Hatfield's Herbal: The Curious Stories of Britain's Wild Plants

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Penguin UK, 5 mar 2009 - 464 pagine
Hatfield's Herbal is the story of how people all over Britain have used its wild plants throughout history, for reasons magical, mystical and medicinal. Gabrielle Hatfield has drawn on a lifetime's knowledge to describe the properties of over 150 native plants, and the customs that surround them: from predicting the weather with seaweed to using deadly nightshade to make ladies' pupils dilate appealingly, and from ensuring a husband's faithfulness with butterbur to warding off witches by planting a rowan tree. Filled with stories, folklore and remedies both strange and practical, this is a memorable and eye-opening guide to the richness of Britain's heritage.
 

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Introduction
THE ORIGINS OF HERBAL MEDICINE
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FOLK AND OFFICIAL MEDICINE
THE SPLIT BETWEEN OFFICIAL AND FOLK MEDICINE
THE GROWTH OF HERBALISM
COLLECTING FOLK REMEDIES
THE FUTURE OF PLANT REMEDIES
Ivy
Jackbythehedge
Juniper
Kingcup or Marsh Marigold
Knapweed
Knotgrass
Ladys Bedstraw
Ladys Mantle

Acknowledgements
Agrimony
Alder
Alexanders
Ash
Betony
Bilberry
Birch
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Bistort
Bitter Vetch
Black Bryony
Blackthorn
Bluebell
Bog Myrtle
Bogbean
Bramble or Blackberry
Brooklime
Broom
Buckthorn
Alder Buckthorn
Bugle
Bugloss
Burdock
Butchers Broom
Butterbur
Buttercup
Butterwort
Centaury
Chamomile
Chickweed
Chicory
Clubmosses
Coltsfoot
Comfrey
Corn Marigold
Cornflower
Couch Grass
Cow Parsley
Cowslip
Crab Apple
Cuckoo Pint
Cudweed
Daffodil
Daisy
Dandelion
Deadly Nightshade
Devils Bit
Dock
Dog Rose
Early Purple Orchid
Earthnut
Elder
Elecampane
Elm
Eyebright
Fairy Flax
Fat Hen
Good King Henry
FERNS
Adders Tongue Fern
Bracken
Male Fern
Feverfew
Figwort
Forgetmenot
Foxglove
Fumitory
Garlic
Goats Beard
Goldenrod
Goosegrass
Gorse
Greater Celandine
Greater Plantain
Ground Elder
Ground Ivy
Groundsel
Harebell
Hawthorn
Hazel
Heartsease
Heaths and Heathers
Hellebore
Henbane
Herb Bennet or Wood Avens
Herb Robert
Hogweed
Holly
Honeysuckle or Woodbine
Horsetail
Houseleek
Ladys Smock
Lesser Celandine
LICHENS
Dog Lichen
Tree Lungwort
Lily of the Valley
Lousewort
Mallow
Marjoram
Meadowsweet
Milkwort
Mint
Mistletoe
Monkshood
Mugwort
Mullein
Navelwort
Grandmothers ointment
Nettle
Oak
Onion
Orpine
Oxeye Daisy
Pellitoryofthewall
Pennyroyal
Periwinkle
Pine
Poplar
Poppy
Primrose
Puffball Family
Purple Loosestrife
Ragwort
Ramson or Wild Garlic
Raspberry
Red Campion
Red Clover
Restharrow
Ribwort Plantain
Rosebay Willowherb
Rowan or Mountain Ash
Rush
St Johns Wort
Scarlet Pimpernel
Scots Lovage
Scurvygrass
Sea Holly
SEAWEEDS
Selfheal
Shepherds Purse
Silverweed
Sorrel
Sorrel soup
Sow Thistle
Speedwell Birdseye or Germander
Heath Speedwell
Spurge
Stonecrop
Strawberry Wild
Sundew
Sweet Violet
Tansy
Teasel
Thistle
Thyme
Tormentil
Travellers Joy
Valerian
Vervain
Watercress
White Bryony
White Deadnettle
White Horehound
White Water Lily
Yellow Water Lily
Wild Carrot
Wild Cherry
Willow
Wood Sorrel
Woody Nightshade
Wormwood
Woundwort
Yarrow
Yellow Flag Iris
Yellow Loosestrife
Yellow Toadflax
Yew
Source Notes
Further Reading
Index
Copyright

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Gabrielle Hatfield is a distinguished historian of plant medicine. The winner of two literary prizes (Michaelis-Jean Ratcliff prize and John Thackray Medal), she is currently research associate at Kew and member of the council of management of Ethnomedica.

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