- March 18, 2007 at 9:33 pm #239279BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
I never use a single source, I currently have approx 60 herbal books, 20
homeopathy books, 15-20 Accupressure/Acupuncture books and 10-12
aromatherapy & Flower Therapy books.
My favorites however are:
Anything by Susan Weed
Family Herbal – R. Gladstar
Healing Wise – S. Weed
Herbal Healing for Women R. Gladstar
Herbal Remedies for Mens Health – R. Gladstar
Wise Woman Herbal for the Child Bearing Years- S. Weed
Back to Eden – Jethro Kloss
Prescription for Nutritional Healing (all Editions are excellent) by Keats
Publishing – this book encompasses vitamins and minerals as well as herbs.
This is usually the first one I grab when someone has symptoms of illness.
These are my favorites, but I always, Always, ALWAYS cross-reference at
least 3 sources before deciding on a therapy.
I like alot of the Older Herbal books, sometimes you have to really pay
attention to the wording though. Look at the latin name of the plant/herb.
For example if a book simply says Echinacea, it is doing you a disservice.
Which Echinacea? Echinacea Augustifolia Or Echinacea Purpurea or Echinacea
E. angustifolia – is smaller and delicate, grows to 2 ft. Leaves are
lanceolate with smooth margins. Flower petals do not droop but spread
outward from the seed-head.
E. purpurea – grows to 5 ft. A robust plant with many ovate leaves. Leaf
margins are toothed. Flowers are large with petals drooping towards the
E. pallida – grows to 3 ft. Leaves are lanceolate with smooth margins. The
color of the flowers vary from purple to white and are drooping.
There are, of course, several other species of echnicea (Echinacea simulata;
Echinacea paradoxa; Echinacea tennesseensis; Echinacea laevigata; Echinacea
sanguinea; Echinacea atrobubens; Echinacea gloriosa), but these are the 3
most often seen available, and this is only an example. One form is much
more beneficial than it’s 2 counterparts.
Also, when cross-referencing, you’ll see that sometimes using the whole
herb is less effective than using only certain parts of the plant. In some
cases, it’s only the leaves or the root that carry the properties needed to
affect the condition your treating.
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