Our Review of Common Herbs for Natural Health by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
I first learned of Juliette's works through one of my teachers, Rosemary Gladstar. Juliette was one of her teachers.
This title is an entertaining and informational read written from a noticeably unique perspective. Juliette's teaching is bold and interesting and can sometimes tend to lean toward extremes (and occasionally, a dated application method), but there is much to learn from her. I love that Juliette kept bees and cared for animals as well.
This book covers what Juliette considered to be the most common, easy to find herbs. She includes information about 200 herbs or so and each monograph has internal and external use information, plus dose info and where to find and how to identify the herb. Her favorite application methods and gathering practices are also covered, along with recipes for cosmetic, culinary, and medicinal applications.
There's even a chapter about using herbs to help support the health of the garden, which I especially enjoyed.
"Man can never excel Nature in medicine manufacture, for she makes the best ones. There is an herb or several herbs to cure or relieve every ailment of man and animal, bird and insect; and herbs applied in agricultural practice will even cure crops of their diseases." (page xi)
"I have learnt much herbal medicine from the wild creatures, noting the herbs that they select for food or medicine. I have taken note of the desire of all wild animals for the fresh garlics and clovers as well as their dislike of these when plucked and withered and used as plant protectors; the love of birds for chickweed and rose hips, of the tortoise for sorrel and dandelion, of the rabbits and hares for milk thistle and bramble leaves, of the foxes and snakes for the vines, of the bears for the blueberry plants; an endless list. And the bees! With their exceptional instinct they are seeking the most medicinal of the herbs. The bees will pass by large flowers rich in easily obtainable, available nextar, and choose instead the tiny flowers of lavender or sage, rosemary or [Lemon] balm."
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Our The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
Our review for this title is coming soon.