Medicinal Herbs of California: A Field Guide to Common Healing Plants


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Medicinal Herbs of California: A Field Guide to Common Healing Plants Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Rowman & Littlefield
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Pages: 296 Illustrations and other contents: Illustrations, unspecified; Maps; Halftones, Color including Color Photographs Language: English ISBN: 9781493058020 Categories: , , , ,

Herbs of California will be the first statewide field guide to the 70 most common medicinal plants of California. This vital edition to the California naturalist’s shelf will introduce readers to the principles of herbal remedies, history and roots in native cultures, scientific information, and how to find and incorporate medicinal plants into daily life. Social media is making natural remedies accessible to a new generation, informing and inspiring everyone from part-time hippies and aspiring #plantwitches to new mothers and busy professionals to tap the wisdom and benefits of the land. This guide will build a foundation for aspirants to get outside, and discover the herbs in their own backyards, as well as informing troves of active foragers, gardeners, and nature-lovers. Inside you’ll find: Photos and descriptions to help with positive identification Common and scientific names and the plant families Conservation status Modern and traditional uses The science behind natural phytochemicals that have earned these plants a place in Native American medicine for thousands of years.

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Author Biography

Lanny Kaufer has been leading Herb Walks in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 1976, educating scores of locals and visitors on the flora of the area with a focus on herbs that can be used for food and medicine. As an herbal educator, Lanny also leads workshops and presentations throughout the Ojai-Ventura-Santa Barbara area on the edible and medicinal uses of California plants. Lanny studied biology at the University of California as well as naturopathic medicinal studies with physiology professor Dr. Henry Hilgard. Lanny is a faculty member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute-California State University Extension. He served as chief consultant on medicinal plants for the redesign of the Swimmer Medicinal Garden in Playa Vista. Lanny actively shares his work online through his website ( and social media, which he plans to develop for the promotion of this book.