Review: The Complete Herbal Tutor by Anne McIntyre 

As with anything born of nature, there are a multitude of uses for such resources, and that is especially true of herbs. Herbs do wonderful things to our dishes, but their purpose stretches beyond everyday culinary use. Herbs have been used as medicine for centuries – treating illnesses, restoring health and maintaining wellbeing in the most natural way.

The Complete Herbal Tutor: The Definitive Guide to the Principles and Practices of Herbal Medicine by Anne McIntyre offers a comprehensive look at herbal medicine from its history all the way through to how to work with them and their uses.

The book explores various herbal traditions including Shamanic, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Aromatherapy, as well as offering an introduction that honours the ancient herbalism of the Ancient Greeks as well as Tibetan Medicine, that developed as a synthesis of medical knowledge and wisdom from Ayurveda, TCM and Ancient Greek medicine.

The Complete Herbal Tutor: The Definitive Guide to the Principles and Practices of Herbal Medicine by Anne McIntyre serves as a useful reference for anyone to have at home, providing information on herbal use for common ailments and a comprehensive guide to herbal medicines.

But if you want to take that knowledge a step further or if you are learning about herbal medicine, the knowledge shared in this book serves as a valuable tutor. There’s information on the chemistry of herbs including active constituents; both internal and external preparations for herbs including infusions, herbal baths, tinctures and poultices, among others; and growing, harvesting and storing herbs.

Anne McIntyre, herself a practitioner of herbal medicine and Ayurveda for almost 40 years, refers to The Materia Medica – a comprehensive directory of the 150 herbs most commonly used by modern Western herbalists – as “the heart of the book”. In this new revised edition of The Complete Herbal Tutor, all herbs are listed alphabetically by Latin name, so if you are familiar with the common name of a herb and not the Latin name, you may have to do a search for the Latin name before using The Materia Medica, for quick reference. The book is also illustrated with vibrant photos of the herbs in their full glory, which also makes The Complete Herbal Tutor a great compendium for identifying herbs.

Whether your interest in herbal medicine is if and when needed or more hands on, The Complete Herbal Tutor: The Definitive Guide to the Principles and Practices of Herbal Medicine by Anne McIntyre is an excellent companion that will bring you into close contact with this form of plant life in a practical, respectful and knowledgeable way.

The Complete Herbal Tutor: The Definitive Guide to the Principles and Practices of Herbal Medicine by Anne McIntyre is available from Amazon and all good bookshops

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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