Book review: Los Remedios (Traditional Herbal Remedies of the Southwest) by Michael Moore
The author, Michael Moore was a very influential medicinal herbalist, author of several reference works on botanical medicine, and founder of the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in New Mexico.
Los Remedios was written in 1977, based primarily on the herbal heritage of the early Spanish settlers and the Pueblo Indians. Each herb is listed by its Spanish name, but scientific and common name is also indicated.
There is a short section in the beginning of the book, discussing the different methods of preparations, including teas, eyewashes, salves, tinctures and poultices. This chapter may come handy if you are a beginner. The instructions are simple, short and straightforward.
The main body of the book discusses 172 herbs in alphabetical order, identifying primary and secondary uses. Besides this, you will find detailed info about preparation and dosage as well as toxicity.
All in all, this is not the main source of information for me concerning herbal medicine, but definitely a useful little guide when I am working with native plants or if I am looking for more information about anything that starts with “Yerba”.