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Dig into the world of herbal medicine with this complete guide to cultivating and harvesting plants with healing properties. For thousands of years, people have been utilizing herbs and cultivating weeds found to speed the healing of wounds, soothe skin irritations, calm uneasy stomachs, and ward off illnesses. In these pages, you’ll learn the basics of gardening in your backyardor on your windowsill or porchincluding instructions for:
Recipes for salves, lotions, and poultices
You’ll also find profiles of useful herbs that are easy to grow or wildcraft, along with inspiring stories, medicine-making instructions, and recipes for your home medicine chest. Known to boost immunity, reduce blood pressure, aid digestion, and relieve arthritis among other medicinal properties, powerful plants such as garlic, Echinacea, yarrow, elderflower, mint, elecampane, and many more are included in this illustrated guide.
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Dede Cummings is the author of The Organic Composting Handbook, The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping, and coauthor of The Medicinal Gardening Handbook. She is a publisher, book agent, avid gardener, and healthy living enthusiast. She lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, in a house built by her husband, Steve Carmichael.
Alyssa Holmes is the herbalist and apothecary manager at the Brattleboro Holistic Health Center in southern Vermont. She is the coauthor of The Medicinal Gardening Handbook. Her training includes studying with Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain Herbs, Barbara Fahs on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Alyssa grows medicinal herbs and makes medicine for her clients and family on her homestead in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Table of Contents
Foreword Barbara Fahs vii
Introduction: Why grow medicinal herbs in your backyard ix
Meet the Plants: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies 1
Cultivating the Medicinal Garden: Design, location, choosing the herbs to grow, planting, and maintenance 65
Implementing the Medicinal Herb Garden 75
Testing, Soil Types, and. Amending Your Soil 81
Planting Your Garden 83
Urban Medicinal Gardening: Growing in small spaces, containers, windowsills, and on rooftops 93
From Harvest to Storage: When to harvest, how to harvest, drying methods, and storage 97
Simple Herbal Medicines & Homes Remedies: How to make teas (infusions and decoctions), syrups, dental health recipes, tinctures, powders (capsules, pills, and poultices), oils, salves, liniments, baths, sachets, dream pillows, and smudges 105
Appendix 1 Properties and Actions of Herbs 131
Appendix 2 Additional Herbal Remedies 133
Appendix 3 Freezing Fresh Herbs 143
Appendix 4 Dosages 145
Appendix 5 Collecting Herbs in the Wild 146
Appendix 6 Cooking with Herbs 148
Appendix 7 Herbal Cocktails 155
Appendix 8 The Healing Power of Mushrooms 156
A Few Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms Profiles 157
Resources: Companies/Organizations and Books 159
About the Authors 163
Photo Credits 167