I have several of Buhner's book and appreciate all of them, particularly his books on fasting, plant intelligence and herbal antibiotics. They are thorough, hugely knowledgeable and cover everything relevant, as far as I can tell.
He writes with a dry sense of humor which lightens what would otherwise (inevitably) be a somewhat tedious read. He's practical and clear on what only works at the very onset, and about popular remedies that don't work at all. He recommends specific herbs for fever, for headache, for cough. As usual, he explains how to make the herbal goodies and is particularly keen on invasive plants, for very good reasons, as he makes clear.
My one negative thought about this book is the large list of herbs he recommends for colds, flu and the like. They seem more like a stew. For example, his antiviral tincture formulation is equal parts of Chinese skullcap, isatis, licorice, houttuynia, lomatium, red root, yerba santa, elephant tree, osha, and either immortal or pleurisy root.
Buhner does address this. He writes that for nearly 30 years he tended to use formulations that contained only 3 herbs, occasionally 5. With the emergence of more intense forms of influenza he has found that a more complex formulation works better. (He thinks a major factor is aging.)
I hope he's wrong, even though I consider him a master herbalist! I shrink at the cost of buying 11 different tinctures; if any of the sources he recommends towards the back of the book (I have used one or two and would happily use any recommended by Buhner) provide this "Buhner special", he doesn't mention it. The most likely to offer this in the future is probably Dry Creek Herb Farm, which already offers "Stephen Buhner's Option #2", a 13-herb powder mixture (1lb weight) for $52.50 which they created when the author became very sick with Hepatitis C.
He's very keen on fresh ginger juice tea (stressing that dried ginger is useless). I'd love to try it but juiced raw ginger always give me heartburn. However, if you'd like to try this, Buhner's mixture is 4 ounces of raw juiced ginger plus 6 ounces of hot water mixed with a quarter of a lime, a large tablespoon of honey and one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne.
Later note: I've discovered that true cinnamon leaf oil has powerful healing qualities: 2 drops a day for 105 days eliminates all infections, including bacteria, virus, fungus and parasite. Try it for yourself, it's both cheap and easy - but make sure to dilute it in some juice or oil, otherwise it will burn your mouth. Also, many other supplements will work against it - visit lyme-symptoms[dot]com for the full protocol.
You need to look for a products that states it us true cinnamon (zeylanicum or verum) and leaf (it's the oil from the leaves of the cinnamon bush that has the necessary eugenol as the main component) and also "steam distilled"; in my experience, the NuKira brand worked.
Cinnamon bark oil gives the true cinnamon smell and flavor, while leaf does not, it smells like cloves. So it depends on what you want the oil for - smell and flavour or healing...
Also, avoid cassia, or any bottle that does NOT say cinnamon zeylanicum or cinnamon verum AND "steam distilled". They taste and smell somewhat similar but do not work the same way. Cassia is legally allowed to be called "cinnamon" so it's easy to get the wrong kind, which I did initially.
The few alternative oils for this healing protocol are:
- Marjoram (Origanum majorana) aka sweet marjoram
- Thymus Mastichina also known as Wild Marjoram, Mastic Thyme and Marjoram Spanish
- Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) from South Africa
Within an hour of taking the first drop of true cinnamon leaf oil (steam distilled) in some juice my breathing became easier as I have Babesia, a cousin of Malaria which eats red blood cells - these cells carry oxygen throughout the body. Ugh, the juice failed to mask the taste, just as strong and as bitter as clove oil and oregano oil - and I'm hoping I don't become allergic to it as I did very quickly with oil of oregano - probably unlikely since it's only 2 drops daily.