The Woman's Herbal Apothecary

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 Aug 2018

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This amazing book is written for women by a woman. It is a herbal guide to taking care of yourself. I love how the book is written in sections by basically age. The book uses herbs and everyone should start slowly as herbs are plants and some people can be allergic to certain ones. If you cram a whole bunch not your system at once and have a reaction to even just one you will not be sure which one. This book also tells you not to to leave your doctor out of the equation of tending to your health as well. I love that this book is using all natural herbs. With all the supplements out now days it is hard to choose ones that are all natural. This book will take the guess work out and you wont have to read as many labels. You can grow a lot of these cures in a kitchen window or even in your back yard and know for sure that they are all natural. There are 200 natural remedies in this books for all kinds of woman's ailments. It is well worth the time it takes to read and it is also a great reference book to keep on hand.

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This book was amazing! Not only was it written in a way that was understandable for me (a complete newbie in the world of herbal apothecary!) but it was also so incredibly informative that I'm sure even the most experienced would be able to get something out of it.  I'm finding it easier and easier to take what I learned in the book and bring it into my day-to-day. I like that it had tips for just about everything from anxiety to liver and hair - it just had so much information! I'm glad I was able to read it. :-)
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This wonderfully easy and basic guide really allows you to learn more about herbs and using them for your own creation. The author really maneuvers the reader through information about your body and the terminology used throughout the book. There are so many amazing natural remedies shared throughout that can be used through all stages of life. This book is divided into the sections of a woman's life: pre-childbirth, reproductive years, menopause, and beyond. I absolutely found myself loving every single thing about this book. For a couple of years I have been turning to essential oils and natural remedies and this makes the perfect addition to my home. 

The only thing that I found The Woman's Herbal Apothecary to be missing was more photos. For some of the herbs and recipes, I would have loved to see more images.
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A brilliant,  helpful book to have in your collection. It has a lot of interesting sections and is easy to read and to dip in and out of.
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In addition to being stunning, this book is one of the most informative, approachable books on herbalism that I have ever read. As an herbalist, I love books that include not only information about the herbs and preparations, themselves, but also about the author, and how s/he came to be an herbalist. "The Woman's Herbal Apothecary" delivers in all areas. It is well written, understandable, informative, and simply very, very wonderful to read. I highly recommend this book, and plan to purchase a physical copy for my herbal library, in addition to the author's other book, which is geared less specifically to women's health. A wonderful, highly recommended read. Thank you to the publisher, who provided me with an electronic copy of the book free of charge via NetGalley. I was not required to write a review of any kind. The sentiments here are my own.
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I can’t wait to use this book on a girls night with my sisters, kid and husband free! Let’s make stuff that will benefit our health! Eeeeek I’m ready now!
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This book, The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary by JJ Pursell, is going to be part of your reference library for many, many years to come. At first I was interested in this book because of the tagline, “200 Natural Remedies for Healing, Hormone Balance, Beauty and Longevity, and Creating Calm”. Trust me, this book definitely delivers on every one of those things! However, what really impressed me about this book, and allows me to say with confidence that it will be part of your reference library for years to come, is that it is divided up into 3 phases of a woman’s life.

3 Phases of a Woman’s Life
Dawning – Menache to Twenties
Living – Twenties to Perimenopause
Fulfillment – Menopause and Beyond
The book devotes an entire chapter to each of these stages and covers the common physical complaints that each stage involves. So say we are looking at the chapter on the Dawning stage, going from the first occurrence of menstruation into the twenties. Here are the issues covered:

trouble regulating cycles
painful menstruation
spotting between periods
breast tenderness
need for hormone tonics
mood swings
bacterial infections
yeast infections
need for birth control

Quite a complete list for consideration! If you are looking for herbal information on a subject just move through the chapter and you will find a helpful “where to begin” section. There is also a list for good ingredients to stock your home herbal pantry with if this is a common issue for you.  Following is a number of recipes that will offer different benefits. The recipes have simple directions and a clear list of ingredients so you can find those in your herbal pantry to source them before you begin the preparation type (tea, tincture, poultice, herbal oil, topical wash, etc.)

A note about ingredients. Whether you are a seasoned herbalist, or someone just starting out, the reference sections are consistently laid out so you need to look up an ingredient and you will find; what phase(s) of life it is good for, the primary use, its herbal action (e.g. diuretic, astringent, sedative, etc) and a paragraph about the use within the book. She also includes the scientific name of each herb so you have that reference as well. And to let you know about the writing style of the author, this isn’t a dry stuffy book to read. I had to laugh out loud when I got to the ingredient “Rose Petals” because I proudly have a small jar of rose petals that I dried myself this spring so I would know that I was using an ingredient that had never been sprayed with a pesticide. Under phase of life I expected to see dawning, living, fulfillment or a combination of the three. Here is what is actually says – when aren’t roses a good idea? I guess it’s a great herb for all three!

Throughout the book you will see JJ Pursell’s personality and personal philosophies shine through making it a fascinating book to read for pleasure and general learning, in addition to using it when an issue needs to be resolved. This book has so much to offer, I hope that you will add it to your personal library and perhaps even consider it for a gift for a special person in your circle. I know that I have a lot of herbal learning to do and I’m excited to have The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary as part of that journey.
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Mostly this was a decent book on a specialized form of herbalism, most the herbal remedy books I read are pretty wide in the range of things covered, so it was refreshing to see one specialized. I found some of the language of this book to be unhelpful and honestly a bit silly, for example in the table of contents they list the phases of a woman's life as well as cutesy names for them (like menarche to twenties being Dawning) and in the section on individual herbs they just use the cutesy terms. I would have been perfectly happy to not learn that I am in my 'Living' stage of life and I certainly hope that I  reach 'Fulfillment' before I hit menopause. It was very much so the case of 'I like what they are saying in this book but wish they would have approached it differently' other than that I found the book a good resource.
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Very interesting and easy to follow. I like the ease of reading and finding what you need to know about a certain herb or remedy.  It was nicely written and not overly wordy or too mother earth sounding.  Lots of good information to have on hand.
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I have read a lot of books about herbs, even a lot of books about woman's herbs, so, of course, I looked at this critically. 

I was not disappointed, on the contrary, the book is quite concise. The herbs are introduced alphabetically and their use and herbal action are explained. The phases of the female life cycle are explained and which herbs are beneficial for typical problems during those years. This is followed by skin care recipes.

Learning about herbs is one aspect of this book, but the author also introduces how to make your own herbal remedies, something a lot of books forget to mention alongside their recipes.
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The Woman's Herbal Apothecaryby JJ Pursell features 200 remedies.  It covers a wide variety of topics.  Some of the remedies, such as one for poison ivy, are good for anyone.  Most were made using four to five ingredients which could be grown or purchased online.  I do question the idea of taking comfrey internally as mentioned in the book.  Overall it had good information for any woman interested in natural treatments or care.
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A lovely, simple book about herbs and herbal remedies. This is a useful book to keep near your cookbooks for easy access.
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I found this very informative and interesting. I liked how it broke everything out for the different stages of life and talked about the uses of different oils and herbs for each one.
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I really enjoyed reading through this book. I definitely learned a lot from it. It was an easy read, easy to understand, and the recipes were easy to follow. The book itself is really nice, with beautiful color photos inside. I feel like I came away knowing a lot more about herbs. This is one I would purchase for sure to keep on hand.  :)
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The Woman's Herbal Apothecary is a basic and easy to follow guide to learning herbology and making your own p creations. 
JJ Pursell talks you through terminology and gives you lessons about your body you may not have thought about. She suggest tinctures and teas for many female physical issues. But she also expands  past those to other ideas of femininity including facial and skin care as well tricks for such simple things such as headaches. 
 I really like that in her introduction, she said not to leave out your medical doctor as you use these . People think just because it's natural it is ok and often times it's not. I have inflammation and kidney disease. Studies have shown that devil's claw can crash them while turmeric is safe. I will tell you turmeric has made a huge difference in my life and I advocate for safe usage of herbs and other natural remedies. 
I gave this a four stars because I have not gotten to try any of the recipes but I will come back after I see how they turn out. Also, I didn't like there were so few photos especially in the section about particular herbs so that could have been better. I received an ARC through NetGalley*; I wish I had a hard copy so I could try the recopies easier.

*All opinions are my own.
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Good and informative book. The sequence is good.

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it.
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I great compilation of remedies all in one place versus scouring the internet.  

I voluntarily read an advanced copy.
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The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary by JJ Pursell
200 Natural Remedies for Healing, Hormone Balance, Beauty and Longevity, and Creating Calm

Beautiful photographs and illustrations supplement the comprehensive information related to natural herbal remedies for women that is provided in this book. The material provided is vast and provides recipes for women of all ages. I believe this is a great resource but also realized that a recipe may not be sufficient to take on dosing oneself without having access to a naturopath. Why? The items listed may not be easily found, knowing how to efficiently and effectively follow a recipe then store and use it may not be easy and having a knowledgeable resource to follow-up with after taking a remedy would be nice as they might need to adjust what is being taken over time.  I believe it was wise and generous of the author to share her knowledge with the layman and enjoyed the way the book is laid out and easy to use. I have always had an interest in the properties of herbs and have several books on the subject and believe this would be wonderful to add to my collection.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 

4-5 Stars
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