The Tree Dispensary: The Uses, History, and Herbalism of Exotic Trees

Author(s) : Christina Stapley

The Tree Dispensary: The Uses, History, and Herbalism of Exotic Trees
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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : November 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 392
  • Category :
    Complementary Medicine
  • Category 2 :
    Herbal Medicine
  • Catalogue No : 94976
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913504731
  • ISBN 10 : 1913504735
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The Tree Dispensary explores the history, folklore and medicinal uses of thirty exotic trees, beautifully illustrated with the author’s own photographs. From Cacao to Eucalyptus, and Almond through to Frankincense, Christina Stapley takes us on a journey through North America, Oman, the Mediterranean, China and the Caribbean. This is the companion volume to her previous work which explored the history, herbalism and uses of native European trees.

The Tree Dispensary reflects a deep and thorough appreciation for trees - the author has studied them for many years as a herb historian and practising herbalist. Of the trees mentioned in the book, she has experience of growing around a third of them herself, including several from China, and has travelled around the world to study the rest.

The book is categorised into geographical areas and looks at the trees which grow in each location. Each of the thirty chapters looks at a different and unique tree, along with its cultivation, cookery, foraging, history, botany, medicinal use and mythology. While she was travelling, Christina encountered connections between the trees and cultures in which they grew, and this provides a rich and moving historical thread throughout the book.

About the Author(s)

Christina Stapley is a retired medical herbalist with ten years of practice. She now teaches pharmacognosy, materia medica and the history of western herbal medicine. Christina is a member of the Herbal History Research Network, and for many years has tutored practical historical herb workshops. She is a Royal Horticultural Society lecturer and has written three books on growing and using herbs. Christina has written courses on ageing successfully with herbs and edited a book of 17th century cookery and medicinal recipes.

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