end of each herb h
Diana Marlowe
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The beautiful photographs and concise layout make the information accessible, and the book an absolute pleasure to read. The author is a knowledgable herbalist, including great recipes, scientific studies related to each herb, as well as most common uses for the herbs in the book. This book is great for beginners, as well as a nice refresher with some new recipes for experienced herbalists. You will not be disappointed with this book. It is wonderful.
Melissa D'andrea
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good introduction to herbology. Nice explanations about constitutions and how which herb can help with whichever ailment. Also good at explaining that trying different remedies are important because remedies don't always work for every person in the same way. Would have liked some other herbs to be included but I still liked this book enough after borrowing it from the library that I had to own a copy myself. ...more
Carolyn Duncan
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read cover to cover

As a current herbal student, I thought this would be a great reference book. I was happily surprised and have recommended this book to people who are interested in learning about herbs. A really good read, easy to get through with nice reference work. I will definitely try some of the recipes!
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Nice book. Goes over all kinds of herbs from Nutmeg to nettle and garlic and honey and astragalus and ashwagandha. Nice photographs illustrating each herb and and a page or two describing it and then like three recipes for each herb giving you an idea of how to practically put it to use. These could be with tea or infusions or pesto or marinades, nice variety.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Good introduction to the use of herbs, especially since most of the herbs featured in the book are commonly found in spice racks.

I walked away still pretty skeptical of all the medicinal properties for the herbs listed, but there is so much here that I'm sure there are benefits to using them. If nothing else, there are some intriguing recipes in here!
Harmony T.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an information packed book on common (and a few not so common) herbs that are tested to be fantastic to use in herbal remedies. I appreciated how easy it was to follow and understand the breakdown of each herb and also all the recipes included. I would recommend this book for someone newer to herbal remedies because it is a good introductory reference book.
Kay Lehmann
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This isn't a book you "read" it's more like a book you study. I wanted to read through it from the library before deciding whether to buy it for ongoing study. I think it is worth the price to have it as a reference. I've already learned about several herbs which I will use more regularly. Now to find a resource about growing these herbs! ...more
Jennifer Brinkmeyer
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The beginning clearly explained the basics of herbal medicine. Most of the herbs contained in the book had cooling/drying energetics, meaning they wouldn't help me balance my natural state (warm/dry). ...more
Betina Jackson
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for beginners & experienced

Absolutely awesome book. Whether a beginner in the use of herbs, or advanced & need a good reference guide,this is the book for you.
Everything from his the herbs work to recipes! I found it very difficult to out down
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really informative

The book is broken down beautifully, easy for somebody new to the subject to grasp all the information. Also the recipes were wonderful! Well worth the accidental purchase
Jamie Lynn Lano
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad that I picked up this book. This is a wonderful primer on herbs and their uses! There are gorgeous photos all over every page. It’s a delight to look at as well as read! I’d say that it’s great for a serious beginner.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years back I read Kate Hudson’s wellness book. She talked extensively about knowing whether you’re a warm/cool and the impact of healing herbs. This is a great companion text with recipes for how to incorporate herbs into your daily diet.
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