Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Review - Holy Herbs - Modern Connections to Ancient Plants

My mom preferred herbs over medicines. Her herb-cyclopedia is vast enough to cover 90% of our health issues with herbs. When I saw "Holy Herbs - Modern Connections to Ancient Plants" by Sudhir Ahluwalia on Goodreads giveaway, it created enthusiasm for me to get some knowledge myself as well. After all, I am also a mother now and I should know some basics of herbs as well.


Book Blurb
With the growing trend towards ‘organic’ products and ‘coming back to nature’ worldwide, the rising interest in herbs and herbal remedies, in culinary use, health products, medicine, cosmetics and religious rituals is not surprising. A wide audience shares the fascination for Mother Earth’s generous bounty.

Herbs have a long history and find a mention in ancient texts. Do herbal products have relevance in modern medicine, such as in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and so on?
This book explores the historical, cultural, religious and scientific connection between the East and the West. With the author’s exposure to forestry training and research and knowledge drawn from the Bible, perhaps one of the biggest references for herbs, Holy Herbs stands at the right spot for tracing a global history of herbs from ancient to modern times.
The book started with historical notes how people in ancient time used herbs, how just for getting some important spices & herbs people started faraway trades. It also covers how ancient civilization's herbology was consolidated. Then came the part where the importance of herb associated with religion. How different religion emphasized various plants. 

The main section covers different herb categories, specific herbs, history and/or religious background (if any) and finally its benefits. The book is informative but it was more technical or academic side. Overall I liked the book.

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 3.5/5
  2. Content - 4.5/5
  3. Concept - 3.5/5
  4. Overall - 3.5/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

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