by Maida Silverman
Ash Tree Publishing 1990
Review by Christina
Live in the city, but daydream about harvesting
healthy herbs? You’d plant your own if only there was
a place to grow them. What is a city dweller to do? Well,
you go wild crafting (picking wild herbs) like country folk,
that’s what. Where, you say? No need to take a long
drive. Look around your area. Chances are those plants crafty
enough to sprout between slabs of concrete or vacant lots
are more than a “weed.” Now, you say I see plants,
but how do I know what is safe? You need a reference, right?
That’s where Silverman’s book comes in.
longed for a fantasy garden once from her city home and attempted
a modest version, yet it didn’t work out. Then, she
realized one-day greenery already grew around her, and so,
her study and involvement began. She realized later that there
had to be others who felt as she did and thus wrote “A
Hardy herbs/weeds manage to grow in cities.
Silverman chose thirty-four plants special to her and included
them in her book. She’d like others to realize that
even in crowded areas with generous acres of buildings, and
blacktop, special plants are found. These hardy inhabitants
aren’t a weed to be spurned, but often offer natural
aide and beauty. Silverman narrows the vast spectrum down
to the most common.
Many herbal books are on the market, but how
many are specifically for city-folk?
The Book Contains:
-Dock -Golden Rod
-Pokeweed -Prickly Lettuce
-Queen Anne’s Lace
Silverman raises fine points and provides information
and sketches of herbs often found between cemented dwellings.
She offers inspiration for those aching for access to natural
Readers, whether city or country, will find
Silverman’s book useful in becoming acquainted with
wild herbs. She’s done her homework. Her compilation
is a useful and organized handbook in alphabetical order.
She thoughtfully provides a glossary for quick study with
meanings of herbal terms and a quick-find index.
I appreciate Silverman’s book, and even
though I live in the country, will use it.
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Super Supplements for Skin, Body & Mind
by Dalia Santina, Ph.D.
From the chapter on the herb Dandelion
Dandelion is also restoring, preserving, clearing,
balancing and has anti-inflammatory properties as well as
some potential for fighting cancer (it stimulates white blood
cells). It helps reduce cholesterol levels, and is good for
anemia, gout, rheumatism, abscesses, fluid retention, constipation,
and breast tumors.
Dandelion contains high amounts of potassium
(an electrolyte and a natural salt) which is why it acts as
a good diuretic that helps the function of the kidneys. In
fact, dandelion’s diuretic and laxative effects help
stimulate excretion of urea, while its bitter qualities help
remove fats from the liver and the blood. Dandelion is also
high in calcium which makes it a good alternative for those
who can not tolerate dairy foods. It is also rich in choline,
a factor of the B-complex vitamin that is so important for
liver health. This is why dandelion can greatly help the liver
do its job properly, i.e., detoxify and purify the blood by
filtering clotting substances, drugs, hormones and any toxic
Main benefits: Dandelion
enhances bile flow which is essential for liver function and
immune health. Studies have shown that dandelion prevents
or treats congestion and inflammation of the liver , thus
helping prevent cirrhosis, as well as the gall bladder, helping
prevent the formation of gallstones. Due to its liver healing
effects, dandelion has been used in medical practice to successfully
treat hepatitis, swelling of the liver, jaundice, and dyspepsia
with deficient bile secretion.
Other uses: Dandelion
has the ability to help do the following:
• Strengthen the kidneys to remove excess
water from the body without the depletion of potassium.
• Stabilize blood sugar level that may,
otherwise, lead to unhealthy eating patterns and hypoglycemic
symptoms such as fatigue and irritability.
• Clear the complexion from blemishes,
age spots, and other skin problems caused by toxic liver or
digestive problems such as acne, blisters and warts.
• Relieve constipation, headaches, joint
pain, arthritis, spleen ailments, edema, chronic fatigue syndrome
(CFS), and anemia.
• Reduce the frequency of gall bladder
• Improve appetite as well as heal minor
• Facilitates absorption of fat including
fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K and the carotenes) which
is essential for energy and strong immune system.
• Help fight cancer.
In general, dandelion root is good for all kinds
of liver and gallbladder problems. It actually rejuvenates
the entire body....
About the author:
Dalia Santina, Ph.D., is a dedicated international
author, licensed aesthetician, nutrition consultant, aromatherapist
and iridologist. She earned her doctorate in Holistic Nutrition
from the Clayton College of natural health, with an emphasis
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Her many years of experience in running her successful skin-care
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