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Hedgerow Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2014
Just the best book on herbal / hedgerow medicine you will find. Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal's style is informative, engaging and humorous as well as being incredibly inspiring. I would read this book at night - it's as good as a novel - and hardly be able to wait to get out into the countryside with my scissors and basket the minute I got up in the morning. I'm not anywhere near a herbalist, just a lay person with an interest and a science/botany background, and I know of several plant / flower remedies that definitely worked for me so I am interested to try more.
I think it particularly appeals because the advice is so believable, from Julie's personal experience from years as a herbalist, in contrast to other books which appear to have been put together by a commissioning editor. Julie describes actual case studies like treating someone in their family; she also notes which remedies are gentle enough for children. The range of conditions for which each plant is recommended to be used is also believably narrowed down - again other books tend to list a random assortment gleaned from sources ranging from Pliny to Culpepper to folklore, some or all of which may be hearsay.
My only reservation is the inclusion of the preparation and use of flower essences (not many recipes mentioned - self-heal and three or four others from memory) which is not something I personally have much time for, being all scientific and rational and that, but even I began to wonder whether I'm wrong after reading it here.
Finally, the photos are beautifully shot, the margin notes informative and there are actual recipes! With doses! Wow.
In summary, I wish this book was twice the length, it's so readable. Definitely recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2009
After 35yrs as a professional horticulturalist i found this book both enjoyable to read and an easily acessible source of knowledge.
It is very different from the usual herbal or botanical books and contains many of our common easily found plants,
some well know , others known more as a food,weed or garden flower than medicinally.
I will certainly be trying some of the treatments and formulations and wait in anticipation for the spring and Linden Tea with Burdock toffee.
This is a book to relish for the amateur or professional alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2012
I was really impressed with the simplicity of this book, and the coloured pictures, insights, instructions and guidance that it gives.

In other words, there are no expensive, long winded medicines and tinctures in this book, just good old fashioned, wisdom and direction.

If you want to be prepared? then this is the book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2009
Fantstic, I had hours of fun creating yummy potions in the kithen following these recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2010
If you are thinking of buying this book, don't hesitate! Even if you have a shelf full of books on the subject already.
This author knows what she is talking about. The text is excellent, concise yet comprehensive. It deals with common British plants, so there is every likelihood that you will find a specimen easily in your immediate locality. There is ample detail about the medicinal uses for each plant and clear instructions on how to make tinctures, etc. Very well illustrated with lots of superb photos so there are no doubts about recognising individual plants. Excellent book, bought for a present for a friend. I have now ordered a second copy for myself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2012
This is a great book for anybody wishing to explore the world of healing herbs and natural medicines. It has clear pictures which make it easy to identify each plant. It also gives information on when to harvest, how to harvest, preparation, dosages etc. This book will get lots of use at our house, really happy with my purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2011
My husband just bought me this book for our anniversary and I'm really pleased with it. It's laid out well & is the kind of book that you browse through even without having an immediate need to. I opened it up to get a flavour of the book & wound up looking through the whole thing!

The only thing I'd add to make it the perfect book would be information as to whether there are any toxic plants that could be mistaken for the ones in the book - but there are clear pictures of leaves, flowers and the plants in situ and they also suggest that you take a field-guide with you when harvesting, so you should be fine, I'm just a worrier and prefer to be certain that there's no risk that I'm wrong!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2014
I love this book. It is a beautifully written and illustrated guide to 50 wild British plants and their medicinal uses. All the herbs listed grow wild in the UK, many of which are weeds in our gardens. There is very helpful introduction to storing harvested herbs and how to use them in herbal preparations. This followed by a detailed guide to 30 plants, each of which has several pages of illustrated text. The guides are very well structured, with the common name followed by the botanical name heading the section followed by a summary of the key properties and uses of the herb in one or two paragraphs in bold below the heading. Each herb has a description and information on habitat, distribution, related species and parts used down the side of the first page of the section. The main part of each section starts with information on traditional uses of the herb including quotes from herbals. There is detailed information on the uses of each herb with useful bullet point summaries for the uses of each type of preparation of the herb down the sides of the pages. Details are given of when and how to harvest and store herbs and how to make preparations, with details of dosages for different conditions.

I think this book will become a treasured reference for the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2011
Cannot recommend this book highly enough. All our friends agree that the blackberry oxymel is better for colds than anything else they've ever tried - we end up making gallons of it every year now in order to be able to give it away. Text perfectly judged, illustrations excellent for identification purposes. I love the fact that most of the other herbalists quoted (as they plentifully are) are not from the 1500s and 1600s, but 20th century. A real gem. I agree the indexing could be better (hint hint for next edition), but that's not a reason to hold back the fifth star.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2010
This book offers good information on a wide variety of plants, that live next to our door in many cases and that can be very useful for our wellbeing. I would recommend it to people that are not keen in taking drugs for every cold, sneeze, etc.
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