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Wayside Medicine

Forgotten Plants and how to use them

Wayside Medicine is packed with practical information on the use of over 50 native plants as sources of herbal medicine.

The countryside abounds with cures which really work and cost a fraction of over-the-counter commercial brands. Have the satisfaction of picking and making your own simple herbal medicine, which has worked for centuries. The authors of Wayside Medicine remind us of a cornucopia of nature’s healing plants which have somehow been forgotten.

Here are clear instructions from a renowned professional herbalist on how to make your own remedies: teas, oils, tinctures, poultices and creams. Stunning colour pictures accompany all the plants, as well as a comprehensive index matching health problems to the right herbal cure.

Author: Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal
ISBN: 978 1 910723 35 7
Published: May 2017
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
200 colour photographs
Price: £16.99

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Wayside Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal

Press reviews

Reviewed by Barbara Wilkinson of Herbs Magazine (Herb Society J in September 2017

'Many of the herbs may be common, but are often neglected as generations have resorted to chemical substitutes. However, Julie and Matthew have tried and tested these herbs and their recipes offer the reader insightful experience to encourage the use of these glorious herbs.


Plants, like people, may have gone but should never be forgotten. The herbs in this book have earned a reputation and have many uses that, thankfully, we are reminded of and hopefully encouraged to bring back into use. Nature is for all to enjoy and helps bring harmony to enrich our lives. I hope this book encourages you to look in your own back garden and seek out those plants that will never fail to fascinate.'

Reviewed by Glennie Kindred of Permaculture Magazine in September 2017

'A whole new exciting array of familiar herbs and trees to incorporate into our everyday lives. A treasure trove of herbal knowledge and understanding, and the enthusiasm that Julie and Matthew have for the plants shines out of every page.
Every page is a delight to the eye – every plant presented to make us appreciate their perfection and incredible beauty. This is coupled with a rich text that informs and astounds.'

Reviewed in This England in September 2017

'A wonderfully colourful and well-presented volume. A worthy sequel to Hedgerow Medicine.'

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