I have had a fascination with plants and herbal remedies since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I have a brown thumb, but I am very good with medicine. It simply astounds me how much information the ancient world had. Today we base so many modern day medicines on the old herbal knowledges- Asprin based on Willow and Powerful Heart medications, such as Digitalis which is extracted from Foxglove. Most of the medicinal information on this site is pre 1900s
I have been learning about this since I was old enough to write down information from library books so I would have it for later. My formal education includes basic classes in pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, herbalism, and holistic and alternative medicine.
I am not medically qualified to offer medical advice and do not condone forsaking modern medicine when it should be utilized. This website is mainly to share my love of this subject and the information I have gathered over the years. It is intended for reference and education, not for medical advice.
Bibliography and Other Great Botanical Resources
Informational Web Sites
- USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov, 14 February 2010). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
- Plants for a Future. (www.pfaf.org, 14 February 2010). Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future – Species Database. Copyright (c) 1997-2003. Last Update: June 2003.
- Missouri Botanical Garden. Digital Library (www.botanicus.org 14 February 2010).
- The Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.net16 February 2010).
- The Physician’s Desk Reference. Alternative Medicine A-Z (www.pdrhealth.com 16 February 2010).
- National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) at www.nbii.gov.
- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Natural Heritage Program. www.wlf.louisiana.gov.
- ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System. www.itis.gov.
- NIH National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus. NCCAM National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. nccam.nih.gov.
- NIH National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus. www.nlm.nih.gov.
- US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine: GUIDE TO POISONOUS AND TOXIC PLANTS. chppm-www.apgea.army.mil
- Images were obtained from “A collection of historic and modern biology books.” (biolib.de, 16 February 2010). Flora von Deutschland Österreich und der Schweiz (1885).
- “The Herb Bible” by Peter McHoy and Pamela Westland, Barnes & Noble Books, 1994.
- “Botanologia: The English Herbal or History of Plants; Adorned with Figures of the Whole in Alphabetical Order” By Will Salmon, M.D., Printed by L DAWKS, 1710.
- “Dioscorides. De materia medica. – five books in one volume: A new English translation by T.A.Osbaldeston” Introductory notes by R.P.Wood, Published by IBIDIS Press, Johannesburg, South Africa, First Edition, 2000.
- “CULPEPER’s ENGLISH PHYSICIAN and Complete Herbal” By E. Sibly, LONDON:PRINTED FOR THE PROPRIETORS, AND SOLD BY C. STALKER, 1790.
- “MEDICAL BOTANY: SYSTEMATIC AND GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS, With Plates of all the medicinal plants, Comprehended in the CATALOGUES OF THE MATERIA MEDICA, as published by the ROYAL COLLEGES OF PHYSICIANS OF LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND DUBLIN”; by WILLIAM WOODVILLE, M.D. F.L.S. LONDON: PUBLISHED BY JOHN BOHN, 17, HENRIETTA STREET 1832.