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Peterson Field Guides #2: A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America

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BALSAM FIR Resin, leaves Abies balsamea (L.) Mill Pine Family

Spire-shaped tree; to 60 ft. Flattish needles, to 11?4 in. long, in flattened sprays; stalkless. Needles rounded at base, each with 2 white lines beneath. Cones 1–4 in. long, erect; purple to green, scales mostly twice as long as broad. Bark smooth, with numerous resin pockets. Where found: Moist woods. Canada, south through New England and along mountains to Va. and W. Va.; west through n. Ohio to ne. Iowa, Mich. Uses: Canada Balsam, an oleoresin, is collected by cutting bark blisters or pockets in wood, July–Aug. Used as an antiseptic, in creams and ointments for piles, and as a root-canal sealer. Diuretic (may irritate mucous membranes). American Indians applied resin as an analgesic for burns, sores, bruises, and wounds. Leaf tea used for colds, coughs, and asthma. The oleoresin is pale yellow to greenish yellow; transparent and pleasantly scented. Its primary commercial application has been as a sealing agent for mounted microscope slides. Warning: Resin may cause dermatitis in some individuals.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395988145
Editor:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Author:
Duke, James A.
Editor:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Author:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Author:
Duke, James
Author:
Foster, Steven
Author:
A
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Flowers
Subject:
Herbs
Subject:
Herbal Medications
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Therapeutic use
Subject:
Medicinal plants
Subject:
Canada, Eastern
Subject:
Plants, Medicinal
Subject:
Plants - General
Subject:
Medicinal plants - East (U.S.)
Subject:
Medicinal plants -- Middle West.
Subject:
Nature Studies-Botany
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Peterson Field Guides(R)
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Covers more than 500 healing plants. Inc
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
7.22x4.48x.86 in. 1.07 lbs.

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Alternative
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Herbal Medicine
Science and Mathematics » Botany » Ethnobotany and Useful Plants
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Botany

Peterson Field Guides #2: A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America
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With more than 300 photos, this new edition shows how to identify more than 500 healing plants. Descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found, as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics, symbols next to plant descriptions, and organization of plants by colors all make this an essential guide to understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants around us. At a time when interest in herbs and natural medicine has never been higher, the second edition of this essential guide shows how to identify more than five hundred kinds of healing plants. More than three hundred new color photos illustrate their flowers, leaves, and fruits. The updated descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics is helpful for quickly locating information on specific ailments, from asthma and headaches to colds and stomachaches. Symbols next to plant descriptions give readers a quick visual alert to plants that are poisonous or may cause allergic reactions. Organized by plant color for fast identification, this guide is an indispensable tool for understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants and herbs around us.
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