Just outside your doorstep or kitchen window, hidden beneath a tall pine tree or twining through porch latticework, a wild and weedy apothecary waits to be discovered.
Herbalist Doreen Shababy shares her deep, abiding love for the earth and its gifts in this collection of herbal wisdom that represents a lifetime of work in the forest, field, and kitchen. This herbalism guidebook is jam-packed with dozens of tasty recipes and natural remedies, including Glorious Garlic and Artichoke Dip, Sunny Oatmeal Crepes, Candied Catnip Leaves, Lavender Lemonade, Roseberry Tea, Garlic Tonic, Parsnip Hair Conditioner, and Dream Charms made with Mugwort.
A sampling of the herbal lore, legend, and instruction found within these pages:
"Those who dare delve into this book may emerge with catnip on their breath, mud on their knees, wild fruit juices on their hands, and a mysterious, satisfied smile—the very image of a wild and weedy woman. Come on!"—Susun S. Weed, wild woman herbalist
"Generous with her sources and references, Shababy's voluminous guide will help armchair naturalists and horticulturalists get the most out of nature's bounty without risking harm to themselves or the environment."—Publishers Weekly
"...[D]oesn't disappoint readers."—The Plain Dealer (Ohio)
"A great cross-over herbal that brings the aspects of a medicinal herbal into the kitchen."—American Herb Association Quarterly
"Those who dare delve into this book may emerge with catnip on their breath, mud on their knees, wild fruit juices on their hands, and a mysterious, satisfied smile—the very image of a wild and weedy woman. Come on!"—Susun S. Weed, wise wild woman herbalist and author of the Wise Woman Herbal series
"Doreen Shababy translates technical information for the lay person in a chatty, informal style. She weaves botanical nomenclature seamlessly with folk tales, herbal remedies, recipes, and personal anecdote to provide an enjoyable reading experience while sharing good, usable information. When you read this book, you'll feel like you're out in the fields on a beautiful spring day with a knowledgeable and entertaining friend. If you have ever wanted to know more about the wonder of wild herbs, Shababy will lead the way."—Deborah Duchon, former publisher of The Wild Foods Forum, and guest star on FoodNetwork's Good Eats with Alton Brown