Herb Walk star Kaufer to sign new book, 'Medicinal Herbs of California: A Field Guide to Common Healing Plants,' Feb. 5

web Lanny with wife Rondia

Photo by Michael Kaufer

Lanny signing the first copy of his book to his wife Rondia in front of a toyon shrub.


Local author and native plant guide Lanny Kaufer will officially launch his new Falcon Guides book, “Medicinal Herbs of California: A Field Guide to Common Healing Plants,” on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Museum.

Reservations are not required for this free outdoor event, which will feature a talk about medicinal plants in the museum’s Chumash Garden. For more information, please visit the Ojai Valley Museum website at: 


 In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 12.

Kaufer will be autographing his new book and have it available for purchase. Attendees will meet several plants featured in his book, including mugwort, toyon, wild rose, wild cherry, and elderberry.

“Medicinal Herbs of California” is the first field guide to focus exclusively on medicinal plants of California. The book 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. The book includes information on Indigenous uses of plants along with the current science explaining the pharmacology of the plants which validates the traditional uses.

For those not able to attend the book signing, the book is available online at, and in Ojai at Bart’s Books, Farmer & The Cook, and Rainbow Bridge. 


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