Joie Davidow's telling of Aztec history is
mesmerizing. When she draws her conclusion that, had the Aztecs survived, their
herbal medicines would rival those of the Chinese, I was totally convinced.
Finding Herbal Infusions while looking for books on herbal tea was a stroke of luck.
And, while the Mexicans may have as many herbs in their medicine chests as the Chinese,
this book concentrates on about 200 or so of the most commonly found and used.
have always felt that we should make use of the herbs that grow around us
instead of trying to grow those from another region. So I was excited to find a
book about southwestern herbs.
What I didn't expect was how many plants were
included that were NOT from the Mexican area or even the southwest. It shows
that her research is up to date on what herbs are being used by the Mexicans for
medicinal purposes today.
Particularly useful is the extensive lists of names
given for each plant. Common names vary so much from region to region that it
can be difficult to locate the correct herb for the healing tea recipe.
are we given several Mexican names for the plants but also the Nahuatl or Aztec
name. Almost every imaginable ailment is listed and which single or combined
herbs should be used. Easy to use and handy to have this book is also
fascinating just to read.