Healing Herbs A Beginner's Guide to Identifying, Foraging, and Using Medicinal Plants by Tina Sams
This is a great little book for beginners or for those who simply want to add a full color herb book to their collection.The bare basics are covered but I did find it annoying that the author introduced recipes utilizing herbs she doesn't discuss. So if you want to learn about many of the herbs in her recipes, you will want to refer to another book. What I like about the book is it's simplicity & full color photographs. The book only covers 20 herbs so it is easy to do a quick search for a refresher on the basics. Each section is very short so it really keeps things simple without adding too much information for a beginner to absorb.
While I like this book & am glad to have it in my collection, I strongly recommend that if you are seriously interested in herbs, you get books that are a bit more informative than this one. I highly recommend Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use, Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family, & The Complete Herbal Tutor: The ideal companion for study and practice. I own all three of these books as well as some others & I have to say they are worth every penny.
Bottom line this is a lovely book suitable for anyone interesting in getting their toes wet in herbalism or anyone wanting to add another book to their growing collection. As the author states, "I recommend finding one or two new plants each year. Find them, sit with them, and observe them... Use them. Make them into every kind of preparation.... Cook with them, make them into salve, tincture, tea,... Once you know them, they will be a part of your herbal repertoire forever."
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