This is the best book I've seen on this subject and I just want to buy it for everyone I know! It is a great resource, an inspiration,a thing of great beauty and healing. Everyone should have a copy in their kitchens! --Glennie Kindred, Permaculture Magazine
The book s many sumptuous, full-colour and often full-page photographs give it a stunning visual effect. The book is a welcome, up-to-date offering that will help connect the wider public to herbal/plant medicine. --The Herbalist
Wonderful photographs, historical notes and anecdotes, illustrations, including recipes and a quick reference by ailment, combine to produce a practical and beautiful book. --The Landsman
About the Author
Julie Bruton-Seal is a practising medical herbalist, iridologist and natural healer, and brings her own experience and case histories to this book. She qualified at the Selfheal School, under Dr Jill Davies and Christopher Hobbs, and is a Council member of the Association of Master Herbalists (AMH) and editor of its quarterly magazine, Nature s Path. Julie is one of the founding organisers of HerbFest, an annual gathering celebrating healing plants and herbal medicine. She is also an artist, photographer, film-maker and writer, and has worked as a graphic designer. She co-authored the vegetarian cookbook Vegetarian Masterpieces (1988, reprinted 8 times) and contributed to a weekly newspaper column on vegetarian cooking while living in the US. She illustrated the children s book When Elephant was King (David Bateman Books, 1996). Her photographs have been widely published in books and magazines, including National Geographic, and she has worked as a wildlife illustrator and artist for many years, holding a number of exhibitions. She has lived in several countries, and is the daughter of renowned wildlife film-makers Des and Jen Bartlett, with whom she won an Emmy in 1993 for Survivors of the Skeleton Coast. Matthew Seal s first recorded proper words (according to his mother, who wouldn t exaggerate on such a matter) were meadowsweet , uttered on a nature walk in the River Trent marshes when he was nearly three. Matthew grew up in a family of gardeners and botanists and, while not following his kinfolk into professional gardening or horticulture, he has never forgotten this early greening . He has worked as an editor and writer in books, magazines and newspapers for over thirty-five years, in both the UK and South Africa. He ran over a hundred marathons and ultra-marathons while living in South Africa and is author of Survive and Thrive in the New South Africa (How To Books, 2000). In addition to his ongoing freelance editing, he has experience in design and production. He was for three years revise sub-editor of Business Report, the largest-selling business daily in South Africa and he is currently publications director of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).