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Herbs and Healing Plants of Britain and Europe (Collins Nature Guide)

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Herbs and Healing Plants of Britain and Europe (Collins Nature Guide).pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Dieter Podlech(Author)

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Covering European plants used in both traditional and herbal medicine, this book describes the key identification features of over 300 species, including their habitat and in which seasons they can be found. In addition, information is provided on how the plants are used in a variety of ways. Not only are medicinal uses described, but there are also tips on how various herbs and other plants can be used safely around the home - in cooking and teas for example.
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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Dieter Podlech(Author)
  • Collins (7 Mar. 1996)
  • English
  • 3
  • Home & Garden

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  • By weatherwitch on 5 September 2007

    This excellent book seems to be unavailable online from the usual places, yet many bookshops I have visited recently still have copies of it in their bargain books section, which is where I got mine for £2.99 and what a bargain it truly is.I am big fan of the Collins Nature Guides and Collins Gem series and this guide is true to their normal high standards. It lists over 300 herbs and healing plants of Britain and Europe used both in conventional, herbal and homeopathic medicine. This easy to use guide has the plants arranged by colour coding of the flower and indicates which plants are protected or even poisonous.Each plant is shown by a good colour photograph, with a clear, concise description and gives details of its flowering season, its uses, home use tips (usually tisanes and teas) and the active ingredient within the plant that make it so useful. Also listed is the plants habitat and distribution within Europe. What isn't listed however and that I feel should be made clear on every plants use details is which part of the plant should be used, for some plants you would have to refer to elsewhere as to whether you want to use the leaves or the flowers for example. The back of the book contains brief information on botany, collection of herbs, their preparation and storage, and a short guide on how to use them. There is a very useful calendar too giving details of when to pick some of the herbs and the parts to collect.The books primary purpose is as a guide to identification of the herbs and healing plants of Britain and in this it does not fail. However once you have recognised and collected your herbs then it will be a different kind of specialist book that you will require.

  • By Wildheart Chris on 15 August 2011

    I am from the USA and went on an introductory forest survival course back in the summer in Essex. I was interested to find out there are so many uses for many common plants here in the UK. One of the instructors recommended this book and the other Collins Gem Book "Food for Free" which I already had. Their compact size makes them easy to carry in a rucksack,backpack or the pockets of my walking trousers/coat or fleece. The good colour photos though not that big are a great help to identify many common plants which I have seen often but previously knew nothing about. I have now used this book to find and identify nearly 70 common herbs and plants that grow wild in my area, and a few others which are more rare. The explanations, diagrams,table of times to harvest,warnings about harmful plants and fungi, descriptions of use in modern times and folklore are fascinating as well as useful. I would have given this book 5 stars if not for the occasional lack of details of how to properly prepare and use the herbs...but it is a great starter book for sure. I am now so interested in this subject that I am ordering another more comprehensive book of herbal harvesting and preparations. I would put this one in my survival bag kit alongside my SAS Survival guide and Food for Free, without a doubt.

  • By Guest on 17 October 2010

    A very interesting and informative book, well worth the money. Suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience

  • By Lilyh on 27 June 2013

    I love this little book. small enough to fit in a back pack and take with you when you are out walking, Pictures are colour coded for the flowers with photos of each plant, tells you if they are poisonous or rare and what ailments you could treat. I liked this so much I bought another copy for my mum in law and she's just as impressed.

  • By Mrs. Linda Storey on 19 January 2015

    Handy pocket size,essential information on toxicity & species status.

  • By Sastha on 7 May 2012

    The book arrived promptly and in excellent condition. It is very useful for identifying plants & flowers I see on walks and gives some information as to their uses. It is well set-out to assist finding the plant/flower if it is in the book.

  • By lois campbell on 30 May 2015

    Lovely clear pictures and handy size when put walking.

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