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1. Treating Cancer with Herbs: An
2. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical
3. Major Herbsof Ayurveda
4. Herb Magic for Beginners (For
5. Field Guide to Herbs & Spices:
6. Herbs Demystified: A Scientist
7. Chinese Herbs: Their Botany, Chemistry,
8. 101 Medicinal Herbs: An Illustrated
9. Herbs for Use and for Delight
10. The Contemporary Encyclopedia
11. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
12. The New Healing Herbs: The Essential
13. The Essential Herbs Handbook:
14. Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life:
15. Planting the Future: Saving Our
16. Ancient Herbs
17. Handbook of Natural Herbs and
18. Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest
19. The Woman's Book of Healing Herbs:
20. Herbal Prescriptions for Health

1. Treating Cancer with Herbs: An Integrative Approach
by Michael Tierra
Paperback: 528 Pages (2003-09-25)
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Asin: 0914955934
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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In this book, Dr. Tierra provides a complete, systematic approach to treatingcancer from a holistic perspective, while detailing the entire range of herbsand herbal medicines available to the practitioner and the patient alike.Headds his clinical experience and his deep compassion to create perhaps thedefinitive guidebook on cancer treatment for today's world. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars A good read but not about western herbalism
I bought this book because I have read Michael Tierra's previous books dealing with western herbalism and easy to make herbal remedies. This book is not about Western herbs, but deals with conditions of heat and coldness, dampness, contraction and other issues related to yin and yang (I think).It's likely a very good book, but I returned it because it was not what I was expecting.

Dr. Michael Tierra, pioneer of the herbal renaissance in the West, offers us yet another landmark book: Treating Cancer with Herbs: An Integrative Approach. This informative guide will prove to be an invaluable resource for laypersons, health professionals, cancer patients and their family and friends.

All persons (willing to set aside our inherently limited, myopic Western worldview) are invited to take a step forward in to the time-honored medical traditions of our forefathers that are as relevant now as they were 5,000 years ago. Dr. Tierra is a true renaissance man in every sense of the word; he has stretched his belief systems to incorporate many healing traditions - American Indian, Western herbal, East Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese acupuncture and herbs. Drawing upon over forty years of study, teaching, and healing experience, he makes an impassioned plea for the integration of natural treatments with the oft-times too aggressive arsenal of accepted Western medical practices including surgery, radiation & chemotherapy.

Indeed, most of us have been indoctrinated to believe that only science "holds the cure". However, some of the most commonly used cancer treatments have been developed from herbs; currently, the U. S. National Cancer Institute has identified over 3,000 plants with anti-cancer properties. In Treating Cancer with Herbs, Dr. Tierra pulls from many traditions, detailing herbs and herbal medicines that can strengthen the body and immune system while helping to restore spirit and bring a sense of balance to the cancer patient. As always, his approach is wholistic and he details other equally important therapeutic approaches to the treatment of cancer including diet, supplements, exercise, and prevention.

Dr. Tierra has written a definitive guide for the compassionate treatment of this dreaded disease. ... Read more

2. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series)
by Scott Cunningham
Paperback: 336 Pages (2000-04-08)
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Asin: 0875421229
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Paul Beyerl, a respected author on herbs calls it "…an essential reference book by students of herbalism and magick alike … Scott's personable charm touches every page… I highly recommend this book." And Jeanne Rose, famous author of books on herbs and developer of an herbal course says "I love books like this … It is accessible, easy to read, and with its encompassing index (all too often neglected), simple to use as well." Over 200,000 people already have this book and use it frequently.
In this edition of the book (it's expanded and revised on the 15th anniversary of original publication) you will find the magical properties and folklore of over 400 herbs! You'll also find lists of herbs based on their magical powers, their genders, their planetary rulers, and more. Perhaps the most important list is the folk name cross-reference. With that information, when a recipe calls for "bramble, " you'll know it needs blackberry. Or if the magic calls for "enebro," you'll know you that is juniper.
The main part of this book is the listings of the herbs. Each one includes names, associations, and magical attributions. Violets can be used for protection, luck, love, and more. Primrose is for protection and love. Garlic is for protection, healing, exorcism, lust, and prevention of theft.
This book is considered a classic. It is probably consulted more than any other book on this subject. If you want to learn the secrets of magical herbs, this book is a must!

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5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect Wiccan Companion
This is a great reference and information guide on herbs and their usage. Every Wiccan should add this book to their collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific
An excellent, gentle guide to including natural magic into one's life and obtaining and organizing herbs for use in natural magic.
This book and others have helped me to come to terms with the mystical side of every soul and the universe we live in - without eroding my more mainstream belief in the one G-d.

5-0 out of 5 stars On my top 5 list for books on Magick
I am on my 3rd copy of this book.The other 2 were so well used and so often consulted that I wore them completely OUT.
I have read Agrippa and can vouch that Cunningham was drawing from this source in a very accurate manner.If you really appreciate this book, reading Agrippa's treatise on natural magic will deepen your understanding of this topic.

My family has collected occult books for 25+ years and we own hundreds of volumes.I'd put this one in my top 5.

Hint:When you buy this book, you might also want to buy some of the stick on tabs so you can mark your favorite entries.If you are like me, you will consult it often.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD!
It's hard to find a well-researched book on Stones or Herbs that is full of fluff or crap anymore. Cunningham's is a very good choice chock full of information to keep everyone happy. I really enjoyed looking through this book and ingesting the information he provides. A very good reference for any Pagan, Witch, or Herbalist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
This is an excellent reference book for when you need to look something up in a jiffy.It's not exceedingly detailed but it gives you enough information so you have an accurate starting point.Well worth having in any pagan library. ... Read more

3. Major Herbsof Ayurveda
by Elizabeth M. Williamson BScPhDMRPharmSFLS
Hardcover: 392 Pages (2002-10-07)
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Asin: 0443072035
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This unique, clinical reference features comprehensive and detailed profiles of 50 key herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. Coverage of each herb includes a discussion of its historical context, habitat, botanical description, major chemical constituents, medical usage, safety profile, dosage, regulatory status, and Ayurvedic properties. It also features full-color photos of each plant, describes which part of the plant is used, and illustrates the dried herbal preparation. Each herb's ethnobotanical usage and ethnoveterinary usage are also presented for a clear understanding of how the herb is used in various contexts. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Major resource for ayurvedic herbs
If you're looking for a textbook on ayurvedic herbs, here it is.

I've been interested in ayurvedic herbs but did not find anything with scientific references.Anecdotal reports are not enough.

A few examples:

Did you know the ficus tree is considered holy and is used for medicine?

Amla, which is a component of the formula "triphala" has been proven to dramatically lower cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids and low density lipoproteins by 82%, 66% 77% and 90% respectively.

REGRESSION OF AORTIC PLAQUES was observed.To put it plainly, when your arteries are clogged, this herb will help unclog them.

I do a lot of research on heart disease had never heard of this.

I know pseudoginseng, which is a Chinese herb, will do the same thing, but I did not know about Amla.

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4. Herb Magic for Beginners (For Beginners (Llewellyn's))
by Ellen Dugan
Paperback: 216 Pages (2006-05-08)
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Asin: 0738708372
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Stir up passion with violet or nab a new job with honeysuckle. From parsley to periwinkle, people enjoy herbs for their aroma, taste, and healing abilities, but few are aware of the enchanting powers harnessed within these multipurpose plants. Breathing new life into herbal folklore and wisdom, Ellen Dugan introduces the magical side of these natural treasures.

The author of Cottage Witchery describes the magical traits of flowers, roots, trees, spices, and other commonly found herbs. Under her guidance, readers learn the basics of magic and spellworking so they may safely explore herbal magic on their own for health, luck, prosperity, romance, protection, and more!
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1-0 out of 5 stars Herb Magic for Beginners
Attractive text. First beginners herbal I've seen with NO illustrations or images of herbs!

I just downloaded Kindle version of this herbal and was most surprised that it lacked illustrations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
This is a great book, but please note, its really a truly beginners guide book only. The author goes on to make many reference to very basic and common herbs as well as various correspondence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice book
I recieved this item in record time, and I love the quality of it!! Thank you

5-0 out of 5 stars the begin, what is magic book. amazin! excellent!
I'm getting initiated in to the wonderful world of magic. magic has come to my life to fill a big gap and sadness that felt overwhelming. after reading some books by Scott Cunningham, etc i really didn't know how to make the magic rituals, i was clueless. some books just doesn't have the proper structure or organization until i read Dugan's herb magic. it was like an "aha" moment, this is how it is! she tells you the correspondence of colors and their influences, the influence of the days of the weeks and that Friday is the best day for love rituals, that the moon is a key player in giving the right energy depending on what phase is in, the circle, cleansing, ect. excellent book. for someone that is starting on magic this is the book or if you already know about it this is a big refresher. These are my recommendations in order to learn magic: herb magic for beginners by Dugan, moon spells how to use the phases of the moon to get what you want by Diane Ahlquist,then any Scott Cunningham book starting with wicca a guide for the solitary practitioner and so on.

5-0 out of 5 stars A keeper
This book is a keeper!Great, great book.It is another resource book. Ellen writes well.I bought this book for the information, and am looking forward to her next Herb book.This is a must have book for your library. ... Read more

5. Field Guide to Herbs & Spices: How to Identify, Select, and Use Virtually Every Seasoning at the Market (Field Guide To...)
by Aliza Green
Paperback: 320 Pages (2006-02-09)
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Asin: 1594740828
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Herbs and spices make everything taste better but can you tell your thyme from your sage? Do you know the difference between dill and rosemary? Where can you find hyssop or rose geranium?

Field Guide to Herbs & Spices is here to help. With color photographs of more than 200 different international seasonings, you'll soon be flavoring your dishes like a pro. Award-winning chef Aliza Green shows the basic history of these spices (saffron used to be worth more than gold!), its season (if applicable), names in other languages, a recipe featuring the seasoning, and much more. This handy field guide will make all of your meals complete! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
I agree that the flavor affinities featured in this book make it an outstanding resource.This book is essential for anyone who grows or uses fresh herbs.One difference between this book and the field guide to produce is that each herb and spice entry features a recipe.This book makes a great gift to anyone who enjoys cooking fresh, flavorful food.

5-0 out of 5 stars Herbs
This book on herbs is very well written and complete. It makes good reading as it is entertaining as well as informative. I highly recommend this book, even if you have others on the same subject.............DFW

5-0 out of 5 stars Playing in the kitchen
A recently widowed friend remarked she knew nothing about seasoning because only a few bland recipes had been acceptable for so many years. This book was the perfect gift, an introduction to informally testing out new flavors. By making groaning shelves at the market appear inviting rather than intimidating, the bright photos and common sense advice remove the mystery, making it fun to "play" in the kitchen.
This is the perfect companion to Ms. Green's "Field Guide to Produce."

5-0 out of 5 stars Field Guide to Herbs & Spices
I got this book for my husband and he absolutely loves it.He has gotten back into cooking and wanted to know about different herbs and spices.He takes it everywhere with him.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fields Guide to Herbs & Spices
This is a very helpful book, I've used it so much already, even shared it with friends who are going to purchase it... ... Read more

6. Herbs Demystified: A Scientist Explains How the Most Common Herbal Remedies Really Work
by Holly Phaneuf
Paperback: 400 Pages (2005-12-13)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$11.88
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Asin: 1569244081
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Is green tea the revolutionary answer to weight loss? Can cinnamon help diabetics?Is yohimbe the new Viagra? What do herbs really do to your body? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Love this book!!!
This book goes in-depth about herbs, its capabilities and how much to take. The only thing I don't like, it didn't have all the herbs I wanted to know about in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Incredible detail but not overwhelming for the layman.An excellent book every herbalist or someone interested in herbs should have.

5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant
saves me the time of trying to pour through the vast literature of scientific studies and collects this wonderful batch of knowledge in one handy guide.
bonus points for going into the mechanisms by which each herbal remedy works (or doesn't) -- an important consideration when deciding how and when to use it.

1-0 out of 5 stars not very helpful
the bias against herbs etc is quite revealing. does this author work for the drug companies? most of her comments are "unscientific" in the sense that her science is based on American studies and disregards other studies.Anything negative is emphasized and anything positive is qualified.She will write that of the 100 studies most were not strictly scientific,therefore one can not rely on them etc. What about the 10-20 studies that were done scientifically? What do they say? If an herb shows some positive benefit,she will state that it can not be proved and therefore may not be accurate. But if there is some negative about the herb, she will state stay away from it,again,without any scientific studies to support her claim.She is the type of "scientist"that 200 years ago would say that the idea of bacteria-invisible organisms-causing disease is ridiculous because they can not be seen and no studies have ever proven that. Her opinion of homeopathy-that it is nothing but a placebo effect says it all. Her " science " is that of a mind in a strait jacket;no imagination, no concern for health matters, that may work but have not been "proven" yet.One should look for this book in a book store, read about an herb one is familiar with and then decide whether one wants to waste money on this book.Some of the science is interesting,but her conclusions are anemic intellectually.

4-0 out of 5 stars Research based, but not as comprehensive as expected.
This book covers many herbs, but there are a few others that I hoped would be in the book. However, it is research based and is written at a level which should be understood by most people. The author incorporates good humor with bottom-line summary of what research has to report for the herbs covered. ... Read more

7. Chinese Herbs: Their Botany, Chemistry, and Pharmacodynamics
by John D. Keys
Paperback: 346 Pages (1991-03)
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Asin: 0804816670
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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An illustrated encyclopaedia of over 250 herbs for medical problems ranging from anaemia to asthma, from tetanus to TB. Each entry includes the herb's Latin name, its English name, the name in Chinese characters, a botanical description, a pharmaceutical description, a phytochemical analysis, pharmacodynamic investigations, the Chinese therapeutic use of the drug, dosage given by Chinese herbalists and other relevant information. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A nice collection of tidbits
This is that strange type of herb books, written about Chinese herbs, butfrom a Western medicine -point of view.

The book is good for a fastoverview of the about 300 plants, minerals and animal parts covered, butthe information is far too sketchy to be of any practical importance. As anexample, a typical entry on the use is "Used as stomachic andcarminative, Dose, 10-15 gm.".

TCM herbalists are possibly happyabout the Chinese characters with each entry, but as the author has gone togreat lengths to translate TCM terms into western ones it's doubtful if TCMpeople find any value in the work.

The index of western ailments /Chinese herbs could perhaps point you into a new direction if you're stuckin your therapeutics.But otherwise the book is just a nice collection oftidbits for the herbalist. ... Read more

8. 101 Medicinal Herbs: An Illustrated Guide
by Steven Foster
Paperback: 240 Pages (1998-12)
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Asin: 1883010519
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Color photographs of 101 herbs provide a visual referenceto identify the most frequently used herbs for health andhealing.Arranged alphabetically,the listings include detailedinformation on herb forms, benefits, side effects and dosages. Anindex and resource guide are included, as well as cross-referncingsection with information about easy to find remedies for variousailments. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great quick reference
It's contained price along with a very practical and handy layout makes this book a must have. It's great for the beginner and usefull for the more expert readers. It has many colorful illustrations not common for books inthis price range. It contains all the essential facts about Herbs with someinteresting historical references. I wish more books were written this way.Quick and easy to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with useful information
101 Medicinal Herbs, by Steven Foster, is chuck-full of useful information never made public before.New and Old World, as well as Asian species are covered in detail.Even the lowly chickweed, used by British folks tosoothe cuts and sores, is described in detail.Herbs are alphabeticallyarranged by common names(scientific names are included), and illustratedwith exquisite photographs, making it easy for thenovice or professionalbotanist to key out species.

L.M.Eastman - Past president of the JosselynBotanical Society of Maine. ... Read more

9. Herbs for Use and for Delight
by Herb Society of America
Paperback: 324 Pages (1974-06-01)
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A selection of 61 of the finest articles from The Herbalist: Tastes in Tea; Spice Caravans; The Significance of Botanical Pesticides; and many more. Personal accounts describe every aspect of history, cultivation and enjoyment of herbs.
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10. The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices: Seasonings for the Global Kitchen
by Tony Hill
Hardcover: 464 Pages (2004-09-10)
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Asin: 047121423X
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Comprehensive, international, and up-to-date–the ultimate herb and spice guide for today’s cooks
This exhaustive reference is packed with need-to-know information on more than 350 flavor-enhancing herbs and spices, from basic basil and bay leaves to Kaffir lime leaves, Tunisian five-spice powder, and other exotic seasonings and blends. Written by an international spice merchant who buys directly from growers and knows how to make the most effective use of seasonings, it features 200 color photographs plus descriptions that include Latin names, countries of origin, and guidelines–some with recipes–on how to cook with each seasoning.

Tony Hill (Seattle, WA) is the owner of World Merchants, Spice, Herb & Teahouse in Seattle. The company’s retail and wholesale operations sell to top restaurateurs and consumers from around the world. The author has been featured in Food & Wine and the New York Times. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh insights on herbs and spices. Buy It!
`The Contemporary Encyclopedia of herbs & spices' by Seattle spice merchant Tony Hill is a great contrast to the previous spice reference I reviewed, Jill Norman's `herbs & spices, the cook's reference' which I stated at the time may be the only book the amateur cook needs as a reference on herbs and spices. Herr Hill's work does not change my original opinion of Norman's book, but that is not because Hill's book is of lower quality than Norman's reference. It is because Norman's work is much more skillfully arranged to serve the average cook.

One of the great virtues of Ms. Norman's book is its arrangement by the general flavor of the spice or herb plant species and variation. Mr. Hill, as his title suggests, is a totally alphabetical arrangement by the most familiar common name for the herb or spice used from the plant. Therefore, Hill's book gives no easy resource for finding an herb that tastes something like borage. Mr. Hill's very personally phenomenological essay on the borage plant and its edible portions suggest it tastes something like mint and goes well with dill.

The single area where Mr. Hill outdoes Ms. Norman is in discoursing on the various types of bay, the one subject on which I gigged Ms. Norman in my review of her book. While Ms. Norman gives us only the classic Mediterranean (Turkish) bay, Mr. Hill cites four different varieties of plant yielding leaves called `bay leaves'. He echos most chef's preference for the Turkish variety, but gives us information whereby the California leaf can be put into service with the proper care to avoid having your recipe develop an aroma of Vicks Vaporub (metaphor stolen from Alton Brown). In the end, Ms. Norman still comes out ahead in the sense that all we really need is the Turkish bay, as I have never seen a recipe specify the California, Indian, or Indonesian varieties of bay. Ms. Norman pulls far ahead when we get to basil, for which she cites fourteen (14) different varieties, many of which are indeed specified in various Mediterranean, Indian, and East Asian recipes.

Ms. Norman is also a far better reference for spice sources (although for some odd reason, she overlooks Pensey's Spices) since Mr. Hill is himself a spice merchant. You would hardly expect a book written by Mr. Starbuck to tell you where to find Maxwell House coffee (I do find it odd, though, that Mr. Hill gives us no information on how to reach his business in Seattle by either phone, mail, or Internet. If it's there, he has hidden it well.). Ms. Norman, being the scholar that she is, also has the better bibliography, although for the casual reader, the two are equally useful.

For herb and spice mix recipes, I find Ms. Norman's selection to be just a bit more useful, although I strongly suggest you get both books for the ways in which the two complement one another. While Ms. Norman gives us six different variations on a bouquet garni, she has but one recipe for a barbecue spice rub, while American Hill gives us recipes for Memphis style, Kansas style, and Carolina style spice rubs plus a Louisiana spice mix for both Cajun and Creole dishes.

The greatest weakness in Mr. Hill's book is the fact that his photographs accompanying each essay are in black and white. All his color illustrations are in a special rotogravure section on their own center section. Ms. Norman's book, on the other hand, is in full color with excellent illustrations accompanying all her information on each species and variety. This is odd, since Ms. Norman's book lists at $30 and Mr. Hill's book lists at $40 U.S.

So, if you must have just one herb and spice book, Ms. Norman's book is the easy choice. But, if you are an avid student of the nuances of herbs and spices, especially if you happen to be a culinary professional who buys herbs and spices wholesale, I strongly recommend you get a copy of Mr. Hill's book. If you also happen to be a foodie who likes interesting talk about all food matters, I also suggest you stop now and click on the little button for ordering this volume. The one to two page essays accompanying each named species or variety is rich with personal experiences with these plant products as well as rare information on coaxing the best performance and value out of your purchases. The fact that they are so personal and immediate makes them that much more interesting to read.

Highly recommended `second book' on herbs and spices.

5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I just recently needed to look up parsley and how to care for it and found you can freeze it.The information is very helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference!
Living in Seattle, I have the pleasure of shopping in Tony's culinary "lair" of herbs, spices and teas, and is at least a monthly venture if not more often.

You just wont see a walking encyclopedia of seasonings like Tony. And I have been anxiously awaiting this book for years.

You will find great background on many of your favorite herbs and spices as well as information on many of the obscure ones. Tony gives great backgound on uses, buying seasons, and more.

There are wonderful recipies that show off particular seasonings, and I have begun the task of experiencing these great pleasures, in order to find out how to better my own cooking.

You will enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia of Herbs & Spices: Every has got to have one!
This is a book every must have in the kitchen!A complete dictionary of spices, the origin, botanical name, use, storage and everything else you would want to know.The book also includes fantastic recipes that anyone create without being an expert but with expert results!This book also contains spice rubs for just about everthing you can imagine.I have already purchased a copy for everyone in my family.A definate MUST HAVE! ... Read more

11. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Spices and Herbs
by CMB, Leslie Bilderback
Paperback: 288 Pages (2007-12-04)
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Asin: 1592576745
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Zest it up!

Using spices and herbs—the key to any delicious meal—can be daunting with so many to choose from, not to mention the many possible combinations. In this book, a master chef and baker unlocks the key to the dazzling world of flavor by showing cooks of every level how to use and combine over 150 of the most popular spices and herbs. She also provides delicious recipes, fun facts, tips on storage, and a resource guide on where to get hard-to-find spices and herbs.The book also includes dozens of easy-to-follow and delicious recipes.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Informative
I have several books on spices and herbs, but I enjoy the simple and fun format of Spices & Herbs. Since it is an easy to understand reference, I find I select this book when I want to experiment with seasonings and recipes.I especially like the sidebars (Chefspeak, Hot Stuff, etc.) and the large selection of blend recipes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing!
This book is aimed primarily at folks who want to explore the wide world of flavors available out there and figure out how to use all those spices & herbs in their own cooking. It provides suggestions for where to find the unusual ones, and gives the reader many starting points for exploration.

It does leave out one detail I was hoping for---substitution suggestions for times when you can't find the particular spice you're looking for. That said, there are so many notes on what these items taste like and the elements of flavor that the book will, in many cases, still help you to properly flavor dishes when you don't have all the 'right' ingredients.

I'm particularly impressed with the wide array of information on using these ingredients outside of kitchen recipes. Gardening information is included to help you start your own herb garden, and instructions are included for properly drying or freezing fresh herbs for later. There are also instructions for creating your own flavored oils, vinegars, and compound butters, as well as potpourris, sachets, and so on.

There's a surprisingly long selection of spice blend recipes, but many of them are in amounts that aren't geared toward the home cook. Many of them use spices in anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1 cup amounts, and produce several cups of mix. If you're opening a restaurant or experimenting on a large scale (if, for example, you're studying to become a professional chef) you might find these amounts useful, I imagine.

There aren't many recipes in this book---just a few to show you some of the ways in which ingredients can be used. For example, we made a coffee-braised roast from this book, which was falling-apart tender and incredibly flavorful & delicious.

There are no photos in this book, but I don't believe it needs them. After all, you're going to be buying spice jars in stores---most of which look the same---not going out into the wilds to identify plants.

3-0 out of 5 stars So good it made me mad
There is a fantastic amount of information in the book, but unless you are already familiar with a vast percentage of culinary herbs and spices then you will feel lost and much like an 'idiot'.A complete guide to anything should have at least one page of pictures showing you what they are describing.Buy this book in conjunction with an encyclopedia or don't buy it at all.A complete guide should be complete from every angle and not skimp because pictures cost money to produce and publish. ... Read more

12. The New Healing Herbs: The Essential Guide to More Than 125 of Nature's Most Potent Herbal Remedies
by Michael Castleman
Paperback: 608 Pages (2010-03-16)
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Asin: 1605298891
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Straight from nature’s medicine cabinet, the latest herbal discoveries that cure hundreds of health concerns without the dangerous side effects or high cost of prescription drugs

The New Healing Herbs uses the latest studies to offer guidelines on dosages, drug interactions, and results for herbal healing. Included are herbal prescriptions to treat ailments ranging from the common cold, allergies, and back pain to more serious conditions such as diabetes and cancer. Featuring hundreds of cures and therapies proven to work, this book shows you which herbal remedy to take for each condition, how it’s taken, what interactions to watch for, and where to buy the featured herbs. The easy-to-use Cure Finder organizes herbs by health condition, healing actions, and alternative uses, guiding you to the right herbal remedy for your ailment.

With more than 1 million copies of its two previous editions in print, there’s no doubt that you can trust The New Healing Herbs to help them take control of your health.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas on Herbs,yet Beware of Advice+
This tome of herbs is an excellent review on alternative remedies.This is more of a historical review,rather than a guide on proper usage.It's great on introducing the multitude of herbs that have been used through the ages.There's a wide discussion of the various doctors who had experimented with the various herbs and what results they achieved.I would use this book ,only as a helper and not as an essential guide for dosages.Some herbs are toxic and deadly,in any dosage.People who are interested in herbal suppliments should always investigate the dangers of the the herbal dosages.Herbs will help most people.Yet,you should always consult a doctor or nurse, before any ingesting of any otc remedies from your town's herbal pharmacy.There has been a renewed interest in herbs,in recent years.It's all-natural and more people friendly,rather than alcohol/chemical treatments for various aliments.Green Tea and herbal teas are so much better than soda.Now,research is showing two soft drinks per week,is causing a seventy percept increase in pancreatic cancer.It's clear soda is a weaker than green tea.Saw palmetto will greatly reduce prostrate cancer,that seem to greater effect people,in their 50s.Prostrate cancer usually effects soda-drinkers,who eat processed meats and eat little fiber or vegetables.I liked this book for the good herbal ideas,yet it's weak on statistics and medical dosages.There is a multitude of herbal books around with interesting information,yet light on the medical side.This seems to be another one.Check out Dr.James Duke's herbal books for the most detailed information and quality information for the price. ... Read more

13. The Essential Herbs Handbook: More Than 100 Herbs for Well-Being, Healing, and Happiness
by Lesley Bremness
Paperback: 288 Pages (2009-04-07)
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Asin: 1844838013
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This third entry in the successful Essential Handbook series squeezes a wealth of fascinating information about herbs into a pocket-sized package. Over 100 life-enriching herbs are catalogued, with comprehensive reference information for each, including its Latin name, traditional uses, optimal growing conditions, and benefits to the body and mind. More than just a practical manual, it also describes key ways to incorporate any herb into daily life, whether dried in a therapeutic sachet, soaked to form a skin-soothing compress, or infused to make an uplifting tisane. 


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14. Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life: A Guide to Many Practices
by Michael Caduto
Paperback: 183 Pages (2007-05-09)
list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$7.96
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Asin: 1594731748
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
If the reader is interested in exploring the world spiritually, this is a nice book.I was expecting a list of plants with ritual and symbolic uses and found instead an intimate, soul-based interaction between plants and the author.Readers who approach the world using information available through the five senses will find it silly.Those interested in exploring Shaminism will find a realm of possibilities they might not have previously appreciated.

5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable and very strongly recommended addition
"Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life: A Guide To Many Practices" by author, ecologist, educator and storyteller Michael Caduto is a practical and informative guide to incorporating herbs into a spiritual life through the use of rituals and ceremonies. "Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life" provides descriptions of the herbs and their applications across many cultural traditions. Of special note is the advice on how to utilize these herbs for personal spiritual growth. For example, creating herbal art inspired by faith and the beauty of nature; crafting herbal wreaths, sachets, garlands, pillows and soaps; preparing herbal teas, infused oils and meals; making potpourri and candles infused with herbs; celebrating holidays, births, weddings, and memorials with herbs; designing a simple herb garden of plants chosen from among different spiritual traditions; even how to construct spaces in which to use herbs for reflection and mediation. All this and more make "Everyday Herbs In Spiritual Life" an invaluable and very strongly recommended addition to personal and community library Metaphysical Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists. ... Read more

15. Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs
Paperback: 328 Pages (2000-09-01)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$12.43
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Asin: 0892818948
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Contributors include Mark Blumenthal, Richo Cech, Ryan Drum, Stephen Foster, Cascade Anderson Geller, James Green, Christopher Hobbs, David Hoffmann, Kathie Keville, Brigitte Mars, Susun Weed, David Winston, and many others.

Addressing one of the most urgent issues for environmentalists, America's most respected and well-known herbalists share in-depth information on saving 30 popular at-risk herbs.

* Includes color photos of 30 medicinal plants and explains how to use and grow them.

* Provides mail order resources for hard-to-find seeds.

* Offers consumers suggestions for making eco-friendly purchases and using other herbs with similar actions as alternatives.

* Edited by Rosemary Gladstar, author of the bestselling Herbal Healing for Women

While the renaissance in the U.S. botanical market is positive in many respects, medicinal plant populations are suffering from loss of habitat and overharvesting, and many popular medicinal herbs are now at risk, including echinacea, American ginseng, goldenseal, Hawaiian wild kava, peyote, and wild yam. Planting the Future shows us how land stewardship, habitat protection, and sustainable cultivation are of critical importance to ensure an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for future generations. The authors share their extensive experience with using and growing these popular herbs and include suggestions for creating your own private herbal sanctuary, using herbal analogues--other medicinal herbs that provide the same benefits and exist in plentiful amounts--for at-risk plants, and making your herbal purchases a vote for sustainability.

All author royalties will be used for replanting native medicinal herbs on a 380-acre botanical sanctuary in Ohio. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
This is a fantastic book - such a treasured resource. It will be one of my planting bibles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Save the plants, save ourselves
Planting the Future provides both motivation and instruction for saving medicinal plants. The public's growing realization of the healing potential of plants is positive, but over-harvesting has led to a decline in native stands of many plants.Rosemary Gladstar has gathered a stellar team of writers to address the issue. The index reads like a who's-who of the herbal world. More than 30 plants are addressed in individual articles written by herbalists who know and love them. A grower of any size can use the information, the backyard up to a large sanctuary. A gardener can find the plants best suited their area, as well as how to propagate and care for them. Once grown, there is information about the preparation and use of the plants. My own tiny urban medicinal garden is part of the effort to save valuable plants thanks to guidance from these leaders. Herbalists, native plant enthusiasts and conservationists will all find value in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Provides a different focus on the botanical market
Planting The Future provides a different focus on the botanical market, featuring works by the herbalists of United plant Savers and discussing strategies to save and preserve medicinal herbs. Chapters provide an A-Z listing of herbs and their history, uses and propagation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Saving Mother Earth'sPlants
This is a MUST HAVE book not only for Herbalists but for all People of this Turtle Isand.As ypou read this book it will not oly scare you but it will also wake you up.It is not up to a few people to save the plants, IT IS UP TO ALL OF US! ... Read more

16. Ancient Herbs
by Marina Heilmeyer
Hardcover: 108 Pages (2007-03-26)
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Asin: 0892368845
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The forty plants in this book present both herbs and other plants that were important for culinary, medicinal, and cult purposes in classical antiquity. Thus olive and pomegranate, myrtle and rose join coriander and marjoram, garlic and thyme. In the introduction, the author draws on her extensive knowledge of ancient practices to paint an intriguing image of the uses of and myths about plants from Greek and particularly Roman kitchen gardens. Quotes from classical authors testify to ancient practices, some curious, some still standard today.
The delightful illustrations reproduce drawings from early nineteenth-century botanical publications, which often show the plants at various stages of growth, from seeds through ripe fruits. ... Read more

17. Handbook of Natural Herbs and Supplements
by Linda Skidmore-Roth RNMSNNP
Hardcover: 504 Pages (2001-06-22)
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Asin: 0323012086
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This essential handbook presents detailed monographs for 270 commonly used herbal products and natural supplements. Arranged in alphabetical order, each monograph incorporates authoritative information on generic names, botanical names, common alternative and trade names, actions, uses, dosages, side effects and adverse reactions, contraindications, precautions, pharmacokinetics, chemical components, and interactions with foods, other herbal products, and with drugs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential
If you are into herbal alternative medicine, this book is for you. It gives you alot of info on how to use each item and lists any cautions with prescription meds. ... Read more

18. Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest : Over 50 Powerful Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses
by Leslie Taylor
Paperback: 360 Pages (1998-09)
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Asin: 0761517340
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The value of the Amazon rainforest to human life has never been more deeply understood. Aside from their indispensable role in nourishing the earth's atmosphere, the rainforests may also hold the key to treating many of humanity's most resilient diseases. In Herbal Secrets of the Rainforests, author Leslie Taylor provides the latest information on natural treatments for more than 150 common conditions and symptoms using the healing powers of over 50 rainforest herbs. Readers will find safe and effective alternative treatments for such conditions as: colds and flu; headache; depression; cancer; arthritis; menopause; insomnia; wounds; burns; rashes; and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Amazon Herbalist Bible
This is the definitive book about common use of Amazonian herbs for healing.

The book describes appx. 50 easy-to-find-over-the-internet herbs that have long traditional histories of healing.

Each herb is described carefully and carries a chart showing what ailments it is used for in different cultures worldwide.

There are useful chapters of herbs to use by ailment, descriptions of the ailments, traditional herb MIXTURES for different common problems.

The research cited in the book is well documented and there is a nice amount of human interest background as well.

If you are curious or interested in the ancient wisdom of plant healing from the Amazon this is definitely a book to have. ... Read more

19. The Woman's Book of Healing Herbs: Healing Teas, Tonics, Supplements, and Formulas
by Sari Harrar, Sara Altshul O'Donnell
Hardcover: 495 Pages (1999-01)
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Asin: 0875965105
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This comprehensive and accessible guide to nature's affordable pharmacy and organic beauty aids includes step-by-step instructions for making herbal remedies, tips on aromatherapy, a mini-encyclopedia of herbal prescriptions, and more. 250 color photos. 50 color illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good book, very interesting
This book is very informative. I like how it has many businesses listed in the back that sells herbs, herb seeds, plus much more. Many are online where you can see what they have available. It has detailed directions to make your own tea and tinctures. If you're looking for a more natural approach to improving your health, this a helpful book.

4-0 out of 5 stars happy surprise
Not only is this book filled with fun facts about healing herbs, it explains and provides the reader with clear pictures of simple basic steps that anyone could follow. There is quite a lot of variety,(a good thing!) from infusions/decoctions to salves etc.This book is about awareness and harnessing herbs' natural properties in a responsible manner for personal use.
This book is a good addition to anyones' collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every woman should get this!
I refer to this book almost every day! Everything you ever wanted to know about the benefits of herbs for women, in an easy-to-use format. If you can only buy one book about herbs, this is the one!

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but missing important information
I really like this book.It's organized nicely, and is helpful in pairing diseases/problems with herbal therapies.It's interesting, and I like the illustrations, as well as many of the beauty products.I do have a couple problems with it though.The book contains a list of the 50 most common herbs, and while it does list some safety precautions, a lot of drug-herb interactions are missing.For instance Coumadin (Warfarin) is listed as interacting with willow bark in this book.But Warfarin also has interactions with ginseng, dang shen, devil's claw, garlic (in large amounts) and ginkgo biloba.A few of these drugs are even in the top 50 in this book, with no mention of the problems they can cause with Warfarin.I think this is a really negative aspect of this book, because people without a pharmacy or medical background might not know about such problems, and as some don't even consider herbals to be drugs (which they are!) they don't know to check for interactions, or even where to check if they wanted to.Another point the book fails to mention is that the FDA doesn't have guidelines for purity of herbal products the way it does for prescription and over-the-counter medication.So you might not be getting exactly what you think you are when you buy an herbal product.If you use this book, I would recommend asking your pharmacist what brand of herbs they suggest, because most pharmacists know which brands are more reliable than others.And also, you should always ask your doctor about taking herbals if you are on ANY medications, and when your pharmacist takes your medication history, tell them what you are on, too.Just because herbals are natural doesn't mean they are safe!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy to use, especially for herbal beginners.
This book is very informative and has a lot of great remedies that are easy to make.The list of where to buy herbs is extremely helpful, plus it gives ideas about where else to look.It is a good book for newcomers toherbal remedies in that it gives an overview of what types of herbs arehelpful in preventative and curative measures.Overall, a great resourceto have at home. ... Read more

20. Herbal Prescriptions for Health & Healing: Your Everyday Guide to Using Herbs Safely and Effectively
by Donald Brown
Paperback: 464 Pages (2003-09-25)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$12.92
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Asin: 0940985586
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Herbal Prescriptions for Health & Healing is an indispensable guide that willintroduce you to 20 of the most frequently used herbs.The book also providesextensive information on treating all the primary systems of the body withherbal medicine.Whether you're a novice or an experienced herb user, you willfind many helpful tips for a wide variety of ailments. ... Read more

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