Making Plant Medicine
“Making Plant Medicine” by Rico Cech is THE book on herbal medicine preparations, and is likely on the shelf of nearly every herbalist.
From the editor: Making Plant Medicine is about making herbal medicine. This is a modern medicine making book and formulary with its roots in original herbalism designed for every medicinal herb gardener to cultivate the full potential of the plant-human relationship. Richo Cech tells very good stories based on his experience as a global wanderer, gardener, herbalist and medicine maker. With this fully revised and updated 4th edition, Richo Cech has enriched his formulary with 28 new herbs, providing a broader view of useful plant species that can be cultivated in the home garden and used in family health care. Original, amusing and absolutely useful. Part 1: Medicine Making * drying and processing herbs * making tinctures the easy way * the mathematics of tincturing and solubility factors * basic formulas for fresh and dry tinctures, including dosages * vinegar extracts, glycerites, herbal succi and syrups teas, decoctions, herbal oils, salves and creams poultices, compresses and soaks Part 2: A Gardener's Formulary This section covers well over 100 herbs that are readily cultivated in North America. The listings include: conservation status, parts used, specific formulas, practical uses, dosages, contraindications and an overview of alternate species. Since the beginning, the garden has been a haven of good values, both physical and spiritual. The act of gardening provides a balm for every wound. May your medicine be of the garden, and may it be of benefit to all.