Midwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 109


Midwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 109 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness I read a temporary digital ARC of this book last year and it was deleted before I got to finish it or review it What I did like, I liked so much that I asked for it for Christmas so I could properly read it and have a permanent copy It is now one of my favorite foraging books and one that I refer to all the time I absolutely love it and highly recommend it I brought it with me on my trip to visit friends in Nebraska last week and referred to it often as we went on nature walks and foraging e I read a temporary digital ARC of this book last year and it was deleted before I got to finish it or review it What I did like, I liked so much that I asked for it for Christmas so I could properly read it and have a permanent copy It is now one of my favorite foraging books and one that I refer to all the time I absolutely love it and highly recommend it I brought it with me on my trip to visit friends in Nebraska last week and referred to it often as we went on nature walks and foraging expeditions I ll be reviewing it indepth soon on our family foraging sustainable living blog at Pretty concise as far as I can tell I have all but given up on most medical doctors for treatment of minor ailments and have been trying various natural remedies with varying results Thought I d take a look through this book and see what I can use Lots of info and the photos are really helpful I look forward to searching for some of these this summer and fall. I began my natural products journey when I started being sensitive to perfumes, so I sought out essential oils But they were expensive and difficult to come by, plus there is controversy on the use of oils internally Then I began researching herbs, and I learned so much But what bothered me about all the herbs I read about was that I didn t live in India, I live in Indiana An herb that thrives in India is not likely to thrive in Indiana My husband is involved with emergency management, and I began my natural products journey when I started being sensitive to perfumes, so I sought out essential oils But they were expensive and difficult to come by, plus there is controversy on the use of oils internally Then I began researching herbs, and I learned so much But what bothered me about all the herbs I read about was that I didn t live in India, I live in Indiana An herb that thrives in India is not likely to thrive in Indiana My husband is involved with emergency management, and disaster planning is often a topic in our house I realized how UN sustainable essential oils and exotic herbs are I don t have the tools to distill my own oils or proper conditions to grow some of those herbs But when I looked at the lush Indiana woodlands and prairies around me, I knew that beneficial herbs had to exist here I knew a little about plantain, dandelion, and clover, but not much else How I regretted not talking to my grandfather about all his herbal wisdom before he died almost two decades ago When I was given the opportunity to review this book on NetGalley, I had high hopes And I am happy to say this book does not disappoint As I flipped through the book, I recognized almost all the weeds that I saw, most of which I had never known the names of or uses for before I found the author s advice prudent, cautious, and respectful I took my iPad out and spent an afternoon wandering along the fence row surrounding a cow pasture near our house, then wandered down by the creek, up the hill to the stand of trees, and along the road back home I felt like I was being introduced to old friends for the first time I found it comforting that the author actually lives and works here in the Midwest Michigan , so she does actually know what she s talking about and appreciates the beauty of the Midwest This book is exactly what I was looking for to move my herbal knowledge along Should disaster ever strike, I now have a ready tool in my arsenal to keep my family healthy In fact, I loved the book so much, I bought my own copy to keep Just the E book for now, but later, the printed version just in case disaster strikes and I can t recharge my iPad.I gratefully received an e ARC from the author, publisher, and NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review But like I said, I bought the book It s that good I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.This book is a niche book and a good one at that It is at its core a wildcrafting book not an overall herbal It contains a great deal of information useful for wildcrafting nice up close pictures, description of how when to wildcraft, etc The book s descriptions of herbs are accurate as far as I can tell However, I personally like my herbals to break up their herbal information into small concise sections like actions and I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.This book is a niche book and a good one at that It is at its core a wildcrafting book not an overall herbal It contains a great deal of information useful for wildcrafting nice up close pictures, description of how when to wildcraft, etc The book s descriptions of herbs are accurate as far as I can tell However, I personally like my herbals to break up their herbal information into small concise sections like actions and constituents This makes it easy to quickly decipher what an herb does, which may not be as necessary from a wildcrafting perspective On the other hand, there is an excellent cautions section for each herb unlike many other herbals Its selection is also a bit small, but that is to be expected from a book of such limited scope wild midwest.In summary, I highly recommend this for foragers, but not as a main herbal Good guide to wild crafting medicinal plants. I really liked finding a book that covers my region It is something I longed for when I began my herbal journey over 20 years ago There is plenty of basic info to help those along that are new to herbal preparations andthan enough plants to learn A good addition to any herbal library This comprehensive, accessible, full color guide includes plant profiles, step by step instructions for essential herbal remedies and seasonal foraging tips Natural Awakenings Chicago InMidwest Medicinal Plants, Lisa Rose is your trusted guide to finding, identifying, harvesting, and usingof the region s most powerful wild plants You ll learn how to safely and ethically forage and how to use wild plants in herbal medicines including teas, tinctures, and salves Plant profiles include clear, color photographs, identification tips, medicinal uses and herbal preparations, and harvesting suggestions Lists of what to forage for each season makes the guide useful year round Thorough, comprehensive, and safe, this is a must have for foragers, naturalists, and herbalists in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin


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