Held by the Land: A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness (Hardcover)

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Held by the Land: A Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness (Hardcover)


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Author Leigh Joseph, an ethnobotanist and a member of the Squamish Nation, provides a beautifully illustrated essential introduction to Indigenous plant knowledge.

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.
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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781577152941
ISBN-10: 1577152948
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English
“This will deepen readers’ appreciation for the restorative power of the outdoors.”—Publishers Weekly

“Exceptionally well written, illustrated, and organized, providing the reader with informative insight into the power of everyday plants for good health and medical applications.”—Midwest Book Review

“Generously thorough and lovingly illustrated guidebook to Indigenous plants for the absolute beginner to the seasoned expert. ... This book is the perfect place to begin a lasting friendship with plants!”

Spirit Bound Press

"In this beautifully illustrated herbal guide, Indigenous ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph’s Held by the Land facilitates experiential learning that honors lineage, land, and ways of knowing."—Journal of the American Herbalists Guild