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The Ultimate Guide to Cooking, Brewing, and Blending Your Own Herbs

Susan Curtis, Louise Green, Penelope Ody MNIMH, Dragana Vilinac

Editor Susannah Steel


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Book Details
 Price
 3.00
 Pages
 354 p
 File Size 
 30,619 KB
 File Type
 PDF format
 ISBN
 978-0-7566-7183-9
 Copyright©   
 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited 

The Authors
Susan Curtis
Susan runs a busy practice as a homeopath and naturopath and
is the Director of Natural Health for Neal's Yard Remedies. She
is the author of several books, including Essential Oils, and
co-author of Natural Healing for Women. Susan has two children
and is passionate about helping people live a more natural and healthy lifestyle.

Louise Green
An avid supporter of the organic movement and eco-living, Louise
has spent 15 years at Neal’s Yard Remedies in a variety of roles
ranging from buying to product development, and most recently
as Head of Sustainability. Louise lives in London and is expecting
her first child. 

Penelope Ody MNIMH
Penelope qualified as a medical herbalist in the 1980s and
practiced as a consultant herbalist for 12 years. Since
then she has written more than 20 books on both Western and
Chinese herbalism and runs workshops on traditional uses
of culinary and medicinal herbs at her home in Hampshire (UK).

Dragana Vilinac
A fourth-generation herbalist widely respected for her vast
knowledge and expertise, Dragana’s passion for herbal
medicine has taken her around the world, and has led her to
train in disciplines including Western Herbal Medicine and
Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dragana is Head Herbalist for
Neal’s Yard Remedies.
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Introduction
According to the World Health Organization, herbal remedies are the most widespread
system of medicine used in the world. In many developed countries, that knowledge
was almost lost, but the last couple of decades have seen a renewed interest in
herbal remedies, and more and more people are recognizing the many benefits of using
them to treat themselves and their family. Used appropriately, herbs can be a
satisfying part of a more holistic lifestyle, and many herbs are of course the starting
point of much of the modern medicine used today. When used with common sense,
herbal remedies are a safe and effective form of home help. If we can treat colds, flu,
or minor injuries in the early stages, we can often prevent the development of something
more serious and avoid using conventional drugs with their risk of side-effects.
Learning which herbs work for us enables us to learn more about the plants that
surround us, as well as our own healing processes. However, some herbs are not
suitable for everyone or at every stage of life (during pregnancy, for example); if
in any doubt you should always consult a medical practitioner.

We have “tried and tested” all the recipes in this book, so we can promise they are
delicious as well as being good for you. We are excited to have the opportunity
to introduce you to some more unusual plants and flavors so you can be more
adventurous while trusting that your health and well-being will benefit.
Neal’s Yard Remedies has over thirty years of expertise and passion in creating
wonderful, natural hair- and skincare products and we are delighted to share
some of our favorite ways of using herbs to heal and nurture your skin. Enjoy creating
and using your own herbal remedies!
Susan Curtis, 
Natural Health Director, Neal’s Yard Remedies
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Table of Contents
Introduction 8
A-Z OF HERBS 10
Achillea millefolium
Yarrow
Actaea racemosa
Black cohosh
Agastache rugosa
Purple giant hyssop
Agrimonia eupatoria
Agrimony
Alchemilla xanthochlora
Lady’s mantle
Allium sativum
Garlic
Aloe vera
Aloe vera
Aloysia triphylla
Lemon verbena
Althaea officinalis
Marsh mallow
Angelica archangelica
Angelica
Apium graveolens
Celery seed
Aralia racemosa
American spikenard
Arctium lappa
Burdock
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Bearberry
Artemisia absinthium
Wormwood
Astragalus
membranaceus
Astragalus
Avena sativa
Oats
Borago officinalis
Borage
Calendula officinalis
Calendula
Capsicum annuum
Cayenne or chile
pepper
Carum carvi
Caraway
Centella asiatica
Gotu kola
Cichorium intybus
Chicory
Crataegus laevigata
Hawthorn
Curcuma longa
Turmeric
Cymbopogon citratus
Lemongrass
Cynara cardunculus
Globe artichoke
Dioscorea villosa
Wild yam
Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea
Equisetum arvense
Horsetail
Eucalyptus globulus
Eucalyptus
Eupatorium cannabinum
Hemp agrimony
Eupatorium purpureum
Gravel root
Filipendula ulmaria
Meadowsweet
Foeniculum vulgare
Fennel
Fragaria vesca
Wild strawberry
Galium aparine
Cleavers
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo
Glycyrrhiza glabra
Liquorice
Hamamelis virginiana
Witch hazel
Houttuynia cordata
Dokudami
Humulus lupulus
Hops
Hydrastis canadensis
Golden seal
Hypericum perforatum
St. John’s Wort
Hyssopus officinalis
Hyssop
Inula helenium
Elecampane
Jasminum officinale
Jasmine
Juniperus communis
Juniper
Lavandula angustifolia
Lavender
Leonurus cardiaca
Motherwort
Levisticum officinale
Lovage
Linum perenne
Linseed
Lycium barbarum
Goji
Matricaria recutita
German chamomile
Melilotus officinalis
Melilot
Melissa officinalis
Lemon balm
Mentha x piperita
Peppermint
Nepeta cataria
Catnip
Oenothera biennis
Evening primrose
Panax japonicus
Japanese ginseng
Passiflora incarnata
Passionflower
Plantago lanceolata
Ribwort plantain
Platycodon grandiflorus
Chinese balloon
flower
Prunella vulgaris
Selfheal
Ribes nigrum
Blackcurrant
Rosa canina
Dog rose
Rosa x damascena
Damask rose
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary
Rubus idaeus
Raspberry
Rumex crispus
Yellow dock
Salix alba
White willow
Salvia officinalis
Sage
Sambucus nigra
Elder
Saussurea costus
Costus
Schisandra chinensis
Schisandra
Scutellaria lateriflora
Skullcap
Senna alexandrina
Senna
Silybum marianum
Milk thistle
Stellaria media
Chickweed
Symphytum officinale
Comfrey
Tanacetum parthenium
Feverfew
Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion
Thymus vulgaris
Thyme
Tilia cordata
Lime flower
Trifolium pratense
Red clover
Tropaelum majus
Nasturtium
Tussilago farfara
Coltsfoot
Ulmus rubra
Slippery elm
Urtica dioica
Nettle
Vaccinium myrtillus
Bilberry
Valeriana officinalis
Valerian
Verbascum thapsus
Mullein
Verbena officinalis
Vervain
Viburnum opulus
Crampbark
Viola tricolor
Viola
Viscum album
Mistletoe
Vitex agnus-castus
Agnus castus
Withania somnifera
Ashwagandha
Zea mays
Cornsilk

USE HERBS 138
Recipe choosers 140
HEAL FROM THE INSIDE 160
Juices and smoothies 162
Teas 174
Cordials and syrups 186
Tinctures 198
Soups 212
Salads 226
Bars 238
HEAL FROM THE OUTSIDE 244
Face and body creams 246
Body scrubs 258
Body oils 264
Body spritzes 270
Body powders 276
Soaps 282
Cleansers 288
Toners 292
Face masks 296
Balms 302
Bath bombs 306
Bath infusions 310
Hair and scalp treatments 318
SOURCE HERBS 328
Planning your herb garden 330
Wildcrafting 338
Buying and storing herbs 340
Herb basics 342 • Glossary 344
Index 346 • Useful websites 351
Acknowledgments 352


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First American Edition, 2011
Published in the United States by
DK Publishing, 375 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014

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