Tom Brown's Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants

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For untold thousands of years, human beings have thrived on the nutritional and medicinal wealth of the plant life in the natural world. In these fascinating, wide-ranging, wonderfully informative stories, Tom Brown—director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School—tells all about the uncommon benefits of the common trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants we find all around us. This indispensible guide includes ...

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Overview

For untold thousands of years, human beings have thrived on the nutritional and medicinal wealth of the plant life in the natural world. In these fascinating, wide-ranging, wonderfully informative stories, Tom Brown—director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School—tells all about the uncommon benefits of the common trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants we find all around us. This indispensible guide includes information on:

How to use every part of the plant—leaves, flowers, bark, bulbs, and roots

Where to find useful plants, and the best time of the year and stages of growth to harvest them

How to prepare delicious food dishes, soups, breads and teas from the riches of the great outdoors

An incredible range of experience-proven medicinal uses to treat headaches, burns, digestive disorders, skin problems, and a host of other maladies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425100639
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1986
  • Series: Field Guide Series , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 186,667
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Brown, Jr. began to learn hunting and tracking at the age of eight under the tutelage of an Apache elder, medicine man, and scout in Toms River, New Jersey, and is the author of 16 books on nature. Recently, he was the technical advisor on The Hunted, a major motion picture starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio Del Toro.   In 1978, Tom founded the Tracker School in the New Jersey Pine Barrens where he offers more than 25 classes about wilderness survival and environmental protection.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One
The Gardener Attitude
Communication with Nature
The Sacred Approach
Toward a Deeper Communication
Getting in Touch with Instict
Asking and Utilizing the Inner Voice
Physical Techniques and the Differences of Plants
Collection, Preparation, and Storage
Herbology and the Herbalist
Going Forward
Caution
Conservation
Science and the Mythical World of Plants
The Power of Plants
Healing
How to Use this Book

Part Two Amaranth
Angelica
Birch(Black and White)
Black Alder
Boneset
Bulrush
Bunchberry
Burdock
Catnip
Cattail
Chicory
Chickwood
Coltsfoot
Comsfrey
Dandelion
Elderberry
Evening PrimroseGreenbrier
Hemlock Tree
Jewelweed
Milkweed
Mint
Mulberry
Mullein
Mustard (Black)
Nettle (Stinging)
New Jersey Tea
Oak
Pine
Plantain
Reed
Rose
Sassafras
Shepherd's Purse
Spicebush
Sumac
Sweet Fern
Thistle
Violet
Wintergreen
Wood Sorrel
Yarrow
Yucca

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

    Not Recommended

    This "field guide" is not as advertised. It is basically a collection of stories seemingly more for entertainment that actual use in the field.

    There are no pictures to assist with identification and there is very little technical information.

    This book seems written for more entertainment purpose than actual use. I would not recommend anyone base their knowledge of plants from this book. It seems that if the author does have knowledge of edible and medicinal plants, he is reluctant to supply that knowledge for fear of someone misusing it.

    I was highly disappointed.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    An actual quote from page 44 of this book, "This book is no

    An actual quote from page 44 of this book, "This book is not a field guide to the identification of wild edible or medicinal plants."

    Just a few pictures of the plants in this book would have made it 1000 times better. I expected more from Tom Brown Jr.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    Finally, something other than identification

    The author recognizes that there are plenty of books available to help you *identify* plants, but little information about how to use the plants - that is where this book steps up to the plate. Through entertaining stories about how the author came to know these plants, he talks about how to use these plants for food, medicine, tools, etc. Though somewhat limited in terms of the number of plants discussed, there is far more detail here than I've seen in any other book on edible or medicinal plants.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    WONDERFUL - a must have

    This book is one of the first I purchased to help me with wild plants. There is far mor information in this book then just what you can and can not eat. Who knew that there were so many uses for Cattails all through the year?!?! Well written and easy to understand with many of the authors own experiences included. This makes a great companion to all of Tom Brown's other well written and enlightening books!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    An Adventure

    This is not your average edible plant book.I found it to be more like a series of adventure stories,each one revolving around a particular plant and its usefulness.The stories show how to 'get to know' a plant and really apreciate it.It's fun reading too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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