Home Herbal

Home Herbal

Published by DK

RRP: $22.95

Book description

Tap into the healing power of plants with Home Herbal. The modern answer to the traditional herbal, this beautifully illustrated book shows you how easy it is to grow and use a wide range of safe, effective medicinal herbs at home. Discover how to treat everyday ailments with home-made tinctures, and syrups, and how to use food as medicine with delicious, seasonal herb-based soups, smoothies and juices, hot drinks, and salads that will soothe, calm, and heal.

The book opens with step-by-step advice on how to source herbs: how to grow your own, forage in the wild, or buy them from a herbalist. The next section of the book explains how to use herbs. It recommends the top herbs for treating common ailments and presents nourishing, healing recipes for every season, such as smoothies to boost immunity, soups for common colds, and hot drinks for insomnia. The chapter on pamper to heal includes step-by-step techniques and herbal recipes for balms, massage blends, and bath oils. Finally, a fully illustrated A-Z directory of herbs covers everything you need to know about each of the 100 herbs selected, from how to grow them, to which conditions they can help to treat, and the best ways to apply them.

With Home Herbal as your guide, discover the satisfaction that comes from growing your own herbs and using them to care for yourself and your family, safe in the knowledge that they are natural and gentle, but highly effective.

"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." -Hippocrates 460-359BC

Contents
Prelims (5pp)
Part 1: Source (2pp)
Grow (22pp): Includes advice on how to grow and harvest your own herbs. Includes planting plans for pots and areas in vegetable plots or small gardens.
Forage (8pp): Advice on collecting herbs from the wild, including information on habitat, guidelines on identification, and status of sustainability.
Buy (6pp): Explains how to source and select herbs from a herbalist.

Part 2: Use (2pp)
Everyday ailments (20pp): Double-page spreads show the recommended top herbs for treating common ailments.
Eat to Heal (86pp): Recipes for soups, salads, and drinks, arranged seasonally to take into consideration the
availability of fresh herbs and the most common ailments during that season.
Pamper to heal (86pp): How to make a range of products for face and body, many of them demonstrated step-by-step, including balms, massage blends, and bath oils.
A-Z of Herbs (108pp): Covers the most popular and useful herbs for use at home, many of which are easy to grow. Each entry includes information on which parts of a herb to use, its main constituents, how to grow it, where to find it in the wild, and how to harvest it. Advice on the medicinal use of herbs is broken down into which type of preparation is best for different types of complaint.

Herbs in this section include:
Chamomile
Nettle
Cinnamon
Raspberry Leaf
Psyllium
Fennel
Marigold Flowers
Slippery Elm
Lavender
Elderflowers and berries
Peppermint
Lime Flowers
Rosehips and buds
Dandelion
Valerian
Milk Thistle
Sage
Fenugreek
Lemon Balm
Wild Yam
Meadowsweet
Yarrow
Witch Hazel
Liquorice
Comfrey
Eyebright
Red Clover
Astragalus
Pau Darco
Burdock
Lemon Verbena
Horsetail
Scullcap
Marshmallow
Rosemary
Thyme
Linseed
Passion Flower
Hibiscus
Vervain
Cleavers
Hawthorn
Golden Seal
St Johns Wort
Quassia Chips
Olibanum
Ginkgo
Myrrh
Coltsfoot
Agnus Castus
Cloves
Echinacea
Kelp Powder
Saw Palmetto
Aniseed (Spanish)
Chickweed
Damiana
Schizandra
Ginseng
Jasmine Flowers
Ashwaganda
Catnip
Red Roses
Senna
Alfalfa
Garlic
Mullein
Oats
Plantain
Motherwort
Bilberries
Celery Seed
Gotu Kola
Mistletoe
Ginger
Black Cohosh
Spirulina
Hops
Caraway Seeds
Borage
Lemongrass
Turmeric
Cornsilk
Uva Ursi
Orange Blossom
Juniper Berries
Yellow Dock
Aniseed (China Star)
Ladys Mantle
Hyssop
Crampbark
Devils Claw
Goji (Lycium)
Guarana Powder
Cayenne
Chinese Angelica
Wormwood
Eucalyptus
Sarsaparilla
Golden Rod
Resources/Index/Acknowledgments (7pp)