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Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West

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In the first update since the original printing in 1979, renowned herbalist Michael Moore adds another twenty years of research and expertise working with medicinal plants to his classic Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West. In this greatly expanded revised and enlarged edition, the book covers the entire range of medicinal herbs found in New Mexico, Arizona, west Texas, ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 18th 2003 by Museum of New Mexico Press (first published August 2003)
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Maja Haloway
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: herbal-lore
One of my favorites. Highly informative, with Michael's entertaining anecdotes and commentary. I always pack this one on field trips to the area. ...more
Jul 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who needs it
Best book on medicinal herbs for the mountain west that I've found and Michael Moore has a wonderful dry sense of humor that makes the reading a joy. ...more
Ms. Everitt
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous guide to the plants that grow in our area that have uses other than aesthetics. It is detailed and gives so much information that it merits multiple readings. It has served me well as I get to know the plants in my area and introduced me to their stories and uses. I'll probably refer to this book in one context or another for the rest of my life. ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Michael Moore is a delight to read. He offers much information on his website and in his books. Humor is injected freely into his text, but his viewpoint on many herbs is that of someone who really does use them and knows what he's talking about. It's clear that he's confident in his approach, knowledgeable and, best of all, willing to share.

He tells four methods of collecting, followed by an intense listing of herbs and their actions. Each herb lists a great general reference guide - one of the
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Um, I decided to study with Michael based on his amazing books (and influenced, perhaps, by the Cult of Michael Moore in Portland). What else is there to say? His information is awesome. He contains multitudes and will sometimes contradict his writing when speaking in person. And many of the plants in here (mullein, anyone?) are common enough weeds that you don't have to be in the Rockies to become familiar with 'em. ...more
John Campbell
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have several of Micheal Moores books. I began studying plants in my region almost 15 years ago after moving here from Oklahoma. His books have been a part of my plant library from the very beginning. Since I have been studying I have actually used his information and I trust it wholeheartedly. I am not afraid to study and use the information he has presented. This book is one of my favorites and it always will be.
i recommend reading all of Michael Moore's books even if you're not a self-identified plant dork. hey are filled with lots of history, political commentary, biting wit, and years of experience. The new-ish edition of this book is well worth obtaining because it's filled with lots of revised information and edits that MM has worked through over the past twenty plus years, since the last edition. ...more
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: body
Excellent book with a large volume of herbs and plants. Moore was definitely one of the leading professionals that advanced the public's awareness of medicinal plants. ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, herbal
great everyday, practical tone. the usual herb stuff plus specifics on tincture percentages and gathering times. white and black plant illustrations.
Anita Walsh
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I love both of these books and feel they are safe, reliable, and hysterical. Just love these.
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Michael Moore (January 9, 1941 – February 20, 2009) was a medicinal herbalist, author of several reference works on botanical medicine, and founder of the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine (SWSBM). Before he was an herbalist Michael Moore was a musician and a composer. [1] He operated the SWSBM as a residency program for 28 years, first in Albuquerque, New Mexico and later in Bisbee, Arizona ...more

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