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The Practicing Herbalist, a guidebook book for all. Connect wild herbs & foods, to understand facial lines, a comprehensive reference.
The Practicing Herbalist, a guidebook book for all. Connect wild herbs & foods, to understand facial lines, a comprehensive reference.
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My 94 year young Dad with just a few of our kids and grandkids.
My 94 year young Dad with just a few of our kids and grandkids.

I am self-publishing The Practicing Herbalist meeting with clients, reading the body - again! With your purchasing now I will be able to get The Practicing Herbalist updated, adding in new chapters, printed and into the world by August. I self published the first and second editions so have plenty of experience to complete this work -  and I love this book. 

 http://earthsongherbals.com/

The Earthsong Herbals Gardens in May
The Earthsong Herbals Gardens in May

The Practicing Herbalist will give you the tools to understand how look at facial indicators (wrinkles, colors, rashes) and interpret the message. Includes Table of Contents and is fully Indexed. 

Look to three body indicators always!
Look to three body indicators always!

These pages are tools for any herb lover, parent or, well, any human to find answers to the meaning of lines, blemishes, & tissue colors of the face, nails and tongue, elimination analysis, signs of hot, cold, damp and dry conditions and then to the herbs.

The table of contents will give you an idea of what was in the second edition. The third includes the endocrine cascade, intrinsic factor, social media and new drawings of body indications.
The table of contents will give you an idea of what was in the second edition. The third includes the endocrine cascade, intrinsic factor, social media and new drawings of body indications.

If you want to become a practitioner there are chapters on basic office and business skills. It is a valuable asset to have a business course with practical suggestions. You get the skills from forty years of running a home office synthesized into a few clear chapters. I have loved the feedback from so many excited readers as they began their practices. Budding or weathered there is plenty to absorb and improve for your visual and health related knowledge. I hope you get inspired too!

Teaching the wonders of herbs and the magic of reading the body in California at The Blue Otter School- with lots of humorous stories intermingled is my joy. Hope you enjoy the laughter and the tears for all of your years!
Teaching the wonders of herbs and the magic of reading the body in California at The Blue Otter School- with lots of humorous stories intermingled is my joy. Hope you enjoy the laughter and the tears for all of your years!


The pleasure of reading stories and humorous commentary of life in a clinical herbalist's office appeals to all. The intention was not to write a book of non-fiction yet The Practicing Herbalist contains numerous poignant and hilarious vignettes and has entertained people from all walks of life. It is on the coffee table, kitchen shelf or bathroom for quick or relaxed reading and refer

What is the Practicing Herbalist • Reading the Body?

The Practicing Herbalist will give you the tools to understand how look at facial indicators (wrinkles, lines, rashes, shapes, colors, irregularities and more) and know how and why they tie to emotions, endocrine glands and organs, then discover simple foods and herbs to improve daily living.   If you want to become a practitioner there are chapters on basic office and business skills. I have loved the feedback from so many excited readers as they began their practices. Budding or weathered there is plenty to absorb. I hope you get inspired too!  Herbs are the common man’s food!

Earthsong Herbals is my busy family practice and herb school in Marblehead Ma. I offer classes and workshops in my home office, and travel around the United States and beyond teaching. The Practicing Herbalist is a comprehensive compilation of my life's work. The first edition of a thousand sold in 5 years, the next was sold four! This was all by word of mouth and sold from home. The book has gone to most countries and I feel that I'm ready to handle some major shipping.

What's new in the third edition?  Over the last year I have been writing, planning and compiling the additions. There are new drawings of body indications - check out the table of contents from the second edition on the website to get an idea of the content.  Every chapter has been updated from the previous edition.

Original Artwork Rewards:   Original etchings from the book will be available to pick up at the book celebration with sweet Jazz and herbal tea and delicious nibbles afternoon for friends, family and Kickstarter Campaign contributors.  In July and August you can choose artwork at the one of the two Reading the Body seminars in Marblehead. There will be small, medium and large etchings, with one or two copies of the inscribed book to choose from. Go to the rewards to figure out which size of original art is best for you.

Celebrate the birth of the Third edition in Marblehead! See the rewards list to find out about attending and going home with one of my etchings.
Celebrate the birth of the Third edition in Marblehead! See the rewards list to find out about attending and going home with one of my etchings.

The writing is completed, the calligraphy and tables and indexing are all done, new art work placed prior to each new chapter. Ahhh, the files have been sent to my very reliable printer, a few weeks of proofs, sending in the completed cover and we get into the production line. Real ink on paper. My printer Thomson-Shore is owned by the employees and creates income within the country.  At that point we await the big truck full of books! I'll start addressing boxes for shipping ASAP.  Maybe with help from some herbal apprentices, grateful clinic participants and friends.

Risks and challenges

The third edition is written, calligraphy, artwork, tables, new chapters, and diagrams for facial indications done! I have to come up with half the cost of printing when I send in the file to the wonderful tried and true printer. We had a few early bumps, helping my daughter with care of newborn Owen to keep her home stress-free after the birth (after her surgery for appendicitis 5 weeks prior to the birth!) then she had to return to work too soon. So we cared for wee Owen. Worth every penny, time with Owen priceless. My two graphic designers worked harmoniously dealing with this tome - 508 pages. Linda Diering worked from the front and Dawn Gregory from the back. The file for the printer is completed and sent! The cover has been designed by Hanna Dyer. The book was off to the printer June 12th and the two proofs have taken 4 weeks even though my turn around was a day! Frustrating. It will be hard cover 8.5 by 11. It looks like mid-August. I asked for every proof to ship express mail this time and thee second was not! Right at the peak of herbal symposiums. I have a loan in place to cover the initial deposit of ($12,500) and hope to pay that off, and all other production expenses ($15,000) by the time the books are shipped (Trucking an additional $3000) to me.

I plan to hire additional help from my long list of clinic clients who have been out of work to help with typing in addresses and preparing shipping labels online. I also have clients I have had in clinic who will work for the project because they are able to work even though they haven't been able to pay me in the past; Veterans, young parents, students and retired people trying to live on social security. Everyone loves to be useful. The number of orders will determine whether I ship the finished books to a Publishers Distribution House instead of storing them in every room of this house!

So that's it- everything else has gone smoothly and now I'll get some time with the seven grandchildren!

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    Receive a "Thank you!" plus a bookmark created by me from my original artwork. If you have earlier editions this is a nice placeholder for all that has changed!

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    Make practice easier! A laminated Endocrine Cascade Herb Chart. Two sided, with Herbs treating more endocrine glands on the first side, continuing onto the back side. This chart is truly practical!

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    The Practicing Herbalist's Coloring Book. A wonderful collection of artwork and illustrations from the Practicing Herbalist reproduced and compiled into a sweet little coloring book. Short books on Thyroid, endocrine, head trauma, food allergies or simply art. Indicate your choice when the campaign is met.

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    Attend a one hour lecture throughout New England and nearby cities through November of 2013. I will demonstrate how to use the QuickSight pages on facial, fingernail, and tongue lines. When the champaign is met I will share the list of towns.
    Here is what one reader said about it "Dear Margi,
    I have just received your book, and although I am only a few pages in, I am already positive I have been looking for it for a long time. Thank you for providing me with another piece of my puzzle. Many thanks, Jamie Golledge" Contact me by email to find a location near you. margi@earthsongherbals.com

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    Buy the Book! The Practicing Herbalist. Meeting with Clients, Reading the Body, Third Edition, Hardbound, 8.5 by 11, fully Revised (sales tax for our fair Commonwealth included). Pick it up yourself in Marblehead.

    Here is what one reader said about it "Hey, the other day I was spending hours formulating for a client (which is usual for me) and feeling a little stuck, so I opened up your book to a random page and landed on the part where you talk about the beginning of your practice, and how you would spend hours formulating, and that it was time well spent. It was good medicine! Thank you.
    Oren Hercz in Halifax"

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    Buy the Book ! The Practicing Herbalist. Meeting with Clients Reading the Body, Third Revised Edition. This reward includes Shipping throughout the USA. Here is what one reader shared "You really outdid yourself with this book ... the care, the depth, the knowledge ... WOW! A true gift for an inspiring herbalist! This will be seen as a major contribution to herbal medicine in the years to come ...you've certainly left your mark in this world ... in a very inspiring and positive manner! Grateful blessings, Mary Ann Doran"

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    Buy the book and have it shipped within Massachusetts. Includes sales tax to our fair Commonwealth.

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    Buy a book and have it shipped to Canada. Here is what one practitioner said "With great excitement, I ripped the packaging off your new book yesterday. My to-do list contained so many scribbled items to be completed, including harvesting some nettle, catnip, and other items from Mother Nature’s treasure chest. In spite of that list, the most crucial surprise addition was to read your book. First the sun, the stars and then the full moon lead me through every page. I cried, I laughed, and totally took in the flavors and smells of every word your wrote. You are of the earth, as I am. Felt like finding home in a book.
    Anyway, may heartfelt thanks for sharing such wonderful information, love, pain, and insight. You are an inspiration. Wish I had met William LeSassier. Thanks Margi." Debbie Engelmann

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    August 17 Pick up Third edition of The Practicing Herbalist and learn how to pick wild edibles and medicinals on a Wild Plant Walk in Marblehead. Learn how to identify and choose plants to grow on your own land. By seeing our friends the plants and experiencing the taste and distinguishing appearance we can then see them everywhere! (3 Hours) 9-12 noon or 2-5pm. (If printing dates are not met you will have to return and share a cup of tea in the garden while picking up your copy of the book.) Additional walks will be scheduled if we need to.

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    Two copies of The Practicing Herbalist shipped in the US. (Outside of Massachusetts)

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    "Reading the Body" Come to the class in Marblehead Saturday and Sunday July 20 - 21 from 10AM to 3PM. (You will have to return to pick up your book in August unless the printing gods are ahead of schedule.) This class will prime your brains for the completed book! Reading the Body will be held again August 29-30th. (Your book will be most likely be finished) Nothing compares to a real face to apply your knowledge of reading the lines, colors and markings of the face, nails and tongue! More classes will be planned if these two fill.

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    9 or more books at $85 shipped in the continental US. This is a bulk book price plus shipping.

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    Celebrate the third birthing of this book with my friends and family and amazing Jazz musicians. We will be held by the beauty of the plants in the gardens and share delicious teas and foods. Go home with one of my large etchings and two inscribed books.

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