100 Plants that Heal - François Couplan & Gérard Debuigne
The illustrated herbarium of medicinal plants
Thanks to exceptional photographic plates showing detailed views of all parts of the fresh plant, you will quickly learn to recognise them when out foraging. For any plant lover or green witch, the beautiful photographs make this book an absolute treasure.
Discover the fascinating history of these plants, their active components and therapeutic properties, and learn how to prepare safe herbal remedies including infusions, tinctures, oils and lotions. This journey into plant-based wellbeing is guided by a respected ethnobotanist and doctor of phytotherapy, meaning you can grow your knowledge of this natural science with complete confidence.
The plants are ordered alphabetically, and each species has its own dedicated page packed with information.
The guide covers a huge range of common plants, including almond, blackcurrant, borage, caraway, chard, chicory, dandelion, fig, hazel, ivy, juniper, nettle, poppy, cornflower, cowslip, oak, walnut, eucalyptus, fennel, flax, nasturtium, heather, horse-chestnut, jasmine, lavender, leek, mint, oregano, pomegranate, raspberry, rosemary, St. John's-wort, watercress, thyme and yarrow.
At the end of the book, you'll find a small practical guide for budding herbalists, featuring useful tips for picking and preserving plants while being an environmentally responsible picker, ensuring you always show respect to nature and its 'magical' healing powers.
The healing properties referenced for each plant are fully explained and there's a glossary of botanical terms to ensure that everything is clear for complete beginners. Use the two handy indexes at the end of the book to search for plants by health benefit or by name, making it quick and easy to find the perfect remedy for any ailment, condition or illness.
You'll find suggested treatments for nausea, coughs, colds and flu, acne, burns, bites and sprains, as well as ideas for pain relief, skincare and aids for digestion, stress, sleep and more. This magnificent book will satisfy all your curiosities about healing plants and become your essential companion to herbal medicines and natural beauty products.