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updated 1 April 1999
 
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The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants 
Andrew Chevallier 
book cover This book, published by DK Press, is awesome!!  Full color pictures of herbs, pretty complete descriptions for medicinal use.  The medical information is easily referenced and very usable.  Describes the different ways of making herbal preparations.  Includes a history of herbal medicine from the earliest days to the present, and explains the differences between Western, Chinese and Indian herbalism.  This is the other herb book I keep at my computer.  (Not a cheap book - cover price is about $40, but if you buy it from Amazon.com it's $11 off.)
 Rating: Two Webs, unless you are very interested in herbalism, in that case, Five Webs
Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year 
Susan S. Weed 
book cover If you want to use herbs during your pregnancy, this is the book to have.  Susan Weed is a well-known and respected herbalist, and her information is top-notch.  Some people may be offended by the fact that she gives suggestions for herbal means of early abortions.  If this is your case, I suggest that you look upon this section as a list of herbs to definitely avoid during the first trimester.  This book never gets put on the bookshelf at my house; it lives next to my computer, because I am constantly referring to it.
 Rating: Five Webs
 
Other books at Amazon.com
The Complete Guide to Natural Healing 
Tom Monte
The Natural Pregnancy Book : Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices
by Aviva Jill Romm
Natural Healing for Babies and Children 
by Aviva Jill Romm
An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants by Mary Bove 
Herbs for Women's Health : Herbal Help for the Female Cycle from PMS to Menopause 
by Mary Bove
The Family Herbal : A Guide to Natural Health Care forYourself and Your Children from Europe's Leading Herbalists 
by Barbara Thiess 
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