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175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

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 2001, 2008 by Rosemary Gladstar A hardcover edition
 of this book was previously published
 under the title Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal.

Foreword by James A. Duke, Ph.D.
Rosemary, the herb of remembrance, and the memorable Rosemary Gladstar
have much in common. Both are stimulating, ethereal, and volatile, beautifully
enhancing any setting they chance to alight in. Inspirational, effervescent,
innervating . . . enlightening to both the mood and the intellect . . . challenging,
whether with aromatic vapors or ephemeral ideas . . . these characteristics are the
essence of R(r)osemary.

Photosynthesis, the manufacture of useful things from simple ingredients in
the presence of sunshine, blesses our planet with oxygen, green foods, and green
medicines; it embraces and purifies the soil, rescues the atmosphere from
pollutants, and provides communion and peace. Through photosynthesis, plants
draw on the sun’s power to prepare the chemicals necessary for life on earth.
Anyone who sees Rosemary Gladstar in her green gardens, caressed by spring,
summer, and autumn light, wonders whether she, too, might draw her unending
energy from the sun. It’s no wonder that she is the driving force behind the
herbalist movement. She may not have chlorophyll, but she certainly has green
charisma, green passion, green wisdom, and green spirit.

It is not only Rosemary’s enthusiastic and authoritative lectures, teachings,
and writings that I praise, but her unflagging dedication to green causes, such as
United Plant Savers, which vigorously promotes the salvation of endangered
medicinal plants in North America. Having brought so much to the herbalist
movement, Rosemary now brings us this great and useful book, Rosemary
Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. A delightful guide to a green
lifestyle, it will certainly help you and your loved ones live healthier, happier,
more joyful lives. As Rosemary writes, “Everyday radiant well-being, in mind,
body, and soul, is a function of everyday self-care. It’s a prescription for life. It’s
a part of what you do, what you take into your body, and what you feed your
mind. Radiant well-being is . . . finding your joy in life. Exploring your passions.
. . . Whatever you choose to do, do it well, and do it joyously.” The information,
advice, recipes, and stories that Rosemary — the gladdest of herbalism’s
superstars — provides in this treasury will help and inspire you and your family
to achieve radiant well-being and enjoy a well-lived life.
To your health! Think green!
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Eco-Logical Herbalism
This book began, at the urging of my friends, as a project to collect my various
writings and teachings that span the past 30 years into one volume that could
serve as a practical home guide to herbal health care. I must admit, I was
reluctant at first to take on the project. I couldn’t imagine what I might possibly
add to the rich treasury of herbal medicine that hasn’t already been written —
and, in many cases, written quite well. But months later, as I finished up the
pages of what has turned out to be a rather hefty volume, I realized that the
teachings shared here have a vitally important purpose. They are not necessarily
new, astounding, or complex, but they serve as a firm reminder of the roots of
herbalism: Our heartfelt connection to the plants. I wanted to create a guide to
sustainable herbal medicine for the entire family. My hope is that this book will
be used and cherished, the pages dog-eared and the cover crackled with time,
and, just as important, that it will bring to the forefront of our consciousness the
idea that our health is integrally linked to that of the world around us. Then I will
know the book is truly worth not only my time — and yours — but also,
perhaps, the lives of the trees that were used to make it.
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Table of Contents

Dedication & Acknowledgments
Foreword
1 Eco-Logical Herbalism
2 A Prescription for Life
3 Taming Stress and Anxiety
4 Home Remedies for Everyday Ailments
5 Recipes for Radiant Beauty
6 For Children
7 For Women
8 For Men
9 For Elders
Appendix I:
The Herbal Apothecary: An A-to-Z Guide
Appendix II:
The Art of Making Herbal Remedies
Resources
Index

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Sections of this book previously appeared in the author’s self-published
works The Science and Art of Herbology (1985), Herbal Medicinal Preparations
(1989), Herbs for Children (1989), Herbs for the Nervous System (1989), and
Natural Cosmetics and Skin Care (1989).

 Learn to Blend 101 Specially Formulated Teas for Stress Management, Common Ailments, Seasonal Health, and Immune Support

SARAH FARR

Subjects: LCSH: Tea--Health aspects. | Tea--Therapeutic use.

EDITED BY Deborah Balmuth and Hannah Fries
ART DIRECTION AND BOOK DESIGN BY Michaela Jebb
TEXT PRODUCTION BY Erin Dawson
INDEXED BY Christine R. Lindemer, Boston Road Communications
COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mars Vilaubi, front; © Kyle Johnson, back; and © Charity Burggraaf, inside, front and back


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A Philosophy of Place and Healing
Herbal foods and teas can teach us how to nurture both our internal and external
environments. In the four years I have owned Harbor Herbalist and Bird’s Eye
Tea I have witnessed dramatic positive changes in the herbal tea community
where I live. Most of my customers reside in the Puget Sound area where cool,
damp winters make way for the lush, foliated landscapes of summer. The beauty
and uneven terrain of the Puget Sound seem to instill a fondness for innovation,
creativity, and adaptability in our cultural identity. We enjoy a healthy seasonal
balance of introspection and outdoor activity. An awareness and appreciation for
our special ecology give support to a robust network of local seafood and farms.
There is a growing community with a desire to become part of a more
sustainable culture that builds strong bonds between local organic producers and consumers.

Herbal teas fall at the intersection of food, nature, and medicine, and I feel
blessed to be able to create blends that both heal and highlight the incredible
biodiversity of the place where I have spent almost my entire life. My work is
influenced by the ingenuity and artistry of regional cooking traditions, and I
have always believed that the most effective herbal remedies are those that
nourish depleted organ systems and offer daily support. The selections of teas I
make for farmers’ markets are designed for and influenced by the energy of the
seasons where I live — and are also tasty enough for people to adopt as healthy habits.

Making and using your own teas (from locally available sources, when
possible) can have a positive impact on the environment and reduce your
reliance on pharmaceutical drugs. If you decide to start your own tea garden or
get out into nature to gather herbs, you will surely have a pleasant time getting to
know the landscape. Whether exploring a woodland forest for nettles in early
spring or relaxing in your own backyard apothecary, you are providing yourself
an opportunity to become more at home in your region.

The practice of drinking herbal teas to support wellness connects you to your
little spot in the world, but it also empowers you to participate in and own your
health. Despite what the media tells you, we are all capable of responsibly caring
for ourselves and our place through our lived experience. Like the rest of nature,
our bodies are incredibly intuitive and designed to heal themselves, but we
experience many moments of fear and discomfort when we stretch ourselves too
thin, which causes physiological imbalances. Tea can provide the beauty,
motivation, and direct therapeutic support that the body needs to shift its focus
back toward healing and balance on physical, emotional, and energetic levels.
Herbal tea is a daily celebration of life, and it reminds us how lucky we are
to be part of the earth’s natural cycles. 
A cup of tea is a form of communion, a coming home.

Introduction
When you lean in and take those first deep breaths after preparing a
cup of tea, you are tuning your senses to the energy and fragrance of
nourishing botanicals.

Humans in just about every civilization worldwide have experienced that
moment of bliss, hovering over a cup of herbal tea. We physically and
emotionally respond to the chemistry of botanicals, and so did our ancestors —
the joy and familiarity of drinking herbal tea is embedded in the fabric of our
genes and cultures. The human body evolved along with a vast botanical
pharmacy, and herbal teas were among humanity’s first medicines. When we
commune with herbs in the pure form of tea, we participate in a long legacy of
relationship between humans and nature in all its glorious complexity.
Making and drinking herbal teas for comfort and health is an ancient
tradition that anyone can learn. It is both sensual and intuitive, a thoughtful
process in which we look, smell, touch, and taste the herbs. As we develop our
sensual palate, the flavors, texture, and fragrance of an herb begin to tell us a
story of its remedial properties.

The Power of Plants
Plants connect with myriad other organisms through their root systems, leaves,
flowers, and seeds. These connections increase their resistance to disease, aid in
pollination and seed dispersal, and help increase nutrient uptake. Plants also
create special chemical compounds to communicate with other organisms in
their vicinity, exchanging information about the constantly fluctuating
conditions in the environment. With their above-and below-ground connections
they are able to thrive and help a diversity of others thrive as well. Mutually
beneficial partnerships are what create stability and resilience in the landscape.
Like plants, our bodies need to be part of an interconnected community, too.
Our physical and emotional health depends on knowing and communicating with
our environment. Herbal teas — simple infusions of healing herbs in water —
offer a daily reminder of our place in nature and open our hearts and minds to
the ways in which plants can realign us.
We rely deeply on the plant kingdom for nourishment, medicine, oxygen,
ecological stability, and clean drinking water. By learning to observe, tend, and
use healing plants, we gain insight into their ecological roles both inside our
bodies and out in the landscapes from which we harvest them. No special genius
is needed, just interest and attention.

Learning from Those Who Came Before
Direct relationships with a landscape shape the needs of the people who depend
on that landscape for food and medicine. And, in turn, the actions of the people
shape the needs of the landscape. If we look closely, we all participate in a cycle
of reciprocity. The landscape draws us in and begs us to learn how to tend her; in
exchange we are given long-term access to some of nature’s most healing and
profoundly comforting plants. We can learn to modify our actions to meet the
needs of our place and let the abundance of where we live fulfill us physically
and emotionally.
Before centuries of colonialism, indigenous communities naturally embraced
the patterns of nature in order to survive; they knew how to use their regions’
biodiversity to find nourishment, maintain health, and treat imbalances. By our
standards, since every member of society was fluent in the language of plants
and could generally manage their own health, everyone would have had the
basic skills of an herbalist. Food and medicine were intricately connected to place.

Indigenous communities inhabited the Puget Sound long before my family
moved here. The unique range of native edible and medicinal species evolved
alongside these people, and the techniques they developed for tending the
diverse ecosystems of the Puget Sound are part of a rich cultural heritage.
Therefore, when I am out wildcrafting herbs and fruits for teas, I am practicing
an ancient skill that indigenous cultures in my area have performed for
thousands of years. Although my goal is to honor life and be part of a
community that appreciates and supports all the local biodiversity, my
opportunities are shaped by a history of colonialism, land-use choices, and a
culture of entitlement. I must work to create a new culture that ensures a
different legacy for this place I love.

Those of us who are not indigenous and feel spiritually shallow (or hungry)
often admire the earth-based spiritual practices of indigenous peoples. It might
seem enticing to identify and cloak ourselves with the teachings of these cultures
to compensate for our own feelings of emptiness and grief from being part of a
culture that prides itself in ecological dominance. But we must learn to teach
ourselves new ways to heal the wounds of our violent history, while honoring
but not appropriating indigenous culture.

As I learn skills that enable me to become an herbalist and land steward, I try
to be mindful of the indigenous roots of these skills. Part of learning about a
place is grappling with its uncomfortable history and not ignoring it. But there
are many ways to nurture our people and the earth, and time spent loving nature
and connecting to plants will naturally bring those ways to light.


Contents
Introduction
Part 1: The Art of Tea Blending
Chapter 1: The Tea-Making Process
Chapter 2: Formulation and Herbal Actions
Part 2: Recipes
Chapter 3: Tonics for Holistic Health
Nutritive Tonics
Strength
Daily Mineral Tea
Respite Nervine Tea
Respite without Mint
Dream
Glow: Beauty Tea
Digestive Tonic
Vitamin C Tea
Gingerade
Vital Tea
Indulge
Rejuvenating Tonics
Balance
Think
Athlete’s Tea
Urinary Health Tea
Women’s Blend
Daily Adrenal Support
Refresh
Repose
Kids’ Tea Vitamin C Tea
Basic Chai
Delight Chai
Decaf Chai
Vanilla Chai
Rainy Day Chai
Chai Light
Bright Chai
Mint and Spice Chai
Cardamom-Rose Chai
Aphrodisiacs
Bliss
Love Tea
Love Your Life Tea
Chocolatl Spiced Drinking Chocolate
Chapter 4: Remedial and Medicinal Teas
Wellness Tea
Respiratory Health
Sore Throat Soother
Constipation Relief
Cancer Care
Daytime Calm
Pregnancy Tea
Postpartum Nourish Tea
Candida Support
Nursing Mama Tea
Calm Waters
Blood Pressure Support
Snooze
Inflammation Reduction
Happy Heart
Ease the Pain Tea
Mindspring
Chapter 5: Seasonal Teas
Spring
Allergy Tea
Spring Revival!
Spring Nutritive Tea
Elegance Tea
Spring Aid
Spring Strength
Spring Tonic
Clarity
Spring Immunity
Green Love
Wake Up!
Summer
Summer Solstice
Summer Sol
Berry Sun Tea
Summer Breeze Sun Tea
Nutritive Sun Tea
Mint Green Tea
Lemon Ginger Iced Tea
Apple Green Iced Tea
Sol MatÉ
Summer Goddess
Serenity
Coconut Green
Chillaxin
Cucumber-Jalapeño Breeze
Nervine Cold Brew
Summer Chill
Revive
Shiso Iced Tea
Black Beauty
Iced Chai
Iced Choco-Chai
Fall
General Fall Tonic
The Fall (Fall Repose)
Mulling Spices
Peace Tea
Brain Tonic
Golden Garden
Kukicha Gold
Delight
Honeybush Spice
Lift the Grey
Vira Protect
Winter
Winter Solstice Tea
Memoria
Winter Comfort
Rejuvenate
Deep Wellness
Fire Tea
Late Winter Woodsman Tea
Kahwa
Traveler’s Tea
Part 3: Living Amid Your Medicine
Chapter 6: Starting an Herb Garden
Chapter 7: Wildcrafting a Better World
Index
Converting Recipe Measurements to Metric
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 How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being

Maria NOËl Groves

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Edited by Carleen Madigan and Liz Bevilacqua
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How Herbal Medicine Works
In herbal medicine, we aim to get to the root of the problem and choose herbs that help bring the
body back into balance, alongside diet and lifestyle changes. While this book will introduce you to
safe, effective herbs for common health concerns, I delve much more deeply into healing in my
first book, Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. There, I discuss each body system in depth, with protocol points for various conditions. While both books can be used independently, the two work particularly well as a companion set. In one, you’ll understand each body system and see the big picture. Here, you learn how to grow, harvest, and use the plants, and you get many more recipes to inspire you in your healing journey.

Introduction
At The Garden Gate

 MEDICINAL HERB GARDENING usually begins
with one of two questions: “What should I grow?” Or “How can I use the plants
I already have?” Everyone loves a good “top five” list of herbs you must plant
to serve your health needs. But if every herbalist created a top five list, you can
bet those lists would differ vastly from one person to the next. The truth is that
the best herbs for you to grow will depend on your health needs, your growing
conditions, and which plants resonate most with you. When you connect with
the plants in this way, you’ll get so much more out of your very own remedy garden.

Why Grow Medicinal Herbs?
So many excellent companies already make and sell fabulous herbal products, why on earth go through the trouble to grow your own plants and make your own herbal remedies? This question never crossed my mind when I first began to explore herbalism. First, I worked the supplement aisles of a popular local natural foods store, then I put my shiny new journalism degree to work covering the “herb beat” for Natural Health magazine. I quickly learned which herbs you could use for what and realized I wanted to become an herbalist to understand the plants on a deeper level. But making my own medicine seemed unnecessary. Lucky for me, I landed on study programs with herbalists who believed in getting your hands dirty: first with Nancy Phillips and Rosemary Gladstar (herbal farming and gardening advocates and gurus), then with my primary teacher, Michael Moore (a devout wildcrafter). I
came home from herb school and realized: I need plants. I need to be connected with them. I need to
be able to custom formulate remedies. Working with the plants directly and making my own remedies
— including those for my clients — makes me a better herbalist, a healthier person, a more effective practitioner, and a more whole human being. Believe it or not, the remedies you make from the plants in your backyard can be just as good as — and often superior to — products you buy. But that’s not the only reason why you should grow your own herbal remedies.


Table of Contents
Introduction At the Garden Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
PART ONE
Skills for making medicine
Chapter One Growing, Harvesting,
and Preserving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Chapter two Mastering Basic Remedies . . . . . . . . 33
Tea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Tinctures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Alcohol-Free Extracts and Sweet Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Powders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Earthly Aromatherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Topical Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Dilute Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
PART TWO
REMEDY GARDENS
Chapter three Daily Tonics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Nutritive Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Nutritive Forager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
The Flavor Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Chapter four Energy and Relaxation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Stress Relief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Brain Boosters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Uplift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Relax and Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Sleepy Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Chapter five Digestion and Detoxification . . . . . . . 133
Bitter Digestif . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Carminatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Tummy Soothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Detox Forager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Chapter six Immune and Respiratory . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Immune SOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Lung Tonics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Allergy and Sinus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Chapter seven Skin Care and First Aid . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Super Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
First Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Insect Repellent and Bite Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Chapter eight Pain Relief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Topical Pain Relief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Aches and Pains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Chapter nine Heart and Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Gladden the Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Get the Blood Moving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
The Woman’s Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
PART THREE
HEALING GARDEN HERBS
Herb Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
Appendices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
Commonly Used Herbs by Condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
Commonly Used Flower Essences by Condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
Herbs for Specific Climates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
Measurements and Metric Conversions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Further Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317


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Discover the amazing spirit of 12 healing herbs with teas, potions, salves, food, yoga, and more

Amy Jirsa

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HERBAL PREPARATION BASICS
Versatility is such a highly prized quality these days. It’s a high
compliment to be called a versatile actor, artist, parent, or student.
Well, the herb world is no different.

Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for as long as
we’ve been walking the earth. It just makes sense that different
preparations will offer different results, and that how you prepare
your herbal remedy depends on the situation, the herb used, and
the body part effected. Here is a bit of what you’ll encounter on the following pages.

Introduction
Discover Herbs and Recover your Power
Herbal medicine, yoga, and natural health are buzzwords we’ve
heard over and over again in recent years. There are many reasons
for this, but I think the key reason, the superhero(ine) of reasons, is
that these modalities allow us to take charge of our own mental,
physical, and spiritual health.

That’s huge! We’ve been giving away our power for so long now
that we didn’t even know we’d lost it. Until now. I mean, look
around you. Nature gives us everything we need — food, water,
sun, raw materials for clothing and for building shelter — so why
not the materials we need for our own health? When we tune in
and tap into these natural resources, we become our own healers,
safely, knowledgeably, and, most of all, intuitively.
Herbalism is our cultural heritage. No matter where our
ancestors came from, chances are they used plants as medicine,
probably without even thinking about it. This knowledge was
instinctual, deep, and common. Sure, there were wisewomen
(herbwives, they were called) who would know exactly what to do in
dire situations, but most families had a stillroom (or home-grown
apothecary) in or near the family hearth.

Yes, we might have lost some of that knowledge along the way,
but the instincts are still there. It’s still in our genes or collective
subconscious. We reach for peppermint when we want to freshen
our breath or cool down, for instance; chamomile when we want to
relax; and tea when we want to wake up. Yup — black, green,
oolong, and rooibos teas are all herbs. In fact, you might be rather
surprised to see so many “non-traditional” herbs in this little volume.

Technically, an herb is any plant that produces seeds, has a nonwoody
stem, and dies down after flowering. But to an herbalist, any
plant that has medicinal, culinary, or aromatic mojo is considered
an herb. Trust me — every plant I’ve included is an herb by that
definition. There’s major mojo here.
I know that, taken as a whole, learning about herbs seems like a
lot of work. The sheer amount of information out there — on
websites, in books, and in periodicals — can be overwhelming. And
when you think of every possible medicinal plant out there? Ye
gads! It is a lot. It’s too much for most professional herbalists, even.
That’s why I’ve limited this book to 12 herbs.

You may be wondering, “How on earth can one herbalist decide
on just 12 herbs?” Well, that choice came down partially to
intuition; I’ve worked with many herbs over the years and these 12
continue to stand out to me as some of the most versatile and
easiest to work with and source. These are my favorite go-to herbs,
the ones that offer a range of solutions for healthy living from the
outside to the inside, from the mind to the body to the spirit. These
are the herbs my apothecary is never without. With these 12 herbs,
I feel confident that I can take care of (almost) anything that might
crop up in day-to-day living. Plus, there’s a good variety here —
some are beautiful, aromatic, and surprising (like the rose); some
are familiar and, perhaps, already in your pantry (like chamomile).
So that’s it: just 12. Easy. Fun. Intuitive.

Sure, there are scads more than 12 herbs out there (enough to
dedicate your life to their exploration, let’s put it that way). But I’ll
tell you a secret: Most herbalists are intimately familiar with a
handful of herbs (say, 30 or so) and we spend a long time getting to
know each herb that we work with. So here’s my suggestion: Try
focusing on one herb at a time, and spend an entire month getting
to know each one. It’s the best way to become really familiar with
how each herb affects you.

Think of the close relationships in your life. Think of the time it
takes to really get to know someone — how much care and
attention that kind of cultivation requires. You don’t take that time
with everyone you run into, but you know when it’s worth it. It’s
the same thing with herbs. They, too, will become more familiar
with time and attention. This is your moment of introduction. And
if you’re already acquainted, this is your time to go deeper. This is
late-night-chardonnay-drinking sisterhood time.

To that end, I’ve supplied you with not only lots of specific
recipes, but also some general formulas throughout the
appendixes. These master recipes will allow you to blend, create,
and invent your very own herbal preparations, from teas and
tinctures to salves and cosmetics; from herbal oils and vinegars to
flower essences. Here you’ll learn the ins and outs of herbal
crafting as you become inspired to build your own personalized
herbal apothecary. You’ll take your health into your own hands,
secure in the knowledge that you are intimately familiar with
every ingredient going into every remedy.

And speaking of your health and your hands — you’ll notice
yoga poses scattered throughout this book, each herb’s spirit
inspiring a yogic posture of its own. I included these because, to
me, yoga is as close to connecting to plant spirits as our bodies can
get. This isn’t a book about yoga, so I’m assuming some basic
familiarity with these poses; there are lots of reference guides out
there if you’d like to explore yoga more fully. Just flow with it; if it
inspires you, fantastic!
And on that note, feel free to read this book in any order. You’ll
find, I think, that this guide becomes a starting place for your
herbal exploration — that learning about these herbs will
springboard learning about other herbs, and your studies will
continue organically, with you creating the course and the
curriculum. I’m giving you the basics so that you can become your
own master teacher and Herbal Goddess down the road.
To my mind, you’re an Herbal Goddess when you find that
moment of inspiration, of inspired action that spurs you to
experiment in your own way and to do your own exploring. To be
an Herbal Goddess means to create your own craft of wellness,
your own traditions, your own heritage while tapping into those of
your sisters — both here-and-now and long gone. Because that
knowledge is never really lost, is it? We may have strayed from the
path of natural healing in recent decades, but herbs have a
mysterious aspect to them — an ancient energy and wisdom. Just
like any source of inspiration, this energy speaks to us.

Herbs have long been a part of spiritual and magical traditions,
and those traditions are intricately woven into their healing
properties and history. In honor of that sister-herbalist-goddess
lineage, you’ll find lots of magical applications for your herbs here as well.
Whether this is all new to you or provides a deeper exploration
of herbs that you’re already familiar with, you will find room to
play here. There are always new avenues to take, even when
heading for familiar homes.
At any rate, read at your leisure, have fun, and explore.
Be bold, be creative, and be healthy.
Oh, and be sure to goddess it up, you divine creatures, you!


Table of Contents
Food & Drink Recipes
Body Care Recipes
Introduction: Discover Herbs and Recover your Power
Chapter 1: Discovering the Sunny Side of Chamomile
Chapter 2: Rediscovering the Most Romantic Bloom
Chapter 3: Detoxing with Dandelion
Chapter 4: Adapting with Holy Basil
Chapter 5: Playing Nice with Nettles
Chapter 6: Healing with Calendula
Chapter 7: Having a Lie-Down with Lavender
Chapter 8: Treating It All with Turmeric
Chapter 9: Keeping the Doctor Away with Echinacea
Chapter 10: The Many Wonders of the Elder Plant
Chapter 11: Versatile and Singular Cinnamon
Chapter 12: Jiving It Up with Ginger
Appendix I: Flower Essences
Appendix II: Herbal Oils
Appendix III: Herbal Salves
Appendix IV: Herbal Tinctures
Appendix V: Herbal Vinegars
Resources
Suggested Reading
Glossary
Photography Credits
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