Books: Practical Herbalism

Practical Herbalism


Author: Phil Fritchey
ISBN: 1-885653-22-0
Paperback: 444 pages
Publisher: Wendell W. Whitman Company

The Back Cover

Practical Herbalism is destined to become a favorite reference for experienced herbalists and natural health newcomers alike.

Drawing on nearly two decades of personal experience, observation, and research, Dr. Fritchey provides a refreshing and enlightening historical perspective, and a bounty of reassuring, down-to-earth methods for using commonly found or easily grown medicinal herbs.

Practical Herbalism will take you on a journey from its “ancient roots” to modern science beginning with the evolution of Herbal Medicine in the West.

Learn how the healing salvation of God-given herbs was dragged from common knowledge to “quackery,” and how the revival of interest in natural health might have saved thousands of years of herbal wisdom from eradication.

Learn simplified processes for gathering, preserving, and making good medicine from everyday plants – techniques once familiar to every self-sufficient household.

Learn why knowing what an herb does is more important than knowing what it is. Then follow along as Dr. Frichey takes you on an in-depth exploration of 46 very common “Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Powers.”

Learn when and how you can use the herbs that can be readily found in your own neighborhood or easily grown in your own garden just as herbalists and wise-women have done for centuries. Compare notes with the ancients, and find validation in current scientific studies.

Most of all, find comfort and reassurance in the healing gifts of a Loving Creator which have been placed all around us in anticipation of our every need.

Practical Herbalism is authoritative in its research, and extensive in its scope. At the same time, Dr. Fritchey simplifies and demystifies herbal medicine, and puts it back within the grasp of all who want to reclaim some control over their health options.

Products can be taken away, but knowledge is irrevocable. Here is the knowledge you need to help yourself, your family, and your clients – whatever the future may bring.

46 Ordinary plants with extraordinary powers

  • Birch Bark
  • Garlic
  • Peppermint
  • Black Cohosh
  • Gravel Root
  • Plantain
  • Black Walnut
  • Hawthorn
  • Poke
  • Bugle
  • Hops
  • Red Clover
  • Burdock
  • Horehound
  • Red Raspberry
  • Calendula
  • Horsetail
  • Sage
  • Capsicum
  • Jewelweed
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Catnip
  • Juniper Berries
  • Sassafras
  • Cleavers
  • Lemon Balm
  • Thyme
  • Comfrey
  • Lobelia
  • Vitex
  • Cornsilk
  • Marshmallow
  • Wild Cherry
  • Dandelion
  • Mullein
  • Willow
  • Dill
  • Nettles
  • Yarrow
  • Echinacea
  • Oregon Grape
  • Yellow Dock
  • Elderberry
  • Passion Flower
  • Fennel
  • Pleurisy Root
  • Why we like this book

    Unlike any other herb book we offer, Practical Herbalism gives detailed step-by-step instructions on preparing remedies of all kinds at home. Not only does it go into detail on the history of herbs and how traditional healing has been a part of our culture for centuries, but it also helps you understand herb’s “actions” in the body and how to use them to bring about the healing you desire.

    For those interested in growing herbs at home, you’ll want to get your hands on this book. If I wrote a book on herbs, this is what it would be like – informational, yet easily understood and applied.

    Lastly, though we don't agree with every point the author makes or some of his/her suggested methods, we have found this book to be informative and worth recommending. However, by selling this book, we are not recommending other works by the author or his/her chosen lifestyle.

    Customer Reviews

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    by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2013

    My favorite herbal book. Guide to herb pairings, properties, and history of use. I use this a lot.

    So wonderful
    by Jennie P. on Jul 18, 2012

    I bought this book last year and I have to say it is so WONDERFUL! Its easy to read and so informative. My sister really likes it to and borrows it frequently. I definately recommened this for everyone.

    Useful book for daughter
    by Heather on Dec 10, 2009

    This is my daughter's (a young budding herbalist) absolute favorite book. It is very exciting to see her interest develop with the ease & use of this very practical book. We love his Christian insights at the beginning. I have passed it along for others to admire & now they
    want to order their own copy. The pictures are real to life so the herbs are easy to find. I am SO GLAD we have this book!

    Practical Herbalism
    by Kristen on Mar 18, 2008

    By Philip Fritchey
    There have been many times I needed to quickly look up information about a specific herb, and Practical Herbalism is the first one I grab from my book shelf. It IS the ultimate Herbal Resource with images of each herb, physical description, historical information, growing ranges, cultivation tips, dosages, and MUCH more. It really is everything you need to know at a glance without going into exhausting detail.

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