Herbs: Partners in Life: Healing, Gardening, and Cooking with Wild Plants

Overview

Adele Dawson's classic guide to the seasonal use of herbs for food, drink, and medicine.

? Clear directions for growing and using many wild and cultivated herbs.

? Detailed pen-and-ink drawings help readers identify 70 herbs.

With irresistible enthusiasm and an endless store of knowledge about the plant kingdom, herbalist Adele Dawson traces the human-plant relationship through the seasons, providing practical and enlightening information about every aspect of herbalism, ...

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Overview

Adele Dawson's classic guide to the seasonal use of herbs for food, drink, and medicine.

• Clear directions for growing and using many wild and cultivated herbs.

• Detailed pen-and-ink drawings help readers identify 70 herbs.

With irresistible enthusiasm and an endless store of knowledge about the plant kingdom, herbalist Adele Dawson traces the human-plant relationship through the seasons, providing practical and enlightening information about every aspect of herbalism, including spring foraging, summer gourmet gardening, the preparation of remedies in autumn, and the brewing of healing potions in winter. The mysteries of preparing infusions, decoctions, tinctures, and essences are unraveled through the author's clear and cohesive chapters on how to identify, collect, and preserve herbs. Detailed pen-and-ink drawings show the essential elements of flower and leaf anatomy as well as 70 wild and cultivated plants in their budding, blossoming, and dormant stages. Sprinkled throughout the text are recipes for impromptu wild feasts such as milkweed buds tempura, directions for soothing hand lotions of marigold and milk, and an enormous variety of medicinal and culinary teas. In equal measure an herbal encyclopedia, a health-food cookbook, and a nature guide, this book deserves a place on the reference shelf of both the new and experienced herbalist.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A book with substance written by a true herbalist."

"A classic and masterpiece, like the author herself, Herbs: Partners in Life is eminently useful, practical, and full of wisdom and wit. It holds an honored place on the shelf of almost every herbalist I know."

Winter/Spring 2002 Making Scents
"A book with substance written by a true herbalist."
author of Herbal Healing for Women Rosemary Gladstar
"A classic and masterpiece, like the author herself, Herbs: Partners in Life is eminently useful, practical, and full of wisdom and wit. It holds an honored place on the shelf of almost every herbalist I know."
Rosemary Gladstar
"A classic and masterpiece, like the author herself, Herbs: Partners in Life is eminently useful, practical, and full of wisdom and wit. It holds an honored place on the shelf of almost every herbalist I know."
Making Scents
"A book with substance written by a true herbalist."
Making Scents
A book with substance written by a true herbalist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892819348
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 391,088
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

 Adele G. Dawson was a renowned herbal elder and wise woman who lived in the hills of Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Herbs: Partners in Life
Healing, Gardening, and Cooking with Wild Plants
Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar
Preface
Introduction
Part I
1. Why Should We Use Herbs
2. Identification of Herbs
3. Where to Get Herbs
4. What Shall We Do with These Herbs?
5. Herbalists Mentioned in Part II
Part II
6. Salute Spring
7. Summer: Gourmet Gardening
8. Autumn: Battening Down
9. Winter: Season of Tisanes
10. The Armchair Herbalist
11. The History of Herbs
12. Honey and Vinegar
Appendix I Alphabetical Lists of Herbs
Appendix II The Language of Herbalists
Appendix III List of Vitamins and Their Effects
Appendix IV Sources of Herb Seeds and Plants
Bibliography
Index

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