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The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies Review – Worth the Money?

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The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies: The Healing Power of Plant Medicine by Dr. Nicole Apelian and Claude Davis is not quite as advertised. We'll discuss the good and the bad, and whether or not it's worth $37.

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies Review - Worth the Money?

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies Review

The book is a 304 page reference guide to herbal medicine. It discusses natural remedies and medicinal plants common to North America, and includes color pictures of medicinal herbs.

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies features several sections:

  • An Herbal Quick Reference Guide based on which ailment you want to treat.
  • How to Harvest the Healing Power from Plants, which discusses basic herbal preparations.
  • Backyard Plants
  • Forest, Scrublands, and Woodlands
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Mushrooms and Lichens
  • Water-Loving Plants
  • Household Remedies
  • Appendix

On the official website, the video notes that there are three parts to the book, but this does not seem to be the case. They also keep mentioning “my grandfather's book”, but I didn't find grandpa in the actual book. There is a 30 day money back guarantee.

About the Author

According to page one of the book, The Lost Books of Remedies is “edited and written” by Nicole Apelian, PhD, and copyrighted by Claude Davis. On the cover of the book, it's credited to Nicole and Claude, but as I noted in our review of “The Lost Ways”, it appears that Claude isn't a real person.

Nicole has an impressive resume, with multiple degrees and a wide range of experience. She's lived with indigenous peoples, been featured on survival television shows, and teaches herbalism and survival skills. The book explains in general terms how she manages her multiple sclerosis.

In May 2020, the FTC issues her a warning letter for making unsubstantiated herbal claims.

Book Highlights

The Herbal Quick Reference guide offers nearly 20 pages of herbal suggestions for treating everything from broken bones to snake bites. It lists the condition, then directs the reader to the related herb entry later in the book.

The “How to Harvest” section gives instructions for harvesting and drying herbs, and making simple herbal preparations such as infusions, salves, and poultices.

Most of the book is filled with herbal monographs providing information on identification and use of specific plants. There are over 100 plants from around the United States, listed by common name and scientific name. Each entry includes one or more color photos, and there are general instructions for use.

Why I Don't Recommend The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies does not identify the USDA zone where the plants grow. There is no bibliography or reference section, so we have no source materials for the text. The book has thin pages, and reviews on amazon note some books had missing pages.

My biggest issue with the book is inaccurate information. I'm not familiar with every herb in the book, but I'm sure there are mistakes on ones I do know.

They claim the leaves and stalks of burdock are good raw or cooked. This is not correct. Here's a better description from The Forager's Harvest by Samuel Thayer:

Some authors report that the young leaves of burdock are edible, adding that they should be parboiled in a few changes of water before consumption. Perhaps there is some semantic loophole by which such horrific greens can be admitted to the “edible” classification, but burdock leaves have achieved quite a level of infamy among wild food enthusiasts. They are so bitter, in fact, that handling them will leave a bitter residue on your fingers that will pollute any food you touch thereafter.

Almost all the photos in the book are stock photos, and sometimes stock photos have the wrong label.

It's a common mistake for people who don't know herbs to grab a stock photo that is labeled as a specific plant without double checking the identification. The book shows “burdock” that is clearly thistle, and “red clover' that isn't red clover. If they can't make time to check photos for accuracy, what else did they get wrong?

No certified herbalist I know would put their names on a book like The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies

Watch out for Contraindications and Drug Interactions

While the book focuses on how well herbal remedies work, there's little information on when they shouldn't be used. Some of these herbs have drug interactions, or are not recommended for those with certain conditions.

As an example, the book notes: “Warning: Do not use white willow in children suffering from low grade fevers. Do not take white willow if you are allergic to as aspirin. Do not use long term.” It does not mention liver interaction or pregnancy.

As a comparison, WebMD lists multiple pages of side effects, precautions, and interactions.

The advertising for The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies goes on at length about “finding your inner doctor” and how safe and simple it is to use herbs. Herbs are great, but if you want to use them like medicine, you need to treat them like medicine.

What I Recommend Instead of The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies

First, get a book written by people who don't hide behind a pen name. There are many amazing herbal books available. Second, if you really want to know what to do with herbs in case of emergency, get training. There are a wide variety of online herbal courses, or you may be able to find in person classes.

Some of my favorite herbal books include:

Backyard Medicine – this book has multiple gorgeous full color photos for each plant, with simple instructions the are safe for the beginning herbalist.

The Homesteader's Herbal Companion – geared to the homesteading lifestyle, this book includes herbs to grow and forage. There are many different recipes for human and animal care.

The Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman – this was one of my first herbal books, and it's still a favorite. There are herbal monographs, medicine making instructions, and troubleshooting based on ailment.

If you want to take a course, check out The Herbal Academy. They have courses from beginner to advanced, and some of their courses don't cost much more than The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies.

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My friend, Amy, author of The Homesteader's Herbal Companion, also has a course titled “Homestead Herbalist: Herbs & Preparations for Colds, Viruses & Flus”. It's easy to follow and will get you safely through some of the most common illnesses.

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12 Comments

    1. So do I James. I’ve ordered several books of this type, and it’s been about six months. I’ll try to get my money back and hope it’s not too late.

  1. Interestingly enough you mention her credentials Ph’d lived with native tribes ect…. you also hear all the time about some agency threatening someone about making”sensationalist claims” even though many have been proven in labs and universities not to mention from actual results in real life usage including Dr Mercola, Mike Adams, Dr. Wallach ect…

    My point being that some of your reference’s are as trust worthy as nicole To reference something like webmd propaganda Machine isn’t a good source they also claim statin drugs aren’t that harmful to you I have a tendency to believe results over claims and I know of no one that Nicole has helped that hasn’t benefited from her knowledge including herself it’s kind of like how Dr. Wallach has cured almost every kid he has treated for autism but he can’t make “Sensationalist Claims” without some propaganda agency threatening him all because Big Pharma can’t control the actual substance

    so proof isn’t in the book but in the results and that is what matters and the results of her knowledge is without question

    as far as burdock goes that is just opinion hell most people have a hard time eating dandelion greens because they say they are bitter and yet i love them

    How many Americans can eat Balut which is common delicacy with the Filipino people or The Maggot Cheese of Southern Corsica lol…. Just opinion

    Thanks for the info and opinion

    1. Nichole clearly knows her stuff, but the team that assembled the book made some mistakes. You can eat burdock if you like, but please use other books for cross reference as some of the identification images are incorrect.

    2. I have found this book extremely helpful and especially the pdf version of it where you can EASILY search for various herbs or diseases and use that as a jumping off point if I feel the need for corroboration from other sources. I have learned SO much and find it ti be a veritable gold mine! I agree: WebMD is part of Big Pharma and while a lot of their information may be good I always take it with a grain of salt.

  2. Thanks for the information and your opinions. I took issue with your point about hiding behind a pen name. If it were only one author perhaps you would have a point. But Nicole clearly puts her name on the book so why would it affect the integrity of the content? I think she is more that qualified to write a book like this. I’m not sure why you take issue about her mentioning her grandfather’s book but not crediting it. Perhaps it was one that he wrote for himself or his family? Anyway you make good points about the inaccuracies and risks not being mentioned however a lot of what you said then seemed undermined by recommending your friends book as and alternative at the end.

    1. I didn’t say that Nicole was using a pen name, I took issue with this book likely being written by a team of writers who are using Nicole as a front person. I do not think that Nicole wrote this book, because from her other work, it doesn’t seem like she would make the mistakes that were made in this book.

      Generally when I am reading books and they mention another book that they like or take inspiration from, I look up that book, too. I’ve found many good books that way. I was hoping that perhaps the book written by her grandfather (if I could find it) would be a better book.

      If I don’t like a book, of course I’m going to recommend alternatives that I prefer. In this case, some are from someone I know. That doesn’t negate the usefulness of the content.

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