Assembled by two of the most distinguished botanical and ethnological scholars in Britain, this book chronicles the medicinal uses of more than 400 species used by the plain folk of Britain and Ireland. The history of these plants' usages has been mined from rich firsthand accounts captured by surveys, from more than 1000 manuscript volumes of the Irish Folklore Commission, and from close to 300 other published and unpublished sources. The book includes chosen illustrations from herbals such as those by Bock, Fuchs, and Brunfels, and a selection of color photographs by Deni Bown. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Plant medicine in Britain-- what do we know about country remedies?-- simple plant remedies: characteristics of domestic plant medicine-- the people themselves - the users of domestic medicine-- magic and medicine-- warts and all-- hedgerow or herb patch: sources of plants used in domestic medicine-- old cures, new healing - the effectiveness of plant remedies.
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The author gathers together a wealth of material from mmanuscripts, letters, diaries and personal interviews which collectively reveal a detailed picture of the use of domestic remedies in Britain. (source: Nielsen Book Data)