Book review: The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants by Guido Mase
I’ve decided to write short reviews on books I’ve recently finished and liked.
Guido Mase’s excellent book provides valuable information about a couple of aromatic (Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Linden, Ginger, Garlic); tonic (Chocolate(?), Astralagus, Red Reishi, Hawthorn) and bitter herbs (Wormwood, Dandelion, Burdock, Yellow Dock), however it also contains a lot of (to me seemingly random but in-depth) scientific information about different subjects. It is not an easy read for those only interested in getting to know a couple of useful herbs and begin their herbal journey, but an excellent read for those with a little more scientific background interested in medicinal herbs. I liked that he involved some historical background of certain herbs, it was pretty entertaining, but the pharmacological approach here and there was a little bit overwhelming to me. I also loved to read about his connection to Italy and his Italian heritage. The recipes are very basic compared to other authors (Rosemary Gladstar, James Green etc). I felt that the info about the specific herbs wasn’t very detailed compared to other (to me less important) things like Heart Rate Variability or DNA structure.