2 Responses to Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies Reviews

  1. V.J. Billings
    V.J. Billings May 31, 2011 at 7:06 am | | Reply
    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    200 plus herbs used today by Mexican Americans for healing, January 31, 2000
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    This review is from: Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies (Paperback)

    Joie Davidow’s telling of Aztec history is mesmerizing. When she draws her conclusion that had the Aztecs survived, their herbal medicines would rival those of the Chinese, I was totally convinced. Finding this book while looking for books on herbal tea was a stroke of luck. And, while the Mexicans may have as many herbs in their medicine chests as the Chinese, this book concentrates on about 200 or so of the most commonly found and used. I have always felt that we should make use of the herbs that grow around us instead of trying to grow those from another region. So I was excited to find a book about southwestern herbs. What I didn’t expect was how many plants were included that were NOT from the Mexican area or even the southwest. It shows that her research is up to date on what herbs are being used by the Mexicans for medicinal purposes today. Particularly useful is the extensive lists of names given for each plant. Common names vary so much from region to region that it can be difficult to locate the correct herb for the healing tea recipe. Not only are we given several Mexican names for the plants but also the Nahuatl or Aztec name. Almost every imaginable ailment is listed and which single or combined herbs should be used. Easy to use and handy to have this book is also fascinating just to read.

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  2. Stephanie Rose Bird "conjurer2"
    Stephanie Rose Bird "conjurer2" May 31, 2011 at 8:05 am | | Reply
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Essential Modern Herbal, November 24, 2001
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    Stephanie Rose Bird “conjurer2″ (Chicago, IL) –
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    This review is from: Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies (Paperback)

    For many years popular North American herbals were Eurocentric. It is enriching, valuable and timely that “Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican American Herbal Medicine” has been introduced to the public. As an herbalist I welcome the opportunity to broaden my understanding of the traditional uses, botanical names and history of herbs by Mexican Americans, Mexicans and indigenous Americans, among others. Davidow’s book is comprehensive, thoughtful and engaging. The style of the illustrations make them the perfect companions to the text. I put “Infusion of Healing” at the top of the list of essential modern herbals for it’s outstanding contribution to cross-cultural knowledge of herbal practices.

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