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.
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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Garlic not only adds intensity and richness to food, but also has healing and preventative qualities as well. With part of the Mother Earth News Herb Companion Series, learn about everything garlic with the Guide to Cooking with Garlic and Other Tasty Herbs. Learn the health benefits of garlic, including preventing and treating different types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, liver damage, and more. Get the tastiest and most classic garlic recipes, such as Garlic Aioli and Garlic and Olive Tapenade. Garlic is not all you get with this guide though. Get recipes starring some of the tastiest and most flavorful herbs, such as Herb Butter and Herb Salt, Basil-Lime Sorbet, Rosemary & Sage Pickles, and recipes for the heartiest soups and freshest breads. Fall in love with cooking with the tastiest herbs with this guide!
All the information and suggestions in Natural Antibiotics and Botanical Treatments will make it easier for you to achieve health and wellness in your life, both physically and emotionally.It begins with a section on natural antibiotics and how herbal remedies work to support our body's own defenses. More than 20 common disorders are listed from A-Z so that you can find just the right herb and dosage for your disorder. Arthritis, sinusitis, bladder infections, and tonsillitis can all be treated with natural antibiotics. Also featured are often-asked questions, source information, and additional recommended forms of therapy, making this a truly useful resource to have at your fingertips.
This newly revised second edition contains more than 250 simple, but remarkably effective recipes for cleansers and scrubs, toners and skin refreshers, creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and nail and lip-care treatments.
Beauty in modern America is a multibillion-dollar industry, and consumers spend hundreds of dollars on beauty products only to discover that they aren't satisfactory or effective. In this new edition, author Janice Cox has refined more than 20 years' worth of simple and self-indulgent recipes for body and soul.
Seasons change and your skin care routine can, too. In Natural Beauty for All Seasons, natural beauty expert Janice Cox walks readers through 250 body, bath, and hair care recipes that they can make on their own during each season! Not one of the recipes calls for any more skill than being able to boil water. And an introductory section reveals what equipment is necessary and where needed ingredients can easily be found.
Finding the right body, bath, and hair products can be a daunting task, and trying to pick out the best option in a sea of labels with ingredients you’re not sure how to pronounce is never easy. However, with the help of Janice Cox and her book, Natural Beauty from the Garden, finding the right products to fit your needs is not only easy but fun!
Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments (henna, indigo, amla, and cassia) to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results! These pigments are readily available at natural food stores and online, and they’re simple, safe, easy to use, and cost-effective. With clearly written instructions and step-by-step photography, Shahin shows you exactly how to apply these pigments, alone or in combinations, to achieve a full range of shades of brown, black, and red.
Natural Healing Wisdom & Know-How gathers useful and fascinating information on every practice of natural health and healing in one handy volume. This new edition includes all the must-have information from the original edition, including chapters on herbal healing, naturopathy, homeopathy, Eastern medicine, energy healing, mind-body healing, and healing with foods. Information within these chapters includes various methods and techniques for managing and curing hundreds of ailments, as well as for maintaining a healthy constitution year-round.
The content is culled from dozens of the most respected books and authors on the topics of natural and alternative health and healing. A special index of ailments and symptoms appears at the front of the book to guide readers to useful methods and techniques for managing specific issues and problems. Included are hundreds of black-and-white illustrations and photographs as well as lists, tables, resources, and step-by-step instructions.
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