DK Publishers are known for their information guides for babies through adults done with beautiful color photography and easy to digest short paragraphs and text boxes. While DK Publishers cover a wide range of topics, the library is happy to have a newly updated version of their previously released Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevalier. This book covers 550 herbs and remedies for common ailments, but is not meant to replace a doctor’s opinion. Still, if you’re family’s been using great grandma’s ancient advice on the best way to stave off allergies or a headache, it might be a good idea to consult this brick of a book to update your knowledge.
This book covers first an overview of herbal medicine from how they actually work, what the active ingredients are and quality control, to a short history of their use around the world. The main portion of this book contains a visual guide to the herbs along with where the come from, what they’re supposed to do, latest research, and a practical use guide. Each herb has it’s own full page devoted to the details, and with the 100 most well-known key herbs listed first in alphabetical order by it’s common name, and a second more condensed section with 450 less well-known herbs. A longer section toward the end of the book goes into much more detail of how to grow medicinal herbs and plants and techniques for preparing them for use.
The library has one or two other guidebooks on herbal medicine, but none are quite as up to date or as comprehensive as this book. The print is rather on the small side, so if you are used to reading larger print books you may want to consider approaching this book in a well-lit location.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”