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About the Author

Angela Paine has a BSc in Human Physiology and PhD from the School of Pharmacy, London University, in medicinal plant chemistry. She has been on research trips to Africa and South America to collect plant material used as medicine, and collaborated with scientists around the world, publishing internationally in scientific journals. Immersed in the Celtic tradition, living in the Welsh Borders, she runs workshops on Celtic Medicinal Plants.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Books; 1 edition (September 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905047622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905047628
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This will be an incomplete review for right now.

Since no one else has reviewed this book yet, I wanted to at least let other potential buyers know that it is outstanding. The author absolutely did her research-historical, scientific, and pharmacological. In addition to which, she brings the practicing herbalist and genuine plant lover's enthusiasm to this work.

Upon reading the section on the Bilberry fruit, I decided to try it out. Bilberry has made such a huge impact in mine and my animals lives, that now we can't do without it. I think I am personally keeping the European bilberry growers in business at this point. But I would never have known to give bilberry a try, if it had not been for the invaluable information offered in this work.

I will add more to this review later, but suffice to say, this is absolutely a worthy purchase for the novice OR the experienced herbalist. It is also an excellent reference for a *Celtophile*, CR Pagan, Neo-Druid, etc. because it covers many of the plants that were of central importance in the lives of the Celts, Western Europeans, Irish, etc. This a serious, elegant, and eminently useful book.
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This is a lovely work. It starts by giving you an appreciation of the UK Celts, their culture, lifestyle, the Druids and the various stories, beliefs,traditions that abound such as those concerning the passage of the soul in death, legends like the the lady of the lake, folklore of gods and goddesses as related to medicinal practice or popularity of particular plant.

There is also discussion about the difference between the various plant species that have found their way around the globe from UK to US and other places in terms of whether the plant is one of the same as that the Celts utilised medicinally or whether the properties have changed and thus negated the plants viability as a medicine (important given people in other parts of the world with introduced UK species can avoid accidentally using something that has transformed from useful to useless/harmful over the course of its migration).

But the bulk of the work focusses on the varied assemblage of medicinal plantlife the Celt (and Druids in particular) cultivated from the native UK landscape.
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This is my kind of book ... and ‘music’ for the eyes ... having come from the land around Llyn-y-van-vach, that ‘small lake deep in the wildest part of Carmarthenshire’. This is not the usual fare for New Aeon introductions to one of the basic fundamentals of traditional folk-medicine and wort-lore but an erudite guide covering the history, myth and symbolism of twenty-five plants known to the British Celts and used by them medicinally. The author obviously believes that to fully understand a subject it is necessary to immerse yourself in the doctrines on Celtic medicine, together with a comprehensive study of the history and beliefs of the time. She has a BSc in Human Physiology and PhD from the School of Pharmacy, London University, in medicinal plant chemistry, has been on research trips to Africa and South America to collect plant material used as medicine, and collaborated with scientists around the world, publishing internationally in scientific journals. Immersed in the Celtic tradition, she runs workshops on Celtic Medicinal Plants and in ‘Healing Power of Celtic Plants’ reflects this tremendous depth of knowledge in a beautiful, evocative style of the bard.
“I found myself living, deep in the countryside in a green, leafy, watery place, overlooking trees, meadows and hillsides with badger sets, and the deep blue hills of Wales in the distance. I was surrounded by plants that had been used as medicine for centuries, plants native to Britain, plants with a history. This magical place with its sacred wells and standing stones was steeped in Celtic mythology. I was drawn in, absorbed and seduced by ancient traditions kept alive by poets and story-tellers.
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This was a surprising book in that it just didn't say what these plants do but it also gave scientific evidence of it. I love this book and wish all herbals were made this way.
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