The Ecology of Herbal Medicine
A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest
by Dara Saville
Foreword by Jesse Wolf Hardin
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
The Ecology of Herbal Medicine introduces botanical medicine through an in-depth exploration of the land, presenting a unique guide to plants found across the American Southwest. An accomplished herbalist and geographer, Dara Saville offers readers an ecological manual for developing relationships with the land and plants in a new theoretical approach to using herbal medicines.
Designed to increase our understanding of plants' rapport with their environment, this trailblazing herbal speaks to our innate connection to place and provides a pathway to understanding the medicinal properties of plants through their ecological relationships. With thirty-nine plant profiles and detailed color photographs, Saville provides an extensive materia medica in which she offers practical tools and information alongside inspiration for working with plants in a way that restores our connection to the natural world.
Dara Saville is the founder of and a primary instructor at Albuquerque Herbalism as well as the executive director of the Yerba Mansa Project, a local nonprofit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, focused on ecological restoration along the Middle Rio Grande.
"Dara Saville's new book, The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest, is a revelation of connections--the land, the plants that grow on it, the herbs that humans produce from the plants, and the animals that find nourishment in those plants."--David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal
"Exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation."--Midwest Book Review
"In this manual chock full of practical and personal experience in the 'living landscape,' [Saville] urges the reader to fall in love with the abundant plants and weeds of our Southwest environment--because only then can humans connect with and properly care for them."--Amy Boaz, Taos News
"The Ecology of Herbal Medicine is lively and highly informed. . . . [Saville's] extensive knowledge of her subject and devotion to her cause will attract anyone concerned about prevalent ecological crises and the consequent and continuing loss of valuable plant species."--Barbara Bamberger Scott, Bookreporter.com
"A unique ecological perspective for the use of herbal medicine in the Southwest."--Kelly Kindscher, editor of Echinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild History
"Move over, Michael Moore: Dara Saville's ecological herbal is the most unique and refreshing view on the healing power of plants--for both human health and land health--to be published in decades!"--Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Land and Communities
"Dara Saville's ecological herbal will be an often-consulted volume on my bookshelf for years to come!"--Judith Phillips, author of Growing the Southwest Garden: Regional Ornamental Gardening