The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore (hardcover). From Chronicle Books' website: "Take borage for courage. Send a bouquet of yarrow to declare war. Hang a sprig of rue at the door to keep witches at bay." Like flowers, herbs are steeped in myth and magic, secrets and lore. The Meaning of Herbs draws on botanical, mythological, and historical sources worldwide, blending fact, folktale, natural history, and original art to present profiles of over 50 herbs favored through the ages. New.