A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America

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With more than 300 photos, this new edition shows how to identify more than 500 healing plants. Descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found, as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics, symbols next to plant descriptions, and organization of plants by colors all make this an essential guide to understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants around us. At a time when interest in herbs and natural medicine has never been higher, the second edition of this ...

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Overview

With more than 300 photos, this new edition shows how to identify more than 500 healing plants. Descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found, as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics, symbols next to plant descriptions, and organization of plants by colors all make this an essential guide to understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants around us. At a time when interest in herbs and natural medicine has never been higher, the second edition of this essential guide shows how to identify more than five hundred kinds of healing plants. More than three hundred new color photos illustrate their flowers, leaves, and fruits. The updated descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics is helpful for quickly locating information on specific ailments, from asthma and headaches to colds and stomachaches. Symbols next to plant descriptions give readers a quick visual alert to plants that are poisonous or may cause allergic reactions. Organized by plant color for fast identification, this guide is an indispensable tool for understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants and herbs around us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395988145
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

With more than 40 years of experience in the herbal field, Steven Foster is author, co-author, and photographer of seventeen books. He lives in Eureka Springs Arkansas, in the heart of the medicinal plant-rich Ozarks.

With more than six decades of experience as a botanist, and three decades in medical botany James A. Duke is the author of more than 20 books. He lives in Fulton, Maryland, surrounded by some 300 medicinal plants.

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BALSAM FIR Resin, leaves Abies balsamea (L.) Mill Pine Family

Spire-shaped tree; to 60 ft. Flattish needles, to 11-4 in. long, in flattened sprays; stalkless. Needles rounded at base, each with 2 white lines beneath. Cones 1–4 in. long, erect; purple to green, scales mostly twice as long as broad. Bark smooth, with numerous resin pockets. Where found: Moist woods. Canada, south through New England and along mountains to Va. and W. Va.; west through n. Ohio to ne. Iowa, Mich. Uses: Canada Balsam, an oleoresin, is collected by cutting bark blisters or pockets in wood, July–Aug. Used as an antiseptic, in creams and ointments for piles, and as a root-canal sealer. Diuretic (may irritate mucous membranes). American Indians applied resin as an analgesic for burns, sores, bruises, and wounds. Leaf tea used for colds, coughs, and asthma. The oleoresin is pale yellow to greenish yellow; transparent and pleasantly scented. Its primary commercial application has been as a sealing agent for mounted microscope slides. Warning: Resin may cause dermatitis in some individuals.

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Table of Contents

Preface v Acknowledgments xi How to Use This Book 1 General Organization 1 Identifying Plants 2 Medicinal Uses 5 Conservation and Harvesting 7 A Word of Caution 10 White or Whitish Flowers 15 Yellow Flowers 99 Orange Flowers 151 Pink to Red Flowers 155 Violet to Blue Flowers 189 Green Flowers 228 Shrubs 254 Trees 289 Woody Vines 333 Ferns 342 Grasses and Grasslike Plants 350

Glossary 357 References 362 Life List 365 Index to Plants 377 Index to Medical Topics 396

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    A great place to start.

    The book gives basic information such as the common name, Latin name, plant family, and parts used as well as a brief description to help identify the plant. It goes on to discuss briefly where the plant can be found, some common uses for the plant, and any warnings that should be noted. A picture of the plant is also included. It covers flowers, shrubs, vines, trees, and grasses. Overall the book is useful for those who would like a little information on a nature walk or to learn about an unfamiliar plant. While useful for those learning to wildcraft herbs, I would recommend taking along additional field guides to ensure proper identification. Perhaps the Smithsonian Handbook of Herbs or guides by the National Audubon Society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Best Medicinal Wild Plant Guide Out There!

    Great book - Lots of color photos and great information!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Great Book for anyone into what is growing in the wild.

    I bought this book for one of my college classes and found it to be a great resource book for what was growing wild in the woods and what the plants could be used for. The pictures are great and there is alot of useful information.

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