Congratulations, Dawn! This book is fantastic – you’re in for a real treat!
I have a small stack of herb books that I hold in high regard. These books and manuals are turned to again and again for answers, discovery, and sheer enjoyment. I have a new one to add to that special section of my bookshelf: “The Earthwise Herbal–A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants”. This book by Matthew Wood is a great pleasure to read and still thorough as an excellent reference guide. Whether you’re a professional herbalist or someone fascinated with herbs who just wants to know more, I’d highly recommend The Earthwise Herbal.
Wood’s book starts off with an amazing introduction (when was the last time you heard that?) and includes several chapters that give you some history behind herbalism, an overview of the different forms, and instructions on how to use the book. Following is his own Materia Medica (all the herbs, their descriptions and uses for medicinal purposes) that he has put together over a 25-year period of practicing herbalism. The herbs are organized alphabetically by Latin name and are followed with such fascinating historical and medicinal descriptions in a way I’ve not seen in other herb books. Most herbs, as you may have noticed if you’ve been hanging out here very much, have such long and varied lists of what they’re good for that it can be quite overwhelming and near impossible to remember. But The Earthwise Herbal makes sense of it all. By reading through the information on, say, lavender, you’ll suddenly have a good understanding of why lavender works for all those seemingly unrelated ailments.
I am very excited that the publishers of The Earthwise Herbal, North Atlantic Books, is offering up one free copy to a lucky dkMommy Spot reader! And in honor of the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival, I’m kicking in a little additional contest “rule” to help increase your chances of winning–you can enter once a day until the contest runs its course! So bookmark this post and come back again if you’ve really got a hanker for the book. I guarantee, whether you win or buy, the book is worth the effort.
3 Ways to Enter:
1.) Just tell me what you want to learn most about herbs and herbalism. Something in particular you’re hoping to cure, or maybe you just love plant life? (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.
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Feel free to do all three, plus enter every day, and you have up to 6 entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Friday, October 31, 2008, to enter.
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