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Remembered Remedies

Natural History
Publication Date
01 August 2011
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Birlinn Limited
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Remembered Remedies

Scottish Traditional Plant Lore

Based on the recollections of hundreds people from all over Scotland, Remembered Remedies is a fascinating insight into the way plants have featured in Scottish life for generations - whether it be collecting seaweed from island shores and using garden vegetables or bottling cordials, making heather beds and chaff mattresses and using plants for medicinal purposes. Organized by habitat and use (field, meadow and machair; hedgerows and paths; hillsides and moorland; lochs, bogs and wells; seashore; trees and woodland; vegetables and kitchen cures.) the book also includes botanical information and full colour photographs of over 100 plants. It is ideal for reference and for those who want to identify plants where they grow.

Anne Barker studied at Stanford University and St Andrews. She lectures part-time in Ethnobotany at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. She was the co-ordinator in Scotland for Ethnomedica, an oral history archive project based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew that researches the herbal traditions of Britain. She recently retired from practice as a medical herbalist.


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Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir
Oct 9, 2014
Splendid little book of traditional medicinal plants and wild foods that I discovered in a pharmacy in Scotland. Perfect for the forager, student of herbalism and ethnobotany, and for those taken with Scottish culture. Lovely, yet scholarly, notations of the exact people who were sources of this information and a few photographs of them as well. Provides brilliant insight into how do we know what we know about a selection of medicinal plant uses, and from whom it descends. People who discover that they want to treat their own health problems with herbs ought to also get several more good books on herbalism with less of an ethnobotanical slant and more of a how-to approach, or consult a trained herbalist for guidance.