Published by Local-Legend 2016 £10.00 ISBN 97-1-910027-16-5
This is an easy to read and useful introduction for those new to healing with native wild plants . The dedication at the front ‘ Dedicated to the Goddess and the Green Man of the land and to the plants of the hedgerow in all their manifest and unmanifest forms ‘ and the rather startling front cover photograph of a Green Man with bright emerald hair and make up clearly show the author’s perspective ; she is a qualified herbalist , horticulturist and Druid.
Our ancestral roots and those of our hedgerow plants are inextricably entwined. Stories and legends of the plants connect us to our forebears’ knowledge though the greenery around us. Our understanding of the trees and plants connects us to the wisdom of our ancestors. It is as if we are able to access a parallel green world of intelligent plant beings which we can co-operate with by study and observation of the plants . To my mind, a green mantle of healing energy envelopes the planet and its existence is quite awe-inspiring yet so accessible. It’s amazing what we can find right under our feet , when we take the time to look.
The book is usefully divided into monthly sections with references to the Wheel of the Year so the reader can easily locate the plants in their growing season . There are 2 indexes at the back ; one for the common names and one for the botanical names which makes crosss-referencing and identification easy .
The uses and habits of the plants are described with their folklore , Celtic Tree Oracle and magical uses and illustrated with colour photographs . If I had one criticism it is that the quality of some of the photographs is a bit blurry. The writing style has that rare combination of knowledge and direct experience , giving a deft personal touch to the insights presented. I highly recommend this book for its usefulness and originality and at £10.00 for almost 200 pages, it’s a bargain.
Book review by Helen Francesca Consultant Member BAPS.