The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants: An A-Z of Healing Plants and Home Remedies

The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants: An A-Z of Healing Plants and Home Remedies

by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Jason Irving

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The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants is a beautifully illustrated giftable gardening reference book, which combines exquisite botanical illustrations with practical self-help projects. Every day sees a discovery in the press about the new uses of plants, and it's certain that most of our most important drugs are derived from plants. From willow (used to procure aspirin) to periwinkle (used in chemotherapy to treat lymphoma) many common garden plants have provided cures in modern medicine. In this book readers can discover more than 200 life-saving plants and 25 home-grown remedies to make themselves. Each home cure is described and illustrated with step-by-step photographs to show how you can be a gardener and heal yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780711238107
Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Series: Kew Experts Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 855,540
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous centre for botanical and mycological knowledge. Over the past 250 years Kew has made innumerable contributions to increasing the understanding of plants and fungi with many benefits for humankind.

Jason Irving is a writer, forager and qualified herbalist. He works at Kew Gardens on the Medicinal Plant Names Services project, developing and promoting a global resource for plant names. His passion for plants was sparked during the two years he spent working for the UK's leading supplier of wild foods, Forager Ltd. Over the last five years Jason has taught hundreds of people how to find, identify and use wild plants on his popular foraging and herbal medicine courses in London. His essay on the history of cocktail bitters was included in the book Kew's Teas, Tonics and Tipples and he was botanical consultant for the book Edible City by John Rensten. 

Dr Melanie-Jayne Howes is a registered pharmacist and Chartered Chemist. She obtained a PhD in pharmacognosy prior to her appointment as a phytochemist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her research has focused on investigating the scientific basis for the uses of plants, particularly those used as medicines and for human health. She also leads research on the chemical authentication of plants at Kew, using different techniques in analytical chemistry. She has written numerous scientific publications on the medicinal uses of plants and their constituents, and on their analysis. Dr Howes is also Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London, and is a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Monique S.J. Simmonds is Deputy Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and has over 30 years experience of working on different aspects of medicinal plant research. Her work has involved working with communities in different parts of the world as well as with pharmaceutical companies on the development of new drugs. She has a keen interest in understanding and evaluating the traditional uses of medicinal plants.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Plant A-Z 12-217


Yarrow glycerin 13

Garlic oxymel 21

Marshmallow lozenges 25

Calendula lip balm 43

Chamomile cream 53

Chicory coffee 57

Hawthorn spiced wine 65

Meadowsweet tincture 83

Fennel tincture 85

Liquorice sweets 95

Witch hazel water 99

St John's wort sun-infused oil 107

Lavender eye pillow 113

Dried lemon balm 125

Passionflower sleep tea 141

Plantain balm 149

Rosehip syrup 163

Rosemary infused oil 165

Elderberry vinegar 171

Chickweed cream 185

Comfrey ointment 189

Nettle soup 203

Dried valerian root 207

Sweet violet syrup 213

The world of medicinal plants

Growing medicinal plants 63

A history of herbals 81

Traditional systems of medicine 93

Herbalists today 97

Weeds as medicine 161

Plant compounds 201

Drugs from plants 205

Conservation and trade 211

Glossary 218

Index 221

Acknowledgments 224

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