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Miranda Seymour

A Brief History of Thyme and Other Herbs (An Evergreen book)

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ISBN: 0802140084
Издательство: Grove Press
Год издания: 2003
Страниц: 130
A compendium of herbs from A to Z, this elegant book pairs Miranda Seymour's insightful essays on herbs with Jane Macfarlane's expertly rendered two-color illustrations. Each piece covers a single herb -- from comfrey, angelica, or woad (three of Miranda's favorites) to the more familiar parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme -- and describes each herb's characteristics, the history of its use, and the myths and beliefs attached to it. The results are often useful, always fascinating, and occasionally very strange. Discover what Homer's Greeks used as sleeping potions and what the Romans took for indigestion, why Henry VIII fined any farmer who refused to grow marijuana, and which herb the seventy-two-year-old queen of Hungary used to extracta proposal from the king of Poland. You can learn which herb is used today to counter chemotherapy's detrimental effects, or the one you can use as shampoo, or to lower your blood pressure, or to stimulate an appetite. A multitude of entertaining...