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The Herbal Apothecary

The Herbal Apothecary

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100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them

JJ PURSELL

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 582 p
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 ISBN
 978-1-60469-662-2 (hardcover)
 978-1-60469-733-9 (pbk.)
 Copyright©   
 2015 by JJ Pursell 

About the Author
Dr. JJ Pursell is a board certified naturopathic physician and licensed
acupuncturist and has worked with medicinal herbs for more than 20 years.
Having spent many hours on her father’s flower farm, her love of plants
began at an early age. She began working at herb farms and herb shoppes,
which inspired her to enroll in graduate studies in health and medicine. While
in school, having returned to the urban life, she missed the plants and the
community that an herb shoppe offers. During school she decided to open
The Herb Shoppe while finishing her degree in Portland, Oregon. She has
taught and trained with herbalists all over the world but prefers the practice of
close-to-home grown western herbs.
The Herb Shoppe focuses on offering the most vital organic herbs
available, while sustaining local growers. Over the years, The Herb Shoppe
has received countless words of thanks for all it has to offer and has been
asked by many patrons to open shoppes in other parts of the country. The
Herb Shoppe’s second location is in Brooklyn, New York. With the
continued success of both businesses, The Herb Shoppe is now available for
franchise for those who are passionate about community and herbal medicine.
The Herb Shoppe was voted “the best apothecary in Portland” by
Willamette Week and was written up in Portland Monthly magazine and The
L Magazine in New York City. JJ and her shoppe have been featured in
several blogs and Tumblr sites, including Gardenista, White & Warren
Inspired, Kale and Coriander, Portland Healing Project, PoppySwap, and Girl
Gift Gather. JJ appeared on “Green Living,” a BCAT television show in
Brooklyn; the “Bread and Roses” radio show on Portland’s KBOO; and
“Wise Woman Radio” with Susun Weed. She is also included in the book
Curing Canine Cancer and contributed to the new edition of Hot Pants: A Do
It Yourself Gynecology and Herbal Remedies. She has her own YouTube
channel for those who want to learn more about making herbal medicine.
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Preface
As a child I was always drawn to plants, leaves, flowers, and such.
I used to collect acorns as prized possessions, and my imaginary
friends were talking trees. Although many of us grow up and often
get distracted from our true callings in life, I was fortunate to have
the plants persistently remind me of the work I was meant to do.
For me, herbalism is a way of life. It is walking with intention
every day and giving thanks to the bounty that is all around us,
sustaining us. While modern medicine has propelled us into drastic
healing measures, herbs continue to create opportunities to return
to a gentler approach to health and wellness.
A long time ago, I heard a story about how plants came to help
people. A few years later I was walking in the woods and suddenly
realized I’d become quite lost. After wandering for hours, I sat
down to calm myself and noticed the most beautiful grove of trees.
Looking up at them, I felt the warm sun on my face and then felt
what seemed like a mother’s embrace. As the trees comforted me, I
remembered the story and took out my notebook to write it down.
This is the story I remembered.

A long, long time ago, we used to be all one—the humans, the animals, the
rock people, the water, the wind, the plants, and everything else that was on
the Earth. Together we formed one tribe and shared the same language. We
were able to communicate and keep the balances of nature in check through a
relationship of mutual respect and boundaries.
Then a man killed a bear, and everything changed drastically. This direct
act of taking a life upset the balance of the world and great grief settled over the land.

The bear clan came together to discuss what needed to be done. Because
such an act had never before happened, most of the bears were unsure of how
to proceed. The young warrior bears wanted to take immediate action and get
revenge. They wanted to use the force they had never used in battle to kill
man and wipe him from existence. They thought that such swift action would
result in a return of balance and harmony. The elders listened and finally
agreed to let the warrior bears do as they wished.

The warrior bears set out to make a bow and arrow, just as man had done.
They asked a young birch tree for an offering to make a strong and sturdy
bow. And after they had stripped the bark and shaped the bow, they went
looking for the right bowstring to complete it. They tried many things, all of
which were not strong enough and quickly broke. They approached the elders
and asked, “What did man use for his bowstring?” The elders’ gentle eyes
looked upon them lovingly, for even though they agreed to let the warrior
bears proceed, they knew this path was not the way to peace. Despite this,
they said, “The man used dead bear intestine as the string for his bow,
because it is strong and filled with tension.” At this, the warrior bears all
looked frightened and confused about what to do next.

Then one of the eldest bears offered up his body so the warrior bears
could continue on this path. It was his time, he said, to go with the setting
sun. And he did. And the warrior bears gave thanks and used his intestines to
make bowstrings. After all the bows were finished, the warrior bears wanted
to practice using them. What happened next was more disappointment. As the
bears pulled back the bowstrings, each one snapped under the sharpness of their claws.

What were they to do? One bear suggested they cut off all their claws so
that they might use their bows. But at this notion, the elders asked everyone
to gather together for another meeting. For this meeting, they called upon
every creature of the Earth—the other animals, the plant people, the water
people, the creepy crawlies, the wind, grandmother moon, grandfather sky,
and Mother Earth herself.

They asked for everyone to think about what was the best course of
action. The warrior bears continued to argue that by eliminating man, the
world would be returned to peace and balance. They asked for everyone to
join them to accomplish this task. Surprisingly, everyone was in agreement—
everyone, that is, but the plant people. The plants asked the wise old ginseng
for his advice. The old ginseng pondered a moment and then said that he
would meditate for three days in a cave in the mountains. After the three days
he would know what was best for the world.
So up went the wise old ginseng to meditate in the cave in the mountains.
And although this was a quiet place, each day the mosquito would buzz up to
the ginseng and ask, “What are you going to do? How are we going to help?
What is your decision?” And each day, ginseng would reply, “When I am
done with my meditation, I will know what is best for the world.” Those
mosquitos can be so annoying.

After three days, the wise old ginseng descended from the cave. Once
again, everyone gathered, anxiously awaiting his thoughts. After a slow, deep
breath, the old ginseng said, “Although we are one with the world, we cannot
be one with this decision. We the plant people must help man, for they are
naïve and, like children, need healing and guidance. From this day forth,
plants will offer themselves to man in hopes of creating balance in their
health by healing them.”
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Table of Contents
Preface
FROM HERBAL TRADITIONS TO MODERN PRACTICE: AN
INTRODUCTION
The Way of the Herbalist
An Ancient Medicine
Plants to Pharmaceuticals
BASIC HUMAN ANATOMY
The Cardiovascular System
The Respiratory System
The Gastrointestinal System
The Endocrine System
PLANTS FROM THE TRADITIONAL WAYS: A DIRECTORY OF
MEDICINAL HERBS
Getting to Know the Plants: How to Read the Plant Directory
Agrimony
Angelica
Balsam fir
Balsam poplar
Bayberry
Bearberry
Bistort
Blackberry
Black cohosh
Black haw
Black walnut
Blessed thistle
Bloodroot
Blue flag
Blue vervain
Bogbean
Boneset
Borage
Buckthorn
Bugleweed
Burdock
Calamus
Cedar
Centaury
Chaga
Chaparral
Chickweed
Chicory
Cleavers
Couch grass
Cowslip
Cranesbill
Culver’s root
Echinacea
Elder
Elecampane
False unicorn
Fennel
Gentian
Goat’s rue
Goldenrod
Grand cactus
Gravel root
Greater celandine
Hawthorn
Hops
Horehound
Horny goat weed
Horse chestnut
Hydrangea
Jamaican dogwood
Juniper
Lady’s slipper
Larch
Lemon balm
Licorice
Linden
Lobelia
Lovage
Lungwort
Maitake
Mistletoe
Motherwort
Mullein
Nettle
Oatstraw
Oregon grape
Pennyroyal
Plantain
Poplar
Purple loosestrife
Queen of the meadow
Raspberry
Rauwolfia
Red clover
Red root
Reishi
Rosemary
Sage
Schizandra
Self heal
Shiitake
Skunk cabbage
Solomon’s seal
Sorrel
Squaw vine
St. John’s wort
Sumach
Sweet violet
Thyme
Tormentil
Usnea
White oak
Wild carrot
Wild cherry
Wild yam
Wood betony
Wormwood
Yarrow
Yellow dock
AN HERBALIST’S LABORATORY
Creating an Herbalist’s Kitchen
Formulating Herbal Blends
Delivering the Herbs: Herbal Applications
HERBAL TREATMENT PLANS
Acne
Bumps, Bruises, and Other Childhood Conditions
Fatigue and Brain Function
Female Complaints
Inflammation and Pain
Insomnia
Menopause
Respiratory Ailments
Skin Conditions
Stress and Adrenal Problems
Tummy Complaints and Irritable Bowels
Wounds
Metric Conversions
Herbal Suppliers
References
Acknowledgments
Photo Credits
Index
About the Author


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Published in 2015 by Timber Press, Inc.

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