Rodale's 21st-Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy by Michael Balick

By Michael Balick

It seems that mom Nature is an excellent chemist. Our ancestors have used indigenous herbs in way of life for hundreds of thousands of years because of those vegetation’ skill to heal and advertise solid healthiness. Now glossy technology has pointed out the compounds that provide herbs their medicinal features, smell, and style. the extreme range of natural crops has the capability to enhance our healthiness and future health, and we're wholeheartedly incorporating herbs, either clean and dried, into our lifestyles—for health and wellbeing, therapeutic, gardening, good looks, rite, and a richer, fuller life.

Presented in 3 components, Rodale’s 21st-Century natural by Michael Balick first explores the historic dating among humans and natural crops and the way it has advanced through the years. within the moment half, readers will delve into an A-to-Z encyclopedia of a hundred and eighty of the main beneficial herbs from worldwide, not just prevalent herbs like bilberry and nasturtium, but in addition state-of-the-art herbs from different cultures, like pink bush tea and maca, which are now on hand within the West. the ultimate part highlights how herbs create a "fuller" lifestyles and contours natural cooking thoughts, how you can use herbs for attractiveness and the bathtub, principles for day-by-day natural use (such as eco-friendly cleansing, fragrances, decor, smudging, and dyeing), gardening and turning out to be how-tos (with illustrated backyard designs), and recommendation for holistic natural puppy care.

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PRAISE FOR THIS TITLE “Michael Balick, PhD, brings a lifetime of experience as a distinguished scientist, ethnobotanist, and global plant explorer working for The New York Botanical Garden to this essential reference guide to herbs. ” –Holly H. Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden “A fascinating journey into the rich and textured world of herbs and medicinal plants as an introduction for the novice or as a great read for those with more experience. This highly ambitious book includes everything from the ancient and modern history of herbs to herbal use in various cultures and geographical regions of the Earth to cooking, gardening, and much more—reflecting author Michael Balick’s extensive experience as a field and research ethnobotanist.

Of these books, my favorite is The Herball, a very special original copy obtained for me by a close friend some years ago. I open it, and immediately I am drawn 400 years into the past by the feel of the paper, the smell of the pages, and the extraordinary leather binding—but most of all by the words this priceless book contains. This individual volume also consists of a special sheaf of 18th-century notes made by one of its previous owners. These papers, listing therapeutic family recipes of the time, make it a self-contained and one-of-a-kind reference guide that has survived world wars, pandemics, economic collapse, and the advent of the Internet.

Rodale’s 21st-Century Herbal follows that philosophy, and I hope you will use it to explore and learn about plants from around the world, to play in your own personal sandbox as excitedly as perhaps you once did, and to enjoy the plethora of benefits herbs can offer. Michael J. Balick, PhD CHAPTER 1 A GLOBAL HISTORY As an ethnobotanist working to chronicle the relationship between plants, people, and culture, my conversations with traditional healers about the diversity and uses of the plants in their environments—from deserts to temperate regions to rainforests—have been nothing short of extraordinary, even otherworldly.

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