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Dig into the world of herbal medicine with this complete guide to cultivating and harvesting plants with healing properties. For thousands of years people have been utilizing herbs and cultivating weeds found to speed the healing of wounds, soothe skin irritations, calm uneasy stomachs, and ward off illnesses. Now you can plan and grow your own garden first aid kit.
In these pages, youll learn the basics of gardening in your backyardor on your windowsill or porchincluding instructions for preparing soil, composting, and weeding. Youll then find detailed descriptions of the twelve most common, easy-to-grow, most useful healing herbs, with instructions for growing, harvesting, and utilizing them. These powerful plants include:
Garlic, which boosts immunity, reduces blood pressure, and combats cancer
Echinacea, which reduces inflammation, boosts immunity, and has antiviral properties
Yarrow, which accelerates the healing of wounds, is an anti-inflammatory, and can relieve PMS symptoms
Elderflower, which is an astringent and can relieve arthritis and soothe sore throats
Mint, which soothes digestive problems, sweetens breath, and can reduce fevers
Elecampane, a respiratory tonic with antibacterial and antifungal properties
About the Author
Dede Cummings is the coauthor of Living with Crohns and Colitis: A Comprehensive Naturopathic Guide for Complete Digestive Wellness
and Cooking Well: IBS
Alyssa Holmes is the herbalist and apothecary manager at the Brattleboro Holistic Health Center in southern, Vermont. Her training includes studying with Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain Herbs, Barbara Fahs on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Alyssa grows medicinal herbs and makes medicine for her clients and family on her homestead in Brattleboro, Vermont.