Heal Local


Foreword by Joel Salatin

Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment and our communities. Heal Local argues that “100-mile healthcare” can be equally valuable in terms of how we treat illness and injury and maintain wellness.

This innovative guide demonstrates that by harnessing multifaceted whole plants, we can rely on homegrown or regionally-produced herbs rather than importing exotics and non-natives. Based on the small apothecary model, author Dawn Combs explains how to:

  • Maximize the benefits of homegrown first aid, from increased freshness, potency and effectiveness to community resilience and local economic growth
  • Make home herbal healthcare less intimidating and more attainable, by focusing on 20 herbs to effectively treat most common injuries and ailments
  • Implement a local medicine culture safely and sustainably while protecting and respecting wild plant populations.

Many herbals overwhelm their readers, presenting a list of hundreds of herbs, each with a different purpose. Heal Local empowers readers by showing that you don’t need to know everything about every herb on the planet to create a very complete home apothecary.

Anyone can be self-sufficient with their wellness, regardless of their previous knowledge, experience or available space.


Conceiving Healthy Babies


“Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation by Ethnobotanist Dawn Combs provides an excellent resource for women wanting to become pregnant and raise healthy children.  Based on her own experience, Combs skillfully guides women to use nutrient rich, whole foods before, during and after pregnancy to overcome fertility issues and provide their babies with vibrant health.  The book includes an excellent herbal guide so women can know which herbs are safe to use during pregnancy and with their newborns.”

~Dr. Eve Agee, Bestselling Author of The Uterine Health Companion, Winner of the International Book Awards

“This is a ‘must read’ for any couple struggling to get pregnant and start a family.  Heartfully honest, the author shares her own deeply personal story as she explores the depth of the problems surrounding fertility ~ or lack of it. When the ‘solutions’ offered by the medical professions become worse than the issue, Dawn and her husband begin their journey to find the answers.  2 toddlers later, after endless amounts of experience and research, this woman who was tagged ‘infertile’  has a whole lot to say on the subject.   This a wise, truthful empowering book, and offers some of the best advice I’ve seen on the subject of creating healthy thriving babies”

~Rosemary Gladstar, world renowned herbalist and author

“It’s been told me that genius is focus. If this is so, and I suspect it is, there is true genius revealed in this book. Dawn Combs’s conversation about building healthy babies has documented a path of a devoted warrior. Dismissing the delusive conclusions of medical authorities that her reproductive system was “broke,” Dawn and her husband using natural methods rekindled balance in their bodies and conceived a healthy child. And a second one. Congratulations. Herein lays a vivid testament that our health is natural and both men and women have options when necessary to revive and experience it.”

~James Green, Herbalist ~ Author of The Male Herbal and The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook

“Conceiving Healthy Babies will change the way you think about your health as a prospective parent. Through her personal triumph over an infertility diagnosis, Dawn Combs shares her whole food and whole plant strategies for balance throughout preconception, pregnancy and lactation wrapped up neatly in a practical herbal for us all. Conceiving Healthy Babies is a guide to living well along with being a guide to healing fertility issues. The focus on preconception care is the right approach to creating and raising healthy children. As an integrative pediatrician whose practice focuses on whole food nutrition and keeping the gut healthy, Dawn’s book resonates with my philosophy of care for my patients and their families. Conceiving Healthy Babies provides a roadmap for couples and families to healthfully navigate preconception, pregnancy and lactation and ultimately the raising of the healthiest child possible.”

• Dhanu Sant, MD, WholeKids Pediatrics

“I am so excited about this book. I can’t wait to get it into the hands of our clients. It is clear, concise and informative, and this information is immeasurably needed in a medical environment where infertility is treated as a one-treatment-fits-all issue, rather than as a multifaceted and individualized wellness issue. I especially like the recurring message that each person has their own best formula for healthy balance and listening to your body is the key to finding yours. Thank you, Dawn Combs, for this gift to childbearing women.”

• Nina McIndoe, CPM, Executive Director, Center for Humane Options in Childbirth Experiences

“This is a wonderful book and a welcome addition to any herbal or natural birthing library.”

• Stephen Harrod Buhner, award-winning author, Herbal Antibiotics and Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm

“Couples who find themselves frustrated when navigating fertility options in our modern system will find an exhale of relief in Dawn Combs’ Conceiving Healthy Babies. This brilliant new book offers straightforward, practical advice on natural methods for fertility support from a place of personal experience. Couples will find reassurance in her guidance on nutrition, herbs, and plant-based solutions for building a healthy baby. The time-honored teachings reintroduced through this book find modern relevance through pragmatic and thoughtful recommendations on how to weave them into daily practice. Every couple struggling to conceive should read this book.”

• Emily Ruff, herbalist and director, Florida School of Holistic Living and Florida Herbal Conference

“Conceiving Healthy Babies is written with the knowledge of understanding. First of all, understanding what it is like to be told by a broken “healthcare” system that one is broken. Secondly, the understanding that comes from taking control of one’s own health in order to regain the balance that is our birthright. And finally, the understanding that comes from having an academic AND working knowledge of the herbs grown on her own biodynamic family farm. Dawn Combs is a teacher and a healer in the truest sense of these words.”

• Kathryn M. Bennett, DC, Worthington Optimal Wellness