Folk Magic and Healing: An Unusual History of Everyday Plants
by Fez Inkwright
978-1-912634-11-8 * £11.99 * Published 2nd October 2019
A book of the folklore, history and healing properties of common plants
Throughout history, plants have played a key and vital role
to our existence. Whether as a foodstuff, medicine, building material, or
religious aid, the way that we re-purpose and domesticate plants has shaped a
core part of the development of human culture. Hedgerows and wild-growing areas
are a vital part of our countrysides and, through our codependency, have become
ingrained in the myth and lore of humanity. Many of the old wives’ tales about
plants were created to spread knowledge of their medicinal and nutritional
properties, and many have become entwined with stories of local spirits,
deities, and more ancient legends.
Folk Magic and Healing is, ultimately, a collection of many of these beliefs, aiming to inspire a greater appreciation of our wild plants and countrysides.
This stunningly illustrated treasury of the folklore of
flora is packed with insight, lore and the revealed mysteries of everyday
plants – perfect for gardeners, writers, folklorists, witches and general
knowledge buffs alike!
This NEW edition takes Fez Inkwright’s gorgeous
self-published book to the next level. Now in hardcover with metallic gold
foiling, plus wonderful extra material, gorgeous illuminated letters and a
drawing for every single plant illustrated in Fez Inkwright’s amazing style!
Fez Inkwright is an illustrator, author, and folklorist. Her greatest passions are botany, nature, primitive religions, and folklore, which flavour most of her work. For the past eight years she has produced work for children’s books, hand-drawn maps, and tattoo design, and now spends her time indulging in conservation work and writing. She lives in Bristol, UK, with two cats and several hundred bees.