Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Lula Knowles

medicinal plants of the pacific west

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West offers a dynamic introduction to the world’s herbs. Author Michael Moore, internationally known herbalist, educator, and writer of many herbal plant books, offers a unique and creative look at a subject he is highly regarded for. This book provides an insider’s view of medicinal plants, their uses, how to grow them, how to prepare them, and how to use them. With clear explanations, interesting details, and references, this quick self-pacing manual provides a helpful peek into a fascinating subject. Preview this exciting new herbal guide by reading an insightful introduction by Mary E. Collins, CEO and editor in chief of Allure Magazine.

Mediocrity Bunk: The Pacific Northwest has long been home to some of the most innovative medicinal herbs in the world. In this detailed and colorful book, legendary horticulturist Herb gardener Donald R.estead shares his discoveries with readers at every stage of growth, development, and harvest. Beginning with the common houseplants and moving through plants harvested around the world, this book provides a colorful glimpse into the medicinal properties of some very unusual plants. From acne to rashes to upset stomachs, this book explores everything you could imagine using medicinal plants of the Pacific Northwest. From tulsi to sage to goldenseal, this is a truly great book for all herb lovers.

Medicinal Plants Of The Pacific West

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Pacific Northwest Herbs: Growing with Confidence by Janice Crouse covers all the important aspects and uses of medicinal plants of the Pacific Northwest region. Crouse, who earned a Ph.D. in Plant Growth and Behavior from the University of British Columbia, uses her years of experience as a professional horticulturist to present an easy-to-read text with plenty of detail. Illustrated with rich photographs, this book is a great companion to the very popular herb garden book, Pacific Northwest Herbs, by Paul Butler. Both books present similar content, but the information and presentation are markedly different. For the amateur garden gardener, Crouse’s text is much more accessible and informative.

The book includes twenty-one color photos of the medicinal plants Crouse has personally collected. A veritable treasure trove of valuable plants, these are both beautiful and useful. The book includes descriptions of the medicinal uses for each plant, followed by detailed botanical illustrations. Some of the rarest and most exotic plants are featured, along with common species that are commonly found in Western gardens. Even the common “green” varieties, like alfalfa, are shown with an attractive blue cover.

A Much Ado

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Crouse describes the common uses for each plant, with special reference to historical and cultural context. Herbalists will particularly find this book valuable because it focuses on the medicinal use of Western plants. Herbs like skullcap, echinacea, goldenseal, ginger root, sage, Stinging Nettles, and others have long been known to have medicinal value. One herb that comes to mind is the milk thistle, which Crouse rightly describes as “an old but still useful herb”. Other herbs he includes are milkweed, salvia, sassafras, chrysanthemum, burdock, chaste tree, coriander, kuma-zasa, and many more. The book contains many recipes, using the plants Crouse has collected.

Pacific Northwest Herbs also features discussions of uses for herbal medicine and the role of plants in human health. It explores the potential uses for alternative medicines, explores the interactions between humans and nature, and delves into the history of medicinal use. The book discusses the role plants play in giardia and malaria prevention and treatment. It discusses the use of wild oregano and sage for coughs and sore throats, ginger root and the cure of nausea and vomiting, sassafras for indigestion, Kuma-zasa for digestive complaints, chrysanthemum for colds and flu, and milk thistle for menopause and menopausal symptoms. Crouse also explores the uses of wild strawberries in Chinese medicine and the role they play in fertility rituals.

Final Thoughts

Many other topics are discussed, such as using edible landscaping for medicinal purposes, using wild aloes for mosquito bites, using wild garlic for insect bites, edible landscaping for cancer prevention, using wild Oregon tulips for cancer, using wildflowers in Indian ceremonies, healing with Oregon Cayenne, healing with bee balm, healing with wild yarrow, and healing with wild Rosemary. The book concludes with a short chapter on purchasing medicinal plants and herbs. I enjoyed this introduction and found it easy to follow along with. However, I would have liked to have seen more information on certain herbs such as milk thistle and black cohosh.

The book is full of useful information, easy to understand, interesting subject matter, and attractive photos. Ms. Knowles takes the reader through all of her uses of the plants she has described in this text. There are many recipes so that readers can try these various culinary creations. And the book is just 740 pages long, so it is easy to read and informative to boot.

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