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The practice of using nature to create remedies and recipes has been around for thousands of years but over time, our knowledge of the more traditional ‘green pharmacy’ of this sort has diminished. Yet today, herbology (the study of herbs) is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance.

Herbology – A Physic Garden Pharmacy, is a beautiful, hardback book filled with natural remedies and recipes. From healing balms to relaxing teas, soothing cough mixtures and restorative bath salts, the book contains an abundance of therapeutic and delicious herbal preparations you can make at home. Written by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh herbologist and tutor Catherine Conway-Payne, the book will publish on October 31.

Much more than a recipe book, Herbology is also a history of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a place where medicinal plants have been grown for hundreds of years for the benefit of the medical profession and their patients.

Featuring beautiful artwork from botanical illustrator Jacqui Pestell MBE and detailed photography by Kate Soltan, Herbology is the ultimate gift for those looking to understand and utilise the healing power of plants, and their impact on the history of health and medicine.

Catherine Conway-Payne is the Course Director of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Diploma in Herbology and is an expert on the history of natural remedies.

  • Published: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2023
  • Author: Catherine Conway-Payne
  • Illustrator: Jacqui Pestell MBE.
  • Photography: Kate Soltan
  • Pages: 264
  • Cover: Hardback

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