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Culpeper's Color Herbal

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  281 ratings  ·  16 reviews
As charming and elegant as the 17th-century original, this groundbreaking herbal guide combines Nicholas Culpeper’s fascinating text with up-to-date information and modern full-color illustrations. Culpeper—a famed astrologer, physician, and author—covered almost 400 herbs and plants from Aconite and Adder’s Tongue to Yew and Yucca. For each entry, he gave both the Latin a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Sterling (first published 1653)
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Geraldine Dyer
Due to the nature of Nicholas Culpepper's language/the era it was written, sometimes the information may seem sketchy to the untrained eye, but I own two copies of this book & my mother has owned a copy since I was very young (if not before I was born) and I swear by it or any information about healing attributes of herbs, vegetables and other things grown in uk hedgerows that have been long forgotten. Brilliant stuff :)
While this is an abridged version of Culpeper's original, it's very helpful to have large illustrations and updated information on each plant. However, for the full effect of the herbal lore, you'd probably want to go to the original source (many free versions available online). There is also not much information in here for practical use, though there are lists at the end that could be a good starting point for research. I am glad to see that Potterton recommends that the reader seek help from ...more
Good starting off point for the budding herbalist interested in historical reference- archaic language and misguided direction such as" a French physician called Hilarius once told that an acquaintance of his had smelled basil and as a result a scorpion grew in his brain..." and “Mizaldus affirms, that being laid to rot in horse dung, it will breed venomous beasts.”
Covers most useful common plants, has a some recipes.

Great for herbal lore. This edition also has helpful illustrations. Full review here.
Rhianna Schoonover
A good read for anyone who wants to understand the history of the medical field in England & Europe. While many uses of herbs are no longer supported, it does help to understand where we have the ideas of what herbs do in a written form. Culpepper is one of the better known authors of medicinal tomes of his era and quite worth reading.
A thorough and detailed reference book containing information on a wide variety of herbs including medicinal properties and how to prepare and use them. The botanical information is useful and precise and can be used by anybody to identify each herb
A lot of info is not trustworthy, names were based on looks, nothing more, and there was also mixing of what the herbs actually did according to certain 'authorities', i.e. apothecaries, natives, etc. it's unreliable and ill informed.
like this book as a history reference for herbs as I like to see what people used to do with what plant but as a modern herb reference book probably not, is a very nice book though
A seventeenth century book with lots of charm - much folklore and superstition, along with the observations of a Stuart age gardener. A milestone of pharmacological history.
I like this book. I have 2 copies. This one, bought at a book fair (Got to have a hardback of this book) and a paperback to flip through and mark when needed.
Stacy Crandall
Dec 09, 2011 Stacy Crandall rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Herbologists, Gardeners
Recommended to Stacy by: SMC
An excellent reference book for all things herbal. It includes a complete description and the medicinal properties of countless herbs.
David Melik
The information about herbs may or may not be helpful, but it also lists astrological 'information' about them, which I think is nonsense.
Beautiful herbal that includes color illustrations of each plant as it grows wild and known medicinal values and uses.
The original and best reference book for anyone interested in herbal remedies.
B. Justin Shier
Yea, I read all of it. Yea, I'm strange.
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