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Stalking The Healthful Herbs (19660101) Paperback – March 22, 2005
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I actually prefer this book to "Asparagus" because it is a bit more useful. For example, if you live nearly anywhere in middle America, violet leaves pop up in your lawn and garden. They're readily available and easy to find. And he gives uses for cucumber-scented borage, which you can actually plant from seeds. This herb now is a top seller for its healthful oil-rich seeds that contain linoleic acid. If borage doesn't grow in your fields, you can put it in your herb garden. He gives great ideas for violets, borage, mint and other herbs either readily found or available to grow.
Careful however; some of the wild herbs look alike; most dangerously hemlock and parsley, angelica and other members of the carrot family look alike with their feathery fronds. Best to take a course in plant identification at the local community college if you are collecting these.
Overall rating: 4 stars
Number of plants: 3 stars
Treatment lists: 4 stars
Treatment details: 4 stars
Picture types: simple line drawings
Plant identification: 2 stars
Who will find it useful: novices to expert foragers & herbalists, backpackers, hunters, preparedness-minded folk
Notes: Euell Gibbons is one part naturalist, one part poet, and one part comedian. No other wild plant author inspires me to run off into the woods like his writings! This book is filled with detailed nutritional and medicinal information for a wide variety of plants found all over North America. Its recipes for teas, tinctures, ointments, extractions, etc are clear and easy to follow. This book is a must-have for the bookcase of any forager, herbalist, or those aiming for self-sufficiency. The main focus of this book is more along the lines of keeping you healthy followed by treating minor problems such as colds, congestion, upset stomach, insomnia, and the such. It isn't much help major illnesses, cancers, or other life-threatening diseases. This book includes a glossary of the medical terms it uses.
The paperback version of this book is still fairly thick, but still small enough to be brought out to the wilds. Most of the plants he describes are available all across North America. However, he assumes you already know what the plant looks like and where to find it, so novice foragers may need to bring a reference guide such as A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide) along to help them.
While the plants are shown with drawings, it would have been nice to have photographs.
We would recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is so much fun to forage out in nature to find these herbs. Just don't take too much so there will be more next year and especially not if the plant is an endangered species.Published 3 months ago by Donna McElhiney
Just a great read that withstands the sands of time, That's it and all you needPublished 8 months ago by barcelona
Got this book specifically for the chapter on Roses - not disappointed at all. Euell is a very knowledgeable herbalist and his conversational tone is charming. Love this book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SarahSummerSun
This is a great book to add to your collection for foraging for edible wild plants. Great reading for sure. KathleenPublished 18 months ago by Kathleen A Dean
Of course, the book is written to hold the reader's attention. However, a friend had given rave reviews, and I was hoping for better pictures of the plants. Read morePublished 24 months ago by GAIL
who can cook without herbs? fresh herbs are so much better than dried from the store. they enhance the food so mhch more when fresh and you know you've found them yourselfPublished on July 16, 2013 by Norma Godsave