This book has a fairly simple premise: plants are important, and without them we suffer. I have a special fondness for the wild, medicinal plants (not that vegetables aren't cool, they are just a little tame by comparison), and the more I've researched these botanicals and used them in my clinical practice, the more I've found that a simple, daily, preventive approach is the key to success. Herbal medicine doesn't have to be rocket science - though it is a rich, beautiful, and extremely complex endeavor. Its basic premises are easy to grasp and can quickly bring benefit.
So in this book, I've tried to highlight how whole-plant, wild-plant medicine is important, accessible, and simple by outlining three classes of medicinal plants that are universally found in traditional healing systems. I explore the science behind how they work, but also use stories, history and mythology interwoven in the narrative to provide meaning and context to herbalism. Finally, through practical examples, I give my take on a few safe, effective, weedy and wild plants (and one fungus).