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The fragrant waft of herbs from a sunlit garden is a sensory experience to be relished. Since ancient times, cultures all over the world have prized herbs for their scents, medicinal properties, and remarkable seasoning qualities. Herbs are as relevant today as they have always been. A Visual Directory of Herbs is a comprehensive botanical A-Z reference to over 270 individually photographs herbs.
Full descriptions of each herb are given, with essential information on habitat, cultivation, and the parts of the herb used for their culinary, fragrant or medicinal properties. Harvesting and storage are clearly explained, and you can delight in recipes for herb oils, vinegars, teas, poultices, and other therapeutic concoctions. Caution boxes will alert you to any aspects of the plant's character you should steer clear of. An inspirational but practical directory of herbs, this is the ultimate reference to using and growing herbs successfully.
Jessica Houdret's interest in herbs began over 20 years ago, when she started a business in growing and selling herbs and ran workshops on their many uses. She is a long-standing member and a past Chairman of the Herb Society and was on the council of the British Herb Trade Association. Jessica writes articles on herbs for national publications and was a regular contributor to the part-work Aromatherapy and Natural Health. She has written books on cooking with herbs, herb gardening, pot-pourri and natural fragrance as well as editing titles on healing with herbs. She is the author of The Home Apothecary, a guide to growing and the Ultimate Book of Herbs and Herb Gardening.