The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants

The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants


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The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants

An A-Z of Healing Plants and Home Remedies

Monique Simmonds,Melanie-Jaye Howes & Jason Irving

Centuries ago this book might have attracted the attention of the Witch Finder General, but in more enlightened times, people are increasingly looking at botanical remedies for medical conditions. Pharmaceutical use of such plants as Digitalis purpurea, Foxglove, is well-known, but there are many remedies, familiar to such 17th-century herbalists as Gerard or Culpeper, that have been lost in the mists of time, but are just as appropriate today.

In this wonderful book, drawing on the expertise and resources of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, an overview is taken of traditional remedies. Alphabetically arranged, 277 plants are included, accompanied by exquisite botanical drawings and a succinct description of their medicinal uses. For 24 of these plants, there are also recipes with photographic, step-by-step instructions describing how to make safe, and totally ‘green’ remedies. Examples include: Passionflower sleep tea, Elderberry vinegar for colds, Marigold balm for dry skin, Witch hazel skin toner or aftershave and Comfrey ointment as an anti-inflammatory.

Intriguing and beautiful, this guide encourages one to look at the garden and hedgerow in a new light and may curtail time spent in the chemist.


Format: Hardback

Dimension: H:22.2cm, W:16.8cm, D:2.5cm

Pages: 224

Illustrations: Full colour, photographs and colour illustrations

ISBN:- 10:0711238103

ISBN:- 13: 9780711238107