Britain’s hedgerows abound with forgotten remedies for countless health problems.
Julie Bruton-Seal, practising medical herbalist, together with her co-author, the editor and writer Matthew Seal, have responded to the growing interest in natural medicine by aiming this book at the amateur who wants to improve his or her health in the same way that mankind has done for centuries around the world: by using local wild plants and herbs.
There are clear instructions about which plants to harvest, when, and over 120 recipes showing how to make them into teas, vinegars, oils, creams, pillows, poultices or alcohol-based tinctures. Julie and Matthew explain which ailments can be treated, and what benefits can be expected.
As well as being packed with practical information on using 50 native plants, Hedgerow Medicine also gives a fascinating insight into the literary, historic and worldwide application of these herbal remedies.
Author: Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal
Photographer: Julie Bruton-Seal
ISBN: 978 1 873674 99 4
Published: May 2008
Format: 246 x 189 mm
No. of pages: 224
250 colour photographs
Reviewed by Maria Fitzpatrick of The Daily Telegraph in June 2008
It’s strong, pleasantly scratchy and yet soothing to my itching throat. Within 15 minutes, the sneezing and weepy eyes have stopped. And while the effect lasts just a couple of hours, I feel none of the drowsiness of my usual antihistamine.
Reviewed in Highland News in November 2008
'This is an inspiring book that should be on your bookshelf.'
Reviewed in Organic Gardening Magazine in September 2008
'A well-organised and easy-to-follow guide to common plants…. Simple suggestions for their uses for treating everyday ailments. Before you know it you’ll be strolling book in hand along autumn hedgerows picking remedies that will see you through what the winter has to throw at you.'
Reviewed in Royal Horticultural Society's in September 2008
'The answers are here. The narrative is more accessible to a variety of people than many other recent medicinal herb books.'
Reviewed in This England in August 2008
'Contains enough information to save the NHS a fortune.'
Reviewed in The Countryman in August 2008
'Extremely well illustrated and easy to follow.'
Reviewed in The Countryman in September 2008
'Reminds us just how important the hedgerow once was as a source of herbal remedies.'