The history of humanity and of the hedgerows around us has always been an intimate one. Our ancestors lived in harmony with nature and knew how to prepare wild food and prepare remedies for their ills, but today we have lost that vital connection with nature. Yet the so-called ‘wild weeds’, often ignored in the hedgerows and woodlands, still offer us delicious and nutritious food and amazing medicines, as science has begun to recognise.
In this fully colour-illustrated and unique book, winner of the national Spiritual Writing Competition, Jo Dunbar shows us what we are missing. A practising professional medical herbalist and founder of the Botanica Medica Herbal Apothecary, she describes which plants to pick (and avoid!) and how to use them for ourselves. Alongside this she tells the fascinating ancient stories and folklore of the countryside, encouraging readers to make new connections and to communicate with nature.