I love alternative medicines. I love that nature has so many ways to help our bodies heal themselves - really heal instead of just covering up the annoying symptoms. I have always been drawn to nature and plants and since having a baby I have spent a lot of time learning about healing naturally.I really wanted to broaden and expand my herbal knowledge so I started researching online/independent study herbal courses. I wanted to learn from someone who I can trust, someone who knows what they are doing, and someone who loves to teach other people. And I found Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary has been called the “Godmother of American Herbalism” and has been studying, teaching, and using herbalism for over 35 years. She has founded multiple herb schools, authored numerous books, founded a medicinal tea company, started and acts as president of a non-profit organization that conserves and cultivates North American medicinal plants, and she now lives and works on a 500 acre botanical preserve in Vermont called Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center. Rosemary is definitely someone who knows what they are doing! I want to take her home study course but in the meantime while I save up the money I got one of her books and I like it so much I want to tell you guys about it!
|Photo of Rosemary Gladsar|
from www. sagemountain.com
This book is full of information, is beautifully written, contains vibrant color pictures, and it really makes you feel like you have a good friend in your kitchen helping and teaching you. I like that it is written in the same chronological order as if you were attending a class taught by Rosemary and is broken up into four sections.
In first section Rosemary’s enthusiasm and knowledge for herbs quickly becomes apparent as she gives an overview of what medicinal herbs are, how they are used, starting a home herb garden, and harvesting. The second section Rosemary uses her 35+ years of experience to teach readers how to successfully make their own herbal remedies. Rosemary covers everything from making herbal teas and syrups, to salves, tinctures, and pills. The third section is about nine herbs and spices that most people are familiar with when cooking (cinnamon, garlic, sage, basil, etc), however I most people probably don’t realize all the medicinal qualities in these cooking herbs. The last section teaches about twenty four herbs that are relatively common and used but beginners may not be as familiar with (St. Johns Wart, lavender, yarrow, calendula, etc). All thirty three herbs included are safe and effective, non toxic, and have few if any negative side effects and are great herbs for a beginner to start working with.For each herb, Rosemary includes a picture of either all or a portion of the plant, lists the botanical name (very important as there may be more than one species of plant with different medicinal qualities that goes by the same common name), a short introduction to the herb, a bit of information on how to grow it, a section on its medicinal uses, and then between two and five recipes that use that particular herb. Each recipe states what it is for, the ingredients, how to prepare it, and how to use it. The recipes are relatively simple, are easy to understand and follow.
|Here's an example of the layout of the recieps|
I love that Rosemary inspires people to take charge of their own health. This book isn’t about curing complicated diseases nor is it a fix everything with one product type of book. It’s about the “medicine of the home” to help non emergency health problems that arise in everyday life. This is something that years ago was common knowledge; something that mothers and grandmothers taught their daughters and granddaughters as a way to care for their families. I feel strongly that this art is just as important today as it was for our ancestors and I trust Rosemary Gladstar to teach it to me.
Because of this book we planted two elderberry bushes in our yard and I started growing sage, basil, and rosemary on our windowsill! I purchased some yarrow, calendula, and chamomile seeds that I’m going to plant in our garden in a few weeks. And I’m looking for some St. John’s Wart, Peppermint, Spearmint, Echinacea, Lavender, Lemon Balm, and Cayenne to plant!
P.S. I’m currently making the pickled garlic (page 72) and I’m working on the dandelion burdock tincture for liver health (page 126). I’ll let you know how they turn out!
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I received this book from to publisher to facilitate my review. However this did not affect my opinions.