Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 50 plants got their "hot" reputation – and what modern science has to say about it. Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that "something extra" and why. Yoest's book Plants With Benefits is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions and tasty treats for your pleasurable use. Can a plant create feelings of arousal, contentment or receptivity? It looks like the answer is yes.
Helen Yoest is a curious gardener – curious about plants, soil, design, and how others use these to create their gardens at home. She is not only curious about what plants do for us today, but also about their history and lore. Plants have a colorful past.
As an award-winning freelance writer and garden stylist, Yoest has traveled the world to visit public and private gardens. Her work has appeared in Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living, Carolina Gardener, and many other forums, including her work as the national gardening expert for Answers.com. She is also the author of Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers and Veggies in Your Garden (St. Lynn’s Press, 2014), and Gardening With Confidence: 50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity (GWC Press, 2012).
Yoest curates garden art, serves on the board of the JC Raulston Arboretum, is past regional representative of the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour and opens her garden annually, and is an honorary member of Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture. She lives in Raleigh, N.C., tending to her half-acre wildlife habitat, her husband, and their three beautiful children.
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