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Essential Herbal Wisdom
Essential Herbal Wisdom
A Complete Exploration of 50 Remarkable Herbs

By: Nancy Arrowsmith
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738714882
English  |  576 pages | 7 x 10 x 1 IN
Pub Date: February 2009
Price: $34.95 US
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Fifty Herbs You Must Know

Herbs season our food. They're used in healing. They're an essential aspect of natural magic. And each one is associated with legends and lore that remain important parts of ancient and modern cultures the world over. Even for city dwellers, herbs are an important part of our lives. But at the same time, many people can't tell fennel from a fern. Not knowing this information disconnects us from the nourishing natural world, akin to not knowing the stories told from parent to child about grandparents and great-grandparents.

Nancy Arrowsmith has a vast understanding of herbs and will acquaint you with the history and compelling power of herbs. From harvesting tips to literary references of years past, Essential Herbal Wisdom is the ultimate guide to fifty of the
world's most useful and valuable herbs.

With over five hundred pages of Arrowsmith's charming wisdom, Essential Herbal Wisdom is a marvelous resource, a reference you'll keep on your desk or on the bookshelf next to the other special books you always return to and use. Every herb
is brought to life by classic woodcut illustrations that enhance your reading experience.

For each herb, you'll find detailed descriptions of herbal etymology, including:

• Common folk names
• The herb's appearance
• Where it grows, and the seasons when it appears
• Useful parts of the plant, including extensive tips for gathering, drying, and storing
• Seed saving and germination
• Gardening and gathering hints
• Culinary virtues, including noteworthy recipes
• Household applications
• Cosmetic properties, plus the herb's traditional and modern medicinal applications

Arrowsmith also includes essential herbal lore and knowledge throughout the book, such as the relations of the plants to the moon and sun, the so-called "temperaments" (Phlegmatic, Melancholic, Sanguine, Choleric), and much, much, more.

Information You Need

While some of the information in Essential Herbal Wisdom is historic, much of it is useful and practical for your everyday life. From seasoning foods to healing ailments, from cleansing the body to cleaning the home, this is a book that offers historical relevance alongside practical application. It tells the life and
times of these fifty lively herbs.

Nancy Arrowsmith founded the international seed-organization, Arche Noah, which fights for the preservation of endangered plants. She received a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and runs a medical practice in Arizona.
And perhaps you already know her for her book that has become a cult classic, A Field Guide to the Little People. Essential Herbal Wisdom has what no other book has: Arrowsmith's heart and spirit. It comes through in the warmth and knowledge you can feel on every page.

A partial list of the herbs fully explored in Essential Herbal Wisdom:

Arnica
Basil
Borage
Caraway
Chamomile
Chives
Comfrey
Cresses
Daisy
Dill
Eyebright
Fennel
Fern
Hops
Hyssop
Ivy
Lavender
Marigold
Mistletoe
Parsley
Rosemary
Rue
Sage
Sorrel
St. John's Wort
Tarragon
Thyme
Valerian
Violet
Yarrow

And twenty more...


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