Adele Dawson's classic guide to the seasonal use of herbs for food,
drink, and medicine.
- Clear directions for growing and using many wild and
- Detailed pen-and-ink drawings help readers identify 70
With irresistible enthusiasm and an endless store of knowledge
about the plant kingdom, herbalist Adele Dawson traces the
human-plant relationship through the seasons, providing practical
and enlightening information about every aspect of herbalism,
including spring foraging, summer gourmet gardening, the
preparation of remedies in autumn, and the brewing of healing
potions in winter. The mysteries of preparing infusions,
decoctions, tinctures, and essences are unraveled through the
author's clear and cohesive chapters on how to identify, collect,
and preserve herbs. Detailed pen-and-ink drawings show the
essential elements of flower and leaf anatomy as well as 70 wild
and cultivated plants in their budding, blossoming, and dormant
stages. Sprinkled throughout the text are recipes for impromptu
wild feasts such as milkweed buds tempura, directions for soothing
hand lotions of marigold and milk, and an enormous variety of
medicinal and culinary teas. In equal measure an herbal
encyclopedia, a health-food cookbook, and a nature guide, this book
deserves a place on the reference shelf of both the new and
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