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The Herb Book: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to More Than 500 Herbs Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 2014


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Soothe your nerves, cure your cough, color your fabrics, perfume your bath, stimulate your lover, spice your sauces, stop your nightmares, freshen your breath -- with herbs... The most complete catalog of nature's "miracle plants" ever published. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Soothe your nerves, cure your cough, color your fabrics, perfume your bath, stimulate your lover, spice your sauces, stop your nightmares, freshen your breath -- with herbs... The most complete catalog of nature's "miracle plants" ever published. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Beneficial Books; Reprint edition (June 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879040556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879040550
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Best Herbal Book I have ever read or owned.
Wilberta Berry
This book includes a 333 page section with detailed listings of about 2000 herbs, their uses, where they grow, etc.
Keystone Health
I received a free copy of this book fom the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful By cellarstella on January 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when I was 12 at a library sale for 25 cents. Since then, I've spent quite a bit more on herb books, but this is still the best of my collection! It's a fantasic reference book because you can look up herbs by common name, scientific name, and even by what ailments they treat. It doesn't contain much New Age spiritual information, which suits my scientific mind just fine. The author presents very logical arguments for making your own medicine/cosmetics/spices, whether purchased, home-grown, or wild-gathered. Just like other reviewers have stated, this is my number one resource on herbs, even with the development of the internet and google.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2002
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I have been working with herbs for fifteen years now, and this book has been invaluable through all of them. It includes medicinal and cosmetic uses of almost any herb you can think of, as well as traditional uses and some background. I've introduced several herbalist friends to it, and they now refuse to be without it. If you get only one book on herbs, make it this one.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Benson on July 25, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been using my copy for thirty years now-- pages are yellowed and crunchy and glue is crackling. The descriptions and origins are great. Line drawings instead of water colors. So much info packed into one volume-- plant taxonomy, uses, recipes, tables galore, multiple indices, myths, legends. I teach herbal classes and this is always the first book I recommend!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By greenearth_octobersky on April 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the book by which I learned the bulk of my herbal knowledge - Knowledge of plants, their medicinal uses and how to harvest , process and store them. Excellent for beginners or seasoned herbalists alike, it is intelligently written, yet simple to understand. It is written in plain language, yet introduces readers to a wealth of medical terminology. After nearly 15 years of using this book, it is still the one I bring with me when I go out into the greenhouse, garden or woods.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "freaksickle" on October 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book has got TONS of info on plants and how to identify them, gathering, storying, drying, planting how to make infusions, herbal mixtures and formulas, dyes its got pretty much everything. Furthermore the only thing that it needs because the pics are drawn and in black and white is a herb encyclopedia with color pictures. great book, great buy. they should make a updated and expanded version.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on October 4, 2010
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This softcover book by John Lust is actually a short write up of herbs. It does not go into any detail about the chemical compounds of the herbs that determine their effectiveness. It's the Reader's Digest version. If that it what you want, then this book is for you. On the other hand, if you really want a comprehensive look at herbs, there are better books out there such as the ones by Rosemary Gladstar, David Hoffman, James Green that come to mind.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book does not give information on how to grow herbs, but it is truly the most complete book on the use of herbs that I've ever found. It provides extensive information on individual plants, indexed by both common and botanical names, and on various methods of preparation. If you've ever wondered about the difference between decoctions, extracts and infusions, then this is the book for you. Whether you want to cure your whooping cough, improve your complexion, or dye your wool, this book has an answer. I simply can't praise it enough. I've worn out two paperback copies and given half-a-dozen away as gifts. I finally decided it was time to invest in the hardcover edition, since it's definitely a "keeper".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kira Jovian on June 15, 2006
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This is the one, the one book I feel anyone serious about herbs should have in their collection. It has proved invaluable to me in so many ways. It includes cosmetic and medicinal for most any herb you can think of. It is also good for information on traditional uses and background knowledge. It can be a bit overwhelming at first but once you get a grasp on how it is organised (it didn't take me long) it proves indespensible.
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