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Magic and Medicine of Plants (edition 1986)

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A guide to the worlds of botany and medicine: including how to identify, collect, and preserve plants; how to grow healthful herbs; and their many uses in cooking, crafts, and cosmetics.
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Title:Magic and Medicine of Plants
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Info:Readers Digest (1986), Edition: 5th printing, 464 pages
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This is one of my favorite herbal books, the pictures are clear, both close-up and in situ, the descriptions cover useage, medicinal, culinary, dyeing and others. I've bought several as gifts. ( )
  Tchipakkan | Dec 26, 2019 |
I was a captive of the first sentence: "How could early man doubt that plants were magical?" The bold resurrection of plants, their vitality, is wonderful, and made only more wonderful by modern science.
Simple chapters:

(1) Plants in Myth and Magic -- from Incan sunflowers to the almost universal lore of garlic and the tales of goose barnacle trees. Short exploration of the folklore.

(2) ABC's of Plants - collecting, herbarium and press, anatomy, chemistry [with List of Botanists, including Roscoe Pound! 46], names {genus/species}.

(3) Plants, People and Medicine - discovery that 60,000 years ago, the Neanderthals were burying their dead with yarrow, groundsel, and marshmellow. By 1500 bc the Egyptians were using over 700 botanicals. [51] Chinese, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Greek writings.

(4) Gallery of Medicinal Plants -- 300 most popular medicinal plants in North America (explains no mention of ayahuasca); color pictures; edibles, exotics;

(5) Growing and Using Herbs - garden, cooking, crafts. Health remedies. Avoid carcinogens in coltsfoot, comfrey, sassafras. Colds - mucilaginous hyssop, marshmellow root, cherry, horehound; decongestant eucalyptus; Astringent - bloodwort/yarrow {Achillea millefolium}. Etc.

The authors clearly distinguish the difference between the folklore and the science, focusing on the "useful". For example, while tradition has Vervain as a virtual panacea, most of its uses are not substantiated. There is evidence, however, that "the plant is effective as a diuretic, gout remedy, and anorexic (appetite supressant). [323]

Good Index and Glossary. ( )
  keylawk | Sep 19, 2008 |
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A guide to the worlds of botany and medicine: including how to identify, collect, and preserve plants; how to grow healthful herbs; and their many uses in cooking, crafts, and cosmetics.

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from Amazon.From Library JournalThis pleasant, colorful book opens with a brief introduction to medicinal plants followed by a "gallery" of 282 species that includes some naturalized plants as well as North American natives. Each one-page entry shows a photo of the whole plant, plus a close-up drawing and a few paragraphs describing the plant and its uses. A final section on growing and using herbs includes recipes and craft ideas. The book is quite attractivegood quality paper and printing, color on every page, and an unusual but handy size (6w x 11h). Unfortunately, there is no focus for the bookit's just many bits of sketchy information on numerous topics, suitable for browsing. For solid information, get Barbara Griggs's Green Pharmacy ( LJ 1/15/82). Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The only book that brings together: an authoritative, stunningly illustrated field guide; a how-to book for identifying, collecting, and reserving plants; the fascinating story of the legends and lore of medicinal plants; and a do-it-yourself guide to planting and using herbs in cooking, cosmetics, and health. Illustrated. 6 1/2" by 11".
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