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 How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being

Maria NOËl Groves

Photography by Stacey Cramp

Edited by Carleen Madigan and Liz Bevilacqua
Art direction and book design by
Mary Winkelman Velgos
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 337 p
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 2019 by Maria Noël Groves 

How Herbal Medicine Works
In herbal medicine, we aim to get to the root of the problem and choose herbs that help bring the
body back into balance, alongside diet and lifestyle changes. While this book will introduce you to
safe, effective herbs for common health concerns, I delve much more deeply into healing in my
first book, Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care. There, I discuss each body system in depth, with protocol points for various conditions. While both books can be used independently, the two work particularly well as a companion set. In one, you’ll understand each body system and see the big picture. Here, you learn how to grow, harvest, and use the plants, and you get many more recipes to inspire you in your healing journey.

Introduction
At The Garden Gate

 MEDICINAL HERB GARDENING usually begins
with one of two questions: “What should I grow?” Or “How can I use the plants
I already have?” Everyone loves a good “top five” list of herbs you must plant
to serve your health needs. But if every herbalist created a top five list, you can
bet those lists would differ vastly from one person to the next. The truth is that
the best herbs for you to grow will depend on your health needs, your growing
conditions, and which plants resonate most with you. When you connect with
the plants in this way, you’ll get so much more out of your very own remedy garden.

Why Grow Medicinal Herbs?
So many excellent companies already make and sell fabulous herbal products, why on earth go through the trouble to grow your own plants and make your own herbal remedies? This question never crossed my mind when I first began to explore herbalism. First, I worked the supplement aisles of a popular local natural foods store, then I put my shiny new journalism degree to work covering the “herb beat” for Natural Health magazine. I quickly learned which herbs you could use for what and realized I wanted to become an herbalist to understand the plants on a deeper level. But making my own medicine seemed unnecessary. Lucky for me, I landed on study programs with herbalists who believed in getting your hands dirty: first with Nancy Phillips and Rosemary Gladstar (herbal farming and gardening advocates and gurus), then with my primary teacher, Michael Moore (a devout wildcrafter). I
came home from herb school and realized: I need plants. I need to be connected with them. I need to
be able to custom formulate remedies. Working with the plants directly and making my own remedies
— including those for my clients — makes me a better herbalist, a healthier person, a more effective practitioner, and a more whole human being. Believe it or not, the remedies you make from the plants in your backyard can be just as good as — and often superior to — products you buy. But that’s not the only reason why you should grow your own herbal remedies.


Table of Contents
Introduction At the Garden Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
PART ONE
Skills for making medicine
Chapter One Growing, Harvesting,
and Preserving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Chapter two Mastering Basic Remedies . . . . . . . . 33
Tea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Tinctures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Alcohol-Free Extracts and Sweet Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Powders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Earthly Aromatherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Topical Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Dilute Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
PART TWO
REMEDY GARDENS
Chapter three Daily Tonics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Nutritive Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Nutritive Forager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
The Flavor Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Chapter four Energy and Relaxation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Stress Relief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Brain Boosters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Uplift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Relax and Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Sleepy Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Chapter five Digestion and Detoxification . . . . . . . 133
Bitter Digestif . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Carminatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Tummy Soothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Detox Forager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Chapter six Immune and Respiratory . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Immune SOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Lung Tonics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Allergy and Sinus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Chapter seven Skin Care and First Aid . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Super Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
First Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Insect Repellent and Bite Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Chapter eight Pain Relief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Topical Pain Relief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Aches and Pains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Chapter nine Heart and Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Gladden the Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Get the Blood Moving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
The Woman’s Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
PART THREE
HEALING GARDEN HERBS
Herb Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
Appendices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
Commonly Used Herbs by Condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
Commonly Used Flower Essences by Condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
Herbs for Specific Climates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
Measurements and Metric Conversions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Further Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317


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