Source of Introductory Information on Medicinal Herbs
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Cassia Smith
Posted on: April 5, 2000

I am a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. We are doing a health fair for an elderly population. My table is responsible for presenting "introductory" information about herbs, the dangers, what’s safe, herbal remedies, etc. Could you suggest a way I could focus or narrow my searches? It seems there is SO much detailed info and all I really need for this type of project are some basic facts and examples.

Despite the humourously deprecatory title, a really good book is "Herbal Remedies for Dummies" (available from Richters). It is written by Christopher Hobbs who is a well respected herbalist and author. As the Richters catalogue puts it, "This is for anyone who is intimidated by the world of herbal medicine." It covers the basics of herbal medicine in a consist and accurate way which I am sure you will find helpful for your health fair.

You may also want to look at "An Elders’ Herbal" (also available from Richters). Written by David Hoffmann, another very well respected herbalist and author, this book specializes in the unique concerns and problems of people 50 years and older.

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