Barker, Julian Collins Medicinal Flora

ISBN 13: 9780002197953

Collins Medicinal Flora

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9780002197953: Collins Medicinal Flora

The use of flowers in the treatment of illness was a fundamental part of medicine before the 20th century. With the rise of modern medicine, with it's huge pharmaceutical library, people have become more dependent on what they are prescribed rather than what they can harvest themselves. However the growing interest in alternative medicines has resulted in more and more people looking to plants they can pick in the countryside or grow in their own gardens for remedies to common illnesses. This book brings together details of how to identify the plants of Britain and Northern Europe that are used in modern remedies, the stories behind their names, what they used to be used for in days gone by and what they are used for nowadays, as well as a guide to what they can be safely used for at home. Every species is described separately with an entry covering both medicinal and botanical information with comprehensive notes on the parts used, when to harvest, active ingredients and illnesses in which their use has been recorded. In addition, the species that can be used at home have extra details of how to produce the remedies and how to apply them. The book also contains an introduction covering the basics of botany and herbal medicine and a section describing how to produce the basic forms of medicines such as tinctures of infusions.

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