A Modern Herbal: a new addition to my bookshelf

A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review

I say new addition, but in actual fact, Penguin kindly sent me a copy of A Modern Herbal by Alys Fowler a couple of months ago. However, with the school summer holidays and an abundance of work projects to juggle, it remained unopened until last week. And then we picked up our new puppy and in between running around pulling my favourite knitted blankets out of her mouth and diving across the room to put myself between her sharp teeth and my two little boys, I’ve been able to flick through the beautifully illustrated pages with a snoring, temporarily non-nibbling/biting Beagle snuggled up on my lap.

Having lived in Switzerland for several years, a country that has a herbal tea for every ailment, I’m fully onboard with plant-based medicine, so loved flicking through A Modern Herbal and learning more about the herbs that can be easily grown in my garden and that could potentially have a positive impact on my health and wellbeing.

Each plant/herb has its very own chapter detailing its uses and how to grow it. And don’t think that you have to have a huge garden to get involved … many come in the form of houseplants and can be grown on a smaller scale in pots on window sills or shadier shelves (a nice excuse to invest in some beautiful pots … the end of summer is a great time to pick up a bargain or two).

Whenever I have a spare minute or two, I’ve been popping outdoors, A Modern Herbal in hand, to see if I can spot any of Alys’ recommendations already growing in my garden. My somewhat amateurish plant identifying skills means that it’s not been the easiest task for me, but fun nevertheless. And a really nice way to learn a little bit more about growing, gardening and adopting a more natural lifestyle.

A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review
A Modern Herbal book review