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

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

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 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.

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

Table of Contents
Introduction 8
Achillea millefolium
Actaea racemosa
Black cohosh
Agastache rugosa
Purple giant hyssop
Agrimonia eupatoria
Alchemilla xanthochlora
Lady’s mantle
Allium sativum
Aloe vera
Aloe vera
Aloysia triphylla
Lemon verbena
Althaea officinalis
Marsh mallow
Angelica archangelica
Apium graveolens
Celery seed
Aralia racemosa
American spikenard
Arctium lappa
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Artemisia absinthium
Avena sativa
Borago officinalis
Calendula officinalis
Capsicum annuum
Cayenne or chile
Carum carvi
Centella asiatica
Gotu kola
Cichorium intybus
Crataegus laevigata
Curcuma longa
Cymbopogon citratus
Cynara cardunculus
Globe artichoke
Dioscorea villosa
Wild yam
Echinacea purpurea
Equisetum arvense
Eucalyptus globulus
Eupatorium cannabinum
Hemp agrimony
Eupatorium purpureum
Gravel root
Filipendula ulmaria
Foeniculum vulgare
Fragaria vesca
Wild strawberry
Galium aparine
Ginkgo biloba
Glycyrrhiza glabra
Hamamelis virginiana
Witch hazel
Houttuynia cordata
Humulus lupulus
Hydrastis canadensis
Golden seal
Hypericum perforatum
St. John’s Wort
Hyssopus officinalis
Inula helenium
Jasminum officinale
Juniperus communis
Lavandula angustifolia
Leonurus cardiaca
Levisticum officinale
Linum perenne
Lycium barbarum
Matricaria recutita
German chamomile
Melilotus officinalis
Melissa officinalis
Lemon balm
Mentha x piperita
Nepeta cataria
Oenothera biennis
Evening primrose
Panax japonicus
Japanese ginseng
Passiflora incarnata
Plantago lanceolata
Ribwort plantain
Platycodon grandiflorus
Chinese balloon
Prunella vulgaris
Ribes nigrum
Rosa canina
Dog rose
Rosa x damascena
Damask rose
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rubus idaeus
Rumex crispus
Yellow dock
Salix alba
White willow
Salvia officinalis
Sambucus nigra
Saussurea costus
Schisandra chinensis
Scutellaria lateriflora
Senna alexandrina
Silybum marianum
Milk thistle
Stellaria media
Symphytum officinale
Tanacetum parthenium
Taraxacum officinale
Thymus vulgaris
Tilia cordata
Lime flower
Trifolium pratense
Red clover
Tropaelum majus
Tussilago farfara
Ulmus rubra
Slippery elm
Urtica dioica
Vaccinium myrtillus
Valeriana officinalis
Verbascum thapsus
Verbena officinalis
Viburnum opulus
Viola tricolor
Viscum album
Vitex agnus-castus
Agnus castus
Withania somnifera
Zea mays

Recipe choosers 140
Juices and smoothies 162
Teas 174
Cordials and syrups 186
Tinctures 198
Soups 212
Salads 226
Bars 238
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
Planning your herb garden 330
Wildcrafting 338
Buying and storing herbs 340
Herb basics 342 • Glossary 344
Index 346 • Useful websites 351
Acknowledgments 352

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

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The only full-colour illustrated dictionary that
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of every important medical term
A–Z quick-reference guide to over
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coronary artery Either of the 2 main
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as the left circumflex artery and the left
anterior descending artery. Blockage of a
coronary artery as a result of atherosclerosis
can lead to myocardial infarction.
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Ian Marcousé lectures in business and economics education at
the Institute of Education in London. He has written a host of
business text books for A-level and BTEC students, including
the popular A–Z Business Studies handbooks, and is the founder
and director of A–Z Business Training Ltd.

Philippa Anderson is a communications consultant and business
writer who has authored articles, magazine features, and books on
numerous aspects of business, from market research to leadership.
She also provides communications consultancy for multinational
firms, including 3M, Anglo American, and Coca-Cola.

Alexandra Black studied business communications before
embarking on a writing career that led her to Japan and stints
with financial newspaper group Nikkei Inc. and investment bank
J. P. Morgan. She later worked for a direct marketing publisher in
Sydney, Australia, before moving to Cambridge, UK. She writes
on a range of subjects, from business to history and fashion.

Denry Machin is an associate tutor at Keele University, UK,
and is working at doctoral research on the application of business
thinking within education. He also works for Harrow International
Management Services as projects manager, assisting in the
development of Harrow School’s presence in Asia. He is the author
of several business books, journals, and magazine articles.

Nigel Watson has taught business and economics for A-Level and
International Baccalaureate students for 25 years. He has authored
and co-authored books and magazine articles in both subjects.

From the time that goods
and services began to be traded in early civilizations,
people have been thinking about business. The emergence of
specialized producers and the use of money as a means of exchange
were methods by which individuals and societies could, in modern
terms, gain a “business edge.” The ancient Egyptians, the Mayans, the
Greeks, and the Romans all knew
that wealth creation through the mechanism of commerce was
fundamental to the acquisition of power, and formed the base on
which civilization could prosper. The lessons of the early traders
resonate even today. Specialism revealed the benefits of economies
of scale—that production costs fall as more items are produced. Money
gave rise to the concept of “value added”—selling an item for more
than it cost to produce. Even when barter was the norm, producers still
knew it was advantageous to lower costs and raise the value of goods.
Today’s companies may use different technologies and trade on a global
scale, but the essence of business has changed little in millennia.

Table of Contents
20 If you can dream it, you can do it
Beating the odds at start-up
22 There’s a gap in the market, but is there
a market in the gap? Finding a profitable niche
24 You can learn all you need to know about the
competition’s operation by looking in his
garbage cans Study the competition
28 The secret of business is
to know something that nobody else knows
Stand out in the market
32 Be first or be better Gaining an edge
40 Put all your eggs in one
basket, and then watch
that basket Managing risk
42 Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you
sweat, the luckier you get Luck (and how to get lucky)
43 Broaden your vision, and maintain stability while
advancing forward Take the second step
44 Nothing great is created suddenly
How fast to grow
46 The role of the CEO is to enable people to excel
From entrepreneur to leader
48 Chains of habit are too light to be felt until
they are too heavy to be broken
Keep evolving business practice
52 A corporation is a living organism; it has to
continue to shed its skin Reinventing and adapting
58 Without continuous growth and progress,
success has no meaning The Greiner curve
62 If you believe in something, work nights
and weekends—it won’t feel like work
The weightless start-up

68 Managers do things right, leaders do the right thing
Leading well
70 None of us is as smart as all of us
The value of teams
72 Innovation must be invasive and perpetual:
everyone, everywhere, all of the time
Creativity and invention
74 Dissent adds spice, spirit, and an
invigorating quality Beware the yes-men
76 No great manager or leader ever fell from
heaven Gods of management
78 A leader is one who knows the way, goes the
way, and shows the way Effective leadership
80 Teamwork is the fuel that allows common
people to attain uncommon results
Organizing teams and talent
86 Leaders allow great people to do the work
they were born to do Make the most of your talent
88 The way forward may not be to go forward
Thinking outside the box
90 The more a person can do, the more you
can motivate them Is money the motivator?
92 Be an enzyme—a catalyst
for change Changing the game
100 The worst disease that afflicts executives is
egotism Hubris and nemesis
104 Culture is the way in which a group of people
solves problems Organizational culture
110 Emotional intelligence is the intersection of
heart and head Develop emotional intelligence
112 Management is a practice
where art, science, and craft meet
Mintzberg’s management roles
114 A camel is a horse designed by committee
Avoid groupthink
115 The art of thinking independently, together
The value of diversity

120 Do not let yourself be involved in a fraudulent
business Play by the rules
124 Executive officers must be free from avarice
Profit before perks
126 If wealth is placed where it bears interest, it comes
back to you redoubled Investment and dividends
128 Borrow short, lend long Making money from money
130 The interests of the shareholders are our own
Accountability and governance
132 Make the best quality of goods at the lowest
cost, paying the highest wages possible
Your workers are your customers
138 Utilize OPM—Other People’s Money
Who bears the risk?
146 Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the
conventional wisdom Ignoring the herd
150 Debt is the worst poverty Leverage and excess risk
152 Cash is king Profit versus cash flow
154 Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s
been swimming naked Off-balance-sheet risk
155 Return on equity is a financial goal that can
become an own goal Maximize return on equity
156 As the role of private equity has grown, so have
the risks it poses The private equity model
158 Assign costs according to the resources consumed
Activity-based costing

164 Turn every disaster into an opportunity
Learning from failure
166 If I had asked people what they wanted, they would
have said faster horses Leading the market
170 The main thing to remember is, the main
thing is the main thing Protect the core business
172 You don’t need a huge company, just a computer
and a part-time person Small is beautiful
178 Don’t get caught in the middle
Porter’s generic strategies
184 The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do
Good and bad strategy
186 Synergy and other lies Why takeovers disappoint
188 The Chinese word “crisis” is composed of two
characters: “danger” and “opportunity” Crisis management
190 You can’t grow long-term if you can’t eat short-term
Balancing long- versus short-termism
192 Market Attractiveness,
Business Attractiveness The MABA matrix
194 Only the paranoid survive
Avoiding complacency
202 To excel, tap into people’s
capacity to learn The learning organization
208 The future of business is
selling less of more The long tail
210 To be an optimist ... have a contingency
plan for when all hell breaks loose
Contingency planning
211 Plans are useless, but
planning is indispensable Scenario planning
212 The strongest competitive forces
determine the profitability of an industry
Porter’s five forces
216 If you don’t have a competitive advantage,
don’t compete The value chain
218 If you don’t know where you are, a map
won’t help The capability maturity model
220 Chaos brings uneasiness, but it also allows for
creativity and growth Coping with chaos
222 Always do what is right. It will gratify half of
mankind and astonish the other
Morality in business
223 There is no such thing as
a minor lapse in integrity Collusion
224 Make it easier to do the right thing and
much harder to do the wrong thing
Creating an ethical culture

232 Marketing is far too important to leave to the
marketing department The marketing model
234 Know the customer so well that the product fits
them and sells itself Understanding the market
242 Attention, Interest,
Desire, Action The AIDA model
244 Marketing myopia
Focus on the future market
250 The cash cow is the beating heart of the
organization Product portfolio
256 Expanding away from your core has risks;
diversification doubles them Ansoff’s matrix
258 If you’re different, you
will stand out Creating a brand
264 There is only one boss: the customer
Make your customers love you
268 Whitewashing, but with
a green brush Greenwash
270 People want companies to believe in something
beyond maximizing profits The appeal of ethics
271 Everybody likes something extra for
nothing Promotions and incentives
272 In good times people want to advertise; in bad
times they have to Why advertise?
274 Make your thinking as funny as possible
Generating buzz
276 E-commerce is becoming mobile commerce
278 Trying to predict the future is like driving
with no lights looking out of the back window Forecasting
280 Product, Place, Price, Promotion Marketing mix

288 See how much, not how little, you can give for
a dollar Maximize customer benefits
290 Costs do not exist to be calculated. Costs exist to
be reduced Lean production
294 If the pie’s not big enough, make a bigger pie
Fulfilling demand
296 Eliminate unnecessary steps Simplify processes
300 Every gain through the elimination of waste is
gold in the mine Juran’s production ideal
302 Machines, facilities, and people should work
together to add value Kaizen
310 Learning and innovation go hand in hand
Applying and testing ideas
312 Your most unhappy customers are your
greatest source of learning
Feedback and innovation
314 Technology is the great growling engine of change
The right technology
316 Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the
middle of a highway Benefitting from “big data”
318 Put the product into the customer’s hands—
it will speak for itself Quality sells
324 The desire to own something a little better,
a little sooner than necessary
Planned obsolescence
326 Time is money Time-based management
328 A project without a critical path is like a ship
without a rudder Critical path analysis
330 Taking the best from the best Benchmarking


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