This is a good complement to a disaster medicine library. When I bought The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook I thought it was a listing of medicinal plants. I was wrong.
While there are some listings of specific plants and their uses, this book deals with the mechanics of actually making medicine.
This book has very specific techniques to show you how to make tonics, poultices, creams, salves, and other preparations.
It also deals with harvesting, storage, and handling of medicinal plants.
While not what I was expecting, I am glad I purchased this book, as it gives information on the techniques of herbalism that is not easily found elsewhere.
If you are into bushcraft, herbalism, home healthcare, DIY, preparedness, or any other field where you may need herbal medicine you must have this book on your shelf.
Many older books on herbal medicine will tell you that a particular herb is good in a poultice or a tonic, or that it helps with a certain affliction. This book tells you how to make a tonic, or what a poultice actually it.
It teaches you how and when to harvest, as well as how to store your herbs and prepare them. As I said – this book is extremely useful as a preparation for hard times. (Especially with Obama care screwing up the medical system)