Books and Resources on Herbs

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow and Enjoy by Charles W. G. Smith
    ISBN 1603425284 / 978-1603425285
    “26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow & Enjoy” (Anise Hyssop, Basil, Bay Laurel, Bee Balm, Borage, Calendula, Caraway, Catnip, Chives, Cilantro / Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Tarragon, Thyme)
  • The Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Cultivating, Drying, and Cooking With More Than 50 Herbs by Emma Callery
    ISBN 1561383511
    “From parsley to sage and from rosemary to dill, this comprehensive guide reveals the secrets of growing herbs in the windowsill and in the garden, and offers expert advice on buying, planting, cultivating, and harvesting.”
  • New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses by Deni Bown (The Herb Society of America)
    ISBN 0789401843 (1995) / 078948031X (2001)
    “The Herb Society of America’s Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses is the most authoritative illustrated encyclopedia of herbs yet produced. It covers over 1000 herbs grown worldwide for their culinary, aromatic, medicinal, and economic uses, as well as for their decorative qualities in the garden.” A must-have reference guide for anyone interested in herbs.
  • The Good Herb: Recipes and Remedies From Nature by Judith Benn Hurley
    ISBN 0688179029 / 0688113249
    “Let the ancient powers of herbs revive energy, restore health, soothe and beautify, and bring a burst of fresh flavors to your table.” Treat yourself to this one!
  • Growing & Using Herbs Successfully (Garden Way Book) by Betty E. M. Jacobs
    ISBN 088266249X
    “Betty Jacobs will tell you in helpful, easy-to-understand language how to get the best results with 64 herbs — how to grow, harvest, and use them.”
  • Growing Herbs: For the Maritime Northwest Gardener (Cascadia Gardening Series) by Mary Preus
    ISBN 0912365986
    “Bring fresh herbs — spicy cilantro, refreshing mint, pungent garlic, or peppery nasturtiums — straight to your table. This comprehensive guide is all you need to successfully cultivate, harvest, and preserve culinary herbs in the maritime Northwest.”
  • Herbs for the Home: A Definitive Sourcebook to Growing and Using Herbs by Jekka McVicar
    ISBN 0670863521
    “Herbs have long been relied upon for culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal use. They are not only aromatic and attractive, but health-giving, and valuable in both home and garden. And as Americans seek a healthier and more natural lifestyle, there has been a resurgence of interest in these most generous of plants, for cooking, household products, alternative medicines, and cosmetics.” More than 300 plants are covered in this book and the garden planning ideas are great!
  • Natural Beauty for All Seasons: 2nd Edition by Janice Cox
    ISBN 978-1948734080
  • Natural Foot Care: Herbal Treatments, Massage, and Exercises for Healthy Feet by Stephanie Tourles
    ISBN 1580170544
  • new age herbalistThe New Age Herbalist: How to Use Herbs for Healing, Nutrition, Body Care, and Relaxation by Richard Mabey — “How to use herbs for healing, nutrition, body care, and relaxation. A full-color illustrated glossary of more than 200 herbs, describing their properties, active ingredients, and traditional uses around the world. Tips on using herbs for skin care and beauty, by making natural shampoos, lotions, soaps, and cosmetics. A review of culinary herbs, with some unusual recipes that use familiar herbs in delightful new ways. An examination of the growing science of herbal healing, discussing herbal remedies – including stress relievers – and the scientific research that validates them.”
    ISBN 068481577X
  • the northwest herb lover's handbook by Mary PreusNorthwest Herb Lover’s Handbook: A Guide To Growing Herbs for Cooking, Crafts, and Home Remedies by Mary Preus — A book that is not just for Northwest herb gardeners. All herb gardeners can find value in the wealth of information this book contains, including detailed information on 50 different herbs, themed garden ideas (awesome!), culinary and herbal recipes, and much more. Mary Preus owned and operated the Silver Bay Herb Farm in Bremerton, Washington and draws from 20 years experience with herbs.
    ISBN 1570611726
  • The Pleasure of Herbs: A Month-by-Month Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying Herbs by Phyllis Shaudys
    ISBN 0760704430
    “Whether it’s creating an herbal wreath for Christmas, a circular herb garden in April, a bridal bouquet in June, or a savory harvest feast, this lively book is brimming with dozens of exciting things to do with herbs every month.” An essential book for your herbal book collection.
  • Success with Herbs by Christine Recht
    ISBN 1569876908 (possibly out of print)
    “How to grow herbs on a windowsill, balcony, or in the garden. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions with expert tips on care and propagation. Practical advice on using herbs in cooking and on drying and freezing your crop.”

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