312 pages, 7 x 10
161 color photos, 3 maps, 2 tables
Release Date:01 Mar 2021

The Ecology of Herbal Medicine

A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest

University of New Mexico Press

The Ecology of Herbal Medicine introduces botanical medicine through an in-depth exploration of the land, presenting a unique guide to plants found across the American Southwest. An accomplished herbalist and geographer, Dara Saville offers readers an ecological manual for developing relationships with the land and plants in a new theoretical approach to using herbal medicines.

Designed to increase our understanding of plants' rapport with their environment, this trailblazing herbal speaks to our innate connection to place and provides a pathway to understanding the medicinal properties of plants through their ecological relationships. With thirty-nine plant profiles and detailed color photographs, Saville provides an extensive materia medica in which she offers practical tools and information alongside inspiration for working with plants in a way that restores our connection to the natural world.

Move over, Michael Moore: Dara Saville's ecological herbal is the most unique and refreshing view on the healing power of plants--for both human health and land health--to be published in decades!'--Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Land and Communities
Dara Saville's ecological herbal will be an often-consulted volume on my bookshelf for years to come!'--Judith Phillips, author of Growing the Southwest Garden: Regional Ornamental Gardening
A unique ecological perspective for the use of herbal medicine in the Southwest.'--Kelly Kindscher, editor of Echinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild History
Dara Saville is the founder of and a primary instructor at Albuquerque Herbalism as well as the executive director of the Yerba Mansa Project, a local nonprofit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, focused on ecological restoration along the Middle Rio Grande.
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