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Invasive Plant Medicine: The Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives

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The first book to demonstrate how plants originally considered harmful to the environment actually restore Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties - Explains how invasive plants enhance biodiversity, purify ecosystems, and revitalize the land - Provides a detailed look at the healing properties of 25 of the most common invasive plants Most of the invasiv ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 13th 2010 by Healing Arts Press
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clove
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ecology-plants
A lot of interesting philosophical considerations about invasives, but mostly presents a lot of vague, opinionated concepts with less evidence/explanation/proof to back it up. I really like and appreciate the ideas Scott is presenting about the potential usefulness of invasives, but didn't find the monographs to be particularly helpful and thought most of the book was a bit scattered (with tangents about pharmaceutical drugs being omnipresent in the water systems of the modern world and how plan ...more
Jessie Haas
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another re-think. Are invasives bad? Many of these plants absorb and transform pollutants, hold eroding soil, feed bees, and provide medicinal compounds. Many are useful against diseases like Lyme. This made me see the world in a new way.
Alex
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I feel that the author made a lot of conclusions based on other secondary sources, there were a few red flags for me (condoning homeopathy, being the biggest example) and I am less confident in the more spiritual aspect given in this book. I feel that the spiritual side may not be as necessary in a discussion of ecological and medicinal benefits these plants might have. I would be skeptical of most medical information in this book, though through t ...more
Lindsay
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My eyes started to be opened up to the benefits of invasive plants in my early years of permaculture training almost ten years ago. Since then, I have grown to appreciate them more and more. Timothy does an amazing job at explaining the "war on invasives" by the $$-oriented chemical companies as well as citing scientific research showing that invasives just aren't harmful => massive-scale human disturbance is.

As an herbalist and plant lover, it's hard to imagine t
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Tchipakkan
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: healing, non-fiction
This book changed my mind about a lot of invasives. I don't hate them as personally- I still would prefer that they'd be controlled.
And I have tried knotweed sprouts as a rhubarb substitute- not even close. They're both sour, and that's about it. I won't deny that they may be good for you- but it's not a taste sensation.
Lora
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent choice for an herbal student! Great information about the plants the rest of the world hates.
Lyn
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
A look at the role that "weeds" play in healing wastelands, cleaning up pollution and preparing the ground for recovery
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