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Wild Edible Plants
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Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Books

Petersons Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants  by S Foster and J Duke
More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous look-alikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses.  One of two  "MUST HAVE" Books to learn about Wild Edibles ( the other is  Newcomb's Wild Flower Guide )
Recommended as a primary  Identification Book  

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Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants   -     
        Edited By: Roger Tory Peterson
        By: Lee Allen Peterson
        Illustrated By: Lee Allen Peterson


Newcombs Wildflower Guide   by Lawrence Newcomb
This book has the official endorsement of the Garden Club of America.  Its unique key system for quick identification makes this an ideal book for the novice and expert alike. By answering 5 question with easily identifiable answers, you will be able to identify the plant in question. One of 2  "MUST HAVE" Books to learn about Wild Edibles ( the other is  Peterson's )
Recommended as secondary Plant  Identification book

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     Field Guides

Magic And Medicine Of Plants   by Readers Digest

This pleasant, colorful book opens with a brief introduction to medicinal plants followed by a "gallery" of 282 species that includes some naturalized plants as well as North American natives. Each one-page entry shows a photo of the whole plant, plus a close-up drawing and a few paragraphs describing the plant and its uses. A final section on growing and using herbs includes recipes and craft ideas. 

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Start Mushrooming  by Stan Tekiela & Karen Shanberg
For beginners who want to try mushrooming, this book offers a unique approach that focuses on six (6) of the most unmistakable, edible mushrooms in North America. Illustrations, natural history and photos are well organized, in an easy-to-use layout. Recipes for each mushroom are included.
Recommended a an excellent book for the beginner

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     Start Mushrooming





Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture  
by Christopher Hobbs
Documenting the nutritional and health benefits of over 100 species, Medicinal Mushrooms is the most complete work ever published on the health-promoting and medicinal uses of mushrooms.
Recommended as  an excellent book for the beginner

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    Medicinal Mushrooms Book

National Audubon Society Field Guide  to North American Wildflowers: Eastern Region

This compact guidebook, produced to the National Audubon Society's high standards of quality, gives full descriptions of more than 650 species found east of the Rocky Mountains, along with notes on several hundred more. The eminently sensible organization relies on first-impression visible characteristics rather than the elaborate keys of some older texts--a format well suited to beginning wildflower enthusiasts.

If, for instance, you wanted to identify a long-stemmed, tubular red flower that you found in a grove of loblolly pines, you would first turn to the color plates, find the section devoted to red flowers, find a likely match from the 30-odd choices, and then turn to the text to see that the flower's habitat and range made a good fit, ruling out those species that do not.
Recommended as  an optional secondary  Plant Identification book with excellent photographs

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers : Eastern Region - Revised Edition (National Audubon Society Field Guide)



Edible Wild Plants   by Thomas Elias & Peter Dykeman
A great complimentary book if you are looking for one with good photographs of edible plants. The book divides the edible plants into the 4 seasons making the book not only a good reference material but also a practical field guide to what's in bloom NOW.  

Great color photos!
Recommended for its  Plant Photos

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Essential Wild Food Survival Guide  by Linda Runyon
Price   $22.00   Buy  "Essential Wild Food Guide  

The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide  emphasizes sixty common plant species that are found nationwide. The book includes line drawings and grayscale photos for identification, plus recipes, nutritional information, tips for cultivation, and a section on poisonous look-a-likes 



Wild Cards   by Linda Runyon
Price  - 12.50     Buy  "Wild Card Playing Cards 

This deck of 52 information cards is the perfect companion for Runyon's book.  From Crabgrass Muffins to Pine Needle Tea. 

Held together by a key chain, the cards are great for taking along on a day hike or long camp out. Each card has a color picture and name of a wild edible plant on one side and uses, warnings, and preparation methods for the plant on the other side.  .  

Take them out every time you go out walking!


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Petersons Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants  by S Foster and J Duke
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Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America.  
This 515 page book is one of the best for those interested in Medicinal Plants in the the eastern and central U.S.   This new edition features more than 300 new photos It covers more than 500 of the 800-plus plants that grow in the eastern U.S. and have been documented to provide some medicinal use. 
Recommended for Medicinal   Identification



The Complete Medicinal Herbal  by Penelope Ody
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In this first fully illustrated practical guide for the lay audience, the reader is instructed step-by-step in how to make and administer ointments, salves, and other effective treatments for a wide range of complaints and disorders, from coughs, headaches, and digestive problems to spiritual unease and stress. 600 full-color illustrations.
Recommended for Medicinal   Preparations


Complete Medicinal Herbal (Hardcover)  
The New Age Herbalist  by Richard Mabey
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A full-color illustrated glossary of more than 200 herbs, describing their properties, active ingredients, and traditional uses around the world

  • A guide to using herbs for scent, for decoration, and even as chemical-free housekeeping aids
  • Tips on using herbs for skin care and beauty, by making natural shampoos, lotions, soaps, and cosmetics
  • A review of culinary herbs, with some unusual recipes that use familiar herbs in delightful new ways
  • An examination of the growing science of herbal healing, discussing herbal remedies -- including stress relievers -- and the scientific research that validates them
  • A complete herb gardening plan, with advice on choosing symbiotic herbs, designing and scheduling plantings, and preserving the harvest by freezing and drying

    Recommended for  Medicinal   Identification and Preparation


Prescription for Herbal Healing : An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference 
Phyllis Balch

Buy   "Prescription for Herbal Healing" 

Open this herbal encyclopedia before you open your medicine cabinet. This book may help with illnesses from colds and flu to chronic fatigue to cancer. You can easily and quickly look up your ailment or disorder, get a clear explanation of what may have caused it, and find a list of herbal options to use in treating that particular illness or condition.

You will get straightforward alternatives and establish when and if you should call a health-care professional. Prescription for Herbal Healing is a collection of herbal treatments that are reliable and understood in scientific terms. It offers precise herbal "prescriptions" that can be used to treat an array of health conditions as well as listing herbs and formulas that can amplify the benefits of a healthy diet, nutritional supplementation, and natural healing techniques. It presents clear information on the compatibility of herbs with conventional medication in the treatment of health conditions.

Recommended for  Medicinal   Identification and Preparation

Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies



Petersons Field Guide to Poisonous Plants  by S Foster and J Duke
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America.  
This 515 page book is one of the best for those interested in Medicinal Plants in the the eastern and central U.S.   This new edition features more than 300 new photos It covers more than 500 of the 800-plus plants that grow in the eastern U.S. and have been documented to provide some medicinal use. 

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Native Plants of the Northeast  by  Donald Leopold

If you've always wanted to garden with native plants, this book is for you. With entries for nearly 700 species of native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers from the northeastern quarter of the U.S. and eastern Canada, its comprehensive horticultural coverage is unsurpassed by any other single volume.

The natural ranges of many of the plants discussed extend beyond the Northeast and the information on horticultural uses applies to any garden. 

Each plant description includes information about cultivation and propagation, ranges, and hardiness. An appendix recommends particular plants for difficult situations, as well as attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife. Illustrated throughout with color photographs.

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Dyes from American Native Plants  by L. Richards and R. Tyrl
Richards and Tyrl discuss the science of color and dyeing, the history of natural dyes, dye equipment and processing, and the colors obtained from 158 native North American plant species that are dissected and their parts processed and tested with five mordents. 
 The result is a collection of more than 4,600 dye samples presented in a wealth of color photographs as each of the 158 species and the exact colors various parts of each plant produce as well as the experimental conditions that result in little or no dye color.

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T ree Identification Books

Tree Leaves of Ohio  (Cleveland Metro Parks)   by Jennifer Brumfield
This Naturalists Field Guide of identification of trees in the Northeast and Eastern United States is one of the easiest to use , most accurate and has the highest degree of success in getting you to identify the trees in your areas.  It details the 38 most popular trees in this area and also illustrates field markings, scientific, species and common names of the trees.  It even has a "flash card" section so that you can quiz yourself on the trees you learn.  

We are so confident that you will find this book one of the best in tree identification we offer a full money back guarantee on its purchase price.

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Trees Identified by Leaf, Bark & Seed (Fandex Family Field Guides)   by  Steven M. L. Aronson
Combining 50 individually die-cut cards with full-color illustrations, plus hundreds of intriguing facts, stories, statistics, and trivia, 
that "fan-out" to allow you easy access to all of the trees for F-A-S-T identification.

It's the easiest and most foolproof tree identification guide available. Four visual keys--the die-cut leaf, bark pattern, distinguishing flower, seed or nut, and photo of the full tree--and descriptions of height, shape, habitat, and more combine to give a complete picture of North America's forest and backyard trees.

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Trees of the Eastern and Central United States   by William Harlow
Best one-volume guide to 140 native trees and important escapes. Full descriptions, woodlore, range, other information. Over 600 illustrations. Handy pocket size. "One of the best books we have ever seen about trees." —  Woodmen of the World Magazine .


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Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada





Bushcraft  by Mors L. Kochanski i
Fom Fires to Shelter to Cordage Concepts to Tree identification this book is one of the most complete and practical reference books available.  a great reference source book as well as a primer for those interested in learning about what it takes to survive in the wilderness.

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Animal Tracks of Ohio
Animal Tracks of Ohio Cover    
Concise descriptions of the animals and their tracks are combined with detailed drawings of the front and back prints, stride patterns and other important identifying aspects. Each animal is captured in accurate black-and-white illustrations, including pattern and print comparisons. A perfect guide for teachers, parents, hikers and urban adventurers. 

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Emergency Preparedness  by  Barbara Salsbury
An excellent "How To Guide" for the family that wants to "be prepared" for the next power outage, hurricane, flood or tornado that will strike your town.

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Homesteading Skills

Soapmaking  by Norma Coney
One of the most complete Soapmaking books on the market.  Complete with Step-by-Step instructions and photographs of  Tallow and Lye Soapmaking (Cold Process).  The book also covers Vegetable Oil based soaps, Milling and a multitude of recipes for making specialty soaps

Buy "The Complete Soapmaker"    



The Magic of Fire: Hearth Cooking: One Hundred Recipes for the Fireplace or Campfire  by  William Rubel

Why cook by the hearth when our modern stoves offer such convenience? William Rubel's remarkable The Magic of Fire provides unexpected answers to the question, not immediately apparent to those interested in pursuing live-fire cooking and the intense flavors it produces.

To be sure, the book is definitive in its exploration of open-hearth technique; readers learn everything they need to know about equipment, methods (including ash baking, ember roasting, and hearthside grilling, among others), and even about fire itself (it has various life stages, each best for a particular cooking task).

Rubel also provides 100 delicious hearthside recipes for fundamental foods like roasted red peppers, ember-baked fish, pot roasts, and desserts, including bread pudding and baked apples--formulas he conscientiously walks us through.

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 Spiritual Books


And We Shall Cast Rainbows Across the Land   by  Raymond Reitze

This is an inspirited book, a guide for living from our heart and growing our spirit. The author is a simple, profound man, a master Maine Guide, a master teacher who answers our deepest questions. Through his poems and rich stories of life in the bush, he leads us down a path where fear is exchanged for love. He models for us what is possible when we become fully human, fully spirit.

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The Power of Now  by Eckhart Tolle
Written in clear no-nonsense language "The Power of Now" offers an plan to those seeking their next step on their personal path to spiritual enlightenment.  

To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of this extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, “The eternal, ever present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” 

Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle uses simple language and an easy question and answer format to guide us. A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication,  The Power of Now  is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better. 

One of the best books written since "Conversations with God".   

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Other Works    by Eckhart Tolle
Practicing the Power of NOW
  Book       Cassette Tapes      CD

Living the Liberated Life  
          Cassette Tapes      CD

Even the Sun Will Die ( An Interview)
          Cassette Tapes       CD  


Conversations with God   by Neale Donald Walsh
Conversations with God    (Book 1)  
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 /  Cassette Tapes  /   CD     
An eye opening best seller that will answer many of your deep seated questions about religion, why are you here and where are you going.  In a common sense" question and answer format Mr. Walsh and "God" provides straight forward and logical answers to personal questions and issues. 

Conversations with God    (Book 2)
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Neale Walsh and God resume their discussion and move on to larger more global topics including raising children.                  

Conversations with God    (Book 3)

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Book 3 focuses on issues of cosmic size and importance, such as the universal truths that govern reality, the creation and the nature of the soul, the structure of the various dimensions of existence-both physical and nonphysical, the death experience, angels, UFOs, and heaven and hell. In short, Book 3 is a complete overview of the metaphysical makeup of the universe, and God's and humankind's place in it.






The Way of the Wizard  by Deepak Chopra
Returning to the themes of alchemy and wizardry he introduced in The Return of Merlin (LJ 7/95), perennially popular author Chopra here articulates a 20-step guide for discovering the wizard within and taking control of the spiritual journey of one's life. Beginning with the proclamation that the omniscient wizard is within all of us, Chopra uses an eclectic combination of Zen koan, Jungian analysis, Hindu mythology, and alchemy to lead seekers in the way of the wizard. Chopra's thinking and writing is replete with the fuzzy mysticism and superficial spirituality that characterize his other works.

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The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East  by  Baird T. Spalding

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East (6 Vol. Set) The book presents an account of of a 3  1 / 2  year expedition of an eleven party research group to the Far East in 1894.  Many believe that this book documents the superhuman "abilities" of Masters that live among us today and they are the true ones guiding the destiny of mankind.  The causal reader will find the book "interesting:" while the "seeker" will find the book both an inspiration as well as a text book to use on their journey

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Reiki: The Healing Touch  by William Rand

Reiki, the Healing Touch is a 1st degree and 2nd degree Manual for the Japanese Healing Technique and the Hayashi Healing Guide.  Reiki is a technique that uses the natural energy that flows through all living things and directs that energy for the purpose of healing yourself and others. 

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Shamanic Dream  by Anugma (CD)
Shamanic Dream is one of Anugama's true masterpieces. Centered around rhythmic, low-tempo drum beats that pulsate in a "heartbeat" manner, Shamanic Dream offers a profoundly soothing atmosphere for balance and meditation exercises. The first track, "Shamanic Dream" is the most percussion-oriented of the three. Joining the beats are drone-like synthesizer textures, wispy Shakuhachi flute wanderings and male vocals that quietly chant "so be it." The second track of Shamanic Dream, a journey through the chakras, adds synthesized ambience, ethereal vocalese and chirping crickets to the mix. Finally, "Mystical Trance" features the calming sounds of bamboo flute and didgeridoo. Beneath the surface, Shamanic Dream utilizes brainwave frequencies in the theta range, earth energies of the "C" range and other therapeutic sound techniques designed to help you relax more efficiently.- Anugama's Shamanic Dream is mystical, calming and energy-changing. Shamanic Dream is a true masterpiece.

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TOM BROWN BOOKS        (2 Books)

The Tracker  by Tom Brown Jr.

"The Tracker" is the first of a series of books about Tom Brown, Jr. and his many years being mentored by an Apache Indian named Stalking Wolf.  live with nature,  the wilderness, and become the expert outdoorsman.  If there is one thing the book emphasizes, it is that nature need not be mysterious, dangerous, or foreboding. Once a person works in harmony with nature, all the fear vanishes, and the only mystery is discovering new and exciting things that one had previously missed.  

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Awakening Spirits  by Tom Brown Jr.

I n this book Tom shares with you the spiritual and meditative techniques taught to him by his Native American teacher, Stalking Wolf.  The techniques outlined in the book are intended to be incorporated into you existing religion and belief system since these techniques are the common thread that runs through all things.
Awakening Spirits includes advance meditation, relaxation, healing and communication with Nature and Spirit.     
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The Science of Getting Rich   by  Wallace Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles spent a lifetime considering the laws of success as he found them in the work of the world's great philosophers. He then turned his life effort into this simple, slender book - a volume that he vowed could replace libraries of philosophy, spirituality, and self-help for the purpose of attaining one definite goal: a life of prosperity.  

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