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Author: Richo Cech


336 pages


6 total reviews

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Making Plant Medicine is about making herbal medicine. This is a modern medicine-making book and formulary with its roots in original herbalism designed for every medicinal herb gardener to cultivate the full potential of the plant-human relationship. Richo Cech tells very good stories based on his experience as a global wanderer, gardener, herbalist, and medicine maker.

With this fully revised and updated 4th edition, Richo Cech has enriched his formulary with 28 new herbs, providing a broader view of useful plant species that can be cultivated in the home garden and used in family health care. Original, amusing, and absolutely useful.

Topics included are:

Part 1: Medicine Making

  • Drying and processing herbs
  • Making tinctures the easy way
  • The mathematics of tincturing and solubility factors
  • Basic formulas for fresh and dry tinctures, including dosages
  • Vinegar extracts, glycerites, herbal succi, and syrups teas, decoctions, herbal oils, salves and creams, poultices, compresses, and soaks

Part 2: A Gardener's Formulary

This section covers well over 100 herbs that are readily cultivated in North America.

  • Conservation status
  • Parts used
  • Specific formulas
  • Practical uses
  • Dosages
  • Contraindications
  • Overview of alternate species

Since the beginning, the garden has been a haven of good physical and spiritual values. The act of gardening provides a balm for every wound. May your medicine be of the garden, and may it be of benefit to all.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Mark Ritchie
We'll feature this treasure trove of information at the Minnesota World’s Fair -

We are planning a World Horticultural Expo with a focus on the importance of plants and trees for human, animal, and eco-system health and wellness. This book is one of the best practical guides I have found.

Heather Bowden
A Must Have

I love this book because it's easy to use and detailed.

We're so glad you're enjoying Making Plant Medicine, Heather! Thanks so much for your purchase and your review.

Not what I expected



Awesome info! Just what I need.

Perfect reference and guide

This book goes into deeper detail than any other resource that I’ve seen on herbal medicine making, and holds its own with in-depth courses and reference books (it’s better imo). Book arrived in perfect condition. Highly recommend this book as well as buying from Mother Earth News.