Australian Medicinal Plants

$39.95

Australian Medicinal Plants is an invaluable resource for all those interested in herbal medicine, Aboriginal culture and Australian flora. This book covers both the Aboriginal use of native plants and how first settlers used them and learnt of their medicinal values. Contains colour photos of important species and drawings etc.

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Australian Medicinal Plants is an invaluable resource for all those interested in herbal medicine, Aboriginal culture and Australian flora.

Plants have been used for medicinal purposes since earliest recorded history all over the world. Australia is no exception, its varied flora providing the Aborigines with their medicines. With the arrival of Europeans much of this knowledge was overtaken by modern drugs and techniques but today there is a revival of interest in traditional medicines.

Eric Lassal and Tara McCarthy's Australian Medicinal Plants covers both the Aboriginal use of native plants and how the first settlers learned from the Aborigines their medicinal values. There is information on the plants themselves, how they were used, what their known pharmacological constituents are, where to find them and how to prepare the remedies.

Hundreds of species are covered, helpfully arranged in chapters depending on their use: for fevers, painkillers, antiseptics and digestive disorders for instance. Colour photographs of many of the species aid in their identification.


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