Secrets From A Herbalist's Garden by Jo Dunbar
During the pandemic, surgeries closed their doors to their patients, and told them to self-isolate and take paracetamol. People became frightened and felt abandoned to cope with a virus against which there seemed no answer from mainstream medicine. Since then, there has been a groundswell of interest in plant medicine, and this book will help readers feel empowered and able to help themselves heal and thrive using tinctures, teas and other recipes, but without having to train as a medical herbalist.
Amongst the alluring recipes are Menopause Tea, Horse Chestnut Gel and Brain Spice Condiments, and chapters include Nourishing Your Adrenals, Herbs for the Heart and Muscles and Joints. There's a huge amount of wisdom here garnered from Jo's 22 years of practising herbalism. There is nothing as magical as picking a weed from under a hedge, brewing it in the cauldron of your teapot, and using that potion to restore health.
It's everyday alchemy, and it transforms us from the base metal of material gratification into the gold of recognizing the exquisite power of nature. Secrets from a Herbalist's Garden meets the pull to recover from illness or to alleviate a long-standing condition, as well as the yearning for a new way of life, where growing and harvesting herbs with the seasons is adopted as a new holistic lifestyle. You might consult the text with a specific ailment or a plant to harvest, but it would also guide you to a more spiritual and seasonal lifestyle.