Healing Herbs: How to Grow, Store, and Maximize Their Medicinal Power

Healing Herbs: How to Grow, Store, and Maximize Their Medicinal Power

by Dede Cummings, Alyssa Holmes


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Healing Herbs: How to Grow, Store, and Maximize Their Medicinal Power by Dede Cummings, Alyssa Holmes

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 backyard—or on your windowsill or porch—including instructions for:

Garden design
Garden maintenance
Recipes for salves, lotions, and poultices
And more!

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 Details

ISBN-13: 9781510716100
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 778,629
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

Harvesting 99

Drying 101

Storage 103

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

Conclusion 129


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

Recipes 151

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

Index 168

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