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Rodale's illustrated encyclopedia of herbs
Kowalchik, Claire.
Publication Information:
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
vi, 545 pages : illustrations (some color), 1 map ; 24 cm
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SB351.H5 R58 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB351.H5 R58 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Booklist Review

From aconite to zatar with stops in between for aloe, basil, chamomile, eyebright, ginger, onion, serpentwood, yarrow, and other familiar and exotic herbs this guide provides a concise, comprehensive rundown on herbs and herbal concoctions, with separate articles on bathing, cooking, gardening (indoors and out), and healing with herbs. Though there is a general history of herbs from antiquity, each herbal entry has its own historical profile, including information on uses and cultivation. Sidebars furnish descriptions of the plants and other interesting tidbits. In addition, poisonous and hazardous herbs are clearly designated. Lavishly and exquisitely illustrated in color and black and white, this handsome, authoritative, and responsible volume belongs in most library collections. Bibliography; index. SE. 635'.7 Herbs / Herbs Utilization / Herb gardening / Herbs History / Herbals [OCLC] 87-16019 Cookery

Publisher's Weekly Review

This excellent reference is thorough, easy to use and fully illustrated with black-and-white sketches of individual plants and color photographs. More than 140 herbs are discussed in alphabetical order, including history, uses and cultivation. The uses of herbs are further explored in chapters on bathing, dyes, gardening, cooking, healing and cosmetics. Abundant recipes proffer food and drinks, perfumes, toilet waters, poultices and medicinal syrups. While the authors are enthusiastic about the healing properties of herbs, they caution readers not to treat themselves for serious ailments, and provide information on dangerous plants and abuse of common, generally safe herbs. They also report recent studies and controversies such as that surrounding comfrey, a popular healing herb that has been found to cause liver disease in rats. Instructions for planting different types of herb gardens and a brief, general history of herbsfrom their use by the ancient Chinese to the American colonistsround out the book. Kowalchik and Hylton are Rodale editors. (November 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

An excellent reference on the legend, history, culture, and use of popular herbs. Since it has few color photographs, this is a good companion to The Random House Book of Herbs (above), which has many more pictures but far less information. (LJ 11/15/87) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.