There are a number of organization out there that are excellent sources of information on medicinal plants, education, and research.  The following links are just some of the sources, but these are organizations that I have found helpful.

For information on preservation of native plants check out the United Plant Savers.  Their stated mission is “…to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come”.

The American College of Healthcare Sciences is located in Portland, Oregon and offers certification and degrees through distance learning in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), aromatherapy, herbal medicine and more.

Another great resource is Plants for a Future.  Their database includes historical and contemporary uses of edible and medicinal plants around the world.  They also include cultivation information on these plants.

To help you sustainably raise your plants, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) is available with information on sustainable horticulture and farming.

If you are interested in a professional organization for herbalists, the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) was created to establish a high standard for herbalists in education and training.   The AHG offers continuing education, seminars and an annual symposium, as well as being a voice for the herbalist community.

Looking for research on medicinal plants?  The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia offers plant monographs, analytical testing and botanical reference standards.

The American Botanical Council will “provide education using science-based and traditional information to promote responsible use of herbal medicine – serving the public, researchers, educators, healthcare professionals, industry and media.”  They also offer plant monographs, a monthly publication called Herbalgram, and information on the latest clinical research into medicinal plants.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is a Federal government agency with the mission to “…define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.”

MedlinePlus is a collection of information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center also offers a database of articles and research on alternative medicine.

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