More and more, I'm making homemade herbal remedies for simple ailments and treatments instead of buying pills or ointments with who-knows-what chemicals. A book I've referenced countless times over the years has been Growing 101 Herbs That Heal by Tammi Hartung, published by Storey Publishing. Holley over at Roses and Other Gardening Joys hosts a book review meme each month, and I'm choosing this book as part of her March review.
This is a wonderful reference book for herbs. Besides growing, maintaining and harvesting herbs, it covers making herbal preparations like teas, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, poultices, infused oils, salves, creams and more.
There are chapters on design, propagation, pest and disease control, and a chapter about medicinal foods with recipes. The plant reference section in the last portion of the book is what I use most often.
For those like me who (for years) thought only of herbs in terms of culinary use, think about another benefit of herbs. This book offers much information about growing and using a variety of herbs for natural medicinal purposes as well.