Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Sep 1, 2000 - Gardening - 310 pages
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Voted one of the Top 10 books in 2000 by the Vermont Book Publishers Association.

A collective endeavor by United Plant Savers, featuring America's most respected and well-known herbalists.

Contributors include Don Babineau, Tim Blakley, Mark Blumenthal, Jane Bothwell,  Stephen Harrod Buhner, David Bunting, Richo Cech,  Tane Datta, Shatoiya and Rick de la Tour, Ryan Drum, Doug Elliott, Steven Foster, Cascade Anderson Geller, Kate Gilday, Rosemary Gladstar, James Green, Pamela Hirsch, Christopher Hobbs, Sara Katz, Kathi Keville, Robyn Klein, Richard Liebmann, Brigitte Mars, Pam Montgomery, Nancy and Michael Phillips, Janice J. Schofield, Joanne Marie Snow, Deb Soule, Paul Strauss, Gregory L. Tilford, Krista Thie, Susun S. Weed, David Winston, Martin Wall, Matthew Wood.

While the renaissance in the U.S. botanical market is positive in many respects, medicinal plant populations are suffering from loss of habitat and overharvesting, and many bestselling herbs are now at risk including echinacea, American ginseng, goldenseal, Hawaiian wild kava, and wild yam. The authors share their extensive experience with using and growing thirty-three of these popular herbs and include suggestions for creating your own private herbal sanctuary--whether a city balcony, suburban backyard, or rural retreat. Full-color photographs will inspire experienced and novice herb users alike to protect and cultivate these remarkable healing plants. Readers will also find out how to use herbal analogues for at-risk plants--other medicinal herbs that provide the same benefits and exist in plentiful amounts--and learn ways to make their herbal purchases a vote for sustainability. Planting the Future shows us how we can participate in the land stewardship, habitat protection, and eco-friendly consumption that will ensure an abundant, renewable supply of medicinal plants for future generations.

All author royalties will be used for replanting native medicinal herbs on a 370-acre botanical sanctuary in Ohio.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
13
CREATING BOTANICAL SANCTUARIES
17
WISE OLD PLANTS
24
THE AMERICAN EXTRA PHARMACOPOEIA
39
FLOWER ESSENCES
55
Arnica spp
60
Cimicifuga racemosa
64
Ligusticum canbyi
176
Mitchella repens
182
Chimaphila spp
191
Asclepias tuberosa
197
Ulmus fulva or U rubra
203
Aralia racemosa
210
Collinsonia canadensis
215
Drosera spp
221

sanguinaria canadensis
72
Caulophyllum thalictroides
78
Acorus calamus
84
Rhamnus purshiana
88
Echinacea spp
93
Euphrasia officinalis
100
Panax quinquefolius
105
Hydrastis canadensis
111
Coptis spp
123
Chamaelirium luteum
127
Piper methysticum
130
Cypripedium spp
139
Lobelia inflata
150
Lomatium dissectum
159
Mahonia spp
167
Trillium spp
226
Dionaea muscipula
231
Aristolochia serpentaria
241
Salvia apiana
247
Baptisia tinctoria
252
Dioscorea villosa and Dioscorea quaternata
259
Anemopsis californica
266
Eriodictyon californicum
272
SEA VEGETABLES
277
CONCERN FOR EUROPEAN MEDICINAL PLANTS
285
PLANTING GUIDES AND RESOURCES
287
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
294
Become an Advocate for the Plants
301
INDEX
302
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A practicing herbalist with twenty-six years of experience, Rosemary Gladstar is the founder of United Plant Savers (UpS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America s native medicinal plants, and cofounder of Sage Mountain Herbs, which offers a comprehensive herbal training program. She is also the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Herbal Healing for Women. Pamela Hirsch, owner of Rowan Mountain Herbals, an herbal body-care business specializing in natural soaps, has worked with medicinal herbs for nearly a decade. Growing up in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, she was exposed to different healing modalities at an early age. She shares her hard-won herbal secrets for staying healthy on the road in The Traveler s Natural Medicine Kit (forthcoming from Healing Arts Press).

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