The Wild & Weedy Apothecary An A to Z Book of Herbal Concoctions, Recipes & Remedies, Practical Know-How & Food for the Soul

By Doreen Shababy

Simply outdoors the doorstep or kitchen window, hidden underneath a tall pine tree or twining via porch latticework, a wild and weedy apothecary waits to be discovered.

Herbalist Doreen Shababy stocks her deep, abiding love for the earth and its presents during this selection of natural knowledge that represents a life of paintings within the wooded area, box, and kitchen. This herbalism guidebook is full of dozens of tasty recipes and ordinary treatments, together with excellent 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 natural lore, legend, and guide discovered inside of those pages:

The distinction among sweet-faced plants and plant life with attitude

How to collect a well-stocked pantry • the significance of gratitude

Plant-spirit conversation fundamentals • the right way to use neighborhood wild herbs

How to make poultices, teas, tinctures, balms, and extracts

"Those who dare delve into this publication may possibly emerge with catnip on their breath, dust on their knees, wild fruit juices on their arms, and a mysterious, happy smile—the very photo of a wild and weedy lady. Come on!" —Susun S. Weed, wild lady herbalist

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