The Book

Publication date: 15th May 2008, reprinted 2009
Hardback book, 246 x 189mm, 224 pages
ISBN: 978 1 873674 99 4
Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Available from this website, Wood Farm Complementrary medicine and Healing Center, The Humbleyard Centre, and all good bookshops.

Hedgerow Medicine is a beautiful book, packed with nearly 300 colour photographs and over 120 herbal remedies that you can make yoursef. It also gives a fascinating insight into the literary, historic and worldwide application of the 50 common plants that it covers. It is the sort of book you can enjoy as an armchair reader, or use to harvest and make your own herbal remedies from wild plants.


The plants covered in the book are:
Agrimony, Bilberry, Birch, Blackberry (Bramble), Burdock, Cherry, Chickweed, Cleavers, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Couch grass, Curled dock, Dandelion, Elder, Guelder rose (Crampbark), Hawthorn, Honeysuckle (Woodbine), Hops, Horse chestnut, Horseradish, Horsetail, Lime (Linden), Lycium, Mallow, Meadowsweet, Mint, Mugwort, Mullein, Nettle, Oak, Pellitory of the wall, Plantain, Ramsons (Wild garlic), Raspberry, Red clover, Red poppy, Rosebay willowherb, Self-heal, Shepherd’s purse, St John’s wort, Sweet cicely, Teasel, Vervain, White deadnettle, Wild lettuce, Wild rose, Willow, Willowherb, Wood betony, Yarrow

American Edition

An American edition has been published as Backyard Medicine in the US. This is a smaller paperback book, with essentially the same content but rewritten for North America.

$14.95 ($19.95 Canada)
 208 pages
 Paperback | 7 1/2" x 9 5/8"
 Color Illustrations  :  416
 Published: May 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing
 ISBN: 9781602397019


The Authors

Julie Bruton-SealJulie Bruton-Seal is a practising medical herbalist, iridologist and natural healer, and brings her own experience and case histories to this book. She qualified at the Selfheal School, under Dr Jill Davies and Christopher Hobbs, and is a Council member of the Association of Master Herbalists (AMH) and editor of its quarterly magazine, Nature’s Path. Julie is also one of the founding organisers of HerbFest, an annual gathering celebrating healing plants and herbal medicine.

She is also an artist, photographer, film-maker and writer, and has worked as a graphic designer. She co-authored the vegetarian cookbook Vegetarian Masterpieces. Her photographs have been widely published in books and magazines, including National Geographic, and she has worked as a wildlife illustrator and artist for many years, holding a number of exhibitions. She illustrated the children’s book When Elephant was King. She has lived in several countries, and is the daughter of renowned wildlife film-makers Des and Jen Bartlett, with whom she won an Emmy in 1993 for Survivors of the Skeleton Coast.

Matthew Seal Matthew Seal’s first recorded proper words (according to his mother, who wouldn’t exaggerate on such a matter) were ‘meadowsweet’, uttered on a nature walk in the River Trent marshes when he was nearly three. Matthew grew up in a family of gardeners and botanists and, while not following his kinfolk into professional gardening or horticulture, he has never forgotten this early ‘greening’.

He has worked as an editor and writer in books, magazines and newspapers for over thirty-five years, in both the UK and South Africa. He is author of Survive and Thrive in the New South Africa. In addition to his ongoing freelance editing, he has experience in design and as a production manager for a radical publisher. He was for three years revise subeditor of Business Report, the largest-selling business daily in South Africa, and he is currently publications director of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).

Please note:

The information in Hedgerow Medicine is compiled from a blend of historical and modern sources, from folklore and personal experience. It is not intended to replace the professional advice and care of a qualified herbal or medical practitioner. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or self-prescribe for serious long-term problems without first consulting a qualified professional. Heed the cautions given, and if already taking prescribed medicines or if you are pregnant, seek professional advice before using herbal remedies.

David Hoffmann, author of The New Holistic Herbal and now living in the US, said "I would be delighted to be quoted in your new book. Wonderful title – perfect subject. One of the things I miss about Britain are hedgerows."