Breverton's Complete Herbal

Breverton's Complete Herbal

A Book of Remarkable Plants and Their Uses

By Terry Breverton

Lyons Press, Hardcover, 9780762770229, 383pp.

Publication Date: March 2012

Nicholas Culpeper's The English Physitian: or an Astrologo-physical Discourse of the Vulgar Herbs of This Nation is more commonly known as "Culpeper's Complete Herbal." It was first printed in September 1653 (Culpeper died in January 1654) and immediately became a classic reference that is as fascinating today as it was more than 350 years ago. Breverton's Complete Herbal is a reworking of that classic text for a modern day audience. The book identifies each of Culpeper's herbs and spices, with a description of their appearance and Latin name/family; plus descriptions of the herbs' uses in medicine, dyeing and/or cuisine from the Greeks to the present day. Informative and entertaining, and is packed with interesting facts associated with herbs. For example, most herbs have their uses attached to their old names: Lungwort cured lung illnesses, Fleabane was strewn to get rid of fleas, Wolfbane poisoned wolves, and Henbane killed chickens. Dog's Grass was chewed by dogs when they were sick, Eye-Bright cured eye illnesses, Ducks-Meat was pond-algae, Gout-Herb cured gout, Mad-Wort cured the bite of a mad dog, Heart's-Ease was for heart illness, and Rupture-Wort and Spleen-Wort helped ruptures and spleen illnesses. Arranged alphabetically, Breverton's Complete Herbal describes 250 herbs and spices while containing feature sidebars and spreads on scented herb/medicinal gardens, the great herbalists, as well as New World herbs.

About the Author
Terry Breverton is the author of Jasper Tudor: Dynasty Maker, Richard III: The King in the Car Park, and Owain Glynd┼Ár: The Story of the Last Prince of Wales ('Accessible and highly readable' THE WESTERN MAIL) all published by Amberley. Terry has presented documentaries on the Discovery and History channels and is also the author of Immortal Words, Breverton's Nautical Curiosities: A Book of the Sea and Breverton's Complete Herbal, published by Quercus. He lives in the Teifi Valley in Carmarthenshire.