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The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them

By JJ Pursell

Photographs by Shawn Linehan

Well researched and exceptionally well written, The Herbal Apothecary is a brilliant addition to any herbal library.

Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author

Plant-based medicines offer many healing possibilities for the body, mind, and spirit. In this holistic guide, naturopath JJ Pursell provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to medicinal plants, explaining how they work and how to use them safely.

Incorporating traditional wisdom and scientific information, The Herbal Apothecary includes advice on growing and foraging for healing plants and recommendations for plant-based formulations to fight common ailments, like muscle strain, anxiety, and insomnia. Step-by-step instructions show you how to make your own teas, salves, capsules, tinctures, and other essential herbal remedies. Whether you want to treat a wound or fight the common cold, taking charge of your health and well-being begins here.

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Media reviews

"Pursell aptly demonstrates the value in learning about these gifts from nature and understanding their use in pursuit of sustainable health.…Will quickly become indispensible for understanding a neglected field that is ripe with great benefits."

Publishers Weekly

"A lovely handbook.…​The wealth of photographs widens its appeal to a larger community of plant lovers."

Choice

"Takes both modern science and traditional healing methods into account, providing techniques for making teas, tinctures, salves, and syrups aimed at alleviating colds, headaches, and other ailments."

Modern Farmer

"Anyone interested in alternative medicine and botanical curatives will find this handsome volume useful."

Country Gardens

"Required reading.…​Pursell describes 100 plants and herbs with medicinal properties as well as the ways naturopaths use them, where to find them, or how to grow them at home…a beginner’s guide to making herb blends, teas, cordials, capsules, and more, with plenty of recipes."

Gardenista

"Perfect for anyone just beginning in herbal medicine."

Mother Earth Living

"I can’t recommend enough. But don’t take it from me—two of the biggest names in the medicinal herbs community, herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and Mountain Rose Herbs co-owner and vice president Shawn Donnille, have given their seals of approval to this book as a staple addition to your herbal library."

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About the author

JJ Pursell

Dr. JJ Pursell is a board certified naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist and has worked with medicinal herbs for more than 20 years. She owns Fettle, a Portland, Oregon-based apothecary. JJ has been featured on television and in Gardenista, White & Warren Inspired, Kale and Coriander, Portland Healing Project, PoppySwap, and Girl Gift Gather.

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