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Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest:

A Visual Guide to Harvesting and Healing with 35 Common Species

by Natalie Hammerquist
  • Comprehensive plant listings with harvesting instructions and medicinal history

  • Recipes for tinctures, teas, salves, and more

  • Detailed full-color photos of plants and their parts


Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest is ideal for both beginner and more experienced foragers who are looking to identify, harvest, and prepare natural medicines with wild plants. Expert forager and herbalist Natalie Hammerquist developed this guide based on her many years of teaching classes and workshops, incorporating detailed visuals to assist in plant identification and the preparation of herbal remedies. Her holistic approach combines Eastern and Western traditions and folk knowledge, with an emphasis on conservation and sustainable harvesting.

The guide offers detailed identification for 35 of the most common medicinal plants, explains how and when to harvest, how to process and preserve plant material, and which toxic and poisonous plants to watch out for. Step-by-step recipes guide readers in making such remedies as Cottonwood Bud Throat Spray, Nettle Seed Salt, and Spruce Tip Oxymel while also offering insights on effective dosing and how to select the right herbal remedy. Materials lists and a comprehensive seasonal harvest chart round out this essential guide.

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