Subtitle A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness

Leigh Joseph
Price $24.99 / £18.99
Description Description
Author Leigh Joseph, an ethnobotanist and a member of the Squamish Nation, provides a beautifully illustrated essential introduction to Indigenous plant knowledge.

*Honorable Mention, 2023 Foreword INDIE Book Award*

Plants can be a great source of healing as well as nourishment, and the practice of growing and harvesting from trees, flowering herbs, and other plants is a powerful way to become more connected to the land. The Indigenous Peoples of North America have long traditions of using native plants as medicine and for food. Held by the Land honors and shares some of these traditions, offering a guide to:

  • Harvesting herbs and other plants and using them topically
  • North American plants that can treat common ailments, add nutrition to your diet, become part of your beauty regime, and more
  • Stories and traditions about native plants from the author’s Squamish culture
  • Using plant knowledge to strengthen your connection to the land you live on

Early chapters introduce you to responsible ways to identify and harvest plants in your area and teach you how to grow a deeper connection with the land you live on through plants. In the plant profiles section, common plants are introduced with:

  • Elegant, line-drawn botanical art for each plant
  • Information on their characteristics and range
  • How to grow and/or harvest them
  • How to use them topically and as food
  • Special features with recipes for food and beauty products along with stories and traditions around the plants

This beautiful, full-color guide to Indigenous plants will give you new insights into the power of everyday plants.
Format Paper Over Board 192 Pages
ISBN 9781577152941
Size8.00 in x 9.25 in / 203.20 mm x 234.95 mm
Published Date March 7th, 2023
Leigh Joseph
Leigh Joseph is an ethnobotanist, researcher, and community activist whose aim is to contribute to cultural knowledge renewal in connection to Indigenous plant foods and medicines. As part of this mission, she founded Sḵwálwen Botanicals, an Indigenous business creating small-batch botanical skincare products based in British Columbia, Canada. Honoring traditional Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) plant knowledge, they incorporate wild-harvested plants and organic, high-quality ingredients. Leigh shares her Indigenous plant knowledge in written form in her book Held by the Land. She is a member of the Squamish Nation.
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