This exquisitely detailed, full-color field guide provides the identification details and practical information needed to find and properly use many of the medicinal plants and wild plant foods that provide chemicals necessary for optimum health and disease prevention. The book takes the user from simple and familiar plants ones that are less common and more difficult to identify. Each of the 122 plant entries includes a color photograph, plant description, and location. Plants are grouped according to how common or rare they are, as well as to where they are found: prairies, woodlands, mountains, deserts, and wetlands. Relevant facts about each plant include toxicity, historical uses, modern uses, as well as wildlife/veterinary uses. Additional information featured in this extraordinary field guide: explanations of how each plant affects the human body; cultural and ethnic uses of medicinal herbs and cooking spices; others creatures who consume the plants; a list of most recommended garden herbs; web site resources, and much more.
From the Back Cover Explore the world of Medicinal PlantsThis detailed field guide provides a comprehensive look at plants noted for enhancing health and preventing disease. Featuring more than 120 color photographs, the book presents plant descriptions, clear identification, practical information on where they are found, interesting facts, and colorful author commentary about familiar plants as well as those that are less common and more difficult to identify. Learn how to recognize medicinal plants, discover how each plant affects the human body, and find out which plants promote good health or provide relief for particular ailments. This easy to understand and portable guide is a must-have reference for anyone interested in medicinal plants, their uses, and their habitats. Look inside to find: - Traditional and modern uses- Recipes and gardening tips- Wildlife and veterinary uses- The top-eleven garden herbs- Precautions and toxicity- Web site resources