Weeds Heal: A Working Herbal
Weeds Heal A working herbal
by Isla Burgess
128 pages - Paperback
First published 1998, now in its 4th printing
Shipping available to New Zealand and Australia only.
'Weeds Heal' is intended as a practical guide to understanding plant language. Isla guides the reader step by step, sharing an understanding of herbal medicine from a holistic perspective that is practical and empowering.
The book contains full page professional colour plates of the herbs discussed from photographer Barry O'Brien. Delightful botanical hand drawings from artist Chrise a Tao accompany the text throughout.
Weeds Heal is a stunningly beautiful herbal classic. It makes a treasured gift for someone special.
It is more than 40 years since I began my life long journey into the complex world of medicinal plants and an unopened packet of seeds stills thrills me with delight.
I also delight in creating situations where others can experience this world.
As a Herbal Medicine Practitioner for all those years my specific interest and focus has been on Women’s health. For the past decade or so it is the relationship between the Planet, Plants and People that consumes me. That includes developing a resilient garden of food and medicinal plants.
This lifelong focus has found me presenting at Conferences here and overseas, participating in documentaries: ‘Earth Whisperers Papatuanuku’ (New Zealand) and Numen (USA).
The survival of biodiversity on the planet and the loss of Medicinal Plant Species in the wild is one of my main concerns.
Books include ‘Weeds Heal. A Working Herbal’.’The Biophilic Garden Connecting People, Plants and Inscape’.
"This is one of our favorite books. This book is unique in that it offers a skill. Isla unveils a process which invites the reader to connect with their senses in order to explore how plants can be applied for food and medicine. This process is empowering and can be applied by herbalists as well as those seeking to develop a survival skill. This is a paperback, with a workbook section and amazing photographs of plants under the microscope."
- Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs, Wisconsin, USA"The over-commercialisation of plant medicine has in many ways done a great disservice to holistic herbal medicine, with people taking 'natural' pills for 'this' or 'that' without any prior knowledge of the plant and no knowledge of where it comes from. Many of these plants in their natural habitat are now at risk or endangered due to over-harvesting.Weeds Heal offers an antidote to this by encouraging the reader to get to know the plants that grow around them in abundance. This brings healing through greater awareness of the natural world, and resolves some of the the larger disconnect from Nature that is affecting modern society."
- Mary Allan, Herbal Medicine Practitioner, NZ