The Alchemy of Herbs

The Alchemy of Herbs : Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods & Remedies That Heal

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Just as alchemists transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, with this book you can transform everyday herbs and spices into effective healing herbal remedies. Rosalee de la Foret, a clinical herbalist, examines the history and modern-day use of 29 herbs, offering clinical studies to support their healing properties. She also dives into the energetics of herbalism, teaching readers how to match the properties of each plant to their unique needs, for a truly personalized approach to health.
The recipes in this book take a variety of forms - from teas and pastilles to beauty products and delicious foods - to show how easy it is to incorporate the healing power of herbs into your everyday life. You could start your day with Spiced Cold Brew Coffee, pamper your skin with Green Tea and Rose Facial Cream, make a meal of Astragalus Bone Broth and Sage Chicken, then treat yourself to Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake and a Holy Basil-Ginger Julep. Beautiful photos taken by the author of the herbs and recipes complement each chapter.
This book will appeal to those interested in natural health and herbalism, and the recipes offer an easy entry for beginners. Readers will never look at cinnamon, coffee, parsley, lavender or even chocolate the same way again, as they realize the kitchen can be their medicine cabinet!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 190.5 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 900g
  • Carlsbad, United States
  • English
  • 4-col
  • 140195006X
  • 9781401950064
  • 14,250

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"In this practical book, Rosalee de la For t reintroduces us to familiar kitchen herbs and spices, helping us to see them in a new light. Through personal and intimate storytelling, she teaches how to match herbs to people effectively instead of using them as pharmaceutical alternatives. Drawn in by the abundant, delicious recipes, you may come to this book as a home chef, but you will leave as an herbalist, transformed by the power of Rosalee's alchemy." -- Guido Mas , author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters"Alchemy of Herbs puts the power of some of the most potent herbal medicines on the planet into your hands. These medicines have been tried and tested for millennia. And now, by combining ancient wisdom with modern scientific understanding, Rosalee de la For thelps you put nature's pharmacy to work. Whether you want more energy, better digestion, deeper sleep, or to get sick less often, Alchemy of Herbs will give you the knowledge you need to restore your health and to contribute to lasting wellness. At once inspirational and deeply practical, this is a book to treasure, and to keep close at hand for the rest of your life." -- Ocean Robbins, co-host and CEO of The Food Revolution Network"It's rare to find a writer who can describe complex ideas with such clarity and skill that anyone can grasp their subject--Rosalee de la For t is one of those souls. In this book, she's broken down the energetic qualities and medicinal uses of herbs into an accessible and coherent format. If you've ever struggled with matching herbs to people--the true gift of an herbalist--Rosalee gives you the tools to understand how herbs can effectively 'nudge' the body's leanings back into a state of balance. Alchemy of Herbs contains detailed medicinal profiles, zesty recipes, and time-honored plant wisdom. The perfect makings of a top-shelf herbal book that you will treasure for years, and turn to for inspiration time and time again." -- Juliet Blankespoor, herbalist and founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine"This is a wonderfully accessible guide to introducing a medicine chest of healing plants in daily life. The information is presented in a refreshingly approachable way, by an author who loves both herbs and the simple joy they bring into our lives. The abundant recipes show how to access the healing gifts of the herbs as food, created to be both delicious and efficacious. True herbalism!" -- David Hoffmann, herbalist and author of Medical Herbalism and Holistic Herbal"Another green blessing of herbal information from a practicing herbalist. What a delight to look at the herbs that Rosalee de la For tloves and to encounter her avid desire to include you in the joy of herbal medicine." -- Susun S. Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series"I first met Rosalee de la For t several years ago and was immediately impressed with her knowledge, passion for herbal medicine, and ability to clearly communicate this information. It turns out she is also a very good writer, and it is with great pleasure that I now hold her first book in my hands. Alchemy of Herbs is a wonderful introduction to 29 common herbs and spices, allowing you to understand how to use them safely and effectively for home health care, how to make your own kitchen medicines, and how to make tasty recipes so you can incorporate them into your diet." --David Winston, RH(AHG), clinical herbalist, ethnobotanist, and author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief"So many books geared toward those just beginning to explore the world of medicinal plants offer very basic 'take this herb for that problem' information, under the assumption that the foundational underpinnings of herbalism are somehow 'too hard' for beginners to grasp. Here, in plain English, Rosalee de la For t shows us that the way that herbalists choose herbs for individual people with particular imbalances isn't some magical power or a skill attainable only by those who can devote their lives to intense study. Instead, it is rooted in common sense patterns that anyone can learn to recognize, given a model to do so. That this is done using familiar herbs and spices available to all is an invaluable bonus. A book for everyone." -- jim mcdonald, herbalist and founder of"Herbal medicine can offer so much. But where to start? How do you know what herbs are good for you, and how to separate fact from fiction? Rosalee de la For t presents an excellent approach to learning the rich world of herbs. As an experienced educator and practitioner, she weaves together tradition, experience, and science to present a holistic view of each of the plants, while providing specific and practical advice for how you can bring them into your home and life. Alchemy of Herbs is a treasure for any health-seeker's bookshelf." -- Renee Davis, RH(AHG), founder of Goldroot Botanical Medicine"Many books introduce readers to herbs and their activities, but Rosalee de la For t skillfully introduces people instead to herbalism--the nuanced art of matching plants to people. Drawing energetic traditions into a modern context and right into our kitchens, she provides a simple and elegant system to look beyond symptoms and generic cures and into the heart of true herbal healing." -- Larken Bunce, clinical herbalist and co-director of Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism"Alchemy of Herbs is a must-read for any herbalist, whether fledgling or experienced! Part reference guide, part recipe book, and part herbal, this is a book that every herbalist will reach for again and again. Rosalee de la For t has a knack for teaching others how to use herbs in the best way possible by matching people to herbs. This book is the definitive guide for the subject, giving anyone the confidence to use herbs to their fullest potential. Each chapter is engaging, relaying herbal information through a variety of anecdotal stories, scientific studies, and traditional usage, mixed with a variety of unique and inspiring recipes and gorgeous photographs. This is a book you will want to leave sitting out on your desk, coffee table, and kitchen counter, all at the same time." -- Kristine Brown, RH(AHG), herbalist and author/illustrator of Herbal Roots Zine"Alchemy of Herbs is a sensory wonder, bringing us our medicines in the most delightful and tantalizing way they can be experienced: as culinary medicines. Step away from the bottle and the capsule and experience herbs in the full richness they can offer both as medicines and as partners in a life rich with plants." -- Bevin Clare, associate professor of Integrative Health at Maryland University and president of the American Herbalist Guild"As a French herbalist, I have a particular affinity for herbs that are both culinary and medicinal. We have a
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About Rosalee De La Foret

Rosalee de la Foret is passionate about helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health. She is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and, as an herbal consultant, she helps people find natural solutions to their chronic health problems. She also teaches extensively about herbalism internationally and is the author of numerous articles, e-books and two online courses.
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