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Earth medicine--earth food: Plant remedies, drugs, and natural foods of the North American Indians Hardcover – 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Collier Macmillan; 1st rev. and expanded ed edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002625610X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026256100
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,795,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fantastic collection of traditional herbs, foods, and plants, some of which have been nearly forgotten, but all of which, strangely enough, served us for centuries as the best health remedies available."

Vine Deloria, Jr.

"A remarkable compendium of herbal knowledge."

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"Utterly absorbing reading."

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A fascinating A to Z guide to Native American knowledge of herbal remedies and wild plants, this compendium of natural cures for asthma to wounds explains which plants and herbs work, and why, the history of their usage on this continent and how they were adapted by Europeans, and gives helpful illustrations. This classic is still one of the best in the field after more than 25 years in print and is indispensable for herbalists and gardeners.
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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1997
Format: Paperback
Emphasis is on native North American uses of plants for medicines
rather than foods, though a last section covers this briefly but
interestingly.

Book is organized by condition or problem, listing herbal
remedies of various tribes for each. How they were prepared -- no info. Methods of identification (b&w sketches, not always clear). An
The majority of plant medicines were women's, (not "shaman's"). Few remedies were comprised of only one plant. Most medicines were complex mixes of several parts of different plants, picked at different times, prepared in diffeernt ways, and mixed in strict proportions, given in careful dosages if taken internally.

Last (Foods) section of the book is more interesting, and least dangerous (should the reader be tempted to experiment) . The
plants shown and told about there are usable today.

Plants are indexed by
common and botanical names, and grouped as "remedies" for problem medical conditions which no one should
try to use. No Indian names for any plant.

Black and white drawings of many (but
not all) plants are of varying quality, seem ot have been taken from old
herbals. None are much good for field identifications. Plants are not shown in different growth stages or seasons, though many must be IDed at one time then picked or dug at another (usually late fall, when they have lost all leaves or perhaps withered entirely from a bulb).

Weiner did all research for this book from old printed materials. There
is no indication he had ever met or spoken with an Indian person,
though he lived some years in Fiji doing research for another book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. France on March 9, 2012
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This text is a classic. I came across an old copy a number of years ago and was thrilled to find it again on Amazon. It is one of my favorite herbal/natural healing texts and now that I have found it again it will be a permanent reference in my herbal library!
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Yun Yammka, The Slayer God on August 7, 2005
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I think that you would be very stupid to pass up this book based solely on the writer's political affiliation. If I did this, I wouldn't read HALF of the books that I read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lora Tipton on November 10, 2014
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Just as advertised...and that's always a good thing
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