The secret, life-enhancing powers of nature's own herbs are the subject of this fascinating illustrated collection of folklore and fact. Magic recipes that have come down through the ages are presented to charm, soothe, protect, and heal. Among the wild and cultivated herbs discussed are bay, which was used by Greek oracles to foretell the future, later used in good-luck charms . . . garlic, used since ancient times for its many medicinal properties and as protection against witchcraft . . . bergamot, native to North America, and used to make "Liberty Tea" after the Boston Tea Party . . . lavender, used in love potions from ancient to modern times . . . basil, a fertility herb in Roman times, and later used as a common household cure for numerous complaints. . . and many more. Individual sections describe a total of 25 herbs, and include more than 50 herbal recipes, culinary, medical, and cosmetic, that have been drawn from ancient and modern sources. You also get fascinating information on the history and use of magical herbs in many different parts of the world. Some 150 beautiful, full-color illustrations add to readers' delight and fascination with one of the world's most ancient and enduring practices.
|Publisher:||Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||6.11(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.82(d)|