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Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine

The Curious Stories of 43 Amazing North American Native Plants

By Tammi Hartung

Foreword by Panayoti Kelaidis

International Herb Association's  2017 Thomas DeBaggio Book Award Winner
2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner

History, literature, and botany meet in this charming tour of how humans have relied on plants to nourish, shelter, heal, clothe, and even entertain us. Did you know that during World War II, the US Navy paid kids to collect milkweed’s fluffy white floss, which was then used as filling for life preservers? And Native Americans in the deserts of the Southwest traditionally crafted tattoo needles from prickly pear cactus spines. These are just two of the dozens of tidbits that Tammi Hartung highlights in the tales of 43 native North American flowers, herbs, and trees that have rescued and delighted us for centuries.

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Review quotes
"An unusual and fascinating compendium of history, herbal lore, and environmental concerns for some of our most precious plants. Tammi Hartung is a heartfelt ambassador of the plant kin-dom who has done us and the plants she loves a great service."
— Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, founding director, Arvigo Institute

"Visually exquisite! The expansive information includes ethnobotanical aspects of how plants are integrated into the fabric of our lives. I have learned many new uses for some of my old herbal friends. Everyone should have this on their shelf."
— Trish Flaster, executive director, Botanical Liaisons, LLC

"From agave to yucca, these wondrous stories tell of diverse uses for our most important wild plants."
— Kelly Kindscher, Kansas Biological Survey senior scientist and author of Echinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild History

 
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Number of pages
256
Publication date
September 20, 2016
ISBN
9781612126609