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Mother Nature's Herbal : A Complete Guide for Experiencing the Beauty, Knowledge, and Synergy of Everything That Grows - Dr. Judith Griffin

Mother Nature's Herbal

A Complete Guide for Experiencing the Beauty, Knowledge, and Synergy of Everything That Grows


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Step into a world of spiritual rejuvenation and radiant health with the restorative power of herbs. Brimming with herbal folklore, tips for growing and harvesting your own herbs, and over two hundred medicinal and culinary recipes from diverse cultures, Mother Nature's Herbal will become your trusted companion on the path to natural living.

Take a tour of the time-honoured traditions and healing practices of cultures past and present, including Native and South American, Mediterranean, East Asian, and others. Create delicious and exotic entrees, brew soothing herbal teas, mix perfumes and salves using flower essences from your backyard garden, prepare elixirs and medicines to treat every ailment-and so much more.

With this wise book on your kitchen shelf, a rich heritage of herb craft and herbal tradition is at your fingertips.

List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Preface to the Revised Editionp. xv
Introductionp. xxi
A Cultural Herbal
A Gardener's Almanac: A Walk in Moontimep. 3
Historical Uses of Herbsp. 7
The Language of Herbal Folklorep. 11
The Roots of Mother Naturep. 17
Native American Ancestryp. 17
The Rhythm of the Corn Dancep. 18
The Native American Pathp. 20
The Path of the Healerp. 21
The Midewiwin and the Grand Medicine Societyp. 23
Midewiwin Tonicsp. 24
Midewiwin Skincare and Personal Hygienep. 26
A Native American Herbalp. 28
Origins of Native American Cuisine and Culturep. 34
Native American Teas and Beveragesp. 42
Native American Dye Plantsp. 45
Elixirs of the Jaguar Peoplep. 49
Chac, the Mayan God of Rainp. 52
The Chosen People of Huitzilopochtlip. 54
Mexican Cuisinep. 56
Cocina Costarriquena: The Costa Rican Kitchenp. 61
The Lords of the Andesp. 64
Pachamanca: Peruvian Earth Ovenp. 66
Seeds of Freedomp. 67
An American Colonial Kitchen Gardenp. 68
A Colonial Herbalp. 69
American Colonial Remediesp. 75
North American Native Weedsp. 80
The Cooks of Freedomp. 85
An American Colonial Cookbookp. 90
Medieval Knowledge of Simplesp. 103
Medieval Medicinep. 105
A Medieval Herbalp. 106
Medieval Cuisinep. 115
Favorite Medieval Strewing Herbsp. 117
Symbolism of the Rosaryp. 121
Western Folk Wisdomp. 123
The Many Faces of Medical Herbalismp. 127
Pioneer Home Remedies of the 1800sp. 130
Mother Nature's Golden Rulep. 137
Western Tonicsp. 137
Three Principles of Western Herbalismp. 138
Attunementp. 142
Preparing Western Tonicsp. 143
Compresses to Complement Tonicsp. 159
The Land of 1,000 Flavorsp. 161
A Mediterranean Herbalp. 162
Mediterranean Flavorsp. 166
Arabic Herbal Remedies: "Toward the One"p. 171
Arabic Cuisinep. 174
Mediterranean Herbal Vegetarian Pleasuresp. 177
Ancient Healing of the Mysticsp. 187
An East Indian Herbalp. 188
Traditional Ayurvedic Remediesp. 193
Traditional Ayurvedic Recipesp. 197
East Indian Beverages: Thanda Garamp. 203
The Curry Connectionp. 206
Oriental Secrets of Longevityp. 213
Inner Alchemyp. 214
A Chinese Herbalp. 218
Chinese Remediesp. 222
Chinese Cuisinep. 224
How to Brew Teap. 231
The Blessings of a Chinese New Year: Tuan Nienp. 233
Grow and Use Your Own Herbs
How to Organically Grow Herbsp. 239
Amend the Soilp. 240
The Fine Art of Sowing Seedp. 241
Check the Rootsp. 243
Begin Plantingp. 243
Mulchingp. 245
Hints about Compostp. 247
Tips on Wateringp. 249
Root Divisionp. 250
Cuttingsp. 251
How to Feed Your Herbsp. 252
How to Feed the Bugsp. 253
Common Deficiencies: How to Spot the Problemp. 254
What Herbs to Grow: A Beginner's Herbalp. 255
Companion Planting and Landscapingp. 263
Advice on Pest Controlp. 264
What's Eating Your Herbs?p. 265
Natural Insecticidesp. 267
Herbs that Repel Insectsp. 269
Companion Herbs: Herbs that Grow Well Togetherp. 271
How to Accent Your Landscape with Herbsp. 272
Theme Gardens for Herbsp. 275
Landscaping with Old Rosesp. 286
Healing from the Heartp. 290
The Harvest: Mother Nature's Bountyp. 293
Herbs for Your Kitchenp. 295
Tea Timep. 296
Herb Buttersp. 297
Herb Vinegars and Oilsp. 298
No-Salt Herbal Blendsp. 300
Herbal Scents for Honeyp. 303
Herbs for Your Medicine Cabinetp. 304
How to Use Essential Oils and Flower Essencesp. 307
The Centers of Consciousness: Chakrasp. 308
The Crown Chakrap. 310
The Visual Chakrap. 310
The Throat Chakrap. 311
The Heart Chakrap. 312
The Vital Energy Chakrap. 313
The Sacral Chakrap. 314
The Base of the Spine Chakrap. 315
The Unnamed Chakrap. 315
The Nature of Flower Essences and Essential Oilsp. 316
How to Distill Essential Oils and Flower Essencesp. 317
Essential Oilsp. 318
Aromatherapy from Head to Toe: Herbal Skincarep. 320
Aromatherapy Applicationsp. 324
Aromatherapy for Petsp. 327
Epilogue: The Arms of Mother Naturep. 329
Growing Chartp. 335
Origins of Old Rosesp. 339
A Guide to Nutrientsp. 341
Purchasing Guidep. 345
Classification of Old Rosesp. 347
Glossaryp. 351
Bibliographyp. 369
Acknowledgmentsp. 375
Indexp. 377
Recipe Indexp. 399
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ISBN: 9780738712567
ISBN-10: 0738712566
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 405
Published: 8th May 2008
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 19.0  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.866
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised