36 Healing Herbs: The World's Best Medicinal Plants

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National Geographic Books, May 1, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 55 pages
National Geographic's guide to 36 "super" herbs such as aloe, echinacea, ginkgo, and peppermint includes a wealth of essential information on the history, culture, folklore, and science of traditional and contemporary herbal medicine in all major culture areas of the world. Emphasizing current research and therapeutic uses, the volume provides an A-Z listing of 36 of the more than 80,000 known medicinal plants around the world. Information about each plant includes traditional and current medicinal uses, common and Latin names, description, habitat, cultivation and preparation, research, and caution alerts. Additional essays on the healing plants of Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Central and South America, China, Europe, India, North America, the Middle East, and Oceania provide insightful glimpses into the fascinating range and diversity of local health practices while also revealing the multifaceted roles that herbalists, healers, and herbal-medicine practitioners play in the lives of their patients.

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The World ofMedicinal Herbs
AloeAloe vera
BilberryVaccinium myrtillus
Black CohoshActaea racemosa
CalendulaCalendula officinalis
CayenneCapsicum annuum
ChamomileMatricaria recutita
LicoriceGlycyrrhiza glabra
ParsleyPetroselinum crispum
PeppermintMentha x piperita
PomegranatePunica granatum
PsylliumPlantago ovata P afra
RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis
SageSalvia officinalis
Saw PalmettoSerenoa repens

Chaste TreeVitex agnuscastus
ChocolateTheobroma cacao
CinnamonCinnamomum verum
CranberryVaccinium macrocarpon
Dong QuaiAngelica sinensis
EchinaceaEchinacea purpurea E angustifolia E pallida
GarlicAllium sativum
GingerZingiber officinale
GinkgoGinkgo biloba
GinsengPanax ginseng P quinquefolius
GoldensealHydrastis canadensis
GrapesVitis vinifera
HopsHumulus lupulus
SoyGlycine max
St Johns WortHypericum perforatum
SteviaStevia rebaudiana
TeaCamellia sinensis
Tea TreeMelaleuca alternifolia
ThymeThymus vulgaris
TurmericCurcuma longa
ValerianValeriana officinalis
Witch HazelHamamelis virginiana H vernalis
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Rebecca L. Johnson is an award-winning science writer who has written more than 75 books on diverse scientific subjects for adults, young adults, and children. She is one of the coauthors of National Geographic’s Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants and Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine.

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