Spicing up favorite dishes and alleviating common ailments, herbs are an ancient natural wonder--and more popular than ever. Eminently informative and fascinating, this volume unravels the mysteries of these versatile little plants, with savvy tips and simple formulas for maximizing their powers.
An illustrated a-to-z directory spotlights more than 150 universal and abundantly useful garden herbs, providing information on their appearance, history, how to grow, plus a breakdown of their chemical components and clear explanations of their effects.
Beginning with an engaging history of herbs and their earliest applications, this volume culminates with practical guidance on rowing herbs in nearly any space--outdoors or in--and storing them to preserve their special qualities.
Budding herbalists will discover: expert advice and tips on how to grow, harvest, and preserve for various uses; recipes for herb-rich dishes packed with flavor and health-boosting properties; innovative twists with herbs for fragrant gifts and home decorating; and much, much, more.