Herbal Remedies From The Wild

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A handbook for the home herbalist, detailing how to identify, gather, and prepare more than fifty different wild plants for medicinal use.
Traditional herbal medicine, long practiced as a primary form of healing in many cultures around the world, is gaining tremendous popularity and acceptance in this country. Plants such as echinacea and St. John's wort have become common remedies, and new scientific studies show evidence that these plants are in fact effective in bolstering ...

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Overview

A handbook for the home herbalist, detailing how to identify, gather, and prepare more than fifty different wild plants for medicinal use.
Traditional herbal medicine, long practiced as a primary form of healing in many cultures around the world, is gaining tremendous popularity and acceptance in this country. Plants such as echinacea and St. John's wort have become common remedies, and new scientific studies show evidence that these plants are in fact effective in bolstering the immune system and treating depression. Anyone interested in plants and in learning more about how to use them to enhance health will enjoy this book.Herbal Remedies From the Wild gives full descriptions of 52 medicinal herbs common to North America—plants such as valerian, used for insomnia; red clover, for coughs; and elderberry, for fever. For each species, the author gives details on its appearance, where it is found, how to harvest and prepare it, and the recommended dosage for specific ailments (including cautions about conditions that preclude the use of the herb). The introduction provides instructions for making teas, tinctures, salves, and syrups. A line drawing of each herb aids in identification. A huge surge of interest in herbal medicine coincides with this book's re-release. Herbal Remedies from the Wild is a revised and redesigned edition of the book Earthmagic, which sold nearly 10,000 copies in its first edition.

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Certified herbalist Corinne Martin's Herbal Remedies From The Wild: Finding And Using Medicinal Herbs provides full descriptions for fifty-two medicinal herbs common to North America. The information provided includes the herb's appearance, where it is to be found, how to properly harvest and prepare it, and recom-mended dosages for specific ailments. Martin also includes cautions about conditions that preclude the use of the herb. The reader is given complete instructions for making teas, tinctures, salves, and syrups. Herbal Remedies From The Wild is a core addition to any personal, professional, or community library alternative health medical and herbal reference collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881504859
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication viii
Acknowledgments ix
Notice to the Reader xi
Preface xiii
Introduction: The Earth as Healer 1
Using Herbs in the Healing Process 9
The Herbs by Season
Spring 23
Willow Salix species 25
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens 29
Catnip Nepeta cataria 33
Goldthread Coptis trifolia 37
White Pine Pinus strobus 40
Violet Viola species 44
Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus 48
Elderberry Sambucus canadensis and pubens 52
Cleavers Galium aparine 56
Shinleaf Pyrola elliptica and species 60
Chickweed Stellaria media and species 64
Summer 69
Plantain Plantago species 71
Yarrow Achillea millifolium 75
Red Clover Trifolium pratense 79
Comfrey Symphytum officinale 83
Sweet Fern Comptonia peregrina 89
Partridgeberry Mitchella repens 93
Mullein Verbascum thapsis 97
Raspberry Rubus idaeus and species 101
Sundew Drosera species 105
Shepherd's Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris 109
Pipsissewa Chimaphila umbellata and maculata 113
Blueberry Vaccinium species 117
St. John's-wort Hypericum perforatum 121
Self-Heal Prunella vulgaris 125
Lobelia Lobelia inflata and species 129
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare 133
Blue Cohosh Caulophyllum thalictroides 137
Valerian Valeriana officinalis 141
Mint Mentha species 146
Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum 150
Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca 154
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata 158
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara 162
Blackberry Rubus allegheniensis and species 166
Jewelweed Impatiens capensis and pallida 170
Wild Lettuce Lactuca species 174
Wild Cherry Prunus serotina and species 178
Juniper Juniperus species 183
Hops Humulus lupulus 187
Fall 191
Gentian Gentiana species 193
Solomon's Seal Smilacena racemosa and Polygonatum biflorum 197
Yellow Dock Rumex crispus 202
Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana 206
Skunk Cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus 211
Bayberry Myrica pensylvanica and species 216
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale 220
Rose Hips Rosa species 224
Horsetail Equisetum arvense 228
Burdock Arcticum lappa and minor 232
Hawthorn Berries Crataegus species 236
Barberry Berberis vulgaris and thunbergii 240
Bibliography 244
Herbal Associations and Societies 246
Glossary 248
Index 251
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