The Essential Herbal - By the Hearth is a 245 page book that compiles the very best of the first five years (2002 - 2006) from the magazine's fall and winter issues. Inside you'll find an array of crafting and gift instructions, recipes for cozy winter meals or holiday entertaining, herbal remedies, herbal lore, and much, much more. So much information that will make you feel a lot more comfortable in your garden and in your stillroom! You'll be making herbal preparations in no time at all.
Paperback, 8.25 x 10.5
The Essential Herbal ~ Under The Sun
We are in the 13th year of publication here at The Essential Herbal Magazine. The first several years were filled with wonderful stuff, but the audience was limited. Most of those issues sold out long ago. So we took the 15 spring and summer issues from those 5 years (Mar/Apr, May/June, and July/Aug), and put them together into a truly fabulous book. Over 200 pages, sized 8.5 x 11, filled with all the things readers have come to expect from The Essential Herbal. We reworked some of the early stuff, combined things into reasonable chapters - like "The Stillroom", "The Kitchen", "Just Weeds", and "Herbal First Aid", and added a few surprises. There are articles on gardening, favorite backyard remedies, wild eats, and tons of crafting ideas.
An Elder Gathering
Come along and join us, a group of long-time friends, as we share our favorite uses for elder flowers and berries.
We've even got a few uses for leaves and wood! Learn about growing, harvesting, preserving, making medicine, delicious dishes and tantalizing teas all using this very versatile native plant.
Over 30 recipes, remedies and crafts are included, along with light-hearted folklore and good lots of pictures to
help you identify Elder.
We're certain that soon you'll love the Elder as much as we do, and be finding a place for one (or more) in your yard or garden.
40 pages, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2.
Written by Michele Brown, Susanna Reppert Brill, Susan Hess, Betty Pillsbury, Tina Sams and Maryanne Schwartz
Balms & Salves - How to and Recipes
Well over 50 recipes for salves, balms, lotion bars, and lip balms from our own 20+ years of making them ourselves. Also several wonderful recipes from friends! We talk about infusing, properties of herbs, essential oils, base (carrier) oils and butters, and give some great sources. From gardener's salve to a bug repellant solid bar, from drawing salve to hair pomade - you'll find them all here.
52 pages, saddle bound, color cover.
Wild Foods for Every Table
There is delicious food all around us. It is food that we've just stopped noticing. This book is filled with unique and tasty recipes to help the beginner get started or to expand an old forager's repertoire. Recipes were submitted by well over 30 contributors. While there are pictures, this is not a field guide. It IS a great cookbook, with recipes you and your family will look forward to for years to come!
Spiral bound, b&w with color cover 120 pp.
Herbal Soaps from Scratch
44 pages full of how-to information.
Using herbs for colorants, texture and medicinal properties, and how to infuse them into the oils used in hot/cold process soaps. Several great recipes included.
Crafting the Bath
Ah! Such bliss awaits...
Fragrant confections for the bath have been sent to TEH from all over the continent. Bath brews, cold process soap, Bridal Wedding Tea Bath, bath truffles, and a Honey Butter Hand mask, to name but a few of the 32 wonderful recipes submitted from 17 different herb businesses and shops.
Fairy Home Companion
Have you ever wondered how to add magic and whimsey to your garden? Do you want to make it a place where the fairies play? Would you like to create picnics and parties where there is a touch of mystery and fancy?
This little gem of a book will give you plenty of ideas to ponder. You'll know which flowers to plant, how to keep the wee folk safe and cozy once they've settled into your garden, and some stories for the young - and the not so young.
Perfect Potpourris and Scented Crafts
Tons of wonderful potpourris from 16 different sources. Also included are sachets, simmers, and pillows. How does Autumn Aria sound? Smelly jellies, 3 King's layered potpourri, wax pomanders, Friendship potpourri, and Ancient Echoes are all inside, along with citrus pomanders and house blessing potpourri. Many others, just as wonderful.
Blending Herbal Teas
We've gathered recipes from all over the country and beyond, and you'll be blending health giving and delicious teas in no time at all with the help of this book. 17 herb shops and businesses each sent us a couple of their favorites. Stress busters, relaxing teas, winter remedies, sweet tea, lavender mint, honeybush and lemon myrtle... Many wonderful tisanes to try.
Making and Using Herb Vinegars
Would you like to make delicious vinegars using the herbs you're growing? Or maybe the ones showing up in the produce departments in the grocery stores?
Once you've made them, what can you do with them?
Well! We've got some answers and some luscious recipes to try. Our readers and friends have really come through with some delightful new recipes. This little book is jammed with the expertise of over 20 fabulous cooks and herbalists. The novice will find instruction and the expert will find inspiration!
Making Your Own Incense
by Tina Sams and Maryanne Schwartz. We wrote this one back in '99 for Storey Publications. Everything you need to know to start out making incense. Great little 32-pager.
Herb Beads - how to and recipes
Short booklet (20 pages of text) with easy to follow instructions for making beads out of botanicals. Step-by-step photos and several different recipes to try. Information gleaned from years of giving classes on herb bead-making. Small but mighty! Color cover, saddle-stitched.
Making Balms & Salves with The Twisted Sisters
In this DVD, we go through the processes of infusing an oil, making lip balm, lotion bars, and salves. We make one of each of these, and the viewer will have the understanding to go to making his/her own after seeing how it is done.
We have a little fun along the way, and show you how easy it is to do! Suppliers are listed inside the jacket, as well as some suggested projects.
Make Soap with the Twisted Sisters
In this informal DVD, we prepare cold-process soap and explain the process as we work - from beginning to end. We list some suppliers and an on-line calculator for checking your formula before soaping it, and give you a recipe for your first batch. Our main goal is to make our students comfortable enough with the soap making process and especially to banish the "fear of lye" so that they will feel able to make soap themselves if they wish.
5 Years of Herbal Know-How
Purchase "By the Hearth" and "Under the Sun" together, and you've got an amazing array of information, crafts, recipes, and all that's needed to start getting to know herbs as an everyday part of life. Herb crafting the whole year through, you'll learn to cook with herbs, make medicines with herbs, forage some wild foods, make all sorts of herbal products, be a better gardener, and thoroughly enjoy the herbs around you. The experienced herbalist will enjoy them too! These books are destined to become classics. Between them, we've covered the first five years of The Essential Herbal Magazine, and they make a terrific gift. 450 pages of herbal knowledge, paperbacks, 8.25 x 10.5.