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Favorite Recipes with Herbs ... Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good, Good Books, PO
Box 419, Intercourse, PA 17534; 1997; softcover; 284 pages; $14.95; ISBN: 1-56148-225-0.
Im always looking for new herbal recipes and this book will give you more than a
good share of them. From herbalists around the country youll get ideas to use
everything from bay to tarragon with lots of others thrown in. Most of these are very easy
to pull together at the last minute and cover everything from soup to nuts. A good
inexpensive addition to your book shelf.
Feasting on Herbs ...
Sue Lawrence, Kyle Cathie Ltd., 20 Vauxhall Bridge Rd., London SW1V 2SA, UK; 1995;
hardcover; 182 pages; ISBN: 1-85626-176-X Here's another I found in Canada with the
recipes sectioned off by herb. And you get into the gourmet here with Tuna Carpaccio with
Lovage Salsa, Salmon with Sorrel Sauce and Dill Pasta with Crab and Mascarpone (yummy).
Oh, and how can I forget Caramelized Peaches with Bay Ice Cream. If you're looking for
something different to regale guests with, you'll find it here.
Feng Shui in the Garden
... Nancilee Wydra, Contemporary Books, 4255 W Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, IL 60646; 1997;
softcover; 175 pages; ISBN 0-8092-3055-0. I'm already into Feng Shui so this book jumped
out at me when I found it at a wonderful gardening bookstore near the Richter's
conference. Great resource for landscape design (or your own yard) in creating healing
gardens, children's gardens, meditation gardens and more. Shapes of plants, colors, and
plant selection are all included. I enjoy it. But then I've scheduled a feng shui class
for the SA conference too.
Field Grown Cut Flowers: A
Practical Guide and Sourcebook ... Alan Stevens, Avatar's World (106 E. Hurd Rd., Dept
ABI, Edgerton, WI 53534) hardcover, 1997; 404 pages; $69.95. Here it is: the only
commercial book on field production of flowers both fresh and dried (at least the only one
I've seen). How to propagate, harvest, dye, dry and where to buyseeds,
preservatives, ag supplies, insurance. There is nothing that's not covered here including
getting rid of rodents in your barn. The only question is why did it take so long to get
this information. So don't gripe about the cost. It will save you mucho denaro in the long
The Flamboyant Garden
... Elisabeth Sheldon with photographs by Dency Kane, Henry Holt and Co (115 West 18th
St., New York, NY 10011); 1997; hardcover; 159 pages; $29.95. How many of you have always
wanted to make a real statement with their garden? I mean you want people to walk by and
gawk. This book will get you started on your fantasy. The pictures are
.and if you want to make a flamboyant herb garden check out Dency's
upcoming article in Herb Companion. I think there's even hope for my little yard
when I flipped through the section on shade gardens.
Flora's Dictionary ... Kathleen
Gips, TM Publications, 152 South Main St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022; 1995 revised edition,
softcover; 187 pages; $16.95. If you loved Kathleen's earlier version of this book, you'll
be really excited about this revised edition with even more folklore on the meanings
associated with plants. And if you haven't seen her earlier book, where have you been?
Whether you're making tussie-mussies for weddings or just a junkie for herbal trivia you
need this book.
by Georgeanne Brennan and Kathryn Kleinman (Ten Speed
Press, 1999, softcover) covers the time-honored art of
preserving flowers. From silica drying, to pressed
flowers, lavender wants to waxing, you’ll pick up more
than enough ideas for classes as well as for your own
Remedies from Around the World :... by John Heinerman
(Prentice Hall Press, 2000, softcover, 370 pages; $15.00; ISBN:
0-7352-0170-6) gives you everything from a Voodoo Priestess
recommendation for fluid retention to a Hungarian grandmother’s
treatment for measles.
Traditional cures for 300 common ailments may be just the thing
for that problem that never seems to go away.
Four Paws Five
Directions ... Cheryl Schwartz; Celestial Arts Publishing, PO Box 7123, Berkeley,
CA 94707; 1996; softcover; 406 pages; $24.95; ISBN: 0-89087-790-4. This is another book on
pet care you cant be without. Excellent book written by a veterinarian that uses TMC
and acupressure in her practice. In addition to herbs youll find dietary
recommendations for various conditions as well as suggested nutritional supplements. As
the pet of several cats Im recommending this one to my vet.
Cleansing ... Laurel Vukovic, Prentice Hall, 240 Frisch Court, Paramus, NJ 07652;
1998; softcover; 300 pages; $14.95; ISBN: 0-13-602574-9 I dont know about you, but
Ive become interested in cleansing programs lately. Maybe it was Chanchal
Cabreras talk at the AHG conference this fall
.or maybe that great article in
Septembers "Natural Health" magazine. And Ive talked to many others
that are interested in detoxifying their bodies as well. So if youre feeling like
the holidays are still laying in your body somewhere this is a great book to get you
inspired to follow those New Years resolutions. Here are dozens of ideas to help you
rev up your liver, intestines, kidneys, skin, you name it. Theres also diets,
exercises to increase detoxification and other ideas to create a new you
.or at least
dig through the layers and find the old you.
Frankincense & Myrrh:
Through the Ages and a Complete Guide to Their Use in Herbalism and Aromatherapy Today
... Martin Watt & Wanda Sellar, C.W. Daniel Company Ltd (1 Church Path, Saffron
Walden, Essex CB10 1JP, England); 1996; 112 pages; $15.95US This is a fascinating book on
the resins of two plants that we most often associate with the Christmas story. Here's
lore, history, aromatherapy, medicine and perfumery put together in one little book. A
wonderful reference book.
From Earth to
Herbalist ... is Gregory L. Tilfords latest effort (Mountain Press
Publishing, PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806; 1998; softcover; 264 pages; ISBN:
0-87842-372-9) on medicinal herbs and their uses. Filled with photographs to help with
identification, youll find propagation, applications, post-harvest treatment and
unique information on plant/animal interdependence. Another excellent reference guide from
From Kitchen to
Market ... (Stephen F. Hall, Dearborn Trade, 155 No Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
60606-1719; softcover; 1992; 190 pages; $24.95; ISBN: 0-936894-34-2). A good basic manual
on selling those gourmet products you make/grow. With marketing tips, ideas of potential
customers and an excellent resource section including contacts for trade shows,
co-packers, brokers, sample forms and lots more. If youre new to manufacturing food
products this will definitely be worth purchasing
Garden Crafts for Kids
... Diane Rhoades, Sterling Publishing387 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10016; 1995;
hardcover; 144 pages; $19.95. With children's gardening growing by leaps and bounds, one
needs a constant supply of ideas to use and you'll find dozens of them in this book.
Whether it's ideas in designing a children's garden or what to do with the harvest, these
are simple, easy to follow instructions (even adults can handle them).
A Garden of Woman's Wisdom
... Raylene Veltri, Halo Books (PO Box 2528, San Francisco, CA 94126);
pages; $12.95; 1-879904-14-4. This is one of those little inspirational books that makes a
lovely gift for a garden loving friend. Lots of folklore about 22 flowers along with a few
recipes, a few remedies, the occasional ritual and warm conversation.
Gardening with Herbs
... Emelie Tolley and Chris Mead, Clarkson Potter, 201 E 50th St., NY, NY 10022;
hardcover; 1995; 262 pages; $45.00. Wishing you could come up with some new landscaping
ideas for your own display gardens or your clients? If you can't afford to travel the
country visiting herb gardens, get a copy of this book and check out what herbalists
elsewhere are doing around their own homes. An inspirational coffee table book.
Gardens of the
Spirit ... Roni Jay, Sterling (387 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016); 1998;
hardcover; 144 pages; $19.95; ISBN: 0-8069-0725-8. I have to admit that my garden is a
sacred space for me so books of this type are always appealing. Along with photographs of
some of the great gardens of the world, youll get ideas and plans on creating your
own versions. How about starting that Japanese Zen garden youve wanted. Or maybe an
Islamic garden or a Medieval one. This is a lovely addition to your library and full of
suggestions for your herbal landscaping business.
Methods Manual ... This is sort of a mixed review because its not really a
.but a manual for selling Green Spots products but it has a lot of
really good information on pest and disease control as well, so this is where it got
stuck. We all know that bugs and such are probably the biggest hurdle most commercial
growers face. Your entire stock can be devastated within a relatively short amount of time
if you arent able to keep control and, if youre trying to maintain an organic
status its an even more important concern because youre limited as to what you
can use to help the situation. The Green Methods Manual by Michael S. Cherim (The
Green Spot, 93 Priest Rd., Nottingham, NH 03290-6204; softcover; 238 pages; ISBN:
0-9648682-0-2; $9.95) has lots of coverage to help you identify plant pathogens and
suggestions on using integrated pest management and organic products available through
Green Spot. I have to admit its a great sales tool and it may be of help to you in
trying to figure out what to do with the creepy crawlers.
The Green Pharmacy ...
James A. Duke, Rodale Press, 1997; hardcover; 507 pages; $29.95; ISBN 0-87596-316-1 What
can you say about a book written by someone that not only is a leading authority on
medicinal plants but usually tries everything he talks about
.sometimes with some
interesting results. Just take a walk sometime around his property sipping some herbal
concoction he pulls out of the refrigerator
.I try not to ask what's in it J. This
must-have reference book is broken down into ailments with suggested herbal
.along with ones that are reported to have some effects and Jim's opinions
on them. And he covers ailments that all of us can respond to: pain, PMS, weight loss,
inhibited sexual desire in women (I guess he doesn't know about all the men that need
this), diabetes, and more. This book will be one your customers will love and you'll use
often. Highly recommended.
Witchcraft ... OK, I admit to being a devotee of "esoteric" reading
material and the title appealed to me (maybe because of Susun Weed) so perhaps some of you
will enjoy it as well. Green Witchcraft (Ann Moura; Llewellyn, 1997;
$12.95; 274 pages; ISBN: 1-56718-690-4) has a lot: history, green rituals; and enough
ideas to keep you playing with herbs in a perhaps different way for quite a while. So get
ready for Imbolc and pick up the book.
always room for a good cookbook and The
Greenmarket Cookbook : Recipes,... (Joel
Patraker & Joan Schwartz, Viking, hardcover, 2000,
228 pages) is certainly that.
Not an herb cookbook, per se, but one that’s
filled with produce (and herbs) for each season with
some wonderful, not usually seen recipes.
Other than the fact I still have problems with
hardbound expensive cookbooks (I make a mess when I
cook), it’s very good)
Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs ... Why should you go to herb conferences? Because you
may pick up a book deal with a major publisher and thats what happened to Sandie
Shores and her new book Growing & Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs from Storey Books
(1999; hardcover; 453 pages; $27.95; ISBN: 1-58017-128-1) I can guarantee there is no more
complete book on the market than Sandies which covers absolutely everything you need
to know to grow (and sell) culinary herbs. Greenhouse and field production, insect and
pest control, in depth profiles about specific herbs, finding markets, handling sales.
Theres nothing she hasnt covered here and if you dont invest in this
book, you arent serious about growing herbs commercially. Highly recommended.
Growing & Using Herbs
in the Midwest: A Regional Guide for Home Gardeners ... Rosemary
Press, 318 N Main, Amherst, WI 54406; 1996; softcover; 240 pages. Dedicated to the
specific growing conditions in the Midwest, this book is broken down into a month-by-month
guide for growers. There's also lots of general tidbits of information on recipes,
folklore, gardening tips, container gardening and more. It's a very good reference guide.
If you've got a shop in the Midwest you should be carrying this book. If you're in
Florida, we discussed your book last issue.
Growing Herbs ...
Deni Bown, Dorling Kindersley; 1995; 80 pages; $19.95. The kind of book I like because it
has clear color photographs of the 60 herbs that are described. And another nice feature
is a pull chart attached to the cover that gives all the cultivation details for each herb
at a glance (hardiness, soil type, propagation method, etc.) A good introductory book.
Growing Herbs from Seed,
Cutting & Root: An Adventure in Small Miracles ... There are few commercial herb
growers that know so much and are so willing to share their information (Sal Gilbertie is
the other one that comes to mind). Whether you're growing for home use or are trying to go
commercial you need this as your bible. "This" is Growing Herbs from Seed,
Cutting & Root by Thomas DeBaggio, Interweave Press, 1995;
softcover; 72 pages;
$9.95. To see his greenhouse setup is an education in itself, especially for those who say
they don't have enough room to sell plants on a large scale. The book covers everything
from basics to problems you may encounter. And the color photographs make it look so
..which it never is for me. I won't say more because I'll embarrass Tom
..just buy the book!!
“must have” book is Growing
101 Herbs that Heal: Gardening... (Tammi
Hartung, Storey, 2000, 250 pages, softcover)
There are great color identification photos, and
not just the usual ones but ones like grindelia and
are also details on production, usage and some
interesting recipes using the medicinal herbs.
How about a cottage cheese salad with gotu kola
leaves? Excellent book..
Growing Profits ... Michael and
Linda Harlan, Moneta Publications, Citrus Heights, CA; softcover; 1997; 207 pages; $17.95.
Backyard nursery? Why not
..and if you've ever visited Tom DeBaggio's setup in
Arlington you know that it's indeed possible. Here's a step by step book on how to turn
1,000 sq. ft of yard into a homebased nursery business. Not strictly herbal but change a
few of the plants and voila!! You're an herbal nursery. Discussion on licensing, equipment
needs; plant selection and production and, the most important part, marketing.
The Healing Bath ...
Water therapy is an ancient healing method and if you incorporate essential oils you get
the benefit of aromatherapy as well. So the book The Healing Bath will give you the
justification you've long wanted on locking the door to the bathroom and telling the kids
that you're working on healing what ails you. There are some wonderful formulas for
anything from insect bites to trauma to getting back your enthusiasm toward life. And
these formulas work with your chakras as well as your physical body. Think I'm going
.there's this one formula for "completing or
through" that I need to work on. J (Milli D. Austin, 1997; $12.95;
pages; ISN 0-89281-632-5)
Healing Herbs Cookbook
... by Pat Crocker (Firefly Books, 1999, softcover, 192 pages; $17.95;
ISBN: 0-7788-0004-0). Here
are 115 vegetarian herbal recipes that are not only great tasting but
great for you. When was the last time you had “Ginseng Mueseli”? or
Sweet Potato Crisps with Lavender Aioli?
Improve your palate. Buy
The Healing Kitchen: An
Indoor Herb-Garden Pharmacy for Cooks ... Patricia Stapley, Macmillan, 1633 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019-6785, hardcover, 1996, 86 pages; $17.95. A good introductory book to
get those who have been reluctant to investigate herbal medicine to incorporate healing
with their cooking. And from the kitchen it's easy to move them to the pharmacy. Chanchal
Cabrera's subject at this year's Herb Business Conference deals with this same topic so if
you want more, get the tape. This would be a good introductory talk to garden clubs or as
a community college adult education topic.
Healing Plants: A
Medicinal Guide to Native North American Plants and Herbs ... (Ana Nez
Heatherley, Harper Collins, 1998; softcover; 252 pages; $19.95; ISBN:
is a good guide that covers many plants that normally dont get explored in most herb
books, things like Desert Willow, Chaparral, gayflower, catalpa and
get the basic medicinal usage and information on what is the current research interest.
Good color photographs of many of the plants described. Recommended reference book.
The Healing Power of
Aromatherapy: The Enlightened Person's Guide to the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual
Benefits of Essential Oils ... Hasnain Walji, PhD, Prima Publishing, PO Box 1260BK,
Rocklin, CA 95677; 1996; softcover, 193 pages; $14.95 This is a pretty decent book for
those just getting interested in aromatherapy. There's detailed information on specific
oils as well as essential oil remedies for a variety of ailments. Other information
includes general material on aromatherapy and why it works as well as how to use oils with
water, in massage and in skin care. I did like the material in the index of popular
..while not as extensive as Julia Lawless' book, it does give contraindications,
principal constituents and volatility (top, middle, base notes) of the oils. Worth the
price and beginners will like it.
The Healing Power of Echinacea &
Goldenseal ... Paul Bergner, Prima Publishing (PO Box 1260BK, Rocklin, CA 95677);
1997; softcover; 322 pages. 0-7615-0809-0 There are a limited number of herbalists that
I'd put total faith in when it comes to writing a book and Paul Bergner is one of them.
The editor of the Medical Herbalism newsletter is now the clinic director at the Rocky
Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and brings a wealth of experience to
writing this book. Both of these herbs are so well known and often misused that this is a
necessary book with all the latest on research as well as the best protocol with these
The Healing Power of
Garlic ... Paul Bergner, Prima Publishing, PO Box 1260, Rocklin, CA 95677; 1996;
softcover; 290 pages; $14.95. Now you all know garlic is a "wonder drug" as far
as regulating blood pressure and lowering cholesterol (if you didn't know that you may
want to ask yourself how you can be in the business of herbs). But did you know everything
else it's good for? Boosting your immune system, resisting colds, ear drops, etc. The
editor of Medical Herbalism has put together a very comprehensive handbook on how to use
garlic to optimize its health benefits in your life. A necessity for yourself even if
you're not selling medicinal herbs.
The Healing Power of
Ginseng and the Tonic Herbs ... Paul Bergner, Prima Publishing, 1996;
$14.95; 274 pages. As with his garlic book we had in the last issue, this book is
excellent. Being the editor of Medical Herbalism gives the author an excellent position to
review all the literature on the subject and he's condensed it into an easy to read book
with all the latest research. A necessity for your medicinal library.
While we’re on using herbs for healing, another
new one Healing Tonics: 101
Herbal Drinks to... (Jenaine Pollack, Storey
Press, softcover, 155 pages) has over a hundred
interesting and tasty recipes for incorporating herbs
into your diet. Gathered from leading herbalists
you’ll find tonics for energy, the circulatory system,
enhancing performance, insomnia and more.
Hemp for Health ...
Another plant that has a long history of interest is Marijuana and Hemp for Health
will give you all the facts on its medicinal and nutritional uses. Whether you inhaled in
college or not, this is a plant that cannot be ignored for its beneficial uses in
nonpsychoactive ways. This is an excellent book with a wealth of scientific studies listed
as well as a number of resources for further information. (Chris Conrad; 1997; $14.95;
softcover; 264 pages; ISBN 0-89281-539-6)
The Herb Garden ...
Malcolm Hillier, Dorling Kindersley, 95 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 1996; hardcover;
$24.95, 119 pages. Gorgeous pictures
..limited text. I'm the kind of person that
needs pictures to get ideas and you'll get many with this book
combinations of plants. There is even a section on creating winter outlines by leaving the
plants intact at season end. A "pretty" book.
The Herb Garden
The Patio Garden
The Romantic Garden
The Salad Garden
The Water Garden
The Wild Garden ...
Penguin Books has recently reissued some wonderful books from the late 80s on theme
gardens: The Romantic Garden by Graham Rose, The Herb Garden by Sarah Garland,
Garden by Anthony Paul & Yvonne Rees, The Patio Garden by Hazel Evans,
Garden by Joy Larkcom and The Wild Garden by Violet Stevenson. I'm not going to go into
depth on them here because I reviewed them years ago but for those that haven't seen the
originals check them out. The color photographs are stunning and the layout suggestions
will have you tearing up your yards in short order. All softcover; all $19.95; all about
170 pages. All good reference books for landscaping ideas.
The Herb Garden
Cookbook ... One of my all time favorite cookbooks is Lucinda Hutson;s The
Herb Garden Cookbook and this revised edition of her classic will become your choice
too. (Gulf Publishing Co, PO Box 2608, Houston, TX 77252-2608; 1998; hardcover; 242 pages;
$24.95; ISBN: 0-88415-379-7). Now if youve ever met Lucinda you know youll
never meet a more vibrant personality, and the recipes here reflect her love of spicy
southwestern cuisine along with her charm. Not quite sure what to do with Epazote or
Mexican Mint Marigold? Youll find exciting things like Crab Cushions with Epazote
and Spicy Apple Crisp with Mint Marigold and Brandied Crème. My old copy is pretty well
covered with cooking "accidents" so Im happy to start clean again with
this edition. And one final note, theres plenty of cultivation information
(especially for the southwest) and ideas for further uses. And if you find you like this
one, check out her book on cooking with Tequila :-)
The Herb Gardener: A
Guide for All Seasons ... Susan McClure, Storey; 1996; 236 pages; $29.95; hardcover.
This is another good general herb book
..a little garden design, a little crafting,
specifics and pictures of some of the basic herbs.
.just a handy reference book for
those just starting out.
Herb Gardening From
the Ground Up.....If there is anyone I
would want an herb growing book from, it’s Sal
Gilbertie. First, he’s had over 40 years
to test his methods. He was the third
generation of herb growers. Second, he can
write and is both funny and factual.
Third, he’s tried every way to grow and after
experimenting and testing, he uses what works.
If I have a question about growing herbs, he’s
the one I go to.
So I was thrilled when I
received a review copy of Herb Gardening from the Ground Up: Everything You Need to Know about Growing Your Favorite Herbs
. This is an updated
version of what I thought was the best growing
book, Herb Gardening at its Best. This
book is filled with detailed information on
growing 15 of the top culinary herbs, including
problems you may encounter from starting the
seed or cutting through year 3. Most books sort
of cover a general growing but few go into each
year. One reason this is so great is the plants
change from year 1 to 3.
The second part of the book
are garden plans. This was always my favorite
part. The plans range from a Fish and Game
Garden so that you’ll have the best herbs for
seasoning that fish you caught to a Tex-Mex plan
to a Home Bar Garden. This is one book you
won’t want a Kindle version of. My old version
was so beaten up for using, I started going
through this one right away. If you’re trying
to decide what book to get, this is one you’ll
keep forever. Highly recommended.
Herb Gardening With Derek
Fell : Practical Advice and Personal Favorites from the Best-Selling Author and Television
Bulb Gardening With
Derek Fell : Practical Advice and Personal Favorites from the Best-Selling Author and
Television Show Host ... Never have I seen a more prolific author (well, Maggie Oster
also comes to mind) than Derek Fell. The herb book is pretty basic (at least for me and
most of us that have been playing for a while) but has practical information that
beginners will find useful. On the other hand, I'm a total novice with perennial bulbs so
I found it more interesting.
Herb Mixtures &
Spicy Blends ... edited by Deborah L. Balmuth, Storey Communications;
156 pages; $12.95. At first I thought this book was by Maggie Oster because the fact that
she does the introduction is so prominent on the cover. But this is a compilation of
seasonings from herb shops and farms across the country including many from network
members. A necessity for every herbal cook
Herbal Almanac For The Year 2000 ... It’s
the year 2000 and Llewellyn Books has Herbal
Almanac for the Year 2000, a guide to herb magic & lore,
growing & gathering; health & beauty and lots more (Llewellyn
Publications, 1999, softcover; 320 pages; $6.95; ISBN: 1-56718-961-X).
One of those great “reading room” books that will keep you
entertained during the millenium with my favorite authors like Susun
Weed, Susan Wittig Albert and Judy Griffin.
Practicing the Art With Fast-Growing Herbs ... Richard W. Bender, Stackpole Books,
1996; softcover; 100 pages; $16.95. Did you stroll through the flower shows in the last
month drooling over the bonsai exhibits? But you're already obsessed with herbs and don't
have time for another obsession? Here's the way to combine the two. Take that rosemary or
lavender bush you love (and there are several other interesting choices) and create a
piece of art. The author makes it look simple enough that even I might be able to do it J
A very interesting book and one that could become the basis for a great class.
Beans Love Herbs
Mushrooms Love Herbs
Onions Love Herbs
Peppers Love Herbs
Tomatoes Love Herbs ...
Little books on herbs sell and cookbooks sell, so why not little herbal cookbooks? Storey
Publishing (Pownal, VT 05261) has a series of 8 (and growing). Each is $9.95, hardcover,
and around 65 pages. You aren't going to find anything too exotic here but there's some
good basic ideas on getting the novice enthused about cooking with herbs
remember how it was when you hadn't a clue what went with what, don't you? Oh, you still
Herbal Cookery ... Dixie L. Stephen,
Quixote Press (3544 Blakeslee St., Wever, IA 52658); spiral bound; 121 pages; $9.94;
1-57166-094-1. Dixie's been working with herbs for years both as the former owner of Busha
Brae Herb Farm and as one of the long time members of the Michigan Herb Business
Association. So pulling her favorite recipes together for this book was easy
of (I honestly don't know when she had time to do it). But there are some great ones here
and some interesting ways to use herbs that I certainly wouldn't have thought of like herb
waffles. And ones I can't wait to try like Cream of Brie and Leed Soup. This one will do
well in your shop.
Herbal Defense ...
Robyn Landis with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Warner Books, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New
York, NY 10020; 1997; softcover; 562 pages; $14.99; ISBN: 0-446-67242-4. This is an
excellent, well-written and easy to use book on using Ayurvedic medicine to not only cure
but prevent many of life's illnesses. Diet, specific ailments, specific treatments for
men, women, and children are all covered. And for those of us on the far side of 40 are a
number of herbs to bypass some of the conditions encountered by the aging baby boomers.
Highly recommended for your medical library.
Herbal Drugs and
Phytopharmaceuticals ... Norman Grainger Bisset, Editor; CRC Press (2000 Corporate
Blvd, N.W., Boca Raton, FL 33431); hardcover; 566 pages; 1994; 0-8493-7192-9. Now this is
definitely not the book for someone just getting interested in herbs, but if you're
involved with medicinal herbs and/or practicing herbal medicine you can't afford not to
invest in this one. Each plant is discussed with its constituents, indications, side
effects, phytomedicines, extracts from German monographs (if applicable) and more. It's
really an excellent reference book. Highly recommended for serious practitioners and
The Herbal Epicure :
Growing,... by Carole Ottesen (Ballantine
Books, 2001, softcover, $16.00) is another herbal
cookbook but this time we’re cooking with medicinal
information on the individual herb with a recipe or two
using it. How
about an Elecampane Cordial when you need a
An Herbal Feast
... by Risa Morris (Contemporary Publishing Group, 4255 W Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, IL
60646-1975; softcover; 1998, 262 pages; $16.95; ISBN: 0-87983-801-9) Risa was the past
editor of The Village Herbalist and I remember when she was soliciting recipes on a
couple of the herb discussion groups on the net. Well, she collected some rather unique
ones from 70 different herbalists including Susun Weed, Mary Bove, Peter Gail, Greg &
Mary Tilford, Rosemary Gladstar and many other network members. Profiles are included on
each of the submitting herbalists. These are recipes to heal and nourish your body while
experimenting with new ways to use weeds
.when was the last time you tried a
dandelion pizza? Or nettle pie? Add some fun to your next herbal luncheon.
Gold : Healing Alternatives : The...
by Madonna Sophia Compton (Llewellyn, 2000, softcover, $12.95; 347
pages; ISBN: 1-56718-172-4) contains basic information on 90 medicinal
herbs which includes recent research, combinations, dosage and
gathering. Chapters on free
radicals and anti-oxidants round out the book.
Healing Secrets for Women: Safe, Natural Remedies for 40+ Women
... When I received the review copy of Herbal
Healing Secrets for Women: Safe, Natural Remedies for 40+ Women
I had to look. (Prentice Hall, softcover, 320 pages, $15; Jan, 2000;
ISBN: 0-7352-0102-1) Not
only covering menopausal symptoms, you’ll find herbal and dietary help
for everything from urinary tract infections to cancer prevention.
This one is not only a good reference book but should sell well
in the shop (since there are so many of us in that over 40 category J)
The Herbal Home
Companion ... Theresa Loe, Kensington Publishing (also available from Country Thyme
Productions, PO Box 3090, El Segundo, CA 90245); 1996, softcover, 224 pages; $14. This is
one book I'd like to see in color because I've seen Theresa's slides and her videos and
this little book, though packed with information in her unique style, doesn't do justice
to her talents. But it's a good start if you're just learning about herbs or a good
starter book for your shop because there's a little of everything: recipes, cosmetics,
then have her videos on hand to really get the juices flowing.
No one can incorporate herbs in entertaining as well as Theresa.
The Herbal Kitchen:
A Guide to Growing & Using Herbs ... by Dan and Myrl Moran (Adventure
Publications, PO box 269, Cambridge, MN 55008; softcover; 1997; 200 pages; ISBN:
1-885061-12-9) is a decent herbal on growing and using basic herbs. Nine herbs are covered
in detail with specific cultivation info and an assortment of recipes for each herb. A
nice basic book your customers will find useful.
Medicinals: A Clinician’s Guide ... (Lucinda G. Miller & Wallace J. Murray, Haworth Press,, 1998,
hardcover, 382 pages, $59.95; ISBN: 0-7890-0467-4) Here’s the book
that not only herbal practitioners but your customers have been looking
for: information on the clinical integration of herbs with conventional
medicines. Filled with case
histories, it will help you answer that constant question: “what
effect will this herb have on my medication?”
A necessary reference for the medicinal library.
by Dr. Rudolf Fritz Weiss has always been one of my
favorite reference books.
And that means I was excited when a second
revised and expanded edition came out recently (Georg
Thieme Verlag Publisher, 2000, hardcover, 438 pages) Organized by organ system, the text gives detailed
information on the effectiveness of botanicals as well
as usage. All practicing herbalists need this in their library.
The Herbal Menopause
Book ... PatrAmanda McQuade Crawford, Crossing Press (PO Box 1048, Freedom, CA 95019);
1996; softcover; $16.95; 218 pages. Everything you want to know about entering a phase in
a woman's life that's often looked upon with great trepidation. But Amanda takes you
through it easily with natural treatments for all the symptoms you may encounter. There
are plenty of specific formulas along with a more in-depth discussion of specific herbs
beneficial to women during this time. An essential addition to your medicinal library or
to your personal one if you're approaching this period in your life.
The Herbal Palate
Cookbook ... Maggie Oster and Sal Gilbertie, Storey Publishing, 1996; hardcover; 172
pages; $29.95 ... Between the better than average recipes (Pasta Shells and Melon with
Parsley and Mint) and Maggie's gorgeous photographs, you'll find plenty of ideas to add to
your family cooking or to a holiday open house in your shop. My only complaint: expensive
hard cover books don't last too long in my kitchen.
Herbal Remedies for Women: Discover Nature's Wonderful Secrets Just for Women
... 95765-3716; 1997; softcover; 291 pages; $17. I honestly don't know when this woman has the time to write
these books (her menopause book recently came out too) but don't pass on this one. This
one is truly excellent. She'll give you a specific condition, possible causes, the
conventional medical protocol and recommended herbal protocols. Formulas are specific with
suggested dosages and duration of treatment. Case histories are also included. And it's
very easy to follow. Highly recommended.
in Pots ... (Effie Romain & Sue Hawkey, DK Publishing, 95 Madison Ave., New
York, NY 10016; hardcover; $16.95; 1996; 96 pages; ISBN: 0-7894-0431-1. After reading this
book, my first question was why dont my herbs in pots ever look this good? Actually
an interesting reference book that has you creating pots of herbs for specific ailments:
breast-feeding herbs; headache herbs
.even a hangover pot J . Some of the remedies
are a bit off (I doubt drinking milk thistle seed tea the day before a party will prevent
a hangover) but on the whole I liked it and think you could create some great class ideas
around this book
... Rituals are part of life and Herbal Rituals by Judith Berger will help bring a
rhythm to the growing year. (St. Martins Press, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010;
hardcopy; 256 pages; $23.95; ISBN: 0-312-19281-9). Each month focuses on one or two
specific herbs and how using them in recipes, baths and medicinally takes you gently
through the year, helping you develop a relationship with the them at the same time. When
was the last time you tried Burdock gravy or Comfrey tempura? A gentle earth-centered
... Janice Therese Mancuso, Storey Communications, PO Box 445, Pownal, VT 05261;
hardcover; 1997; 153 pages; $21.95; ISBN: 0-88266-967-2. Tired of herb oils and vinegars?
Time to go for the wine rack then and begin to flavor wines. And this book will not only
give you directions on preparing the wine, but what to do with it afterwards. I especially
like her gift ideas of herbed wine along with other related accessories for the gourmet in
your circle. If you've never made chili using mixed herb burgundy, now's the time to try
Herbes de Provence
... I love little gift books that can be added to baskets of herbal gifts. Herbes de
Provence (Ethel W. Brennan, Chronicle Books, 1999; hardcover; 70 pages; ISBN:
0-8118-1933-7) is one such book filled with herbal recipes like Rosemary Spice Cake and
Wild Mushroom and Juniper Berry Sandwiches. The delightful artwork makes this the perfect
addition to a gift basket with some of the traditional herbs of Provence and perhaps a jar
of the Blackberry Jam with Lemon Zest and Lemon Thyme.
The Herbman's Journal ...
And while we’re looking at interesting sales tools,
I’ll mention a recent publication of one of my favorite herb people….LeRoy
Wilton. He’s put together The Herbman’s Journal available from him at Amazon.
com, Z-Stores for $17.95 and $4.95 for (S&H). You’ll get all sorts of
information here including LeRoy’s coverage of the more unusual plants like
Curry Leaf, Aztec Sweet Herb, Mosquito Plants, Culantro, Stevia and more.
There’s a little of everything here…organic pest control, inspiring writings, recipes, cultivation information and lots more of LeRoy’s wisdom
gained from 18 years of growing herb plants. You’ll learn something here.
Herbs and Spices for
Florida Gardens: How to Grow and Enjoy Florida Plants With Special Uses ... Monica
Moran Brandies, BB Mackey Books, PO Box 475, Wayne, PA 19087; softcover; 1996; 246 pages.
There's so much written for growing herbs under "normal" conditions---places
that have a winter---but very little for specific areas (Texas is one of the few). This
book is perfect for herb enthusiasts in the state and I'm sure other southern growers will
find ample information here as well. It's very specific with info for the North, South and
Central areas and includes a lot of plants you don't find in other herb books. When was
the last time you saw culture info on Murraya koenigii except in Logee's catalog? A
necessity if you're living in the south.
Herbs for Health and
Healing ... Kathi Keville, Rodale Press, 1997; hardcover; $27.95; 374 pages. I really
not trying to just be nice about books this month. This is one of the best batches I've
seen in literally ages. And this one is another one that tops the list. Lots of
information, lots of recipes, well written and easy to follow. Put this one on your
"must have" list.
Decorations, and Recipes ... by Emelie Tolley and Chris Mead, Clarkson
Potter (201 E 50th St., New York, NY 10022), 1985; softcover; 244 pages;
$24.95; ISBN: 0-609-80352-2. A classic finally in paperback which will appeal to those
that hate to spring for those high price coffee table editions. Beautiful photographs and
luscious recipes to be enjoyed by a new group of enthusiasts. But a major complaint: the
resource list was not updated and many of the herb businesses listed have been gone for
years (or moved)
: Growing & Using the Plants of... Herbs
Growing & Using the Plants of Romance (Bill and Sylvia Varney,
Ironwood Press, softcover, 1998, 176 pages; ISBN: 0-9628236-7-8) is the
second book from the caretakers of Fredericksburg Herb Farm in the Texas
Hill Country. Herb profiles, recipes, beautiful photos fill out a
beautiful beginner’s herbal. Your customers will love it.
Bingen's Physics ... Theres been a real surge in interest in Hildegard von
Bingen in the past year or two and Hildegard von Bingens Physica (translated
from the Latin by Priscilla Throop, (Healing Arts Press, One Park St., Rochester, VT
05767; 1998; hardcover; 250 pages; ISBN: 0-89281-661-9; $25) is the complete English
translation of her classic work on health and healing. Whether youre looking for
historical remedies or are caught up in the Hildegard mania, this is a treat to read.
Youll want it for your library.
Homebrewers Garden ... While were on food, lets take a slight
digression to beverages. With home brewing still on the rise, The Homebrewers
Garden by Joe and Dennis Fisher (Storey Books, Schoolhouse Road,
Pownal, VT 05261;
1998; softcover; 287 pages; $14.95; ISBN: 1-58017-010-2) is really a quite appealing book.
Im not even a beer drinker but when you see the recipes (mumm and black ale using
herbs and no hops or Chili beer using hot Thai peppers) youll be itching to try some
if only to give away as rather unique gifts. Learn the intricacies of growing hops and
malting your own grains along with a variety of herbs to add to the beer making process.
This is a really fun book and would make a great class idea. Youd probably end up
with one of the few herb classes with more men than women.
Aid for Animals ... Kaetheryn Walker, Healing Arts Press, One Park St.,
Rochester, VT 05767; 1998; softcover; 223 pages; $14.95; ISBN: 0-89281-737-2. This book
offers so many choices for everything from fleas to diarrhea to abscesses with a lot more
in between. With information on immediate care and prevention, its field with
stories from the authors practice. Pet owners as well as practitioners will want
Homeopathy for Menopause
... Homeopathy is another healing method that's receiving more and more coverage of late
(and we'll have a seminar on it at the annual conference in San Antonio). Homeopathy for
Menopause has plenty of practical solutions to the general complaints most women feel as
they age. If HRT is not for you and the chaste berry and dong quai haven't quite worked
maybe you'll find some of the help you need here. And if you have a retail shop don't
forget to stock the remedies and perhaps have a class based on information from the book.
(Beth MacEoin, 1997, $14.95; softcover; 223 pages; ISBN 0-89281-648-1)
How to Profit from
Flower and Herb Crafts ... Ellen Spector Platt, Stackpole Books, 5067 Ritter Rd.,
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, softcover, 202 pages, $14.95. More of a general "get started
in a small business" book but that's what I find most herb businesses need. I think
the chapter on attitude adjustment is the most important because one of the emphasis is on
getting rid of unrealistic expectations. It does touch on most business/marketing topics
that new businesses should be aware of.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide
to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism
... A scientific aromatherapist I met from England told me last year that Julia Lawless'
book was the only one she could recommend for correctness of information. So when I
received her updated The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by that author
I was very happy. (Element Books, Inc., PO Box 830, Rockport, MA 01966; 1995;
256 pages; $18.95). It has those color photographs I love (think Penelope Ody and Lesley
Bremness) and all that accurate information. But don't throw out that old book yet. The
new one doesn't have the safety data that I found extremely useful. But that's the only
negative thing I could find. Recommended.
Kava: The Pacific Elixir
... A plant that has seen a lot of extra attention in the past few years is kava
.so bone up on its history, chemistry and benefits with Kava: The Pacific
Elixir (Vincent Lebot, Mark Merlin and Lamont Lindstrom; 1997; softcover $19.95; 255
pages; ISBN 0-89281-726-7) This is a comprehensive book with information on every aspect
including kava as a cash crop. Whether you're manufacturing products that incorporate kava
kava in the formula or just want to have adequate information to answer your customers'
questions, this book will be a great resource to have on hand.
Kitchen Table Wisdom ...
Rachel Naomi Remen, 1996, softcover; 336 pages; $12.50. If your eyes dont water at
least a little while reading this book, youre beyond redemption. Short true stories
about healing that will change how you look at everything around you. Get the kleenix out
and get ready to grow.
Pain : A Natural Approach to..., Nicky
Wesson, Healing Arts Press, 2000, softcover; 154 pages
I think every first time mother has fears about
upcoming labor. And
after hearing horror stories from friends and family
members, that fear can be overwhelming.
Here’s an entire book devoted to dealing with
those fears and making labor a more welcome experience.
From options for natural pain relief like
acupressure, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy to
psychological preparation, the author, a childbirth
teacher and mother of six, gives clear directions and
A great book for a baby shower present.
The Language of Herbs ... Sheila Pickles, distributed by Trafalgar Square, North
VT 05053; 1997; hardcover; $22.95; 95 pages. Well, if nothing else this book smells great
This is definitely a gift book with a brief page on 40 herbs with a
focus on lore. Beautiful illustrations that are either photos of the herb or remind me of
Arthurian legends. Not a lot of info but would be nice in a gift basket.
I love finding books on other healing traditions
and Latino Folk Medicine :
Healing Herbal... by Anthony DeStefano (Ballantine
Books, 2001, softcover, 208 pages) is right up that
are a large number of plants described here I never
heard of as well as different uses for those I do know.
If your clients are from Hispanic communities
this will be very helpful as well as some good
information for medicinal herbalists.
How to Grow and Use The Fragrant Herb
... (Ellen Spector Platt, Stackpole Books, , 1999, softcover, $19.95;
114 pages; ISBN: 0-8117-2849-8) Perfectly timed in the year of lavender, this book gives you
a little of everything on this scented marvel: cultivation tips,
recipes, crafting projects and some history.
For the lavender aficionado in you.
is hot, if the showing at the Sequim Lavender Conference
is any indication.
And this new book, Lavender
: The Grower's Guide, comes at a perfect
time. (Virginia McNaughton, Timber Press, 2000,
hardcover, 179 pages) Here’s everything, and I mean
everything, you could want to know about the production
of all the different varieties of lavender.
Excellent resource guide for growers.
Let Your Customers do the Talking ... Michael E. Cafferky,
Dearborn Trade (155 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606-1719); paperback; 1996; 228 pages;
983-9214-23-3. This is a great book of ideas to utilize word-of-mouth advertising to its
best advantage. 314 ideas and how to implement them makes this a necessary book for all
businesses but especially small to medium ones and those just getting started.