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The New American Herbal: An Herb Gardening Book

If you are a gardener and herbalist looking to expand your knowledge about hundreds of common and little-known herbs, this volume is for you. The pictures are beautiful and the background information on each of the herbs is easy to understand. This book makes the perfect reference volume for your herb library and you will gain a general knowledge about the possibilities for each herb listed.

The New American Herbal: An Herb Gardening Book

This book offers an introduction to herbal energetics for the beginner, plus a host of delicious and simple recipes for incorporating medicinal plants into meals. Rosalee shares short chapters on a range of herbs, highlighting scientific research on each plant.

Based on the teachings of southern folk herbalist Tommie Bass, this guide is a treasury of old-timey herbal wisdom and little-used local medicinals. The authors interview Bass and include his thoughts about specific plants verbatim. Additional scholarly commentary includes some helpful details about safety. Featuring over 700 plants, the book blends folk wisdom with modern scientific research. An excellent reference for those interested in the historical uses of herbs.

Covey explores how enslaved African Americans tended to their own health during the years before and surrounding the Civil War. Using interviews with formerly-enslaved individuals, he documents many plant-based and non-plant remedies used by African American folk practitioners. This book links each referenced plant or herb to modern scientific research, offering insight about the value and effects of these remedies.

A combination of West African healing wisdom, spirituality, and modern science, this book presents the history, philosophy, methodology, and medicinal usage of African and Caribbean herbs, roots, and gemstones to address chronic diseases.

Blends plant lore, history, and living tradition drawing on a lifetime of study with Native healers by herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch. At the heart of the book are more than 60 easy-to-use herbal remedies, plus guidelines for assembling a basic American Indian medicine chest.

Offers an overview of Ayurvedic medicine, plus detailed materia medica for 108 herbs (including common Western and Chinese herbs) from an Ayurvedic perspective. The book includes another 160 herbs, plus helpful charts and diagrams.

That can certainly be true, Vickie! We hope this list offers some easy-to-digest resources. One of my favorite herbal books for beginners is Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Forêt.

Focuses on cultivating aromatic culinary and medicinal herbs, with detailed guidance on cultivation, uses, and the medicinal properties of featured plants. Includes instructions for a range of aromatherapy preparations, including sachets, teas, oils, and more. The beautiful illustrations combined with interesting tidbits and cultural histories about each plant make this book a treat to read.

This beautifully-photographed book shows gardeners how to artfully incorporate organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into a stunning modern garden design. This guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.

A fantastic reference for the cultivation and usage of over 1,000 medicinal herbs. Each monograph includes cultivation, propagation, harvest, and medicinal properties. Juliet uses this book for researching cultivars and international plants.

One of the classic books about ecological gardening, it shares the basic permaculture principles you need to build and maintain a fertile, energy-efficient, biodiverse, and edible permaculture garden.

In the first half of the 20th century, scholars like Agnes Arber reclaimed the botanical legacy of the Renaissance, and in the 1920s and '30s, Eleanor Sinclair Rohde helped popularize old English herbals, publishing many books and articles and designing herb gardens based on medieval and Tudor patterns.

The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies is an essential guide to growing and harvesting herbs, making herbal medicines, and practicing sustainable hands-on herbalism. It will help you design the herb garden of your dreams and grow 30 of the most healing medicinal plants on the planet with time-tested organic methods. This book is written for home gardeners and anyone looking to bring the therapeutic benefits of healing herbs into their garden, kitchen, and apothecary.

"Drawing on their fifteen years of experience growing medicinal herbs commercially, Jeff and Melanie Carpenter have written the most comprehensive book available on growing, harvesting, drying, packaging, and selling medicinal herbs. Beginning farmers will find this book particularly useful with its detailed instructions on all aspects of herb farming including field site selection, cultural practices, tools, equipment, and business planning."--Jeanine Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Dept. of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University

"Finally, a book to recommend to the increasing number of organic farmers who are looking to grow medicinal herb crops. This inspiring handbook provides the quality and depth of information that only comes from years of first-hand experience. Having begun our own herb-growing and herbal product manufacture 35 years ago, I am completely impressed with the comprehensive breadth of topics and business wisdom that the Carpenters have so generously shared."--Sara Katz, Co-founder of Herb Pharm and Board President of United Plant Savers

A symbol of American self-sufficiency and the colonial homestead, practical kitchen gardens were the center of home life in early America. In Europe, especially Britain, the difficulties in food supply during World War II resulted in a huge, if temporary, upsurge in growing vegetables in small gardens, with much encouragement from the government Ministry of Food. In modern gardening, there has been interest in integrating the growing of food plants within a mainly ornamental garden; fruit trees and cooking herbs are the simplest and most popular expression of this.[3]

Hang up your shovel and trowel! Now you can use the time (and money) you save laboring in your garden to actually enjoy it. Drawing on the amazingly simple layering system of gardening developed in her previous "lasagna gardening" books, Lanza applies these principles to the ever popular topic of growing herbs. Her organic, commonsense approach uses natural ingredients, close planting, and generous mulching, with little or no fancy equipment. Here she shares her methods based upon almost fifty years of experience to give readers tips on:

Lasagna Gardening with Herbs is the perfect book for all the busy people who want to reap the rewards of a garden but have neither the time, the energy, nor the confidence to get down in the dirt. Accomplished and amateur gardeners alike will love this ingenious process that allows you to create beautiful, productive, low-maintenance herb gardens.

Lasagna gardening is sweeping the nation, as more and more gardeners discover this simple, sensible method of creating healthy soil for easy-care gardens. Pat Lanza's organic, commonsense approach takes the backbreaking labor out of preparing and planting an aromatic, delicious, and low-maintenance herb garden. Discover Pat's homegrown methods for using more than 50 favorite herbs in recipes, making herbal wreaths and delicious herbal teas, and growing and using edible flowers.

"If Pat Lanza sometimes has dirty fingernails, it's because she's a writer with the hands-on, dig-in-the-dirt passion of a gardener. When she writes about gardening methods, you know she's tried them. And with her discovery of lasagna gardening, she's managed to make it easier for all of us."--Walter Chandoha, animal and garden photographer and author and illustrator of more than 25 books, including The Literary Gardener

"Pat Lanza is the only one I know who turns the world upside down when she gardens. She starts with the basics-- dirt first! Her philosophy is that if you do it right from the garden up and make it fun and easy, the garden will do the rest."--Jim Long, columnist for The Herb Companion and The Herb Quarterly magazines and author of books on herbs and history

"Pat Lanza is a true renaissance woman, always inventing new ways to tackle old tasks. One day she decided to try her lasagna method of soil improvement with herbs. Did it work? Of course! Her small garden produced prodigious harvests of delicious aromatic herbs! Carpe diem!"--Jim W. Wilson, horticulturist and author of numerous books, including Jim Wilson's Container Gardening

"If Pat Lanza sometimes has dirty fingernails, it's because she's a writer with the hands-on, dig-in-the-dirt passion of a gardener. When she writes about gardening methods, you know she's tried them. And with her discovery of lasagna gardening, she's managed to make it easier for all of us." --Walter Chandoha, animal and garden photographer and author and illustrator of more than 25 books, including The Literary Gardener 041b061a72


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