Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

Edited by Nancy W. Ringer
Cover design by Jessica Armstrong
Text design by Wendy Palitz
Book layout by Susan Bernier and
Erin Lincourt

Photography credits given on page 399
Illustrations by Charles Joslin
Indexed by Susan Olason, Indexes &
Knowledge Maps
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Book Details
 497 p
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 11,235 KB
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 PDF format
 2001, 2008 by Rosemary Gladstar A hardcover edition
 of this book was previously published
 under the title Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal.

Foreword by James A. Duke, Ph.D.
Rosemary, the herb of remembrance, and the memorable Rosemary Gladstar
have much in common. Both are stimulating, ethereal, and volatile, beautifully
enhancing any setting they chance to alight in. Inspirational, effervescent,
innervating . . . enlightening to both the mood and the intellect . . . challenging,
whether with aromatic vapors or ephemeral ideas . . . these characteristics are the
essence of R(r)osemary.

Photosynthesis, the manufacture of useful things from simple ingredients in
the presence of sunshine, blesses our planet with oxygen, green foods, and green
medicines; it embraces and purifies the soil, rescues the atmosphere from
pollutants, and provides communion and peace. Through photosynthesis, plants
draw on the sun’s power to prepare the chemicals necessary for life on earth.
Anyone who sees Rosemary Gladstar in her green gardens, caressed by spring,
summer, and autumn light, wonders whether she, too, might draw her unending
energy from the sun. It’s no wonder that she is the driving force behind the
herbalist movement. She may not have chlorophyll, but she certainly has green
charisma, green passion, green wisdom, and green spirit.

It is not only Rosemary’s enthusiastic and authoritative lectures, teachings,
and writings that I praise, but her unflagging dedication to green causes, such as
United Plant Savers, which vigorously promotes the salvation of endangered
medicinal plants in North America. Having brought so much to the herbalist
movement, Rosemary now brings us this great and useful book, Rosemary
Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. A delightful guide to a green
lifestyle, it will certainly help you and your loved ones live healthier, happier,
more joyful lives. As Rosemary writes, “Everyday radiant well-being, in mind,
body, and soul, is a function of everyday self-care. It’s a prescription for life. It’s
a part of what you do, what you take into your body, and what you feed your
mind. Radiant well-being is . . . finding your joy in life. Exploring your passions.
. . . Whatever you choose to do, do it well, and do it joyously.” The information,
advice, recipes, and stories that Rosemary — the gladdest of herbalism’s
superstars — provides in this treasury will help and inspire you and your family
to achieve radiant well-being and enjoy a well-lived life.
To your health! Think green!

Eco-Logical Herbalism
This book began, at the urging of my friends, as a project to collect my various
writings and teachings that span the past 30 years into one volume that could
serve as a practical home guide to herbal health care. I must admit, I was
reluctant at first to take on the project. I couldn’t imagine what I might possibly
add to the rich treasury of herbal medicine that hasn’t already been written —
and, in many cases, written quite well. But months later, as I finished up the
pages of what has turned out to be a rather hefty volume, I realized that the
teachings shared here have a vitally important purpose. They are not necessarily
new, astounding, or complex, but they serve as a firm reminder of the roots of
herbalism: Our heartfelt connection to the plants. I wanted to create a guide to
sustainable herbal medicine for the entire family. My hope is that this book will
be used and cherished, the pages dog-eared and the cover crackled with time,
and, just as important, that it will bring to the forefront of our consciousness the
idea that our health is integrally linked to that of the world around us. Then I will
know the book is truly worth not only my time — and yours — but also,
perhaps, the lives of the trees that were used to make it.

Table of Contents

Dedication & Acknowledgments
1 Eco-Logical Herbalism
2 A Prescription for Life
3 Taming Stress and Anxiety
4 Home Remedies for Everyday Ailments
5 Recipes for Radiant Beauty
6 For Children
7 For Women
8 For Men
9 For Elders
Appendix I:
The Herbal Apothecary: An A-to-Z Guide
Appendix II:
The Art of Making Herbal Remedies

Printed in China by R.R. Donnelley
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Sections of this book previously appeared in the author’s self-published
works The Science and Art of Herbology (1985), Herbal Medicinal Preparations
(1989), Herbs for Children (1989), Herbs for the Nervous System (1989), and
Natural Cosmetics and Skin Care (1989).
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