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Mother Nature's Herbal (Llewellyn's Whole Life Series) Paperback – April 8, 1997

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I'm passionate about books that overflow with useful information, and Mother Nature's Herbal stirs my faculties on many levels simultaneously. Judy Griffin goes beyond "how-to" in her anthropological approach to the history, uses, and cultural significance of herbs in societies from West to East, yet her manner is still lighthearted and not overbearingly intellectual. This is a perfectly functional guide to herbalism, but it also engenders a respect and awareness of how important these plants have been to humankind.

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Griffin asserts that every culture offers something to the herbalist and, accordingly, draws on Native American, Mesoamerican, colonial American, Arab, and other cultures. She gives historical, geographical, and mythical information as needed without being pedantic as she describes herbs and how to grow, harvest, and preserve them. Her recipes are clear, include suggested substitutes for hard-to-find ingredients, and are accompanied by medical warnings as needed. She specifies 40 plants for beginning herbalists to get to know, lists sources of further information and supplies, and gratifyingly includes information on landscaping with old roses and the use of essential oils. Furthermore, her herbal is both a nifty reference and a delightful read. William Beatty
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Product Details

  • Series: Llewellyn's Whole Life Series
  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; First Printing edition (April 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567183409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567183405
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,958,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Judy Griffin provides a comprehensive guide to the herb world in Mother Nature's Herbal, her latest book. A master gardener, herbalist, and certified horticulturist, Griffin explains everything from how to start seeds in properly amended soil to harvesting and using the leaves, flowers, and berries of each plant optimally.
Her book is part of Llewellyn's Whole Life Series, which focuses on holistic living.
Griffin describes each herb fully, using common and botanical names. Delving into folklore, she presents historical and contemporary uses of many plants. She also provides cultural information on the use of herbalism (plant medicine) through the centuries, including Ayurvedic (Indian), Chinese, medieval, Mediterranean, and Native and South American remedies. Griffin wrote Mother Nature's Herbal for "those who are ready to learn and experience the beauty, knowledge, and synergy of everything that grows." She adds that "I emphasize companion planting, kitchen gardens, and herbal repellents."
Her book includes more than 200 recipes, ranging from Mango Salsa to Ginger Zucchini Carrot Cake to Pesto Genovese to the Nobody Loves Me Tonic, for when "life has let you down and no one seems to care." Health recipes encompass an abundance of tonics, as well as recipes for skin and hair care, therapeutic baths, and simple medicinal remedies. Food recipes include butters, vinegars, marinades, oils, and seasoning blends. She devotes one chapter to the use of essential oils and flower remedies.
Pen and ink drawings of 102 herbs garnish the pages, along with 24 color photos.
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Judy Griffin goes beyond "how-to" in her anthropological approach to the history, uses, and cultural significance of herbs in societies from West to East, yet her manner is still lighthearted and not overbearingly intellectual. This is a perfectly functional guide to herbalism, but it also engenders a respect and awareness of how important these plants have been to humankind. 
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This book is well researched and put together. It's like an *interesting* history lesson about herbs and how to use them, when, where, & why! There is herbal use from around the globe and it is just such a good book. Highly recommened if you love herbs and love making your own tinctures, tonics, and healing concoctions!
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