This past October I read and reviewed The Earthwise Herbal – A Complete Guide to Old World Medicine. It quickly became one of my favorite books in my herbal reference library. So when herbalist and author Matthew Wood recently published the companion book The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants, I couldn’t wait to dig in. Every bit as fascinating for the herb lover, this second of two books is loaded with a multitude of wondrous North American native plants. Wood offers a thorough materia medica that’s easy to reference. Each plant within the book contains such interesting historical and general background info that you may just find yourself reading this reference book from cover to cover (which I’d highly recommend). His ability to explain these plants in a way that makes the information stick is of great value to anyone studying herbs. If you’ve ever read through a list of the uses for any one medicinal herb, for instance, you might have discovered it was difficult to piece together how one little plant can do all that! But Wood’s approach allows the reader to make sense of each plant as it is used to treat the whole person, not just a smattering of seemingly disconnected symptoms.
In addition, readers will find the chapters preceding the materia medica to be packed with useful information covering such things as Southern blood typology, an explanation of the six tissue states, specific medicine, and holistic pharmacology. Overall, it doesn’t matter what page you randomly flip to – you will learn something and you’ll learn something useful!
I can’t say enough about The Earthwise Herbal. Matthew Wood has put his over 25 years of experience as a practicing herbalist into the heart of this book, giving us all something worthy of study and reference no doubt for generations to come. His understanding of the spirit of herbalism, along with his love of the craft, is contagious – I sincerely hope many people will catch a good dose of his knowledge!
North Atlantic Books, the publishers of The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants, is giving away a copy to one of you! ($29.95 retail)
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