The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies

The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies

by Juliet Blankespoor
The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies

The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies

by Juliet Blankespoor


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A comprehensive and lushly photographed guide to growing and using healing plants, including recipes, from the founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

This is the ultimate reference for anyone looking to bring the beauty and therapeutic properties of plants into their garden, kitchen, and home apothecary. Both informative and accessible, it covers how to plan your garden (including container gardening for small spaces); essential information on seed propagation, soil quality, and holistic gardening practices; 30 detailed profiles of must-know plants (including growing information, medicinal properties, and how to use them); foundational principles of herbalism; step-by-step photographic tutorials for preparing botanical medicine and healing foods; and 70 recipes for teas, tinctures, oils, salves, syrups, and more. Packed with sumptuous photography, this book will appeal to home gardeners who want to branch out to culinary and medicinal herbs, home cooks and those interested in natural wellness, and novice and skillful herbalists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358313380
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 40,394
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JULIET BLANKESPOOR is the founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. She has a degree in botany and over 25 years of experience teaching and writing about herbal medicine, botany, plant propagation, and organic herb cultivation.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Cultivating Medicine

Chapter 1 Planning Your Dream Herbal Landscape 12

Chapter 2 The Nitty-Gritty on Soil 44

Chapter 3 Holistic Solutions for Plant Diseases & Problematic Insects 64

Chapter 4 Growing Medicinal Herbs in Containers 76

Chapter 5 Plant Propagation 84

Part 2 Making Medicine

Chapter 6 Harvesting & Drying Herbs 118

Chapter 7 Preparing Botanical Medicine & Healing Food 128

Part 3 Botanical Medicine

Chapter 8 Foundations in Herbalism: Herbal Action Terms, Energetics & Safety 192

Chapter 9 Herbal Profiles & Recipes 202

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) 209

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) 213

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) 217

Bee balm (Monarda spp.) 223

Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) 229

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 235

Chickweed (Stellaria media) 247

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) 257

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) 267

Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) 271

Elecampane (Inula helenium) 277

Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) 281

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) 287

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) 293

Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) 299

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 311

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) 319

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) 323

Milky oats (Avena sativa) 329

Mint (Mentha spp.) 335

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) 341

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) 345

Prickly pear (Opuntia spp.) 351

Rose (Rosa spp.) 359

Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) 367

Spilanthes (Acmella oleracea) 371

Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) 377

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) 387

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) 393

Vervain (Verbena spp.) 397

Violet (Viola sororia and select species) 401

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) 413

Acknowledgments 418

References 422

Herbal Resources 426

Common to Scientific Name Index 428

Index 432

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