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Herbal Medicine From The Heart Of The Earth

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An herbal reference guide for the herbalist, nurse, physician, pharmacist, or lay person who wants a textbook level education on herbal remedies. See what great information this book contains, and read reviews from acknowledged experts.

  • Written by the founder of Wise Woman Herbals who shares all her herbal secrets gained from 35 years of experience as a clinician, herb farmer, herbal remedy maker and lover of herbs.
  • An encyclopedia of 190 Herbs to know, use in formulas and make into healing herbal remedies or products.
  • Learn to use these herbs in herbal formulas or recipes for the most common health conditions, organized by body systems.
  • Learn which part of each herb is used, how it tastes and smells, tendencies of the herb, actions of the herb, dosage, active herbal constituents, contraindications, as well as information on interactions with drugs is included.
  • An introduction to herbal medicine product forms comparing the advantages and disadvantages of herbal tinctures, glycerites, capsules, salves, suppositories, steam inhalations, poultices, teas and many others.
  • Herbal Formulations and recipes include doses for most common ailments with explanations of why each herb is in the formula.
  • A resource to help practitioners integrate herbal therapy into their practice with clients or patients.
  • A detailed description of how to make the most common classifications of herbal products.


Products You Will Learn To Make

  • How to harvest and collect herbs.
  • How to preserve herbs.
  • How to make herbal extracts.
  • How to make tinctures.
  • How to make salves.
  • How to make herbal oils.
  • How to make poultices.
  • How to make steam inhalations.
  • How to make glycerites.
  • How to make elixirs.
  • How to make herbal baths.
  • How to make herbal capsules.
  • How to make herbal suppositories.
  • Materia Medica of 190 herbs.
  • Chart for harvesting.
  • Chart for dosing.
  • Chart for making tinctures.
  • Chart for how long your tincture will last at a set dose.
  • Dictionary of herbal properties and actions.
  • Dictionary of herbal preparations.
  • Scientific citations to support the information.
  • An herb book of remedies and recipes that will become a cherished reference.

One copy of Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth is $29.95, which includes free shipping in the U.S.A. Discounts are available for multiple copies.
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Changes In the 3rd Edition

  • 472 pages
  • Expanded Materia Medica
  • Expanded Herbal Formulas
  • Expanded Properties and Actions of Herbs
  • Expanded Dictionary of Herbal Preparations
  • New category in the materia medica called "mechanisms of action"
  • Some herbs were removed from the materia medica and others added
  • The materia medica was completely revised bringing it into the 21st century
  • Many of the herbal formulas had slight alterations and others were replaced with new formulas, that I have found to be more useful over my 30 years of being an herbalist and physician
  • Formulas for new ailments added
  • Made the book more user friendly
  • The index was expanded and re-organized
  • 281 more research articles are referenced to support the new additions in the materia medica, for a total of 926
  • 33 more pages added to the book
  • Changed formatting to allow more data on each page, which ultimately decreased the number of extra pages and kept the price from increasing


"When I owned Wise Woman Herbals, I was often on the phone answering other practitioner's questions about herbal medicine. These inquiries prompted me to write this comprehensive book, Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth. This one book provides answers to many questions the herbal student is seeking. "Herbal Medicine From The Heart Of The Eearth" takes on the three major areas of herbal studies which includes 1) How to use individual herbs 2) Making and using herbal formulas for health conditions and 3) How to make herbal products."  - Sharol Tilgner ND


What Makes Dr. Sharol An Expert: Sharol Tilgner's Bio

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This book in it's various incarnations of the first and second edition has been used at Naturopathic Colleges and Herbal Schools for twenty years.


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This book has been used at Naturopathic Colleges and Herbal Schools for twenty years.

See more details and reviews from the 2nd edition below. The 3rd edition reviews will be posted soon.

One Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth for $29.95 which includes free shipping in the U.S.A.

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Amazon is not selling the 3rd edition until 1/1/2020. They do have the 2nd edition for sale currently!

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This book is currently being recreated into e-books, but due to the large amount of data in each section, they have to be broken down into 3 separate Kindle e-books and rewritten for  proper downloading. They will become available over the next couple of years...Sharol ♥• 

What respected herbal experts Rosemary Gladstar, Paul Bergner, Christiane Northrup,  and Jillian Stansbury have to say about this wonderful book.

“A wonderful guide for those new to herbs as well as an excellent formulary for those already skilled in herbalism. Sharol Tilgner has combined her triple skills of healing, farming and medicine making in her unique work with the plants.” ~Rosemary Gladstar, author, herbalist,
founder of United Plant Savers.

“Dr. Tilgner has written an impressive well-researched guide on the use of herbs that professionals and lay people alike will find very practical and informative.” ~Christiane Northrup M.D.

“This is an important text for the budding herbalist, and a handy reference for the experienced clinician. Dr. Tilgner has done an excellent job of pulling together a large amount of information and making it easy to access. A most valuable and useful addition to anyone’s herbal library.” ~Jillian E. Stansbury N.D.

Paul Bergner, North American Insitute of Medical Herbalism,  said it succinctly when he wrote,

  • “ This book is broad enough in scope that it contains within it enough material for three books.”
  • "Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth contains the most up-to-date, detailed information on 192 valuable herbs including, dosage, specific indications, general uses, active constituents, and contraindications."
  • “Another helpful tool is the charts that are used in the book.”
  • “There is a helpful section on collecting, drying and storing herbs with a chart on harvesting and preparation.”
  • "This one book will give you important information you need to know about harvesting, storage, preparation of herbal products, preparation of formulas, and clinical use of the most valuable herbs known to practitioners."


3rd Edition Reviews Will Be Posted Here Soon!

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More Details & Reviews on This Book - For The 2nd Edition

Title: Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth

Edition: 2nd, completely revised with 50 pages of totally new information.

ISBN: 978-1881517-03-0

Pages: 439, 7.25 inches wide x 9.25 inches high

Price: $29.95

Publication date: March 1st, 2009

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  • This book is a complete handbook for the herbal practitioner. Paul Bergner said it succinctly when he wrote, “ This book is broad enough in scope that it contains within it enough material for three books.”
  • This one book will give you important information you need to know about harvesting, storage, preparation of herbal products, preparation of formulas, and clinical uses of the most valuable herbs known to practitioners.
  • The writer is a physician, herbalist of 35 years, founder and past owner of Wise Woman Herbals, has owned and operated herb farms, and has organized national herbal events. This writer knows every aspect of herbal medicine.
  • The most up-to-date, detailed information on 190 valuable herbs including, dosage, specific indications, general uses, active constituents, and contraindications.

* Compound formulations are listed for all the most common ailments as well as some uncommon ailments. They are organized by body systems to make them easier to learn.

  • Another helpful tool is the charts that are used in the book.
  • For those new to herbal terminology, definitions of the words specific to herbal medicine are found in the "Properties & Actions" section of the book. However, that is not all. Following the easy to understand definitions are listings of all the individual herbs with that property or action.
  • There is a helpful section on collecting, drying and storing herbs with a chart on harvesting and preparation.
  • Additionally for the do it yourself person, there is an extensive chapter on making herbal preparations. Surprisingly detailed information is given for making tinctures, elixirs, suppositories, compresses, capsules, gruels, glycerites, oils, poultices and salves. The author, who once owned an herbal manufacturing company, gives all the details necessary to make your own products.
  • The greatest value of Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth is that it will become a trusted reference book. It will quickly become your most trusted herbal source of information.


HERBAL MEDICINE: From the Heart of the Earth
by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. 439p. ,2009, Wise Acres Press

Review #1,  Deb Brammer ND
Thank you so much for the gift of your new version of Medicines From the Earth. I am happy to tell you how much I have used and respect your book throughout my years of teaching and practice.  The quality of your research, respect for and love of the plants is clear throughout the volume.  I appreciate your taking the time to revise and expand the original text. This is the best resource for the practice of botanical medicine within naturopathic medicine that I have found as it covers all aspects of prescribing and medicine making.  I will recommend this text to my students during their clinical rotations at the teaching clinic, as well as to graduates who are looking for resources.
Thank you again for all you have given through the years,

Review #2
by Kahlee Keane, Wholelife Magazine

Sharol Tilgner's book Herbal Medicines: From the Heart of the Earth is a must for any serious student of herbology. This book is much more than just another volume for your expanding reference library. In fact, at 439 pages this book is three, no four, rolled into one.

In the first section Tilgner introduces us to the properties and actions of herbs, then a short dictionary of herbal preparations. Next comes an eclectic Materia Medica of over 190 herbs from all over the globe, including some that my readers will have learned about from the grandmothers. Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus) is on of these plants, she explains that this plant's root "...lends a sense of invigoration and strength on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level." Something that the west coast peoples have long known and used the root bark and sap of this plant for.

Each plant in this section has a short monograph listing the parts used; taste/smell; tendencies; dosage; mental picture and specific indications and uses. At the end of each plant monograph Tilgner lists and contraindications that the herb may possess, something that sets this book (dare I say text) apart.

The individual body systems are highlighted in the next section, formulas are given with an explanation of each ingredient in the formula and the way in which the specific herb works on the system and synergistically in the formula. After this section you will find an in depth section on dosages which is so important and often left out of herbal texts.

Everything from teas to elixirs are explained step by step along with a good description of the how's and why's of making each preparation, including harvesting and storing. For those interested in growing or wildcrafting medicines for personal use a chart is included which lists the Latin and common name, part of the plant used, time to harvest, whether to use it fresh or dry for liquid extracts, the ratio used and solvency range.

There is a lot of good usable information in this book, succinctly and thoroughly presented in a very readable manner. What delighted me most was the extensive list of references at the back of the book, which assists the serious researcher in finding more information out about those herbs that you want to include as your personal medicine.

Whether you are a practitioner or a student of herbology Tilgner's book will take special place in your library.

Review #3
Paul Bergner

Herbal Medicine From The Heart of the Earth is broad enough in scope that it contains within it material enough for three books; One is an introduction to herbal medicine making and materia medica, a second on the art of herbal formulation and dosing, and finally a review of adverse effects and drug-herb interactions. The book contains the standard fare for introductory herbal texts: A glossary of herbal terminology, a dictionary of herbal preparations, herbal actions with examples, a materia medica section, tables for pharmacy, tincture making , dosing, and treatment by disease condition. But it also contains some very useful tables that Iíve hardly seen in print in modern books. A dose-and-duration chart shows how many days your tincture prescription will last, combining in the table drops per dose, times per day, and the number of ounces given to the patient. Another shows how many teaspoons are present, on average, in an ounce of roots, barks, seeds, leaves, and flowers. Charts and tables are also offered for harvesting time, best forms to tincture, and the best percentage of alcohol to extract the medicinal properties of the herbs.

A significant offering in this book is found in the discussions of herbal side effects and potential drug-herb interactions. The past year has seen a flurry of books on these topics, but unfortunately not one of them has been written by a traditional herbalist with knowledge of the clinical traditions of herbalism. In Herbal Medicine, we find the best review of this topic in print, superior to other current texts in that it contains a thorough review of the scientific literature on side effects and drug-herb interactions, while also reviewing traditional indications, contraindications, and side effects.

Another unique offering is the extensive section on herbal formulas. Most books published by herbal company owners donít give much away , the books or booklets describe the company formula, but donít usually give the percentages of the herbs or a clear rationale for the formulation. Sharol has been more generous with her section on formulas, giving us a lesson in formulation. Rather than giving a hard-and-fast formula, she lists potential herbs for a formula, giving percentage ranges that might be used for each, and a rationale for each herb, often with footnotes. In other words, she invites the reader to make and modify the formulas according to their own needs or those of their patients. Dosage charts accompanying the formulas also offer ranges, and are a welcome relief from the common simple listing of ìthe doseî in most books. This rich storehouse of suggestions for formulas stand in contrast to the practice of most herbal authors to talk exclusively about single herbs.

Dr. Tilgner is one of a small group of individuals in North America who combines in her experience the training of both the traditional herbalist and the natural physician. Thus, this book offers a combination of herbal and medical information unique in contemporary herbal literature. I hope it also serves to preserve the traditional knowledge presented in this new era when the foundations of traditional herbalism are being eroded by the dominant paradigm in medicine.

Review #4
Vickie Shufer, "The Wild Foods Forum"

Herbal Medicine is a reference guide that has combined several subjects into one book. The Materia Medica section contains 190 herbs that includes the part used, dosage, indications and contraindications. A section on Herbal Formulas is very informative. Grouped by body sytems, potential herbs are listed with a percentage range to use for each. A dosage chart accompanies each formula followed by a listing of suggested "adjuct therapy." There is also a section on dosages with information on measurements and duration. Charts and tables are provided for dosages, harvesting and the time of the year to harvest. And finally comes the section on how to make herbal preparations with step-by-step instructions, complete with photographs on making herbal oils, liquid extracts, salves, and more. A useful resource for anyone interested in herbal medicine.


Reveiw #4
Rosie Lloyd, "Henrietta's Web Site"

I just received an advance copy of a new herbal medicine book which really impressed me. I have a massive collection of books on the subject; however this one is different. I wish this book would have been available when I first started. It's 439 pages and probably the most comprehensive book on the subject.

Contents:  Properties and Actions of Herbs, Dictionary of Herbal Preparations, Very extensive Materia Medica, Formulas for Specific Health Conditions, Herbal Formulas by Body Systems, Very extensive dosage charts, How to Make Herbal Preparations  (collecting, drying, capsules, compresses, elixirs, glycerites, herbal baths, herbal oils, liquid extracts, poultices, salves, suppositories, teas—and all have how to pictures); extensive charts for harvesting and preparation of Liquid Extracts including best strength and solvent range. The tables including in this book I've never seen in one book before. A dose-duration chart shows how many days your tincture prescription will last, how to adjust dosages for children and seniors, how many teaspoons are present, on average, in an ounce of roots, barks, seeds, leaves, and flowers and many more. The 190 + herbal materia medica is superb; includes parts used, taste/smell, tendencies, dosage, mental picture and specific indications, particular use, contraindications and warnings. And many references to "Herb-Drug Interactions" which is so needed but lacking in most herbal books.

Dr. Tilgner goes into great detail explaining the reason behind the formulations, actions of formulas, specific indications, and so needed the contraindications, cautions and words of wisdom for given formulas and also individual herbs.

I apologize for this long post; however this more than just another herb book; it’s a resource book for both the layman and practitioner. This book will be the Christmas present for all on my list.


Reveiw #5
Dr. Pamela L. Taylor
As a busy naturopathic physician who sees a wide range of patients, I found Dr. Tilgner's book invaluable in researching effective formulas.

Combining both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives, Herbal Medicine will be useful to traditional herbalists as well as TCM practitioners.

This would be a primary reference book for conventional medical offices who seek to work with their patients using natural therapies.

But Herbal Medicine is not just for the professional. Dr. Tilgner's straight-forward writing style makes the book easy to use for those new to herbal remedies. Instructions on how and when to take, and not take, the herbs are clear and meet high standards for safe use.

The directions for concocting and using formulas are concise. And I know from using them in my practice, the formulas are extremely effective.

The section on making tinctures, salves, teas and capsules provides clear instructions and information for either creating your own remedies at home, or working in an herbal pharmacy.

If you have to get one book on herbal medicine, this is it! No one who uses natural medicine should be without Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth.

It just as appropriate on the bookshelf of any family or individual interested in safe and effective self-care as it is in the office of a professional health care provider.


Reveiw #6
Dr. K
As a naturopathic physician, this book has not left my side since the 4 years I was in school, or this last year I've been in practice. It's also a great book for people who want to start making their own medicine, as it gives recipes for salves, tinctures, poultices and the like.

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