The Herbalist's Bible: John Parkinson's Lost Classic Rediscovered

The Herbalist's Bible: John Parkinson's Lost Classic Rediscovered

by Julie Bruton-Seal, Matthew Seal


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A lost classic of Western herbalism—rediscovered and restored with 200 full-color images.

Herbalist to King Charles I, John Parkinson (1567–1650) was a master apothecary, herbalist, and gardener. Famous in his own lifetime for his influential books, his magnum opus, the Theatrum Botanicum, was published in 1640 and ran to 1,766 large pages. The sheer scope and size was perhaps to prove the book’s downfall, because while it was much revered—and plagiarized—it was never reprinted and, centuries later, has attained the status of an extremely rare and valuable book. Parkinson was writing at a time when Western herbalism was at its zenith, and his skills as a gardener (from his grounds in Covent Garden) combined perfectly with his passion for science, observation, and historical scholarship.

In the The Herbalist’s Bible, Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal have beautifully combined selections from Parkinson’s book with their own modern commentary on how each plant is used today to create a truly one-of-a-kind, comprehensive collection of herbal information old and new. Parkinson’s clear and lively description of a chosen plant’s “vertues” or healing properties side-by-side with the editors’ notes—including copious herbal recipes—make this the perfect book for students and practitioners of herbalism, historians, and gardeners, all of whom will welcome this restoration of Parkinson’s lost classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629146942
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 551,651
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julie Bruton-Seal is a practicing medical herbalist and natural healer. She is a council member of the Association of Master Herbalists and editor of its quarterly magazine, Nature’s Path.

Matthew Seal is a writer and editor.

Table of Contents

Preface 8

Introduction 9

A note to the reader 22

The Herbalist's Bible

Agrimony & hemp agrimony 24

Archangels & deadnettles 28

Balm & motherwort 30

Betony 36

Blackthorn 40

Bugle 44

Burdock 46

Burnet 48

Burnet saxifrage 50

Celandine 52

Centaury 56

Chicory 58

Chili, cayenne 60

Cleavers 66

Coca 68

Coltsfoot 70

Comfrev 72

Corn 74

Daisies 76

Dandelion 78

Dock 80

Elder 82

Elecampane 92

Eyebright 96

Feverfew 98

Figwort 100

Goldenrod 102

Ground ivy 104

Groundsel 106

Hawthorn 108

Honeysuckle 110

Horsetail 112

Houseleek 114

Hyssop 116

Ivy 120

Jasmine 124

Knapweed 126

Lady's bedstraw 128

Lady's mantle 130

Liquorice 132

Lovage 134

Marjoram 136

Meadowsweet 140

Milk thistle 142

Mint 144

Mistletoe 150

Mugwort 152

Mullein 154

Nettles 158

Onion, leek & garlic 162

Pellitory of the wall 164

Pimpernel 168

Poppies 170

Primroses & cowslips 176

Rosemary 178

Sage 182

Sanicle 186

Sassafras 188

Savory 190

Seaweed 192

Selfheal 194

Solomon's seal 196

Sorrel 198

St Johns wort 200

Strawberry 204

Thyme 208

Tobacco 210

Tomato 214

Tribulus 216

Vervain 218

Violets & heartsease 222

Watercress 226

Weld 228

Woodruff 230

Yarrow 232

Notes 234

Appendixes 237

Brief biographies 248

A select Parkinson bibliography 250

Index 252

Acknowledgements 255

The authors 256

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