Margaret Roberts is a household name in the field of natural products that enhance health and well-being. My 100 Favourite Herbs draws on the established success of Margaret's earlier work, adding and updating information about the popular practice of growing one's own herbs and using them in the kitchen, as well as to produce health and beauty products.
A hands-on, practical book, it allocates a generous double-page spread to most herbs. Margaret instructs how and when to plant, grow and harvest herbs, and introduces recipes, both culinary and cosmetic. Writing in an easy, down-to-earth manner, she laces her advice with personal anecdotes and historical snippets. The text is enlivened by her delicate line drawings, as well as bright, detailed photographs to aid identification, making an elegant book that will become a classic in many homes. For anyone interested in the satisfying hobby of growing herbs, and in using them to enhance their cooking and health, this is an indispensable guide.
"My 100 Favourite Herbs by Margaret Roberts is a compendium of anything you could ever want to know about growing and using herbs. The 100 favourites of this author, who is a well-known authority on natural products and remedies, are listed from A - Y . With each plant, which is shown in full color, one or more full pages of clear and simple instructions follow, giving the history of the plant's use, how and where to grow it, it's culinary, medicinal, household, and cosmetic uses. Margaret tells how to preserve each of these by drying or freezing and how to self-propagate so you have other plants to use or give as gifts or sell. There are recipes using all natural ingredients for each herb which are simple to prepare, as effective as popular commercial products, and sooo much more healthful and less expensive. For any gardener or natural product enthusiast, this is your Herbal Bible! And fascinating to read for anyone else! A wonderful and useful book for every home! This book could be the perfect guide for starting your own home based business, as natural, healthy is the way the world is going. "
Bonnie Neely, Amazon Top Reviewer, 2013/01/10
|Publisher:||Random House Struik|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Margaret Roberts is an herbal pioneer from South Africa. She introduced herbs and made them part of the culture over 35 years ago, and lectures extensively on herbs for health and nutrition around the globe. She is a certified physical therapist. In her quest for health, longevity and natural treatments for every ailment encompassing natural foods, natural medicines and insecticides, she has become a respected authority on this essential subject. She has inspired many around the globe to create gardens, change their ways of eating, and to use natural medicines. Miss Roberts is the author of more than 30 books, and received a Laureate Award from Pretoria University in recognition of her outstanding contributions to this field.
Table of Contents
The herbs 6
Planning a herb garden 8
Designing a herb garden 8
Growing herbs in containers 10
Companion planting 13
Herbs that attract bees and butterflies 15
Propagating plants 16
Sowing seeds, in containers 16
Sowing seeds directly in the garden 16
Root cuttings 18
Root division 18
Making compost and mulching 19
Starting a compost heap 19
Harvesting and preserving herbs 21
Harvesting herbs 21
Drying herbs 21
Freezing herbs 21
A-Z of favourite herbs 22-233
Health and beauty 234
Therapeutic index 237
Plant index 243