A reference guide to over 50 herbs which explains how to cultivate and harvest different varieties and provides information about herb folklore, culinary and medicinal uses, craft projects, decoration ideas, beauty preparations and recipes.
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Herbs are a gift from nature, modest-looking plants with amazing hidden qualities. Commonly found in gardens and fields, they have the power to heal and provide delicious flavourings for food and fragrant perfumes. This book is all about passing on these gifts to people, offering many useful ideas for making the most of these plants and bringing them into your home throughout the year. Practical guidance on growing herbs is given: how to cultivate seeds and cuttings, harvesting and drying, creating windowsill and hanging gardens. Over 40 manageable craft projects are given with step-by-step instructions, including decorative projects such as trapped bay leaf embroidery and a lavender obelisk. There are many do-it-yourself gift ideas using herbs, such as scented flower oils, beautifully scented herbal cremes and moisturisers for the bathroom. Recipes explore the culinary possibilities with herbal breads, oils, vinegars and mint jellies amongst others. Finally a directory of over 50 of the most popular and important herbs describes each one with details of its history, cultivation, medicinal and culinary uses. An elegantly designed and beautifully illustrated book that is a practical, easy-to-follow and enjoyable guide to garden crafts. (Kirkus UK)
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