or to give its full title "The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants. an A-Z of healing plants and home remedies." by Monique Simmonds, Melanie-Jayne Howes and Jason Irving.
I was pleased to be asked to review this book as I thought it sounded fascinating.
The book describes and illustrates 220 plants with medicinal uses and also gives 25 home remedies. Remedies such as St John's Wort oil which can be mixed into balms/creams and used for nerve pain and sunburn. Or there is Meadowsweet tincture which can be used to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux.
Each plant is accompanied by a beautiful illustration. The part of the plant to be used is listed as well as the traditional uses and medicinal discoveries. This makes very interesting reading as (and I am sure this will not be a huge surprise to some of you) the reason why these plants have been used as herbal remedies down the generations is that there is something in their make-up that science can show makes it effective.
I need to also mention that the book is pleasingly cloth-bound. There is something really good about a cloth-bound book. It is also a nice size to hold, not too big, not too heavy. It has been well considered. I know in these electronic-book days that these things may get to matter less and less but I still enjoy the physicality of books.
I also enjoyed dipping in and out of this book. It is an excellent 'wet February afternoon and I cannot get out in the garden' book. It would make a welcome present for anyone interested in plants and/or traditional remedies.
The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants is published by Frances Lincoln.