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The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders, a giveaway


The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders

The herbal world is huge and I don't mind admitting that the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. You too?

Wouldn't it be nice to have an herbal guide to tell you what to do with the plants you grow or forage from the wild? That's exactly what The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders: Farmed and Foraged Herbal Remedies and Recipes is!


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Needless to say, the "for homesteaders" part of the title really caught my eye. When the publisher asked if I'd like to review it, I said yes!

Don't let the title put you off though: you don't need to live on a homestead to benefit from the wealth of herbal knowledge in this book. Plants grow everywhere, not just in the wild. Many of the plants discussed in the book are common garden herbs and culinary herbs such as sage, mint and thyme.

The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders

In the first chapter author Abby Artemisia shares the equipment you should carry with you when you are out looking for plants, how to identify "safe" places to forage wild plants to avoid contaminated plant material, and how to harvest ethically and sustainably.

The rest of the handbook discusses how to build good health, how common herbs can be used to treat simple complaints such as colds, coughs and flu, how to make salves and other herbal preparations, and so much more. Recipes and remedies utilizing herbs are included throughout the book.

At the end of each chapter a page is devoted to each of the herbs that has been discussed, including contraindications (when it should not be used) and how the plant can benefit animals as well as humans.

This was my favorite part of the book: learning about herbs that will help my livestock and pets. Because let's face it, dogs get fleas, goats have worms, and horses attract flies.

This book is not meant to be an in-depth plant identification guide; the author recommends using field guides and plant identification books to make sure you are using the correct plant, and suggests her favorite guidebooks. Since Ms. Artemisia is a botanist, herbalist and professional forager, I respect her recommendations.

The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders is user-friendly and the projects and recipes are easy to make and use for beginners. If you are more comfortable with herbalism, this guide will take you deeper into homemade herbal remedies. This guide definitely deserves a place on your homestead bookshelves.



Giveaway!

The kind folks at The Quarto Group have generously offered to give a copy of The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders to one of my readers! Read the terms and conditions and then use the Giveaway Tool below to enter.

This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US, age 18 and over. One winner will be chosen at random by Giveaway Tools. The winner will be contacted by email using the email address they provide on the entry form. Winner has 24 hours to respond with their mailing address; if there is no response another winner will be chosen by Giveaway Tools. The winner will receive a copy of The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders which will be shipped directly from The Quarto Group to the winner.






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Disclosure: A copy of The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders was provided for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.


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21 comments:

  1. This looks like a very interesting book. I love learning more about herbal options for health.

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  2. Great review for a book that would be gladly added to my collection. Thank-you for the giveaway.

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  3. This looks like a great book! thanks for reviewing and sharing the giveaway, Kathi!

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  4. Lovely! I'm in the beginning stages of planning a one-third acre perennial garden and expanding other gardens. Herbs will be a large part of the garden but I don't have plans for all of them yet. This would be a big help.

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  5. Sounds like the perfect addition. My husband is a trained chef, but I have always wanted to know more about herbs and their uses.

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  6. What a great giveaway! I entered for a chance to win. This sounds like a book I would love to read and try!

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  7. I'm truly excited about this giveaway Kathi--the book looks wonderful and so practical! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  8. I live outside of the US but I am sure the lucky winner will love this book.

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  9. Nice! I have not done a lot of foraging, but I'd love to learn! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  11. Great giveaway! Always want to learn more about herbs!

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  12. I would love to win a copy of this book. Watching my Mom suffer from years of taking medications, it would be nice to learn more natural ways to remedy ailments at home.

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  13. Looks like good reading material and would dearly love to win this book.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    ColleenB.~Tx.

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  14. Thank you for this and the book looks like it's chock full of great info all of us could use every day!

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  15. This looks like such a good book! I love reading about, growing and making things with herbs!

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  16. Hi Kathy, this looks like a really great book, would love if I won it!!

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  17. I am a beginner to using herbs so this book looks very helpful to me.

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  18. This book looks amazing!

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  19. Can never have enough herbal books!

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  20. That sounds like a interesting book for sure.. and good luck to whoever is the winner!

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