From tinctures to ease tummy aches to elixirs to enhance energy, making your own remedies from easy-to-find herbs can be a satisfying and pleasurable way to connect with nature and your family's health. While entering the herb world can be intimidating many of today's herb books are filled with cultivation tables, harvest techniques, dye charts, and aromatherapy guidelines "The Essential Herbal for Natural Health" provides a welcome entry point for those wishing to experience the beauty and simplicity of natural herbal remedies safely. By focusing on just thirteen foundation herbs, you can easily jump into the world of herbs while still creating a wide range of remedies and recipes. With something for everyone in the family men, women, and children these simple recipes can be made to cure coughs, calm anxiety, moisturize skin, and more.
About the Author
Since 1994, Holly Bellebuono has engaged her audiences with themes of personal transformation, purpose, and healing, providing guidance and inspiration for those seeking toimprovetheir lives. Holly teaches about natural health, self-empowerment, creativity, creative business strategy, the craft of writing, and the art and science of herbal medicine. As a traditional herbalist, speaker, forager, formulator, and apothecary, Holly directs The Bellebuono School of Herbal Studies, providing training and certification in herbal medicine, and she has authored several books and an audio CD collection. She directs Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary, a retail and wholesale apothecary on Martha's Vineyard, selling her70 original and award-winning plant-based medicines and teas around the country and in Stop & Shop and Whole Foods Market. Holly traveled to interview women healers for her documentary book "Women Healers of the World, "featuring" "the traditional and indigenous healing practices of 31 women from 20 countries. Holly lectures widely at conferences, universities, and retreat centers, is a regular contributing writer for "Taproot, Sage Woman, "and other magazines, and is a member of United Plant Savers and the American Herbalist Guild. Holly was awarded the Martha's Vineyard Women's Network Business Owner of the Year Award in 2009 and The Cape Cod SCORE Business Owner of the Year Award in 2015."
“A balanced, basic introduction to creating herbal medicines; recommended.”—Library Journal
“Inspirational. This book is an excellent start for someone who is just beginning to use herbs. Beautifully produced on cream paper with soft green illustrations, it makes herbs and their remedies both accessible and appealing and encourages you to respect the lore of generations by passing on what you learn.”—Juno magazine (UK)
“Written in the warm open style of the best of the herb classics, The Essential Herbal for Natural Health embraces the art of kitchen and backyard medicine and anchors it firmly to hearth and home. An eminently practical guidebook filled with Holly’s favorite herbal recipes, healthful hints, and practical suggestions, The Essential Herbal is also an inspiring and powerful treatise on this ancient healing tradition.”—Rosemary Gladstar, author of Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal
“A treasure trove of simple recipes and ideas for healthy living for the whole family. Holly’s love of the natural world and of the healing power of the plants around her is contagious! It will undoubtedly inspire readers in their own backyard herbalism adventures.”—Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Rhythm of Family
“A fascinating compendium of herbal formulas for every common problem, from cradle cap to athlete’s foot. Something for everyone here.”—Susun Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series