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Introducing The Backyard Herbal Apothecary


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The Backyard Herbal Apothecary Book

Introducing The Backyard Herbal Apothecary


Did you know that there is a world full healing plants just right outside of your back door?

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What if I told you that the plants that you walk passed each day could hold the key to your health and wellness?  That those teeny tiny yard daisies would reduce bruising, sprains and strains?  That dandelion leaves encourage the proper digestion of fatty foods and rich meals?  That rosehips would brighten your complexion and soften your skin?  And what if I told that this information is easy to learn. safe to use, and as effective as many of our modern, conventional recipes?

Now what if I told you that I wrote a book about all these things and more?

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Let me introduce you to The Backyard Herbal Apothecary…

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Like a serpentine path of flagstones leading one from the trim confines of a mowed front lawn to the wilder zone, Devon’s book leads us to the backyard where remedies lie in wait among the chamomile, calendula and mint. Follow her path, it is an easy introduction to the world of self-empowerment revealed by knowing, growing and using medicinal herbs. – Richo Cech, author of “Making Plant Medicine”

The Backyard Herbal Apothecary is a guide to see the natural landscape through the eyes of an herbalists.  It is my ode to mother nature and symbol of my respect for all the wise women, medicine men, ardent academics, and community healers that have come before me.  And most of all it is dedicated to those that want to peel back the layers and understand medicinal herbs just a little bit better. With my book you will learn how to:

  • ethically and safely forage and wildcraft in your surrounding area
  • preserve and extract the medicinal constituents of your harvest
  • identify, grow and harvest 50 common, often overlooked, medicinal herbs from your landscape
  • safely use each herb through the information contained in each herbal profile
  • craft safe and effective home remedies for you and your family like salves, syrups, tinctures and infusions

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Devon shares her personal relationship with plants and empowers readers on how to make their own medicine with practical advice on what can be found in most backyards. As we connect with the healing properties of plants its more important then ever to not just use herbal medicine but to form relationships with the plants, the magic of healing is often in the process not the products. This is a wonderful book to begin that relationship. – Susan Leopold, Executive Director of United Plant Savers

The Backyard Herbal Apothecary publishes April 2 , 2019!
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Devon has a talent for interweaving the softer energetic side of herbalism without neglecting the hard science of clinical herbalism.  The Backyard Herb Apothecary’s well researched herbal monographs introduce you to each herb like an old friend, and the easy to make herbal preparations invite the reader to settle in and get to know each plant by actually crafting their own homemade medicine.  – Ashley Adamant, founder of

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Start with detailed descriptions of common herb and plant allies and their healing properties, add gorgeous photos and practical and unique recipes, and mix it up with a strong dose of humor, and you’ve got The Backyard Herbal Apothecary. Devon Young brings her significant experience in herbalism, skin care, farming, and botany to the table to create a book that educates and inspires. A must for any family wanting to support their health, naturally. – Teri Page, Author of Family Homesteading and Creator of

oregon grape root salve - the backyard herbal apothecary

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Devon is a writer and author on subjects of holistic and sustainable living. She has a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, was published by Page Street Publishing in Spring 2019. Devon's work outside of can be seen at,,, and in the magazine The Backwoods Home. Devon's second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen, will be published Fall 2019.

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