Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs
Don Babineau • Tim Blakley • Mark Blumenthal • Jane Bothwell • Stephen Harrod Buhner • David Bunting • Richo Cech • Tane Datta • Shatoiya and Rick de la Tour • Ryan W. Drum • Doug Elliott • Steven Foster • Cascade Anderson Geller • Kate Gilday • Rosemary Gladstar • James Green • Pamela Hirsch • Christopher Hobbs • Sara Katz • Kathi Keville • Robyn Klein • Richard Liebmann • Brigitte Mars • Pam Montgomery • Nancy and Michael Phillips • Janice J. Schofield • Joanne Marie Snow • Deb Soule • Paul Strauss • Gregory L. Tilford • Krista Thie • Susun S. Weed • David Winston • Martin Wall • Matthew Wood
While the renaissance in the U.S. botanical market is positive in many respects, medicinal plant populations are suffering from loss of habitat and overharvesting, and many bestselling herbs are now at risk including echinacea, American ginseng, goldenseal, Hawaiian wild kava, and wild yam. The authors share their extensive experience with using and growing thirty-three of these popular herbs and include suggestions for creating your own private herbal sanctuary–whether a city balcony, suburban backyard, or rural retreat. Full-color photographs will inspire experienced and novice herb users alike to protect and cultivate these remarkable healing plants. Readers will also find out how to use herbal analogues for at-risk plants–other medicinal herbs that provide the same benefits and exist in plentiful amounts–and learn ways to make their herbal purchases a vote for sustainability. Planting the Future shows us how we can participate in the land stewardship, habitat protection, and eco-friendly consumption that will ensure an abundant, renewable supply of medicinal plants for future generations.
A practicing herbalist with twenty-six years of experience, ROSEMARY GLADSTAR is the founder of United Plant Savers (UpS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America’s native medicinal plants, and cofounder of Sage Mountain Herbs, which offers a comprehensive herbal training program. She is also the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Herbal Healing for Women. PAMELA HIRSCH, owner of Rowan Mountain Herbals, an herbal body-care business specializing in natural soaps, has worked with medicinal herbs for nearly a decade. Growing up in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, she was exposed to different healing modalities at an early age. She shares her hard-won herbal secrets for staying healthy on the road in The Traveler’s Natural Medicine Kit (forthcoming from Healing Arts Press).