The Healing Power of Rainforest Medicinal Plants

Books by Leslie Taylor

Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest

"Extraordinarily well researched, superbly written, and absolutely the best reference work on rainforest herbs."
David Schiller, International Aromatherapy and Herb Association

The value of the Amazon rainforest to human life has never been more deeply understood. Rainforests are home to an amazing abundance of plant life—just two and a half acres of Amazon rainforest are estimated to contain 900 tons of plants! Aside from their indispensable role in nourishing the earth's atmosphere, the rainforests may also hold the key to treating many of humanity's most resilient diseases. Increasingly, scientists are discovering that the extraordinary medicinal properties of dozens of plants indigenous to the rainforests are effective in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, arthritis, and a wide variety of common ailments and injuries. And researchers have barely begun to tap the medicinal properties of rainforest herbs, trees, and flowers.

Gathering information from indigenous peoples, natural health practitioners, and scientists from around the world, Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest profiles more than fifty rainforest plants, and includes details on:

  • Medicinal properties
  • History of use by rainforest inhabitants
  • Current uses around the world and in herbal medicine today
  • Methods of preparation
  • Natural chemicals
  • Summaries of scientific research
  • And more, such as helpful tables, illustrations, and recipes for herbal remedies

From the age-old healing practices of shamans to current scientific research, this wealth of ancient and modern knowledge is now available in one source for health-conscious consumers. This unique book is the one health guide you will reach for again and again.

In Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest, author Leslie Taylor provides the latest information on natural treatments for more than 150 common conditions and symptoms using the healing powers of over 50 rainforest herbs.

Leslie Taylor is a board certified Naturopath and founder of the Raintree group of companies, which specializes in the marketing and development of over 100 rainforest botanical as well as other products using sustainable rainforest resources. She has been researching and documenting medicinal plants for over 20 years, working directly with phytochemists, botanists, researchers, and medical practitioners. She shares her more of personal story in the introduction to Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest.

Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest was first published in 1998 by Prima Publishing. It has been reprinted four times and is now no longer in print. Used copies are available through This book has been replaced by Leslie's second book: The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs published in 2005.