- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Studio (September 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140238026
- ISBN-13: 978-0140238020
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbs Paperback – September 1, 1994
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ACTUALLY TELLS YOU HOW TO USE THEM! My wife and I love to use herbs particularly culinary, tea, and medicinal. This was the only book we came across that had detailed and useful information that was easily understood on how to use herbs in practical ways.
The book covers garden design, making herbal decorations, use in the kitchen with many recipes, household uses of herbs, beauty care use of herbs, essential oils, health uses of herbs, cultivation and harvesting of herbs and a very complete index of over 100 herbs. The herbal index is great. It contains full color photographs of the foliage, flowers, seed, dried leaves, and roots as applicable to each herb. A short history is given along with cultivation, harvest information, and uses (including what parts for what use).
It has a nice section on making potpourri. The beauty use section is complete with recipes. The table of essential oils is very complete and useful. The health section describes different general preparation techniques and an A-Z guide of ailments with accompanying herbal remedies. The herb cultivating section is complete and useful.
The title says it all, get this book and you will learn something new about herbs every time you pick it up. We reference it all the time. It is invaluable to any gardening or health library.
One of the best aspects of the book is its 100+ page "Herbal Index." A full page (sometimes two) is dedicated to each variety, with good-sized color photos depicting the stem, leaf, seed, flower, root, dried flowers, dried leaves, crushed roots, other varieties, etc. A small photo tops of the growing plant tops a sidebar. This approach makes herb identification much easier than the books that rely on the garden glam shots where the herb looks gorgeous but its particulars can be difficult to see. Each herb page begins with a description of any lore historically ascribed to the plan and perhaps the origins of its name. For instance, the Borage description notes that the Old Masters often used the "beautiful pure blue" flowers to paint the Madonna's robe.
The sidebars in the Herbal Index pack an amazing amount of information into a relatively small amount of space: Details about cultivation, including soil and sunlight preferences, harvesting and preservation, and the decorative, culinary, household, cosmetic, and medicinal uses of its various parts. More details on the uses can be found in the "Using Herbs" sections.Read more ›
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Careful - I have another book by the same author - RD Home Handbook Herbs also by Lesley Bremnes - very very similar, including the photos and baskets - this books is a larger... Read morePublished 14 days ago by CT Scout Mom
Didn't get correct book but it was taken care of in a timely fashion.Published 19 days ago by kelly
This is a really great book about herbs. About half of the book is an "herb index" with colored pictures and detailed information about various herbs. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
very thorough and useful. helped me plan my tea and herb garden. and very low pricedPublished 1 month ago by Emily Smith
I LOVE this book! It's so informative and exactly what I was looking for to understand my medicinal herb garden. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andi Hall
This is truly the best book on herbs that I have ever found. I love it. I wish it was available electronically so that I
could listen to it in the car. Read more
This book is so thorough. It includes anything you could want to know about herbs.Published 3 months ago by E. Townsend