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A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs (Peterson field guide series)

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Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides (R))

The second edition of this volume shows how to identify more than 500 kinds of healing plants. More than 300 color photos illustrate the plants, their flowers, leaves, and fruits. The descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical
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Paperback, 2nd Edition, 432 pages
Published December 28th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published November 30th 1999)
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Meghan Wyrd
Apr 20, 2016 Meghan Wyrd rated it it was amazing
super helpful and clear, index in the back was crucial
Tess
Nov 13, 2011 Tess rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This guide warns that some plants look similar and can be deadly. For the severity of this warning, it has very hard to see pictures and poor descriptions. The organization, by flower color and plant type, would make more sense if you already knew what you were looking for. All in all I found it interesting to read the many uses for plants but could never see it being a practical guide to take out in the wild and harvest anything.
Heidi Kuchta
Jan 09, 2015 Heidi Kuchta rated it liked it
Shelves: herbals
This field guide is pretty good - all color photos, the essential info you might want. The book aims to be more extensive than thorough. I would prefer a field guide with larger and more photos of the plants themselves. Many of the photos do not provide very good leaf close-ups. This is why I only gave this guide 3 out of 5 stars.
Steven Horne
Jul 22, 2011 Steven Horne rated it really liked it
This is an excellent field guide to medicinal plants. The information on how to use them is sketchy, as it lacks dosages and other information needed to confidently recommend herbs, but for a professional herbalist who understands how to prepare and use plants it's a great resource.
Jenn
Oct 25, 2008 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: healing-arts, nature
This field guide unfortunately uses (sometimes poor) color photos instead of drawings to represent each plant. A thorough survey, but it will need to be supplemented with other guides for accurate ID.
Dereck
Aug 03, 2007 Dereck rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, own
a great and easy to use field guide with many pictures.
Jakob
Nov 04, 2011 Jakob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informative
Incredibly Educational And Informitive
Gay Ann
Apr 18, 2016 Gay Ann rated it it was amazing
Small field guide packed with information and identification photos for plants with medicinal qualities.
Cathy
Apr 13, 2014 Cathy rated it did not like it
Not useful as a reference book for home use. The choice of plants seems strange, the layout is not easy to follow and the descriptions are choppy.
Gennadyi
Jan 28, 2008 Gennadyi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: nature lovers, travelers, and everyone else
good guide with lots of photos, good descriptions. would be better if included specific preparation methods and dosage.
Foxthyme
Oct 10, 2007 Foxthyme rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, flora-fungi
Great little book. And I know guidebooks need to remain small enough to bring out into the field, but as always, I'd like more info packed in...
Stephen
Jul 16, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
This is a good book of North American medicinal plants. It contains pictures, genus names, and uses. I enjoyed it, and will be buying a copy for my personal use in the field.
Sharon K.
Aug 10, 2012 Sharon K. rated it it was amazing
My favorite new book; making me look at my backyard in a new way
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