• MEDICINAL WILD PLANTS OF THE PRAIRIE

    The Plains Indians found medicinal value in more than 200 species of native prairie plants. Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.

    White settlers did learn a few plant-based remedies from the Indians, and a few prairie plants were prescribed by frontier doctors. A couple dozen prairie species were listed as drugs in the U.S. Pharmacopeia at one time or another, and one or two, like the Purple Coneflower, found their way into the bottles of patent medicine.

    But in both the number of species used and the varieties of treatments administered, Indians were far more proficient than white settlers. Their familiarity with the plants of the prairie was comprehensive: There probably were Indian names for all prairie plants, and they recognized more varieties of some species than scientists do today. Their knowledge was refined and exact enough that they could successfully administer medicinal doses of plants that are poisonous. All of the species used by frontier doctors were used first by Indians.

    In Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie, ethnobotanist Kelly Kindscher documents the medicinal use of 203 native prairie plants by the Plains Indians. Using information gleaned from archival materials, interviews and fieldwork, Kindscher describes plant-based treatments for ailments ranging from hyperactivity to syphilis, from arthritis to worms. He also explains the use of internal and external medications, smoke treatments, moxa (the burning of a medicinal substance on the skin), and the doctrine of signatures (the belief that the form or characteristics of a plant are signatures or signs that reveal its medicinal uses). He adds information on recent pharmacological findings to further illuminate the medicinal nature of these plants.

    Not since 1919 has the ethnobotany of native Great Plains plants been examined so thoroughly. Kindscher's study is the first to encompass the entire Prairie Bioregion, a 1 million-square-mile area bounded by Texas on the south, Canada on the north, the Rocky Mountains on the west, and the deciduous forests of Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin in the east. Along with information on the medicinal uses of prairie plants by the Indians, Kindscher also lists Indian, common, and scientific names and describes Anglo folk uses, medical uses, scientific research and cultivation. Descriptions of the plants are supplemented by 44 exquisite line drawings and more than 100 range maps.

    This book will help increase appreciation for prairie plants at a time when prairies and their biodiversity urgently need protection throughout the region.

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  • MENOPAUSE WITH SCIENCE AND SOUL

    Drawing from the latest medical studies, naturopath Dr. Judith Boice advises women on practical concerns such as bone health, phytoestrogens, diet and exercise, and hormone replacement therapy, and offers stories, interviews, and rituals to nurture women's mental and emotional health.

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  • MILK SOAPS

    Soaps made with milk luxuriously lather and gently cleanse without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Expert soapmaker Anne-Marie Faiola guides you through the process of creating your own moisturizing soaps using a wide variety of milks, from cow and goat to vegan nut milks, and she shows you how to achieve decorative effects including swirls, insets, and layers.

    The result? A bounty of visually stunning, fragrant, all-natural bars that you and your skin will love!

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  • MOTHER EARTH LIVING GUIDE TO CBD OIL

    CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years due to the health benefits it provides. With the Mother Earth Living Guide to CBD Oil, you’ll discover the history of hemp, the science of CBD, and the natural ways you can use it to lead a healthy lifestyle. Pulling from a panel of experts, this special issue dives deep into the myth and facts surrounding CBD, teaches versatile ways to use the hemp plant, and even explains how to add hemp seed food into your diet.

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  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS COOKING WITH HERBS, 1ST EDITION

    Take your cooking to the next level by learning how to use culinary herbs to boost the flavor quotient of your food. From basil-rich pesto to tarragon-infused sauces, we’ve got you covered in this simple beginner’s guide.

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  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO ASIAN HERBS

    If you’ve ever traveled to another country, you know that the experience of trying new foods with different flavors and substances is parallel to none. In the Mother Earth News Guide to Asian Herbs, we hope to bring you a taste of a different culture. From learning about the Chinese herb astragalus to diving into the rich variety of herbs in Vietnam, this issue will help you appreciate flavors from all over the East.

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  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO FAMILY HEALTH, 3RD EDITION

    Maintaining a healthy home and healthy family is, for the most part, everyone’s goal; however, achieving that goal may be a challenge. With the third edition of Guide to Family Health, Mother Earth News offers more than 215 tips for natural wellness as well as several popular articles featured in Mother Earth News on healthy and natural living.

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  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO GROWING ROSEMARY AND OTHER HERBS INDOORS

    Grow herbs all year round with the help of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Rosemary and Other Herbs from the Herb Companion Series. With helpful tips and step by steps this guide will give you a great foundation towards a tastier dish or a better looking garden! From growing seeds indoors, creating colorful window displays, growing herbs overwinter indoors, or growing oregano you'll gain new skills in all things herbal!

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  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO GROWING SAGE AND OTHER USEFUL HERBS

    Grow herbs all year round with the help of the Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Sage and Other Useful Herbs from the Herb Companion Series. Plant and grow tropical plants (such as ginger and turmeric) throughout the year with the aboveground containers. Use horticulture therapy techniques, infuse your soil with beneficial microbes, discover the best seed companies, plant a native garden, and learn all about different plants, such as 7 shade-loving herbs. Grow these herbs and put them to good use with the Guide to Growing Sage and Other Useful Herbs!

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  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO HEALING HERBS, 4TH EDITION

    This 100-page guide is filled with articles that cover everything from making your own herbal medicines to creating herbal vinegars. You'll be able to read about the best herbal remedies; learn about antibacterial food and herbs; dive into making your own natural arthritis remedies; or discover how to use calendula for treating those minor burns, bruises and inflammation.

    Item: 6994
  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO HEALING HERBS, 5TH EDITION

    More and more households are using herbs and herbal remedies for growing, cooking and healing. The fifth edition of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Healing Herbs is filled with articles to help guide you through growing and using herbs. Learn the household uses for tea tree oil, witch hazel, turmeric, cinnamon and more. Read what herbs you should have on hand in your medicine chest and what herbs help with what ailment. Delicious recipes and helpful gardening tips are also included.

    Item: 7511
  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO HEALING HERBS, 6TH EDITION

    The newest edition of Guide to Healing Herbs is packed with valuable and illuminating information on more than 125 herbs for healing, cooking and growing! This 100-page guide is filled with articles on herbs, herbal remedies, healthy recipes and more.

    Item: 7804

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