Herbs for Common Ailments

Author: Rosemary Gladstar

cover of book Herbs for Common AilmentsHow to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care.

In this Storey Basics® guide, best-selling author and renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shows you how to use 56 common herbs to safely address a wide range of everyday ailments, from burns, wounds, and bruises to headaches, congestion, indigestion, sore throats, coughs, fevers, insomnia, and more.

Review from goodreads.com

by Melissa Beck

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. When I decided I wanted to reduce my reliance on over-the-counter medications and take a more holistic approach to relieving common ailments I did an Internet search on herbs. I was completely and utterly overwhelmed at the amount of information and did not know where to begin. I am so glad that I found this book on herbs by Rosemary Gladstar.
The author begins with a general discussion about using the safest herbs for common ailments. Many people do not realize that not all herbs or all parts of an herb are safe for use or consumption and I was glad to see that she mentioned this at the beginning of the book. Just buying herbs can be a daunting task but the book includes a thorough guide for purchasing herbs and also how to properly store them. One of the most useful suggestions in this book is that herbs can be made into a tea. An herbal tea allows you to try the herb, learn about its flavor and what affect it will have on the body.
The chapter on the home herbal pantry is thorough without being overwhelming for those who are new to herbs. With each herb there is a description of the parts of the herb that can be used, other common names for the herb, the benefits of the herb, and the suggested uses. The section on making your own all natural first aid kit was also very practical. The most useful part of the book is the recipes and suggestions for simple remedies for common ailments such at burns, cold and flu, upset stomach and insomnia. For those who want to explore the world of herbs in more depth there is a detailed resource guide at the end of the book with helpful websites, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of groups that can help with additional information. Herbs for Common Ailments is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to use natural remedies for common medical issues and I highly recommend it.