Dig into the world of herbal medicine with this complete guide to cultivating and harvesting plants with healing properties. For thousands of years, people have been utilizing herbs and cultivating weeds found to speed the healing of wounds, soothe skin irritations, calm uneasy stomachs, and ward off illnesses. In these pages, you’ll learn the basics of gardening in your backyard—or on your windowsill or porch—including instructions for: Garden design Composting Garden maintenance Harvesting Recipes for salves, lotions, and poultices And more! You’ll also find profiles of useful herbs that are easy to grow or wildcraft, along with inspiring stories, medicine-making instructions, and recipes for your home medicine chest. Known to boost immunity, reduce blood pressure, aid digestion, and relieve arthritis among other medicinal properties, powerful plants such as garlic, Echinacea, yarrow, elderflower, mint, elecampane, and many more are included in this illustrated guide.
"This rich study of herbal lore opens up the unfamiliar world of herbal healers around the world, focusing on the tradition of northern European and Anglo-Saxon witches and wortcunners (knowers of healing plants)"--Provided by publisher.
The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion is a beautiful guide for the modern day homesteader. From learning how to incorporate herbs and essential oils around your home, to learning how to enhance your family’s health and well-being, this book is the go-to resource for those wishing to live a more natural homesteading lifestyle. This book takes readers through the basics of herbalism, including the different types of herbs and their uses. It also breaks down how herbs are used in tinctures, salves, essential oils, and infused oils. You’ll learn how to efficiently incorporate herbs into your lifestyle, creating your own herbal remedy cabinet for yourself and for your livestock as well. And through encouragement and evidence-based information, you’ll be confident using herbs, cooking with herbs, and sharing your herbal products with your friends and family. With an array of beautiful photos and easy to read terminology, just about any homesteader, new or seasoned, can learn from The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion, and finally feel comfortable incorporating the many wonderful qualities of herbs around their homes and homesteads.
Dig into the world of herbal medicine with this complete guide to cultivating and harvesting plants with healing properties. For thousands of years people have been utilizing herbs and cultivating weeds found to speed the healing of wounds, soothe skin irritations, calm uneasy stomachs, and ward off illnesses. Now you can plan and grow your own garden first aid kit. In these pages, you’ll learn the basics of gardening in your backyard—or on your windowsill or porch—including instructions for preparing soil, composting, and weeding. You’ll then find detailed descriptions of the twelve most common, easy-to-grow, most useful healing herbs, with instructions for growing, harvesting, and utilizing them. These powerful plants include: • Garlic, which boosts immunity, reduces blood pressure, and combats cancer • Echinacea, which reduces inflammation, boosts immunity, and has antiviral properties • Yarrow, which accelerates the healing of wounds, is an anti-inflammatory, and can relieve PMS symptoms • Elderflower, which is an astringent and can relieve arthritis and soothe sore throats • Mint, which soothes digestive problems, sweetens breath, and can reduce fevers • Elecampane, a respiratory tonic with antibacterial and antifungal properties • And more!
“Kathi guides you to all the joys of an aromatic garden with wonderful tips, fascinating facts, and sumptuous photos.” —Mandy Aftel, acclaimed natural perfumer and author of Essence and Alchemy and Fragrant The Aromatherapy Garden explains how fragrant plants can be as therapeutic as they are intoxicating, and how easy it is to add this captivating element to gardens large and small. It reveals the scents, secrets, and science behind fragrant plants, and how to optimize the full benefits of fragrance. Hone your powers of concentration with lemon verbena. Beat the blues with wintersweet. And use rose geranium to relieve anxiety and stress. Revealed here are the scents, secrets, and science behind plant aromatherapy, and how to optimize its full benefits. Detailed plant profiles will help you create a beautiful source of restorative aromas, oils, sachets, teas, and more. The nose knows—and with Keville’s expertise, now you too can create your own sanctuary of health and happiness
Guide to making herbal teas.
All you need to know about herbs, nutrients, and yoga for enhancing mental health. Many physicians and therapists agree that herbs and mind-body practices enhance health, but many more are reluctant to integrate them into their clinical work because of a lack of training or, given how long it takes to master the use of hundreds of different herbs, a lack of time. But the trend is clear: clients and consumers alike want control over their health care choices, making the time ripe for a practical resource that guides both the clinician and the consumer on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This book answers that call. Three noted experts in integrative medicine, Drs. Brown, Gerbarg, and Muskin, demystify the complexities of alternative mental health care, giving readers a comprehensive yet accessible guidebook to the best treatment options out there. From mood, memory, and anxiety disorders to ADD, sexual enhancement issues, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse, every chapter covers a major diagnostic category. The authors then present a range of complementary and alternative treatments-including the use of herbs, nutrients, vitamins, nootropics, hormones, and mind-body practices- that they have found to be beneficial for various conditions within each category. For example, B complex vitamins and folate have been shown to help with depression; omega-3 fatty acids can offer relief for bipolar sufferers; coherent and resonant breathing techniques-used by Buddhist monks-induce healthy alpha rhythms in the brain to relieve anxiety; the elderly can boost their memory by taking the ancient medicinal herb Rhodiola rosea; and those with chronic fatigue syndrome can find comfort in acupuncture and yoga. Focusing on evidence-based approaches, the research, the authors' clinical experience, and the potential risks and benefits of each treatment are carefully examined. Brown, Gerbarg, and Muskin have distilled an otherwise daunting field of treatment down to its basics: their overriding approach is to present the CAM methods that are most practical in a clinical setting, easy to administer, and low in side effects. With helpful summary tables at the end of each chapter, clinical pearls, and case vignettes interspersed throughout, this is a must-have resource for all clinicians and consumers who want the best that alternative medicine has to offer.
Profiles one hundred of the most frequently used medicinal plants, tracing their history, folklore, and healing properties and offering an accessible A-to-Z encyclopedia that lists remedies for common ailments. Reprint.
For centuries, millions upon millions of people have sought out the wisdom of the Dalai Lama. Tenzin Gyatso, the current and XIV Dalai Lama, has traveled the world, spreading his personal doctrine of compassion and understanding. His sage words resonate with all who hear him speak, encompassing topics as grand as world peace, and as simple as learning to love ourselves. Presented in a clear, elegant format, Questions for the Dalai Lama poses universal questions, giving answers from the Dalai Lama himself, assembled from quotes, articles, speeches, and written works directly attributed to His Holiness. Organized into several themes, Questions for the Dalai Lama touches on themes ranging from love, to tragedy, to compassion and happiness. Drawing on the enduring words of the His Holiness, this inspirational book makes a wonderful gift for anyone seeking greater personal happiness and a life informed by compassion and wisdom. Organized into sections and built around a simple, informal question and answer format, Questions for the Dalai Lama is easy to understand, and easy to share with friends and loved ones. “The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.” —XIV Dalai Lama
Learn how to grow beautiful medicinal plants in your home or office!
An introduction to the world's teas and their healing qualities! A relaxing cup of tea is a soothing way to improve your health, lighten your mood, increase your metabolism, or boost your energy. Tea has so many health benefits, from preventing cardiovascular disease to burning calories, it's no wonder so many people are choosing this classic beverage over coffee and carbonated soft drinks. If you'd like to experience the benefits and healing properties of drinking tea, here's all you need to know about: The many different types of tea, including green, black, white, oolong, and pu'erh teas. Herbal teas, kombucha, and other infusions. The use of tea as medicine throughout history. Buying and brewing the most healthful teas. Developing your own de-stressing tea traditions. Using tea in cooking and creating natural beauty products. With essential advice on brewing the perfect cup and storing your tea, The Everything Healthy Tea Book will be your go-to reference for all things tea!
Reminiscent in both spirit and design of the beloved Whole Earth Catalog, Country Wisdom & Know-How is an unprecedented collection of information on nearly 200 individual topics of country and self-sustained living. Compiled from the information in Storey Publishing's landmark series of "Country Wisdom Bulletins," this book is the most thorough and reliable volume of its kind. Organized by general topic including animals, cooking, crafts, gardening, health and well-being, and home, it is further broken down to cover dozens of specifics from "Building Chicken Coops" to "Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt" to "Improving Your Soil" to "Restoring Hardwood Floors." Nearly 1,000 black-and-white illustrations and photographs run throughout and fascinating projects and trusted advice crowd every page.
An introduction to the culinary uses of more than 150 different herbs and spices furnishes a variety of recipes, trivia, storage tips, and a resource guide on where to locate hard-to-find spices.
A new approach to growing local medicine, including information on geo-authenticity, wildcrafting, and developing a good business plan Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal Western herbs. Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products. Using their Zack Woods Herb Farm in Vermont as a backdrop, the Carpenters cover all the basic practical information farmers need to know to get an organic herb farm up and running, including: • Size and scale considerations; • Layout and design of the farm and facilities; • Growing and cultivation information, including types of tools; • Field and bed prep; • Plant propagation; • Weed control, and pests and diseases; • Harvesting, as well as wild harvesting and the concept of geo-authentic botanicals; • Postharvest processing; and, • Value-added products and marketing. The authors also provide fifty detailed plant profiles, going deeper into the herbs every farmer should consider growing. In an easy-to-understand, practical, and comprehensive manner, readers will learn how to focus on quality over quantity, and keep costs down by innovating with existing equipment, rather than expensive technology.Market farmers who have never before considered growing medicinal herbs will learn why it’s more important to produce these herbs domestically. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer makes a convincing case that producing organic medicinal herbs can be a viable, profitable, farming enterprise. The Carpenters also make the case for incorporating medicinal herbs into existing operations, as it can help increase revenue in the form of value-added products, not to mention improve the ecological health of farmland by encouraging biodiversity as a path toward greater soil health.
Lost your zest for life? Feeling tired and sluggish? Need a health boost? Reach for a soothing cup of herbal tea and harness the extraordinary power of nature's most potent healing ingredients. With more than 70 expertly formulated recipes for tasty, soothing, caffeine-free infusions, tea tips to help you get the most from your brew, and a comprehensive directory of herbal ingredients and their active properties and benefits, you can blend, brew and sip your way to wellbeing.
Read Maoshing Ni's posts on the Penguin Blog. A guide to natural healing that combines the wisdom of Eastern tradition with Western medicine and nutritional science. Secrets of Self-Healing ranges from treating common ailments with healing foods and herbs to the all-round balancing of mind and body that is essential for vitality, wellness, and longevity. In Part One, Dr. Mao explains that diet, exercise, self-awareness, a positive emotional life, living in harmony with the environment, and spiritual growth are crucial for vibrant, lasting health. He shows, for example, how simple self-assessments can help prevent disease, how negative emotions can make us ill, how clutter in our homes can create imbalances in our bodies, and how Eastern and Western medicine can work together to fight cancer. Then, in Part Two, he reveals his favorite natural remedies for more than sixty-five common ailments, such as sore throat, dandruff, headaches, high blood pressure, sunburn, insect bites, indigestion, and jet lag. Inspirational and practical, Secrets of Self-Healing will put readers on the path to a balanced and healthy life.
Increasing numbers of people are suffering from stress, anxiety and fatigue caused by lack of sleep, digital overload and our 24/7 lifestyle. In Adaptogens, Medical Herbalist Paula Grainger provides an answer to this modern-day affliction by introducing us to the group of powerful herbal ingredients known as adaptogens.. Adaptogens, such as Ashwagandha, Maca, Korean ginseng, Turmeric, Reishi mushrooms, Liquorice, Rosemary and Rhodiola, have been scientifically proven to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and prevent adrenal imbalances that can lead to adrenal fatigue and 'burn-out'. Delve into the history and science of these miraculous plants and learn how to maximize wellness using the most easy-to-source adaptogens, incorporating them into your life via delicious smoothies, energy bites and desserts, invigorating teas, tonics and lattes, and wonderful beauty elixirs.
Author and herbalist Brittany Wood Nickerson understands that food is our most powerful medicine. In Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen she reveals how the kitchen can be a place of true awakening for the senses and spirit, as well as deep nourishment for the body. With in-depth profiles of favorite culinary herbs such as dill, sage, basil, and mint, Nickerson offers fascinating insights into the healing properties of each herb and then shares 110 original recipes for scrumptious snacks, entrées, drinks, and desserts that are specially designed to meet the body’s needs for comfort, nourishment, energy, and support through seasonal changes. Foreword INDIES Gold Award Winner IACP Cookbook Awards Finalist
"This collection includes information on how to harness the medical potential of plants while avoiding the dangers of toxicity. How to distill essences for aromatherapy. How to prepare herbal teas and fomentations. You will learn about special plants that benefit the eyes, nerves, mouth, throat, heart, arteries, veins, blood, lungs, stomach, liver, intestines, and skin. Plants that aid digestion. Plants that fight infection. Plants that fight obesity by increasing metabolism or decreasing hunger."--Page 4 of cover.
Ancient Remedies for Your Everyday Life! In a world where medicine cabinets are packed full of prescription medications and synthetic drugs—with lists of dangerous side effects longer than benefits—it’s time to discover a superior alternative with thousands of years of historical backing and current scientific review. Three leading names in the natural health world have joined forces to bring you Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine for the Modern World, your guide to a powerful form of plant-based medicine that can help take the health of your family to new heights. With this user-friendly handbook, you will learn everything you need to know about essential oils and receive practical instruction on how to use them effectively so you can start enjoying their benefits now. This book will help accomplish three key objectives You will: Be educated on what essentials oil are and why they are so powerful. Feel empowered to use essential oils safely and effectively to enrich your health and your family’s health. Get equipped to start enjoying the multiple benefits of essential oils in your everyday life: from treating cuts, scratches and stuffy noses to providing chemical-free personal care, household cleaning and natural pet care. If you are ready to experience more energy, better health, enhanced brain function, balanced hormones, improved digestion, a boosted immune system, reduced emotional stress, and an overall higher quality of life, get ready to start using these ancient medicines in your modern life!