We cannot say enough good things about this book. Our library is full of natural health books from the 70's to current. From The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, to Alternative Cures, to Nutrition and Physical Degeneration to herbalist books such as Herbal Recipes by Rosemary Gladstar as well as many other books about herbs. You name it we've probably read it or owned it at some point in our life.
We expected the same type of information & format as provided in all these other books (excluding Rosemary's books which we highly recommend). Instead what we got was a treasure trove of real useful information! Low Dog starts with recommending growing your own herbs & harvesting them. She discusses the importance of not only how to grow them, but when to harvest & instructs about getting the right herb. From there she explains the various uses & gives recipe upon recipe for aliments.
This is basically a recipe book for tinctures, teas, salves & more. It is very easy to understand & very useful. Low Dog brings conventional medicine & traditional medicine together. She discusses her concerns with people running to the Dr. when it is unnecessary & our overuse of medications & antibiotics when rest & simple herbal treatments will be just as effective if not more so. She also discusses when she feels going to the doctor or emergency room is necessary.
There is a chapter called Stocking The Pantry. This section is great because everything is in one neat tidy spot. We already grow many herbs & have many in storage, so it is nice to see what we are missing. We are looking forward to using this book along with Rosemary Gladstar's books as reference for planning this springs herb garden.
There is also a two page section of resources. It was nice to see that she recommends many that we already use!
If you are serious about using natural remedies, you want this book! We have already followed her recommendations for PMS & for the first time ever, finally found relief! We couldn't believe it. After suffering for over 20 years we thought we'd never find something that worked besides Naproxen. We are absolutely in love with this book!
December 30, 2013