21st Century Herbal
By Michael Balick. It turns out that Mother Nature is a brilliant chemist. Our ancestors have used indigenous herbs in daily life for thousands of years due to these plants’ ability to heal and promote good health. Presented in three parts, it first explores the historical relationship between people and herbal plants and how it has evolved over time. In the second part, readers will delve into an A-to-Z encyclopedia of 180 of the most useful herbs from around the globe. The final section features herbal cooking techniques, ways to use herbs for beauty and the bath, ideas for daily herbal use such as green cleaning, fragrances, decor, smudging, and dyeing, gardening and growing how-tos, and advice for holistic herbal pet care. 512 pages, hardcover.