From Amazon: "The first book to demonstrate how plants originally considered harmful to the environment actually restore Earth’s ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties:
• Explains how invasive plants enhance biodiversity, purify ecosystems, and revitalize the land
• Provides a detailed look at the healing properties of 25 of the most common invasive plants
Most of the invasive plant species under attack for disruption of local ecosystems in the United States are from Asia, where they play an important role in traditional healing. In opposition to the loud chorus of those clamoring for the eradication of all these plants that, to the casual observer, appear to be a threat to native flora, Timothy Scott shows how these opportunistic plants are restoring health to Earth’s ecosystems. Far less a threat to the environment than the cocktails of toxic pesticides used to control them, these invasive plants perform an essential ecological function that serves to heal both the land on which they grow and the human beings who live upon it. These plants remove toxic residues in the soil, providing detoxification properties that can help heal individuals.
Invasive Plant Medicine demonstrates how these “invasives” restore natural balance and biodiversity to the environment and examines the powerful healing properties offered by 25 of the most common invasive plants growing in North America and Europe. Each plant examined includes a detailed description of its physiological actions and uses in traditional healing practices; tips on harvesting, preparation, and dosage; contraindications; and any possible side effects. This is the first book to explore invasive plants not only for their profound medical benefits but also with a deep ecological perspective that reveals how plant intelligence allows them to flourish wherever they grow."
Lately I think the natural world has begun to speak through those of us with the patience to observe, investigate, and understand the complexity that is mother nature. The language of this communication has come in the tireless work of people like Timothy Lee Scott. In his book Invasive Plant Medicine, he provides the validation that invasives like the mustard plant have a vital function in the ecology of forests. He points out that Indian Mustard "has been found in laboratory and field studies to have the potential to remediate heavy metals like nickel, zinc, cadmium, chromium and mercury in toxic soils." (I.P.M. pg. 312) The Garlic mustard, a dynamic accumulator, was found to leave soil "consistently and significantly higher in N, P, Ca, and Mg availability… the soil nutrients that present conditions for optimal plant growth." It was also mentioned that "garlic mustard was found not to release volatile compounds from the roots to affect other plants"( I.P.M. pg. 214) often a big argument for its large-scale removal.
Now this doesn’t even touch on the fact that mustards are edible and medicinal as well. Its a hot plant and so is good for congested type problems. It is an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-hyperglycemic, and can be used as a food preservative, the seed protecting against ecoli! The leaves and flowers can be used in salads, the seed dried and ground just like mustard you find in the store.
All this from one type of plant that so many consider an enemy of the forest, and organize to eradicate. Timothy reintroduces us to a bunch of these vilified plants that do so much to rehabilitate and help us to read the status of forests and fields, as well as heal and nourish us. This book is a necessary read for everyone, especially those ready to head out for the day to pull wild mustard from the floor of their local forest. Buy several copies of this book and give it to your friends, family, and any Sierra club big wigs that you may know- this book is a game changer!
Invasive Plant Medicine, Timothy Lee Scott
I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns.
If you are like me and have ever cursed at invasive plants, reading this book could be an uncomfortable experience. The way we go about controlling invasives is... shamefully inappropriate. I found myself resisting- but some plants have to be bad - all those scientists and gardeners and ecologists can’t be completely wrong, can they? To say it is perspective changing would be an understatement. The truth has been there all along: it’s us, humanity itself we are mad at. It’s the way we destroy the environment, pollute and decimate, and then find it easier to place blame on these enthusiastic, solution oriented species than to to take responsibility, to mourn the losses we have permitted in the name of progress. This book redeems, and (finally) sets the record straight about the so called 'invasive' plants, and after shattering any remaining illusions, brings the reader through to a place of hope and connectivity. It is a powerful and emotional read, and I highly recommend it.
You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -R Buckminster Fuller
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