Author: Lanny Kaufer
Publisher: A Falcon Guide, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. (December, 2021)
Paperback: 283 pages
Medicinal Herbs of California by Lanny Kaufer introduces the principles of herbal remedies and guides readers through finding, harvesting, cultivating, and incorporating more than 70 locally abundant medicinal plants into daily life. Complete with color photos and detailed descriptions of each medicinal herb, conservation status, and recipes to put their botanical healing power to work, this guide is a vital addition to the California herbalist’s bookshelf and forager’s backpack.
Lanny Kaufer has been leading Herb Walks in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 1976, educating scores of locals and visitors on the flora of the area with a focus on herbs that can be used for food and medicine. As an herbal educator, Lanny also leads workshops and presentations throughout the Ojai-Ventura-Santa Barbara area on the edible and medicinal uses of California plants.
Lanny earned a biology degree at the University of California where he completed independent studies in naturopathic medicine under physiology professor Dr. Henry Hilgard. Lanny is a faculty member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Channel Islands. He served as chief consultant on medicinal plants for the redesign of the Swimmer Medicinal Garden in Playa Vista.
Lanny actively shares his work online through his website (HerbWalks.com), newsletter, and social media. Lanny lives in Ojai, California, with his wife Rondia.