Growing Herbs for Health, Wellness, Cooking, and Crafts: Includes 51 Culinary Herbs, 25 Recipes, and 18 Crafts

Creative Homeowner: Fox Chapel. Apr. 2024. 208p. ISBN 9781580116008. pap. GARDENING
In this informative, attractive book, small-space herb-gardening instructor Roman (How To Garden Indoors & Grow Your Own Food Year Round) covers growing and using culinary herbs, including their benefits and brief overviews of multiple gardening methods—including at-a-glance charts and plant profiles. She also covers propagation, seed storage, and pest control, along with instructions for harvesting and processing herbs in general. She interviews experts in their fields to expand on various topics and often suggests using the internet for further information. Her book teaches readers how to make dips, cocktails, and skin and hair products too, and also contains easy-to-follow instructions for pressing herbs to create artwork or to craft fragrant wreaths. In the final section, Roman has herbalist Michelle Guerrero Denison explain how to utilize culinary herbs for wellness—not medicinal—purposes. Denison describes herbal actions and general herbal preparation methods but not for specific herbs.
VERDICT An excellent, beautifully illustrated choice for beginning herb growers seeking ideas for how to use their harvest, but it does not specify specific herbs to use for wellness.
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