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Help us Celebrate the 100th birthday
of
Juliette de Bairacli Levy
"Grandmother of Herbal Medicine"

Photography © James Prineas 2011 

If you love either animals or plants, you will love Juliette de Bairacli Levy and her books.

Each of these new editions includes an herbal index by Susun Weed, photos from Juliette's archives, and stories that will stay with you forever.

You're invited along as Juliette has a second baby alone in a Spanish mountain village, finds that she and her newborn have typhus, and lives to tell us about it in Spanish Mountain Life
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Spend the summer with Juliette and her two toddlers as they explore the Sea of Galilee. Timely, filled with historical tales and emotional adventures, Summer in Galilee, is a classic that gets passed from hand to hand.
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Finally, join Juliette and her older children for a romp in Manhattan with cherry blossoms and cockroaches, Gypsies and a high-speed highway chase. A Gypsy in New York is not only funny and exciting, it gives us a view of New York City rarely seen.
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Juliette de Bairacli Levy is a world renowned herbalist, author, breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveller in search of herbal wisdom, and the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine.

Juliette has a long record of spectacular cures to her credit and the books she has written have been a vital inspiration for the present day herbal renaissance.


Here they are! Three "new" books by author, animal-lover, and herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy.

In the last years of her life, with the help of Susun Weed, she revised and updated three of her most fascinating memoirs.


Join Juliette de Bairacli Levy – Gypsy herbal veterinarian and mother of two toddlers – as she spends an eventful summer swimming in the waters, and the history, of the Sea of Galilee, in the modern state of Israel. 

Juliette trains her observant eyes, and lovely descriptive prose, on the people, places, plants and animals around her. 

You will hold your breath as Juliette dares to traverse the forbidden militarized zone around the Jordan River in pursuit of a personal communion with this holiest of lands.

Juliette was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1912 in Manchester, England. She was educated at Lowther College, one of the best girls schools in Britain, and went on to study veterinary medicine at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool.

However, Juliette did not approve of the vivisection and animal experimentation that was going on in the universities, so she left university after two years and went to study with the Gypsies and peasants of the world.

In the late 1930's Juliette ran a distemper clinic in London where, at a time when many dogs were dying from this disease, she treated and cured hundreds of dogs with fasting, herbs and a natural diet.

When many Afghan hound puppies were dying of distemper, Juliette raised a litter of puppies on her natural rearing methods and these puppies won Best of Show at Crufts Dog Show.

In the 1930's Juliette developed a line of herbal supplements for animals known as Natural Rearing Products. For the next 50 years these were the only products of their kind on the market. Today these supplements are still distributed world wide.

During World War II, Juliette worked in the Women's Land Army gathering sphagnum moss which was used on soldiers' wounds. After the war she went to Yorkshire where she cured thousands of sheep who had been declared incurable by conventional vets.

A Gypsy in New York

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In this richly detailed memoir, Juliette de Bairacli Levy – one of the founders of American herbalism – offers us a rare and compelling documentary. 

It is at once an herbal, a travel book and a compendium of Gypsy lore and Gypsy ways.

Juliette gives us river winds, strange characters in the streets by day, rats scurrying by at night, and legions of cockroaches in the apartments, against whose window the blossoms of apple and pear trees toss, even in the great city’s cement heart.

You’ll thrill as she and her children discover ancient  treasure, be fascinated as she visits the tombs of  Jewish mystics, and, perhaps, scream in terror as she is visited in the dark of night by an enormous snake – only to breathe a sigh of relief when she is saved by her faithful Afghan hound. 

Juliette vividly described her visit to a Bedouin village, and the trouble this causes, both in the kibbutz where she lives and among the Bedouins. 

But with keen wit, steely nerve, and kind heart, she manages to please everyone, including her readers, as she saves the day and mends frayed tempers.


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This work brought her to the attention of Sir Albert Howard, founder of the Soil Association and creator of modern day "organic" farming methods. Sir Albert Howard encouraged Juliette to learn all she could about herbal treatments for animals.

In the 1940's, while travelling in America, Spain, France, North Africa and Turkey, Juliette gathered herbal remedies from the nomadic and peasant peoples of these lands. When her Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable was published in 1951, it was the first veterinary herbal ever to be published as before this time, the art of farriers, gypsies and peasants had been passed on only by the spoken word.

Thus Juliette became THE pioneer of what is known today as holistic animal care. She went on to write The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog. Both these books together with Juliette's Illustrated Herbal Handbook for Everyone and Natural Rearing of Children have become classics and many generations of humans & animals have been raised & healed on these books.

Juliette became famous for saving her hives of bees from shell attack during the six day war. In Israel and later when she moved to Greece, Juliette continued to write, to raise Afghan hounds, to garden and to gather herbal remedies. As well as her herbal books, she has written several travel books, two novels and three books of poems.



Faber and Faber, one of Juliette's publishers, "say that for the past 50 years they have always received more inquiries about Juliette than about any of their other authors who include T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes and William Golding.

For many years Juliette came to America every summer to lecture, conduct workshops and seminars on herbal medicine. In America she has become recognized as the "grandmother of today's herbal renaissance".

Juliette was remarkably foot-loose for the single mother of two children, rarely lighting in one place for more than a few months before she and her family of Afghans and children moved on.

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During the time I knew her, she lived in Israel, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, and all over the United States. Her wanderings were always directed toward helping animals and learning about herbs. If you love either animals or plants, you will love Juliette de Bairacli Levy and her books. ~ Susun Weed



This jewel-like memoir details her
personal struggle against typhus fever, during which she gave birth to her second child, Luz, who had to be suckled by a nanny goat.  As ever we are embraced by Juliette’s love of nature and animals, and welcomed onlookers as she relates with people whose lives are far different from ours.

Gypsies dance and sing their way through this book, adding their picturesque – and sometime threatening – energy to an exquisitely detailed story that is always intriguing, and sometimes suspenseful. 

Juliette shares with us the herbal lore she learned and used in the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountains.  You’ll find herbs to combat vermin, counter burns, keep your skin beautiful, and many more.
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Here they are! Three "new" books by author, animal-lover, and herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy. In the last years of her life, with the help of Susun Weed, she revised and updated three of her most fascinating memoirs. Now you can take a look at these books that previously sold for hundreds of dollars.

You're invited along as Juliette has a second baby alone in a Spanish mountain village, finds that she and her newborn have typhus, and lives to tell us about it in Spanish Mountain Life.

Spend the summer with Juliette and her two toddlers as they explore the Sea of Galilee. Timely, filled with historical tales and emotional adventures, Summer in Galilee, is a classic that gets passed from hand to hand.

Finally, join Juliette and her older children for a romp in Manhattan with cherry blossoms and cockroaches, Gypsies and a high-speed highway chase. A Gypsy in New York is not only funny and exciting, it gives us a view of New York City rarely seen.

Each of these new editions includes an herbal index by Susun Weed, photos from Juliette's archives, and stories that will stay with you forever.

Juliette de Bairacli Levy was a one-of-a-kind woman who changed everything and everyone she touched by being true to her own sense of health. She left veterinarian school because she was horrified at the use of hypodermics and drugs. Following the Gypsies, she found another way to heal: with nature.

Juliette de Bairacli Levy's practices and ideas on rearing animals, especially her beloved Afghan hounds, became her Natural Rearing Method. It is no exaggeration to say that she created the field of herbal veterinary care.

Juliette supported herself and her children by writing. She wrote herbals, including Herbal for the Dog, Herbal for Farm and Stable, Nature's Children, and Common Herbs for Natural Health; all in print for nearly fifty years. And she wrote memoirs, including Traveler's Joy, Spanish Mountain Life, Summer in Galilee, and A Gypsy in New York.

Juliette was remarkably foot-loose for the single mother of two children, rarely lighting in one place for more than a few months before she and her family of Afghans and children moved on. During the time I knew her, she lived in Israel, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, and all over the United States. Her wanderings were always directed toward helping animals and learning about herbs.

If you love either animals or plants, you will love Juliette de Bairacli Levy and her books.

IN HONOR OF JULIETTE DE BAIRACLI LEVY

Photography © James Prineas 2011 



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