Resources and Links

Amazon: Native Healing Books: Amazon has all the classics texts for online ordering

Amazon:  Herbal Remedies Books

Curanderismo: Mexican and Mex-American Curing/Healing

Sweat Lodge: Indigenous Healing Practice

Arts/Ritual:  Community Healing

Medicine Wheels and Ancient Ones: Earth Based Healing

Animal Spirits (with sounds): Earth Based Healing


Annie’s Annuals:  available at many Bay Area retail nurseries, fine stock of natives

California Native Plant Society

California Academy of Sciences:  good online plant identifier Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Guide:  good online plant information

Huntington Botanical Gardens: the best SoCal garden with plant sales too.

Las Pilitas Nurseries:  southern California nursery that ships anywhere

Napa Nursery:  natives sold to public organizations

Pacific Rim Nursery:  located in British Columbia, they ship to the USA

PlantNative:  excellent online links to 50 CA native plant nurseries

Plant Oregon: nursery with many species found in California too

Quail Botanical Gardens: coastal natives in Encinitas

Regional Parks Botanical Garden:  Berkeley

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

SLUG Native Nursery: plant sale proceeds benefit this youth probation program

Strybing Arboretum:  San Francisco’s botanic garden with native plant sales

Sunset Magazine Online:  good online plant information

Theodore Payne Foundation:  LA area non-profit native nursery

UC Davis Native Nursery Directory

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens


Annadel State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

BLM- California

Carrizo Plain National Monument : stunning spring wildflowers

East Bay Regional Parks

Henry Coe State Park

Indian Canyons (Palm Springs)

Living Desert

Midpeninsula Open Space

Mount Diablo State Park

Ohlone Wilderness Park

Point Lobos State Reserve

Redwood National and State Parks

Sequoia National Park

Yosemite National Park


Dry Creek Herb Farm: located in Auburn CA, very friendly and good online ordering

Gaia Herbs: based on East Coast, you can find their products discounted here

GardenGirlProducts: make your own herbal soaps, steams, lotions, etc. with Lori Nova

Herbs Forum:  an online discussion about growing herbs

Herbal Global:  based in Fremont CA, carries a wide range of herbs and some natives

HerbalGram:  the online research findings of the American Botanical Council

HerbNet: excellent online herb info and herbalist David Brill

Herb Pharm: based on West Coast, one of the best producers of liquid herbal extracts

Long Creek Herbs:  good online bulk herbs, rural humor from Jim and Josh.

Native American Products: syrups and herbs right off the Round Valley rez

Nichols Garden Nursery: in Oregon, an excellent source of seeds for your garden

People’s Pharmacy:  good radio show and lots it science based info on their website

Rainbow Grocery Co-op:  my favorite retail place to buy herbs and teas

San Francisco Herbs & Teas:  good prices on teas and herbs

Acknowledgements:  The designers of this online resource wish to single out author Michael Moore (Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest), whose detailed, passionate, down to earth, and very funny writing kept us laughing in the middle of the night; author Alma Hutchens (Indian Herbalogy of North America) whose classic book was the first one many of us read on Native Medicinal Plants, author Michael Pollan (The Botany of Desire) who manages to bring science, native ethnobotany, history, and economics alive; author E Barrie Kavash (Native Harvests and American Indian Healing Arts) who is bringing indigenous food and plant rituals back into the American canon; author Marie Miczak Ph.D (Nature's Weeds, Native Medicine) who speaks from the perspective of our ancestors and provides practical advice for today; William S. Lyon (Encyclopedia of Native American Healing) whose monumental volume sheds new light on shamanic healing in North America; authors Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac  (Native American Gardening) for writing a practical guide for the family backyard; author Stephen Harrod Buhner (Sacred Plant Medicine) who focuses on communicating with the plant world and an Earth Wisdom frame of understanding that predates recorded history.  We also wish to thank all the volunteers and staff who helped us with this project, and our project leader (who prefers the title of guide) Andrew Brother Elk, whose persistence and knowledge and integrity and humor kept us sane   ...and all our grandmothers and grandfathers who took the time to patiently explain the difference between the various sages and thistles, and pointed out where to find the right plants for healing and baskets, and lovingly made us teas and salves when we got hurt, and gave us seeds and cuttings when we flew out of the nest on our own, and returned their bodies to honor the Earth in its valleys and hillsides and mountains, where their spirits continue to guide us across North America.

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