A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs
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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...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 432 pages
Published December 28th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published November 30th 1999)
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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.
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.
Steven Horne
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.
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.
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.
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...
Feb 01, 2008 Gennadyi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
so apt and informative, covers a wide variety of plants. always carry it with me on a hike!
This is a great book- there are a lot of things just in my yard I can use if I want to!
I hear that you either use Newcombs or Petersons. I use both.
Sharon K.
My favorite new book; making me look at my backyard in a new way
a great and easy to use field guide with many pictures.
Incredibly Educational And Informitive
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very nice resource
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