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The Herb Gardener’s Essential Guide: Creating Herbal Remedies and Oils for Health & Healing


by Sandra Kynes

Learn how to use twenty-eight popular, easy-to-grow herbs to treat everyday ailments and maintain good health. From selecting plants to harvesting and storing them to making remedies and savories of all sorts, The Herb Gardener’s Essential Guide presents an abundance of practical and satisfying ways to incorporate herbs into a healthier lifestyle and diet.

Utilizing both herbs and essential oils, this beautifully illustrated guide explains how to choose and make the ideal herbal mixture for a wide variety of medicinal and culinary uses. Need help getting to sleep? Try a cup of Thyme to Settle Tea. Add a sweet, spicy flavor to roast meat or vegetables with Coriander Spiced Butter. Ease muscle pain and stiffness with soothing Rosemary Warming Massage Oil. Featuring an ailments-and-issues guide, instructions for creating a personalized apothecary garden, and detailed profiles for each of the herbs, this accessible book belongs on every gardener’s shelf.

264 pages | 8 x 10 x 1 inches


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Table of Contents


Part 1: Creating an Apothecary Garden
Chapter 1: A History of Herbal Medicine
Chapter 2: Garden Design, Past and Present
Chapter 3: Choosing Your Plants
Chapter 4: Companion Planting
Chapter 5: Tools and Personal Gear
Chapter 6: Let’s Get Going
Chapter 7: Preparing the Soil and Planting
Chapter 8: Maintaining Your Garden
Chapter 9: Window and Porch Gardens

Part 2: Preparing Herbs for Storage and Making Herbal Remedies
Chapter 10: Harvesting the Bounty of Your Garden
Chapter 11: After the Harvest
Chapter 12: Essential and Carrier Oil Basics
Chapter 13: Making Your Own Herbal Remedies

  • Foundation Mixtures
  • Teas/Tisanes
  • Infusions
  • Infusing Oils
  • Decoctions
  • Tinctures

Chapter 14: Other Forms of Remedies

  • Bath Oils and Salts
  • Compressions
  • Creams
  • Diffusers and Vaporizers
  • Foot Soaks
  • Liniments
  • Medicinal Honey
  • Ointments, Salves, and Balms
  • Poultices
  • Powders and Capsules
  • Sleep Pillows
  • Steam Inhalations
  • Syrups

Chapter 15: Culinary Uses of Herbs for Good Health

  • Breads
  • Butter, Margarine, and Ghee
  • Cooking Oils
  • Honey
  • Vinegars

Part 3: Herb Profiles

  • Angelica
  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Borage
  • Caraway
  • Cayenne
  • The Chamomiles
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • The Mints
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • The Sages
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Thyme
  • Valerian
  • Yarrow

Appendix A: Herbs for Ailments, Conditions, and Support for Good Health
Appendix B: Measurement Equivalents

Additional information

Weight 1.7 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 0.75 in

NOTE: These are shipping dimensions only and may not represent the actual dimensions of the product.


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