Southern Publishers Group
AUTHOR Karina Hilterman
is a Bay of Plenty medical herbalist. She's well qualified, as her
initial interest was fuelled after she treated her own condition,
systemic lupus, with garlic and echinacea. To these herbs she attributes
A Handful of Herbs,
as the title suggests, is a breezy if slender introduction to the
use of herbs. Thirty herbs - from aloes to yarrow - are identified
and introduced with a pithy quote or phrase.
The term "herb" is used
here in its broadest sense as chickweed, cabbage, apples and roses
also get a revealing once-over. The constituents of each herb are
given and their cultivation, in most cases, is discussed.
The herbs' traditional
therapeutic value is outlined but there's a clear warning the book
is not intended to replace medical advice.
The illustrations - some
done by the author herself - are charming, but the choice of typeface
and its sepia tone may tax tired eyes.
For those who are "into"
herbs there's not much here that won't be common knowledge, but
A Handful of Herbs serves as a welcome entrée to
herbs and their cultivation for the uninitiated.
Gardener, Issue 140, 2004, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH