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Growing Herbs, Cooking with Herbs, Healing with Herbs

The natural world provides a bounty of beautiful scents, useful and efficacious chemical compounds, and delicious culinary flavors - all found in herbs and spices abundant in every land, and tested through experience by knowledgeable herbologists for thousands of years.

Throughout human history, the wise have used the seemingly magical, now scientifically known, properties of herbs for healing, health, pleasant living, and good taste. Whether you wish to grow an herb garden, harvest and dry your herbs, create herbal remedies for your family (or your pets), or just cook delicious food - wonderful books are available to instruct and provide you with the information you need.

Herb lore is both a craft and a science, as today's medical practitioners are realizing the benefits of traditional herbal treatments. Almost all modern pharmacology has its roots in botanical discoveries, many of which have been known to local healers since time immemorial. Today, we can learn much from both the past and present as we study the fine art of herbal healing.

Buy Books about Herb Gardening, Cooking with Herbs and Herbal Healing
Your Backyard Herb Garden
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Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More
by Miranda Smith


Miranda Smith's Your Backyard Herb Garden is a terrific book for the beginner herb gardener, especially those with limited space. Includes all you need to know to grow, harvest and use your herbs in cooking and crafts. Provides a detailed look at about 70 popular herbs in the "herb encyclopedia" section. Scads of color photos and illustrations.
LIttle Herb Gardens
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Little Herb Gardens: Simple Secrets for Glorious Gardens--Indoors and Out
by Georgeanne Brennen


Focusing on how to grow herbs year-round in small spaces (balconies, patios, small gardens), Little Herb Gardens covers everything from when and where to buy seeds (a directory is included), potting and cultivating your plants (each herb is individually addressed), harvesting the herbs, and using them in delicious ways such as herb vinegars, biscotti, sorbets. Another great book for beginners.
New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses
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New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses
by Deni Brown for the Herb Society of America


Internationally known horticulturalist and author Deni Brown has written the new "bible" of herbs. Thoroughly covering over 500 herbs from around the world, this new encyclopedia explains the history of herbs and discusses each herb in depth - how to grow them and how to use them - in cooking, medicines, cosmetics. Includes alerts to toxic or dangerous herbs. A fabulous resource that should be on every shelf, whether you have a new interest in herbs or one of long-standing. Highly recommended.
The Herbfarm Cookbook
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The Herbfarm Cookbook: A Guide to the Vivid Flavors of Fresh Herbs
by Jerry Traunfeld


"Since 1990, Jerry Traunfeld has been the chef at the Herbfarm, a restaurant-nursery nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State devoted to propagating an exceptional variety of culinary herbs, edible flowers, and greens. People wait months for a table at this restaurant, where Traunfeld's unaffected yet sophisticated cooking unfolds in a nine-course dinner." Wow! Not only do you get very clear step-by-step instructions for 200 fabulous recipes, but also useful sections on gardening and an in-depth look at 29 favorite herbs and edible flowers. Mr. Traunfeld also provides a resource list for purchasing seeds or plants. A terrific book. Highly recommended.
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
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Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments
by Andrew Chevallier


A fully revised and updated edition of Chevallier's The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, this comprehensive and authoritative book discusses the history of herbal medicine, world herbal traditions, and home remedies. The bulk of the work is an alphabetical listing of 100 of the most commonly used individual herbs detailing their habitat and cultivation, related species, key constituents and actions, research, traditional and current uses, parts used, key preparations, and self-help uses. An additional 450 herbs are covered in less detail. Whew!
20,000 Secrets of Tea
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20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs
by Victoria Zak


Outstanding reviews for this handy, inexpensive guide to the medicinal uses of tea. The largest section is organized by ailments A-Z with recommendations for appropriate healing teas. Zak also includes instructions for stocking your own medicinal kitchen, advice on creating your own tea blends, and information on the healing properties of 100 herbs. Teas are a gentle, time-tested, easy-to-take way of introducing our bodies (and spirits) to the natural healing of herbs. A good resource.
Herbal Healing for Women
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Herbal Healing for Women: Simple Home Remedies for Women of all Ages
by Rosemary Gladstar


Herbal Healing for Women explains how to make and use herbal remedies, including teas, tinctures, salves and ointments, for the common ailments and health issues arising through the different stages of a woman's life. Gladstar's guide includes what herbs to use for each ailment, how to choose and store herbs, how to make herbal remedies, and more, including very clear "safe use" directions. A readable, usable guide to making herbal remedies specifically for women's health issues.
Herbal Home Remedy Book
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The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups
by Joyce A. Wardwell


"Easy recipes for medicinal wines, herbal oils, salves, tonics, syrups, throat drops--you name it. Recipes are made primarily from the 25 most common herbs, and instructions are so clear they're nearly foolproof. The flu, insomnia, colic, menopause, and sore muscles are all covered. Any household with children will find the "herbal home medicine chest" invaluable, with treatments for everyday ailments such as colds and coughs, burns, bug bites, bruises, and strains." The Herbal Home Remedy Book makes it easy to prepare and use natural remedies for your family's needs.
Herbs for Pets
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Herbs for Pets
by Mary L. Wulff-Tilford and Gregory L. Tilford


Everything you could need to know for finding, preparing and using herbal remedies for your pets has been covered by the Tilfords in this wonderful book. After covering the basics of herbal medicine and animal nutrition, the bulk of the book is a guide to herbs for animals, with full details of use and preparation. Includes a listing of holistic veterinarians and veterinary societies. An invaluable guide for pet owners wanting to use natural healing for their pets.
Medieval Herbal Remedies
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Medieval Herbal Remedies: The Old English Herbarium and Anglo-Saxon Medicine
by Anne Van Arsdall


For the herb scholars among us, or for those history buffs just fascinated by life in early medieval times, this book is a new translation of an Herbarium originally translated into Anglo-Saxon around 1000 AD and put to use in England from approximately the 5th century through the Renaissance. Illustrations are based on the originals. Not for everyone - purely an exercise in academia.
Making and Selling Herbal Crafts
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Making & Selling Herbal Crafts: Tips, Techniques, Projects
by Alyce Nadeau


"All the encouragement, information, and instruction needed to get started are included, from herb garden designs and how to dry herbs and flowers, to tips on locating suppliers, guidelines for setting up a workshop, packaging and advertising suggestions, marketing ideas, and much more." Instructions for over 55 projects are included, such as potpourri and sachets, wedding arrangements, wreaths and swags; topiary, vinegar, lots more. A very practical and useful book - not fluff.