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The Artisan Herbalist
Making Teas, Tinctures, and Oils at Home
From urban apartments to wild countryside, The Artisan Herbalist is an easy-to-use guide that teaches you how to identify, grow, harvest, forage, and craft herbal allies into an assortment of useful health and wellness products. Through storytelling and step-by-step instruction, The Artisan Herbalist covers:
- The uses and benefits of 38 easy-to-find yet powerful herbs
- Harvesting from the wild, foraging in the city, and using store-bought herbs
- Growing herbs in small areas, balconies, and pots
- Principles, tips, techniques, and formulas to create teas and tinctures
- Infusing oils for the creation of salves, lotions, and balms
- Beneficial herb-based recipes
- Marketing and selling your products through a home-based business.
Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or countryside, take back control of your health and begin your journey toward independent self-care as a budding artisan herbalist.
Bevin Cohen is the owner of Small House Farm and an author, herbalist, gardener, seed saver, and educator. He offers workshops and lectures nationwide and serves on the boards of the International Herb Association, the Slow Food Ark of Taste Seed Bank, and the Community Seed Network. He lives in Sanford, Michigan.
"A wonderful, insightful introduction to herbalism, The Artisan Herbalist provides well-organized instructions on making herbal preparations as well as practical information on how to use plants for health and healing. Beautiful photography highlights and aids in identification of these commonly available plants. Only plants that the author himself has used and knows well are included so one is presented with first-hand knowledge and expertise. A surprising and welcome addition to the book is a chapter on starting your own herbal business, which provides enough detail to get you headed in the right direction. Altogether, a thoroughly delightful, practical, and well-organized introduction to the uses of plants as medicine and food."
Rosemary Gladstar herbalist and author, Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs
"We seem to be wandering into a new way of living, and self-sufficiency has become much more important. Learning to make medicine from easy to find herbs is a huge step in the right direction. The Artisan Herbalist leads the new herbal enthusiast to learn and embrace the plants and how they can help us. Seasoned herbalists will find many pearls of wisdom within these pages that can broaden their own knowledge"
Tina Sams editor, The Essential Herbal Magazine, author, Herbal Medicine for Emotional Healing
"In The Artisan Herbalist, Bevin offers his personal experience and formulations, guiding the reader to easily create their own infusions, teas, tinctures, oils, salves, and balms—his instructions are simple, clear, and informative in Bevin's conversational style."
Susan Belsinger educator, herbalist, author, The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs
"Bevin Cohen has created a masterpiece! Not only is this book beautiful, but it is highly useful. From the basics of making remedies, including a great selection of herbal monographs and recipes, to key tips and details for getting an herbal business up and running, including legal requirements, labeling, marketing, and pricing, this is the book every beginner herbalist should have on hand to start on their herbal path."
Kristine Brown RH (AHG), author, Herbal Roots zine, Herbalism at Home, The Homesteader's Guide to Growing Herbs, and Nature Anatomy Activities for Kids
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