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A Complete Guide to Nature’s Remarkable Nectar

by Cal Orey

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The Healing Powers of Honey
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Advance Praise for The Healing Powers of Honey
“Discover the power of honey as ancient nectar of the gods, modern cure, and
lover’s potion by reading this fascinating book.”
—Dr. Ava Cadell, author and founder of
Loveology University
“I’m amazed at all the great health benefits that can be had from honey. I have
fresh organic bee pollen in my freezer and local organic honey on my table.
Thanks, Cal, for all your good work informing people about honey.”
—Sherry Henderson, Editor/Publisher,
Oracle 20/20 Magazine
“Cal Orey has done a wonderful job of thoroughly explaining the great value of
honey. The Healing Powers of Honey is an easy-to-read book that’s an
invaluable addition to anyone’s library. It’s full of practical tips and applications
for medical conditions that everyone should know about.”
—Allan Magaziner, D.O.
Magaziner Center for Wellness
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
“An original book using the queen honey bee and human metaphors in anecdotes
is charming and witty. Pairing olive oil and honey in cooking and baking is
healthful. The Healing Powers of Honey is a masterpiece.”
—Gemma Sanita Sciabica, author of the
Cooking with California Olive Oil series
“Cal Orey scores again with The Healing Powers of Honey, a continuation of her
widely praised Healing Powers series. Orey’s honey book is well researched in a
manner that makes it both entertaining and informative. This book will make
you look at honey in a new way—as a bona fide health food as well as a
gastronomic treat.”
—Joe Traynor, agriculturist-author of
Honey: The Gourmet Medicine
“Not everyone can be a beekeeper, but Cal Orey shares the secrets that honey
bees and their keepers have always known. Honey is good for body and soul.”
—Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine and author of
The Backyard Beekeeper, The Honey Handbook, and Better Beekeeping

A “sweet treat” that is good for you? What sugar can be eaten without guilt and
bring you health benefits? What delectable substance comes in as many flavors
as fine wine? The answers to these questions all point to one natural food—pure,
natural honey!
This delicious treat is what some call nature’s sweetener. But honey is so
much more. It is a superfood that from ancient times has been known for its
healthful and nutritional properties. It is a food that can be eaten in moderation
without guilt. Cal Orey shows you why honey should be consumed daily for
your health. So if you already love honey, or perhaps have never eaten it, or
would love to have a good reason to love it, this book is a must-read.

Bridging history and contemporary science, The Healing Powers of Honey
presents a reader-friendly gem to explain the therapeutic and health benefits of
honey. These amazing benefits include a lowered risk for heart disease, high
blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity, an enhanced immune system function, and
a longer, healthier life. Simply put, honey has been touted for its concentrated
energy, as it is loaded with flavonoids and dozens of other active ingredients that
are needed by the body.
For centuries, mankind has survived because of the medicinal benefits of
nature’s finest foods that prevent disease or even heal and cure. The Healing
Powers of Honey resolves any conflict between folklore and traditional medicine
concerning honey by bridging time with facts drawn from a variety of sources.
The proof is in the honey—and Cal Orey shows it chapter by chapter in this
revolutionary book.

It has been my privilege as the co-chairman of the Committee for the
Promotion of Honey and Health, Inc., for the past several years to research and
write about the health benefits of honey. Thanks to my brother-in-law, a
commercial beekeeper in Kansas, I have moved from skeptic to believer. Along
with a pharmacist from Edinburgh, Scotland, we have scoured the world’s
literature for information relating to healing honey. Though much of the medical
and scientific information about honey comes from smaller observational studies
completed outside the United States, it is no less valid than results from large
research projects accomplished in our backyard under wellcontrolled studies.
A good example is found in discovering the effects of honey on human
metabolism. Honey regulates and stabilizes blood sugar. That statement on the
surface seems as counterintuitive as eating bacon to control one’s cholesterol.
Yet multiple observations have indicated that the consumption of honey on a
regular basis actually lowers blood-sugar levels and helps prevent swings in
blood sugar throughout the day and during sleep and exercise.
The fact that honey, a combination of two simple sugars—both fructose and
glucose—is able to regulate and control blood sugar is confirmed by
understanding basic human physiology. Both sugars, found in honey in a near
equal ratio, are required for the formation of most of the glycogen made and
stored in the liver. It is this action following eating honey that is responsible for
many of honey’s miraculous health benefits in The Healing Powers of Honey.
Other health benefits from honey, from ancient folk medicine to modern
miracle, include aiding in treatment of ailments including digestion, insomnia,
coughs, and respiratory diseases, helping improve skin conditions, enhancing
sport performance, and much more.
Another powerful and therapeutic benefit of honey comes not from its
consumption but in its external use. Study after study has shown that honey
shows powerful antimicrobial properties. Some honey varietals, such as manuka
honey, produced from nectar from the manuka plant in New Zealand and
Australia, have been found to be very effective in treating wounds, although all
types of honeys are helpful.

While manuka honey is touted for its powers around the globe, other honey
varietals, such as buckwheat honey, have been found to contain higher levels of
antioxidants. Buckwheat honey, used in a cough suppressant study at Penn State
University Medical School, was found to be superior to the most common overthe-
counter cough suppressant available.
The question is frequently asked of me, “What kind of honey is the best?” The
answer really depends on one’s taste. All honey is good as well as good for you.
Honey is like wine. There are as many varietals of honey as there are floral and
nectar sources. “Try several” is the best advice in choosing honey for your
family. Select honey that is from identifiable floral sources and choose the ones
that please your palate.
Finally, The Healing Powers of Honey has accomplished what no promotional
campaign can or would do. The facts about honey and its powerful healthful and
healing benefits are now mainstream, no longer relegated to folklore. All of us
can celebrate the historic and healthful benefits of the wonder natural food given
to us by the Creator as we experience the healing powers of honey for ourselves
—with gratitude to Cal for her delightful and informative work.
—Ronald E. Fessenden, M.D., M.P.H.,
co-author of The Honey Revolution:
Restoring the Health of Future Generations

Table of Contents
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Books by Cal Orey
Title Page
CHAPTER 1 - The Power of Honey
CHAPTER 2 - An Ancient Essential Elixir
CHAPTER 3 - A Historical Testimony
CHAPTER 4 - Where Are the Secret Ingredients?
CHAPTER 5 - Honey, You’re Amazing!
CHAPTER 6 - The Mediterranean Sweetener
CHAPTER 7 - Healing Honey Varieties
CHAPTER 8 - Honey and Cinnamon Power
CHAPTER 9 - Sweet Stuff: Honey Combos
CHAPTER 10 - Tea(s) with Your Honey
CHAPTER 11 - Home Remedies from Your Kitchen
CHAPTER 12 - Honeymania: Honey for the Household
CHAPTER 13 - Honey Bee-autiful
CHAPTER 14 - The Busy Bee Workers
CHAPTER 15 - Honey Is Not a Buzz for Everyone: The Sting
CHAPTER 16 - And the Bees’ Buzz Goes On . . .
CHAPTER 17 - The Joy of Cooking with Honey
CHAPTER 18 - Ciao, Honey!
A Final Buzz
Where Can You Buy Honey?
Selected Bibliography
Copyright Page

The Healing Powers of Honey
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Permission to reproduce The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid and Common Foods
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Warning: To avoid infant botulism, do not feed honey to a baby who is
younger than one year.

Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

Rosalee de la Forêt

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About the Author
Rosalee de la Forêt, RH, is passionate about helping people discover the
world of herbalism and natural health. She is a Registered Herbalist with the
American Herbalist Guild and the Education Director at LearningHerbs. She is
also the author of the online courses The Taste of Herbs, Herbal Cold Care, and
Apothecary: The Alchemy of Herbs Video Companion. When she is not
immersed in herbs, you can find her taking photos of nature, kayaking with her
husband, or curled up in a hammock with a good book.
See more of Rosalee’s articles and recipes at

“In this practical book, Rosalee de la Forêt reintroduces us to familiar kitchen
herbs and spices, helping us to see them in a new light. Through personal and
intimate storytelling, she teaches how to match herbs to people effectively
instead of using them as pharmaceutical alternatives. Drawn in by the abundant,
delicious recipes, you may come to this book as a home chef, but you will leave
as an herbalist, transformed by the power of Rosalee’s alchemy.”
— Guido Masé, author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters
“Alchemy of Herbs puts the power of some of the most potent herbal medicines
on the planet into your hands. These medicines have been tried and tested for
millennia. And now, by combining ancient wisdom with modern scientific
understanding, Rosalee de la Forêt helps you put nature’s pharmacy to work.
Whether you want more energy, better digestion, deeper sleep, or to get sick less
often, Alchemy of Herbs will give you the knowledge you need to restore your
health and to contribute to lasting wellness. At once inspirational and deeply
practical, this is a book to treasure, and to keep close at hand for the rest of your life.”
— Ocean Robbins, co-host and CEO of The Food Revolution Network
“It’s rare to find a writer who can describe complex ideas with such clarity and
skill that anyone can grasp their subject—Rosalee de la Forêt is one of those
souls. In this book, she’s broken down the energetic qualities and medicinal uses
of herbs into an accessible and coherent format. If you’ve ever struggled with
matching herbs to people—the true gift of an herbalist—Rosalee gives you the
tools to understand how herbs can effectively 'nudge' the body’s leanings back
into a state of balance. Alchemy of Herbs contains detailed medicinal profiles,
zesty recipes, and time-honored plant wisdom. The perfect makings of a top-shelf
herbal book that you will treasure for years, and turn to for inspiration time and time again.”
— Juliet Blankespoor, herbalist and founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
“This is a wonderfully accessible guide to introducing a medicine chest of
healing plants in daily life. The information is presented in a refreshingly
approachable way, by an author who loves both herbs and the simple joy they
bring into our lives. The abundant recipes show how to access the healing gifts
of the herbs as food, created to be both delicious and efficacious. True herbalism!”
— David Hoffmann, herbalist and author of Medical Herbalism and Holistic Herbal
“Another green blessing of herbal information from a practicing herbalist. What
a delight to look at the herbs that Rosalee de la Forêt loves and to encounter her
avid desire to include you in the joy of herbal medicine.”
— Susun S. Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series
“I first met Rosalee de la Forêt several years ago and was immediately
impressed with her knowledge, passion for herbal medicine, and ability to
clearly communicate this information. It turns out she is also a very good writer,
and it is with great pleasure that I now hold her first book in my hands. Alchemy
of Herbs is a wonderful introduction to 29 common herbs and spices, allowing
you to understand how to use them safely and effectively for home health care,
how to make your own kitchen medicines, and how to make tasty recipes so you
can incorporate them into your diet.”
—David Winston, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist, ethnobotanist, and author
of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
“So many books geared toward those just beginning to explore the world of
medicinal plants offer very basic ‘take this herb for that problem’ information,
under the assumption that the foundational underpinnings of herbalism are
somehow ‘too hard’ for beginners to grasp. Here, in plain English, Rosalee de
la Forêt shows us that the way that herbalists choose herbs for individual people
with particular imbalances isn’t some magical power or a skill attainable only
by those who can devote their lives to intense study. Instead, it is rooted in
common sense patterns that anyone can learn to recognize, given a model to do
so. That this is done using familiar herbs and spices available to all is an
invaluable bonus. A book for everyone.”
— jim mcdonald, herbalist and founder of
“Herbal medicine can offer so much. But where to start? How do you know what
herbs are good for you, and how to separate fact from fiction? Rosalee de la
Forêt presents an excellent approach to learning the rich world of herbs. As an
experienced educator and practitioner she weaves together tradition,
experience, and science to present a holistic view of each of the plants, while
providing specific and practical advice for how you can bring them into your
home and life. Alchemy of Herbs is a treasure for any health-seeker’s bookshelf.”
— Renee Davis, RH (AHG), founder of Goldroot Botanical Medicine
“Many books introduce readers to herbs and their activities, but Rosalee de la
Forêt skillfully introduces people instead to herbalism—the nuanced art of
matching plants to people. Drawing energetic traditions into a modern context
and right into our kitchens, she provides a simple and elegant system to look
beyond symptoms and generic cures and into the heart of true herbal healing.”
— Larken Bunce, clinical herbalist and co-director of Vermont Center for
Integrative Herbalism
“Alchemy of Herbs is a must-read for any herbalist, whether fledgling or
experienced! Part reference guide, part recipe book, and part herbal, this is a
book that every herbalist will reach for again and again. Rosalee de la Forêt
has a knack for teaching others how to use herbs in the best way possible by
matching people to herbs. This book is the definitive guide for the subject, giving
anyone the confidence to use herbs to their fullest potential. Each chapter is
engaging, relaying herbal information through a variety of anecdotal stories,
scientific studies, and traditional usage, mixed with a variety of unique and
inspiring recipes and gorgeous photographs. This is a book you will want to
leave sitting out on your desk, coffee table, and kitchen counter, all at the same time.”
— Kristine Brown, RH (AHG), herbalist and author/illustrator of Herbal Roots Zine
“Alchemy of Herbs is a sensory wonder, bringing us our medicines in the most
delightful and tantalizing way they can be experienced: as culinary medicines.
Step away from the bottle and the capsule and experience herbs in the full
richness they can offer both as medicines and as partners in a life rich with plants.”
— Bevin Clare, associate professor of Integrative Health at Maryland
University and president of the American Herbalist Guild
“As a French herbalist, I have a particular affinity for herbs that are both
culinary and medicinal. We have a long tradition of healing food where I live in
the South of France, mainly through the incorporation of aromatic herbs in our
daily meals. Alchemy of Herbs is what I had been hoping for for years. Rosalee
de la Forêt sends us a very important message: health does not necessarily
mean yucky potions. This book brings together beautiful pictures, tasty recipes,
and health recommendations from an expert healer. In a nutshell: this an
invitation to cooking for a long and healthy life.”
— Christophe Bernard, founder of
“Informative, concise, knowledgeable, and generous . . . Rosalee de la Forêt's
sophisticated approach and her personal experience with herbs comes through
in her beautiful recipes, which eloquently combine food and herbal medicine.
Keep this book on your kitchen shelf—you’ll refer to it for healing and
inspiration, always!”
— John Slattery, author of Southwest Foraging
“In this inspiring and practical book, Rosalee de la Forêt empowers you to
awaken your senses in order to choose the best herbs for your needs. And what
better way to experience the benefits and pleasures of herbs and spices than in
the kitchen? Whether you’re brand-new to herbs or have been using them for
years, you’ll love these enticing recipes for delicious drinks, everyday meals,
and simple remedies.”
— Emily Han, author of Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes,
Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home
“In Alchemy of Herbs, author Rosalee de la Forêt joyously shares her deep
wisdom of herbs to inspire and empower us to transform our kitchens into
nature’s apothecary where delicious, healing foods and herbal remedies pour
forth. Golden Milk, Hawthorn Cordial, and Nettle Leaf Dukkah are just a
sampling of the many tasty, curative recipes offered. She unveils the enchanting,
yet readily accessible world of herbalism that makes me fall right back in love
with the plant kingdom; and you will too!”
— Dina Falconi, herbalist and author of Foraging & Feasting: A Field
Guide and Wild Food Cookbook
“In her wonderfully written book, Alchemy of Herbs, Rosalee de la Forêt
encourages the reader to 'break free from the insanity of the One-Solution
Syndrome' by choosing personalized herbal formulations based on what our own
senses tell us our bodies need. What better scenario is there for using our senses
to divine this knowledge than cooking with flavorful and aromatic healing herbs
and spices? Self-empowerment begins in the kitchen as Rosalee tempts us with
dozens of mouth-watering recipes and encourages us to ‘move forward with the
mind-set of an explorer.’ Those new to plant-based healing as well as
experienced herbalists will find that this beautifully illustrated book exemplifies
the heart and soul of herbal healing through delicious food as powerful medicine.”
— Jeff Carpenter, author of The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: Ultimate
Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale
“Rosalee de la Forêt has done a wonderful job of melding both the culinary and
medicinal uses of herbs in a way that allows just about anyone to incorporate
herbs into their daily lives. The recipes in Alchemy of Herbs are not only very
appealing, but simple enough for the novice cook or herbalist. For those who
are looking to spice up their lives and improve their health, I would say that this
is the book for you.”
— Natalie Vickery, herbalist and founder of
“Rosalee de la Forêt has broken down some of the more complex parts of herbal
medicine into clear and straightforward pieces. It’s very practical, but not at the
expense of art and beauty. This book will be a classic.”
— Traci Picard, herbalist and founder of
“It’s exciting to watch more and more people becoming empowered in taking
better care of themselves and their families with the use of herbs and spices.
Rosalee de la Forêt shares concepts like energetics and taste in such a way that
makes it easier for people to understand them, and how to find which herbs are
best for them as individuals. I’m sure that this book will prove invaluable to
those wishing to make that leap into feeling comfortable and confident in making
herbs a part of their lives. Everyone will learn something new!”
— Tina Sams, editor of Essential Herbal Magazine and author of Healing Herbs
“I highly recommend Rosalee de la Forêt's lovely collection of personal stories,
recipes, and herbal information. Reading it is like working in the kitchen
alongside the delightful Rosalee, whose talent and experience with herbs is
expert. Her book is unique in that it explains both the chemistry and the
energetics of medicinal herbs and at the same time introduces their use in a
friendly and inviting way.”
— Holly Bellebuono, author of The Healing Kitchen and The Essential
Herbal for Natural Health
“Rosalee de la Forêt's book is an excellent introduction to the energetics and
science behind the use of our most common culinary and medicinal herbs,
providing the reader with a solid foundation for further learning and exploration.”
— Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH (AHG), CAP (NAMA), Ayurvedic
practitioner, medical herbalist, and author of Food as Medicine

Table of Contents
PART I: your introduction to herbs and spices
Chapter 1: The Benefits of Herbs and Spices
Chapter 2: How Do We Know Herbs Can Do That?
Chapter 3: Matching Herbs to You—Not to an Ailment
Chapter 4: How to Get the Most Out of This Book
PART II: the herbs
Chapter 6: CAYENNE
Chapter 7: CINNAMON
Chapter 8: FENNEL
Chapter 9: GARLIC
Chapter 10: GINGER
Chapter 11: HOLY BASIL
Chapter 12: LAVENDER
Chapter 13: MUSTARD
Chapter 14: NUTMEG
Chapter 15: PARSLEY
Chapter 16: PEPPERMINT
Chapter 17: ROSEMARY
Chapter 18: SAGE
Chapter 19: THYME
Chapter 20: TURMERIC
Chapter 21: NETTLE
Chapter 22: ELDER
Chapter 23: HAWTHORN
Chapter 24: LEMON BALM
Chapter 25: ROSE
Chapter 26: TEA
Chapter 27: ARTICHOKE
Chapter 28: CACAO
Chapter 29: CHAMOMILE
Chapter 30: COFFEE
Chapter 31: DANDELION
Chapter 33: ASTRAGALUS

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- The World's Best Medicinal Plants -

Rebecca L. Johnson & Steven Foster - Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. & David Kiefer , M.D.

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About the Authors
Rebecca L. Johnson is an awardwinning
science writer who has
authored more than 75 books on
diverse scientific subjects for
adults, young adults, and children.
She is, with Steven Foster, coauthor
of National Geographic’s
Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine.
Steven Foster, an expert on herbs
and botanical photography, is the
author or co-author of 6 books,
including National Geographic’s
Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine
and, with James A. Duke, the
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs.

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., is a
physician specializing in
integrative medicine and a faculty
member at the Arizona Center for
Integrative Medicine. She is the
author of the forthcoming National
Geographic book Life Is Your Best Medicine.

David Kiefer, M.D., is a boardcertified
family physician with
licenses in Washington, Arizona,
and Wisconsin. He teaches
naturopathic medical students at
Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.

This book is meant to increase your
knowledge about medicinal herbs
and the latest developments in the
use of plants and herbal dietary
supplements for medicinal
purposes, and to the best of our
knowledge the information
provided is accurate at the time of
its publication. It is not intended as
a medical manual, and neither the
authors nor the publisher is
engaged in rendering medical or
other professional advice to the
individual reader. You should not
use the information contained in
this book as a substitute for the
advice of a licensed health-care
professional. Because everyone is
different, we urge you to see a
licensed health-care professional to
diagnose problems and supervise
the use of herbs and dietary
supplements to treat individual
conditions. The authors and
publisher disclaim any liability
whatsoever with respect to any
loss, injury, or damage arising
directly or indirectly from the use
of this book.

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A Note to Readers
Foreword by Andrew Weil, M.D.
The World of Medicinal Herbs
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- Essential herbs for health, beauty, and cooking -

by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM

Subjects: LCSH: Herbs—Therapeutic use. | Cooking (Herbs) | Self-care, Health. | BISAC: HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications. | COOKING Specific Ingredients Herbs, Spices, Condiments. | GARDENING Herbs. | COOKING Health & Healing / General.
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Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, DHS, ROHP, is the author of
eighteen health books, including the international bestsellers 60 Seconds
to Slim, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.
Her books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Greek,
Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, and Russian. She holds advanced degrees in natural
health, holistic and orthomolecular nutrition, and traditional natural medicine,
and has twenty-five years of experience in the field. Dr. Cook is a boardcertified
doctor of natural medicine who has received the Doctor of 
Humanitarian Services designation from the World Organization of Natural
Medicine and a World-Leading Intellectual Award for her contribution to natural
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This book focuses on thirty-one medicinal plants that can be found across
multiple bioregions and are readily available fresh or dried in health-food stores
and other markets. Knowing these plants intimately is more useful than being
superficially acquainted with the larger spectrum of plant medicine. This book
guides you in exploring these thirty-one great plants in a multifaceted way,
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outside in, preparing the herbs in a myriad of ways, from creating body-care
products that introduce the plant’s properties to the frontlines of your system to
cooking them and letting food be your medicine. Fun and varied herbal
concoctions let you play in the kitchen and discover your favorite ways of
creating wellness for yourself and loved ones.

The clear, simple, and direct communication style in which this book is
written allows for a gentle, welcoming entry point into the realm of herbalism. It
confers the sense that a nurturing, supportive figure is holding your hand as you
learn to work with herbs. Dr. Cook does a great job of breaking herbalism down
into tangible steps that allow you to start playing with plants confidently, right
away. You don’t have to be an expert to be an at-home, practical herbalist, and
this book will show you how. We are delighted to introduce such a fine work
that puts the power back into the people’s hands, allowing them to maintain
good health and vitality and cultivate longevity. We welcome you through the
doors of herbalism, as you embark on an exciting, purposeful journey into the
world of plant medicine. As Dr. Cook inspires you to live a healthy, balanced,
whole life, may you also do the same for those in your life. Viva the herbal revolution!
—Angela and Yarrow Willard, clinical herbalists and cofounders of the
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Table of Contents
PART 1: Everything You Need to Get Started
Chapter 1: Your Guide to Being Your Own Herbalist
Chapter 2: Using Herbs: Know Your Infusions from Your Decoctions
PART 2: Discovering Nature’s Herbal Wonders
Chapter 3: Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Chapter 4: Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Chapter 5: Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria chamomilla,
Matricaria recutita)
Chapter 6: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Chapter 7: Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Chapter 8: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Chapter 9: Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia)
Chapter 10: Elecampane (Inula helenium)
Chapter 11: Feverfew (Tanacetum spp.)
Chapter 12: Garlic (Allium sativum)
Chapter 13: Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Chapter 14: Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Chapter 15: Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Chapter 16: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Chapter 17: Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Chapter 18: Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Chapter 19: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Chapter 20: Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Chapter 21: Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Chapter 22: Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Chapter 23: Parsley (Petroselinum sativum)
Chapter 24: Peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
Chapter 25: Plantain (Plantago major)
Chapter 26: Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Chapter 27: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Chapter 28: Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Chapter 29: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Chapter 30: Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus, Artemisia dracunculoides)
Chapter 31: Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Chapter 32: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Chapter 33: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Appendix: A Word to the Wise about Mainstream Herbal Reporting
About the Author

Be your own herbalist - Essential herbs for health, beauty, and cooking
First printing, April 2016
Printed in Canada on 100% postconsumer-waste recycled paper

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