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The Essential Guide to Herbs for Living

Deni Bown



ISBN: 9781862058927

Price: £ 14.99

Publication date: 7 June 2010

Category: Lifestyle & Gardening

  • Produced in association with the Chelsea Physic Garden
  • Superbly illustrated with photographs from the author’s own herb garden, Chelsea Physic Garden and travels worldwide as well as plates from ancient herbals
  • An authoritative but accessible text designed to appeal to experts and novices

Herbs contribute to many aspects of everyday living. Healing herbs have always been used as remedies; herbs are used in the kitchen for flavour and aroma; herbs fragrance perfumes and cosmetics and are used for aromatherapy oils. More than that, herbs are easy to grow and provide fragrance, colour and texture in the garden.

In this fascinating book, Deni Bown tells the story of each herb, providing an intimate portrait of its power and properties. The profiles feature the most popular and productive uses and provide notes to gardeners on how to grow each herb. Special features discuss a wider variety of herbs grouped as herbal relaxants, stimulants, balsams, colourings, tonics and poisons.

Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and botanical plates from ancient herbals, this book is a source book for mind, body and soul, as well as a testament to the natural power and beauty of herbs.


Deni Bown developed a passion for plants in childhood and has grown and studied herbs since her student days. Best known for the Encyclopedia of Herbs and their Uses, she has over a dozen books to her name and has contributed as author of photographer to many others. In 1986 she was a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, and in 1990 won a Garden Writer’s Association award for Alba – The Book of White Flowers.