Book Review on Herbal Healing for Children by Demetria Clark
Student Article-Cathy Podd, CH101
Herbal Healing for Children by Demetria Clark has become another favorite in this household, sitting right next to herbal cabinets and herbal first aid kit. It’s easy to find exactly what you need because it’s organized into chapters that explore the herbs, common childhood illnesses, how to prepare herbs, recipes, and more!
Even if you are not familiar with herbalism, it begins by talking about Demetria’s experience and how to use the book. It also explores a brief history on herbalism, when it’s appropriate to use and when it’s time to see a doctor.
The chapter on commonly used herbs is thorough and lists many herbs that are known to even those without experience. It is organized into a material medica of sorts, including the common name, Latin name, abilities, conditions prescribed for, cautions and contraindications. This chapter also includes different ways to prepare herbal remedies.
The remedies chapter explains dosage guidelines and how to easily put together an herbal first aid kit. It lists ailments in alphabetical order, making it easy to find whether scanning for them or looking them up in the index. The ailments range for infant to teens. Not only does it list the remedies, but gives you tips on prevention as well.
The next chapter dives into gathering and preparing your herbs. If you don’t have a green thumb or have a chance to ethically wildcraft, you can always buy from reputable companies or local farmers markets. This is a great chapter explaining how to exactly harvest different plants and their parts and the different ways you can dry and store them.
The end of the book includes technical aspects of herbalism including what types of equipment and supplies you need. It also lists a variety of different recipes for different ailments and their applications. There are also chapters on different gardens you can grow on your own and using herbal supplements into diets.
The glossary, resources, and index make it quick to find what you need and list outside sources to follow up. Websites, schools, and suppliers are up to date and make your research and learning endless!
This book has not only been a great resource at home with my child, but has also been a fun learning tool as well.
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