The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies: Review
In this post, I wanted to do a review of a book I picked up in early 2019 called The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies.
Whether you’re following a Sebian diet or are simply interested in learning more about natural health, herbs and their beneficial/medicinal effects on the body I sincerely believe this will be of use to you.
So without further ado let’s get into it.
- 1 What is The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies?
- 2 What format is it in and what’s included?
- 3 Who is the author?
- 4 Have I found this useful?
What is The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies?
The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies is an extremely well-thought-out reference book detailing over 100 plants that are fairly easy to find, especially if you’re in the US.
The book goes into considerable detail on each, showing you how to identify and prepare them into herbal remedies to treat a wide variety of ailments.
It does an amazing job of organizing plants by the typical location you might find them, i.e. backyard, forest or woodlands, etc. In addition to allowing you to look up plants by ailment.
Not only is this book the only field guide you need on herbal remedies, but it also teaches you how to prepare plants into salves, tinctures, teas, decoctions, encapsulate them and more. Perfect if you have little to no prior experience.
Who is this for?
This book is for health-conscious individuals seeking to expand their knowledge on plants and their uses as natural alternative remedies.
As someone with an avid interest in herbalism but, up until now, self-taught on mostly free information – this book is ideal.
What format is it in and what’s included?
It’s available as an ebook as well as a physical book.
However, the physical book is only available if you live in the US. I know this because a friend from the UK bought a copy and he tells me the physical book wasn’t an option after putting his address details in.
Here’s how the physical book looks:
What do you get inside?
Since there doesn’t seem to be much information online regarding the actual contents of this book I wanted to include a few screenshots to give you a better idea of what you’re actually getting.
After giving a brief introduction to the author, the first section of the book is a Medicinal Herbal Reference Guide.
This goes through a whole host of ailments and specific plants with medicinal properties are sorted according to the areas of the body, and the associated organs and systems, i.e. eyes, ears, skin, digestive and intestinal, respiratory and lungs.
Plants with medicinal properties are provided for each issue alongside their corresponding page numbers in the book.
This makes looking remedies up very quick and efficient.
After the Medicinal Herbal Reference Guide, the next section of the book is all about how to harvest and prepare plants.
Here’s a screenshot of the contents page for that.
Followed by several sections on plants (the bulk of the book is here) sorted by location, i.e. backyard plants, forest, scrublands and woodlands, trees and shrubs, mushrooms and lichens, and water-loving plants.
Here’s a sample of the backyard plants contents page.
Here’s a typical page of a plant, Dill to be specific. Each of the plants mentioned in the book has pictures and a very detailed set of instructions on how to identify them and ailments that can be treated with them.
The book goes into this level of detail for each and every plant mentioned.
Hopefully, that has given you a better idea of the contents of the book and how the information is presented.
Just to recap, the book:
- Allows you to look up plants by ailment and general location
- Gives directions on how to identify and harvest plus a few preparation recipes for each plant
- Provides edible and medicinal uses along with any applicable warnings
- Has a dedicated section to guide you on preparation techniques, i.e. drying, encapsulating, teas, decoctions, tinctures, salves, oil infusions and more.
A serious amount of work and research has gone into putting all of this together in an easy-to-read and reference format – well worth the price I paid for it in my opinion.
The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies was created by Claude Davis and Dr. Nicole Apelian, a mother, scientist, herbalist and traditional skills instructor well-versed in survival and natural wellness.
From the video introduction to the book, which she gives on this page, it’s clear that Dr. Nicole is not only highly qualified but also extremely passionate about nature and education.
She speaks of her own experience with illness and how that has spurred her on to achieve some amazing things.
How did I come across this book?
I first stumbled upon this book after looking into common garden herbs and their uses, both for myself and so I could some give recommendations for natural pain relief to a friend for his sister (the same friend that later went out and bought the book).
Up until now, I’ve personally spent quite a bit of money purchasing herbs on Amazon so I was also thinking it would be good if I can forage for some of my own and save some money.
I purchased the book a while back but wanted to wait until I had been out and applied some of what it was saying before writing a review.
Video Introduction To The Book
After clicking on a link somewhere (sorry I can’t remember the exact website I found it on), I was taken to a page that looked like this with a video.
I must admit I was kind of skeptical at first by the look of this. I hadn’t heard of this “Dr. Apelian” and to be honest thought this was just another actor.
The video is pretty long but I ended up watching for 25 mins or so, doing some research on Dr. Apelian at the same time. I found her website and verified she is who she claims to be.
After a few minutes of watching the video I was presented with the option to purchase the book in the following formats:
- Ebook – $37
- Physical book for an extra $8.99 (I think)
- Ebook + Physical book (same cost as physical)
If you’re a bit skeptical like I was, try to give the video 20 mins and see if it’s for you. If you are a beginner with an interest in herbalism, I feel strongly that it will be.
Pros and cons
After owning the book for some time and putting its contents into practice I can’t find anything really wrong with it, but there’s always something right?
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons.
- Beginner friendly – if you’ve never harvested or prepared herbal remedies before this is the only guide you need to get started
- Very easy to find what you’re looking for thanks to the Medicinal Herbal Reference Guide
- Full of clear pictures and concise information on over 100 plants, their characteristics, and uses.
- 60-day money-back guarantee
- Researched and written by a professional author that really knows her stuff
- The physical copy of the book is only available in the US
- Some of the header fonts can take a bit of getting used to
- I couldn’t find much information on the book prior to purchase
Where to get it
Here’s a link to that page with the video introduction and purchase options.
Have I found this useful?
As a follower of Dr. Sebi for the last 5, going on 6 years I am very interested in alternative health education that embraces nature and the wonders it has to offer.
Up until recently, I’ve been getting most of my information on Dr. Sebi and health in general from Youtube videos, any pdfs I could find and a few blogs.
And while the info I have been getting has been really helpful for the most part.
I came to the conclusion that I had to take things a bit deeper and widen my own understanding of natural remedies in general. Somewhat following the example set by Dr. Sebi, who researched various herbs and schools of “alternative” health from Yin and Yang to Ayurveda.
Dr. Sebi has always spoken of the importance and benefits of herbs, and even Western medicine itself recognizes the medicinal properties of plants.
I mainly wanted to learn more about the herbs Dr. Sebi mentioned specifically and to see if it was possible for me to go out and find any of them myself – which it is.
This book has shown me where to find several very useful herbs, along with several ways to prepare them that I didn’t know how to do before.
Additionally, after passing some information onto my friend about Wild Lettuce – a plant with potent pain relief properties found in the East of England (where they live), among other places. He’s been able to create a tincture for his sister suffering from Fibromyalgia.
Being able to provide her with a natural alternative to all the pills she was taking for chronic pain has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had thanks to this book.
Is it a good option for you?
If you’re anything like me and you’re looking to expand your knowledge of herbal remedies and save some money then, yes, I’d wager you’ll get a lot of value from it.
This is a great book and resource, that could just as well be called the “ultimate book on herbal remedies, where to find, how to identify and how to prepare them”. It really is the perfect primer for a novice herbalist.
That said, you’ll have to spend some time out in nature scouting for these if you want to find your own.
Otherwise, buy them online and prepare your own remedies following the book’s instruction – you’ll probably still end up saving money.
The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies