I loved this book - it's an excellent resource to learn more about traditional herbal medicine, written for both the beginner and the seasoned herbalist. Ana Nez Heatherley draws from her Native American and Celtic ancestry as she examines 100+ types of healing plants and herbs common to North America - from aloe and chickweed to periwinkle and yucca - citing the afflictions they remedy and and the scientific explanations for each plant's effectiveness. Interweaving folklore throughout, Heatherley also provides growing tips, methods of preparing everything from a poultice to a tincture, herbal food ideas and information on the latest research. Includes a full-color identification section, helpful cross-reference lists, location maps and informative sidebars, HEALING PLANTS is the most practical book if you are seeking an alternative to modern medicine. Ana Nex Heatherley is a registered nurse who hails from generations of herbalists. She has written for Mother Earth News and is a regular speaker on traditional herbal medicine and grown her own medicinal garden in Gatesville, Texas.