The Way of Herbs is a very complete index of herbs and thier uses written by Michael Tierra. He wrote The Way of Herbs as a guide for anyone wishing to improve their health through natural herbal remedies. Because this book is old, it was last updated in 1990, I always double check any advice, simply because standards may have changed.
Michael believes that many modern illnesses are caused by imbalances created by improper diet and lifestyle. He maintains that even diseases like cancer and hepatitis can be cured using only herbal medicines. He describes why the typical North American diet is inadequate and how we can change the way we eat to make ourselves healthier and happier.
He explains in great detail the theory of using herbs, various herbal therapies, methods of application and herbal properties. He teaches the reader the benefits of a balanced diet and medicinal herbs that many of us have in our kitchens right now. I love that he teaches how to collect and store herbs as well as proper dosages.
Many of his ideas are too extreme for me. For example I have no desire to complete a 4 day fast or give myself a catnip enema. But I do enjoy looking up various herbs and learning about their medicinal qualities.
All in all it is an interesting informative book that I would recommend. I refer to it occasionally if I need a quick home remedy.