Practical Herbs by Henriette Kress

Practical Herbs by Henriette Kress.

I had visited Henrietta’s blog, Henriette’s Herbal on more than one occasion when looking for information or when surfing the web to see what was going on the English speaking herbal world. I then bumped into her again when Herbalistes sans Frontières went on line and our Webmaster advised me to do things like Facebook and social networking. It was then that I decided that I really wanted to read her first book…so I excitedly ordered it from Amazon UK.

The day it arrived, as I took the package out of the letterbox I was surprised at how thin and small the book felt. I had been waiting for a big, thick book as there is so much information on Henriette’s blog, I thought that her book would be the same. Once out of the box, however, the cover and feel were really pleasant, a small but beautiful book.

Anyway I got my teeth into it straight away (always a thrill to get my hands on a good herb book written in English) and the initial reaction about size quickly disappeared. The first chapters are packed with practical information about making herbal preparations, from picking herbs to all the different ways that they can be transformed into medicines. However hard I tried it was very difficult, to find anything that had been left out, whilst reading it I thought it woudl be great to suggest to my students as a hand book (pity it isn’t in French). Being avery practical herbalist myself, it is evident that all the information is tried and tested and gained from first hand experience. Read the rest of this entry »