Local author Dara Saville's book The Ecology of Herbal Medicine is the culmination of years working as an herbalist and teacher in New Mexico. The first section includes detailed descriptions of the natural history of the region, detailing the Southwest's landscapes across time as rivers shift and humans interfere in the areas where medicinal plants grow naturally. Latter portions of the book include a detailed herbal for the modern day, with extensive, well-researched descriptions of the plants' natural history and ecology. They also include extensive scientific research into the various medicinal properties of plants and their applications in traditional and Western medicine. 7 x 10 inches, 312 pages.