Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants
Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants
Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness
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Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness
This comprehensive guide is accessible to everyone, from beginners seeking reliable advice to experienced practitioners on the hunt for new information. Readers will find plant profiles, color photographs, step-by-step instruction for essential herbal remedies, and seasonal foraging tips. This indispensable guide to finding, harvesting, and using wild plants is for readers in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, northern California, and British Columbia.
- Author: Scott Kloos
- Publisher: Timber Press
- Publication Date: May 17, 2017
- Number of Pages: 420
- ISBN: 9781604696578
- soft cover/includes hundreds of color photos
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From the Preface:
Wild medicinal plants carry a different medicine than herbs cultivated in gardens. They not only create the conditions for physical health and inspire harmony within our bodies, but they remind us of the wild places within ourselves and connect us to nature. Can we truly be healthy without a connection to the foundations of all life here on Earth? I say no, and in my experience it is this disconnect that is at the root of so much of our current dis-ease as a society.
Retaining and developing a connection to the wild through making medicine from and ingesting wild medicinal plants can enliven and invigorate our lives in a very special way. It can lead us to the remembrance of a culture that respects the land and all creatures of the Earth, one that is guided by the very same principles that the natural world uses to organize itself.
So now I take another step on my path as I write this book for you. I am honored to share the knowledge that I’ve gathered in more than two decades of wildcrafting, medicine making, and working with plant medicine. Connecting with these plants has helped me connect with parts of myself that have been marginalized, pushed aside, and forgotten. By studying these plants and the places where they grow, I remember who I am. I see their dignity, power, and beauty reflected in me. I remember my indigenous self as the presence of the ancestors who lived intimately with these lands—digging roots, gathering leaves, and making medicine by the cycles of the moon—reverberates through my being.
Without my first field guides, I would never have experienced these things. To their authors I am deeply indebted and forever grateful. I can only hope that you will find similar inspiration in the pages that follow and wish you the best on adventures of your own.
May the chapters that follow inspire you to seek out your own philosophy of health, and may the plants be agents of healing, teaching, and guidance for you in the same way that they’ve been for me.
Open yourself to the wild. The plants await.
Take a moment to listen.
They are calling.
“A carefully written, easy-to-read, comprehensive, beautiful herbal and plant guide for the Pacific Northwest.”
—Matthew Wood, MS (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild)
"This beautiful book provides an incredibly thorough guide for identifying, harvesting and utilizing medicinal plants. The inclusion of balanced, open hearted comments on sustainable wildcrafting, finely individualized to each plant, are laudable. It is a delight to see the work of a former student who has gone so far with his herbal knowledge that I, once his teacher, am eager to study with him."
—Dr. Deborah Frances RN, ND Naturopathic Physician, Herbalist, author, and lecturer
"Herbalist Scott Kloos has gifted us with an authoritative, heartfelt, and beautiful field guide to Pacific Northwest medicinal plants. I predict it will spend more time in the field or kitchen with you than on your bookshelf! He clearly presents the essential practicalities of identification, harvesting and usage of wild plants in his beautiful field guide, while conveying his love and understanding of the medicinal gifts and spiritual essence of the healing herbs throughout the plant profiles in this comprehensive new book."
—Robin Rose Bennett, herbalist and author of The Gift of Healing Herbs and Healing Magic