The Physick Garden - Ancient Cures for Modern Maladies
The intriguing tales of the plants that have been used to heal and cure our bodies are brought to life with beautifully surreal illustrations from Alice Smith.
Since the dawn of time, people have used plants as remedies, for both positive and deadly effects. These herbal treatments have become enshrined in folklore, in old wives' tales and in the curious names we have given local species. Many have also found their way into modern medicine cabinets – but not always in the form you would expect.
This book imagines a physick garden of healing plants that have been used across the globe by different generations. But were Italian Renaissance women dicing with death when they dropped belladonna in their eyes? Can comfrey be used to heal broken bones? And can St John’s Wort scare away more than bad spirits?
Taking you around the body, from the brain to the bowels, The Physick Garden introduces 80 plants with curious medicinal pasts. With striking illustrations and lively tales, this book will show that sometimes there is a method to the madness.