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Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West: A Guide to Identifying, Preparing, and Using Traditional Medicinal Plants Found in the Deserts and Canyons of the West and Southwest Paperback – April 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Pr (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890131821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890131824
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Moore's celebrated companion guides comprehensively cover the entire range of medicinal herbs found in New Mexico, Arizona, West Texas, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and the California desert. Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West is the long-established classic work on medicinal herbs of the Western uplands. An authoritative presentation of more than 100 species, it is unsurpassed as a field guide and for its authoritative information on collection and medicinal preparation. Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West focuses on the plant life of rocky and arid lands of the West, and includes even more detailed information on the preparation and use of these vital herbs.

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Customer Reviews

This book was very easy to use.
Lisa Ellis
This book will be helpful while we hike around the southwest.
Rachel
The illustrations are good, the instructions are specific.
S. Dunsworth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Hazer on June 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book makes it easy to understand the preparation and use of herbs for a variety of everyday family herbal-aid applications. The instructions include the part of the plant used - flower, root, leaves, berries, bark etc. It goes on to explain why fresh or why the dry plant is useful and how to deal with your own gathering of the plant and what to do in simple A to Z instructions.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Dunsworth on July 17, 2008
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I recently moved to the Sonoran Desert but had no idea what treasures awaited me until I bought and read this small book. This guide has opened my eyes to what is around me. I've taken pictures of interesting plants along the roads but didn't know they were medicinal or edible until I read about them here. The next time I go for a walk or drive, it will be with newly opened eyes. The illustrations are good, the instructions are specific. Some of the explanations and narratives are so hysterically funny, you will have no problem understanding effects of either taking or not taking described potion or poltice. I heartily recommend this quide on several different levels.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By India S. Wood on June 1, 2007
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I've been utilizing this book for over 10 years as a teaching tool and reference for my Medicinal Plants of the Baja class. Michael Moore is

a hoot, excellent research on plant constituents and medicinal uses. Couldn't have done it without him! Check out [...]

Thank you, Michael.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tradecraft TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
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Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West: A Guide to Identifying, Preparing, and Using Traditional Medicinal Plants Found in the Deserts and Canyons of the West and Southwest by Michael Moore was a disappointing book. As someone who lives in the desert I do a lot of hiking and camping so I thought this book would provide useful and easy to use information should I become sick or injured. Unfortunately, this book falls short on providing quick and usable treatment using local plants.

For each of the plants listed the author uses the following format to discuss the plant: common name, Latin name, other names, map of location, appearance, habitat, constituents, cultivation, collecting, stability, preparation, and medicinal uses.

Areas about this book that I did NOT like include:

1. The book provides only three pages on preparation methods to utilize the plant. These methods include: teas, eyewash, salves, poultice and tinctures. These methods range from too complicated if you have never done this before or too general with not enough usable information. If you have never prepared a plant to use as a treatment you are not going to learn it from this book. Each plant listing does provide a "preparation" section but again I did not find the information easily useable.

2. There are 69 plants reviewed in the book but only 30 color photographs and some of the photos come 6 to a page. There are many black and white drawings of the other plants but such drawing fail to do the plant justice.

3. The product description states, "This book can be used as a field guide", yet many of the preparation methods would not be possible to use while in the field.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Ellis on March 10, 2007
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This book was very easy to use. I wished there was more color photos but with such good descriptions and drawings you really don't need them. There are color photos for about half the plants described in the book. I love the way Michael Moore writes. He makes it so easy to read and understand. This book will be used for years to come in my home.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane Kidman on April 18, 2012
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In preparation for a trip to the Southwest, I purchased Medicinal Plants to bone up on what I'd be finding while poking around the desert. I was surprised to discover how much was packed in its 180-some pages. Everything from small distribution maps to lists of constituents, preparation, usage, and collecting info is included, along with clear illustrations by Mimi Kamp and a middle section of color photographs. And let's not forget Moore's irreverent humor that pops up when you least expect it. I don't live in the Southwest, which is the only reason I held off from purchasing the book for as long as I did. Had I known what it was like, I would have purchased it long ago, travel plans or not.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norma on April 8, 2014
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A good book, but pictures are too small to identify a plant. Very informative on medicinal properties for the person working with herbs.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mazzy on September 7, 2012
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not sure if there are two editions of the book, being that there appear two different covers... one with the mountain and the other with the flowers. i gave this book a three-stars because in this day and age i was expecting color photos. the kicker was that the color plates of this book was inserted upside down and needed to turn the book upside down to read. the book is more of a reading book than an identification field book.
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