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Alaska's Wilderness Medicines: Healthful Plants of the Far North
     

Alaska's Wilderness Medicines: Healthful Plants of the Far North

by Eleanor G. Viereck
 

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This guide to Alaskan wild plants, native and introduced, can be used to promote health and healing, use for emergency first-aid care, or to maintain wellness. More than fifty plant species are described with information on habitat and distribution as well as general information on how each one can be used as medicine. This natural history of some of Alaska’s

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This guide to Alaskan wild plants, native and introduced, can be used to promote health and healing, use for emergency first-aid care, or to maintain wellness. More than fifty plant species are described with information on habitat and distribution as well as general information on how each one can be used as medicine. This natural history of some of Alaska’s medicinal plants is not intended to serve the purpose of a self-care manual of medicine. Dr. Eleanor G. Viereck presents useful and fascinating information about trees, flowers, and shrubs accompanied by accurately rendered line drawing of the vegetation.

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“Whenever I open it, I find another marvelous tidbit, like Viereck’s description of uses for soft, acidic plant sphagnum, or peat moss, the plant often found chinking the walls of log cabins…”

                         ---Fairbanks News-Miner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882408644
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Books
Publication date:
02/29/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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Sweet Gale: Myrica gale (Myrica gale), Description: This shrub grows up to 3 feet tall with odorous resin-dots on its stem. Distribution: Grows in bogs, swamps, shallow water, and along streams. Constituents: This oil is composed of about 130 constituents of which 49 are present in a concentration greater than 0.1%. Medicinal uses: As a wash for boils and pimples and as a steam bath switch.

Meet the Author

Eleanor G. Viereck earned a Ph.D in biology from the University of Colorado. She taught courses at the Tanana Valley Campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks on herb lore and holistic health. She is also the co-author of Meditation: The Complete Guide.

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