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The Complete Language of Herbs: A Definitive and Illustrated History (Volume 8) Hardcover – Aug. 9 2022
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Along with a beautiful visual depiction, each entry provides the herb or spice’s scientific and common names, characteristics, and historic meanings and powers from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry.
Did you know that allspice can be added to herbal mixtures to attract money or luck? Or that sprinkling arrowroot at the doors of your home will keep guests’ negative energy from entering? Reaching the height of popularity during the Victorian era, floriographies—dictionaries of symbolic flower meanings—were an amusing pastime and art to subtly communicate unspoken emotions. To complement the success of The Complete Language of Flowers, author S. Theresa Dietz has scoured historic sources and compiled an equally beautiful compendium in The Complete Language of Herbs, revealing the secrets and powers of hundreds of common and forgotten herbs and spices from around the world.
Together with stunning full-color illustrations and two indexes, one for searching by common herb and spice name and the other organized by meaning, this beautiful reference is a must-have for gardeners, chefs, party planners, and food enthusiasts.
Elegantly designed and beautifully illustrated, the Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia series offers comprehensive, display-worthy references on a range of intriguing topics, including birthday astrology, dream interpretation, astrological self-care practices, techniques for harnessing the power of dreams, and the stories behind signs and symbols.
About the Author
Spring, summer, and autumn container gardening on a small apartment’s balcony is all the more appreciated during the short growing season in the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York State where eclectic artist and writer S.Theresa Dietz makes her home. The twenty-plus years of ongoing research into the subject of floriography symbolism and powers were driven onward by her fascination with all things magical and mysterious, along with her deep abiding love of all trees, plants, and flowers. She is the author of The Complete Language of Flowers and The Complete Language of Herbs.
- Publisher : Wellfleet Press; Illustrated edition (Aug. 9 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1577152824
- ISBN-13 : 978-1577152828
- Item weight : 1.09 kg
- Dimensions : 21.21 x 3.05 x 26.16 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #337,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #518 in Herb Gardening (Books)
- #983 in Plant Ecology
- #1,022 in Plants
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 4, 2023
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 10, 2022
One thing I find frustrating about the book is that some herbs are marked with a skull and crossbones, the "toxicity symbol", indicating that at least some part of the plant is at least somewhat toxic. Unfortunately, despite being billed as a "comprehensive encyclopedia", there are no details about toxicity at all. A lot of the plants with the toxicity symbol are also marked with a mortar and pestle, or the medicinal symbol, but again, there aren't even the scantest details. This is intentional, and is probably done for liability reasons, but it lessens the usefulness of the book. On the subject of toxicity/medicinal use, Dietz writes: "The internet is a wonderful source for that kind of scientific information." That's true, but we buy books to stay off of the internet. I also own the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine , and it can be cross referenced to get additional information about the medicinal and toxic properties of any particular herb.
Even with that very important information missing, it's a beautiful book and will fit well on your reference shelf.