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Alaska's Wilderness Medicines

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by Eleanor Viereck, of Fairbanks, AK

"This guide to Alaskan wild plants, native and introduced, is a great way to acquaint people with Alaskan wild plants that can be used to promote health and healing, use for emergency first-aid care, or to maintain wellness. More than fifty plant species are described with information on habitat and distribution as well as general information on how each one can be used as medicine. This natural history of some of Alaska’s medicinal plants is not intended to serve the purpose of a self-care manual of medicine, but rather be useful to persons in cities, on farms, and in the wilderness, whether they are in Alaska for recreation, hunting, fishing. or work. Others, inadvertently stranded as a result of an accident or disaster, may find themselves in need of help from healing plants.

Dr. Eleanor G. Viereck presents useful and fascinating information about trees, flowers, and shrubs accompanied by accurately rendered line drawing of the vegetation. There are additional notes on history and folklore, poisonous species that can be easily confused with useful ones, and Dr. Viereck's experience with the plants. She tells where to find each plant and discusses plant collecting in general and how to brew healthful herb teas. An illustrated glossary, cross-references of therapeutic uses of specific plants, and a thorough bibliography completes this valuable contribution to plant lore."

Eleanor G. Viereck earned a Ph.D in biology from the University of Colorado. She taught courses at the Tanana Valley Campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks on herb lore and holistic health.

    • Pages: 116
    • Dimensions: 6 x 0.25 x 9 inches
    • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books; 1st edition (May 1, 1987)
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