Southwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 112 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness

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Wildcraft your way to wellness!

In Southwest Medicinal Plants, John Slattery is your trusted guide to finding, identifying, harvesting, and using 112 of the region’s most powerful wild plants. You’ll learn how to safely and ethically forage, and how to use wild plants in herbal medicines including teas, tinctures, and salves. Plant profiles include clear, color photographs, identification tips, medicinal uses and herbal preparations, and harvesting suggestions. Lists of what to forage for each season makes the guide useful year-round.

Thorough, comprehensive, and safe, this is a must-have for foragers, naturalists, and herbalists in Arizona, southern California, southern Colorado, southern Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, western and central Texas, and southern Utah.


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    About the Author

    John Slattery is a bioregional herbalist, educator, and forager who is passionate about helping people develop deep and meaningful relationships with wild plants. Visit him at johnjslattery.com.


    Reviews

    My new favorite resource
    "What a great book! Loaded with outstanding pictures and descriptions for identification. Descriptions on habitat to help locate herb stands and ethical harvesting. Lists of plants to harvest by season, habitat, and location. Basic information on making multiple forms of herbal medicines from poultices, decoctions, infusions to oils and salves.
    Concise instructions for use of each herb including what plant parts are used, alcohol % needed for tincture, and dosage for teas and tinctures. Medicinal uses include some formulae. Book is full of great pearls of wisdom. The perfect book for both new and seasoned herbalists."
         -  Luv2Cook
    "Very complete medicinal plant book with clear, easy to understand recipes as well as earth/plant friendly harvesting instructions. In-depth info on medicinal properties of each plant. Great photos. For someone like me, who lives in the southwest and makes herbal medicines, this is THE BOOK. Having lived in CA and WA, I would recommend this book to anyone in the western US who is interested in learned about, making medicine from plants. Excellent book!"
         -  Lady of the Foothills
    Very informative and provided practical information
    "This book is a guide to foraging wild medicinal plants in the Southwest (Arizona, southern California, southern Colorado, southern Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, western and central Texas, and southern Utah). I spend about a month of each year in Nevada and was curious about what plants were useful for medicine. The author started by explaining how to gather the different parts of a plant for medicinal use (leaves and flowers, bark, roots, etc.), how to store them, and the different ways to use them. He talked about how to make a tincture, oil infusion, decoction, infusion, poultice, syrup, etc. I've read descriptions on how to do these things before (and done some of them), but I felt that he added useful details that I hadn't heard before and clearly explain each process.

    The main part of the book was an alphabetically organized list of 112 plants found in the region. For each listing, we're given the common names, the Latin name, the parts of the plant used, a description of how to identify the plant, when and how to gather the plant, the medicinal uses of the different parts the plant, how to ensure a future harvest, any safety cautions, and details about how to use the plant (the proportions used in a tincture, etc.). For each plant, there was a picture of the plant (often including its natural habitat) and usually a picture or two of distinguishing details, like the flower or a close-up of the leaf. Overall, this is an excellent resource for anyone interested in gathering and using medicinal plants from this area. It's very informative and provided practical information."
         - Debbie
     Stellar!!
    "As a native to the Sonoran Desert, and a student of herbal medicine for the past decade or so, I had always felt like we here in this region were "missing" in large part the traditional plants herbal medicine leaned so heavily upon for health and healing. When I was introduced to John Slattery a few years ago, and had the opportunity to learn from him in person, the world of bioregional herbalism and the incredible richness of the flora of the Southwestern Desert was opened up to me. Wow!! I had thoroughly enjoyed his earlier book, and couldn't wait for this one - it did not disappoint! It is now one of the very first books I reach for when I have a question or a need that I believe our local herbal medicinals could address. I am so grateful for the incredibly rich, diverse, and powerful healing world of the plant life of our unique bioregion that John has opened up and made available for all with this long overdue and invaluable book. What a treasure!"
         - M Stahn

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