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Michael Moore, renowned herbalist, teacher, and author of several medicinal plant books, presents a one-of-a-kind guide to over three hundred species of plants geographically ranging from Baja California to Alaska.
This uniquely attractive book educates the reader to both native and introduced species within this region.
With over eighty line drawings, forty-four color photographs, maps, and a glossary, this book contains clear and reliable information on identification and safe use of the plants; appearance, habitats, collecting methods, and storage; therapeutic uses, constituents, and preparations; potential toxicities and medical contraindications; and tea-making, tincturing, and salve making.
About the Author
Michael Moore wrote numerous classic works on the herbal plants of the West and Southwest, including Los Remedios: Traditional Herbal Remedies of the Southwest, Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West, and Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, as well as a host of clinical herb manuals. He was the founder and director of Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, in Bisbee, Arizona, where he worked as a writer, researcher, therapist, and teacher for professional herbalists.
130 plant types are discussed, with details of identification, ecologic factors, habitat, collecting, preparation, constituents and medicinal uses. There are distribution maps and line illustrations (by Mimi Kamp) for all plants, and 52 color photographs.
The comments on ecological status and indications about rarity are, as far as I know, unique to his book. No other proponents of herbalism seem to be aware of this aspect of humans and their environments....this is the excellent product that we have come to expect from Moore. This delightful and informative book should be on the bookshelves of anyone interested in plants and people.