By (author) Lucy Jones
A beautifully illustrated guide on how to understand and engage with medicinal herbs.
In her fascinating second book, full time medical herbalist, Lucy Jones, shares the characters and medicinal virtues of 108 herbs that she works with in her practice. She writes about each herb as an individual that she knows and respects, rather than simply a list of conditions it treats or the constituents it contains.
Lucy gives the physiological actions, energetic qualities, and emotional resonances as well as qualities according to Tibetan Medicine, where they apply. She also includes historical views, magical associations, and plenty of recipes for the home herbal apothecary.
A Working Herbal Dispensary sheds light on the way that Lucy prescribes her herbs, with an emphasis on treating dietary and lifestyle factors alongside herbs to treat the root cause of illness. There are numerous informal case studies to illustrate both the actions of the herbs and the special magic of truly holistic herbal prescribing.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour photographs, A Working Herbal Dispensary is much more than your run of the mill herbal; it is an insight into a holistic practice where herbs and herbalist are working in partnership for the benefit of those that need help.
Watch Lucy Jones talk about her route to medical herbalism and wonderful new book 'A Working Herbal Dispensary'
“I’ve been awaiting the release of this book for literal years, and I’m so thrilled to finally hold it in my hands. Lucy Jones @myrobalanclinic has achieved something wholly monumental with ‘A Working Herbal Dispensary’. It seamlessly combines traditional knowledge, empirical research, practical insights, history, enchantment, and sooo much more. As a Tibetan Medicine practitioner and scholar, I am in awe of what Lucy has accomplished. But I am most deeply moved as a lover of plants. Never before have I encountered an herbal that foregrounds the *vitality* of plants so masterfully - not as objects, tools or assemblies of therapeutic compounds, but as *living beings* with whom we enter in relationship every time we employ their healing powers. While this relational approach to plant medicine is profoundly ancient, today it is nothing short of revolutionary. This precious book (in addition to her previous book ‘Self Sufficient Herbalism’) should hold a position of high honour in the library of every healer and herbal enthusiast. Thank you, Lucy, for such a remarkable contribution to the field.”
“This work will undoubtedly go on to become canon in the arena of herbal medicine. It does not just provide information, with Lucy’s deep understanding and long clinical practice, it’s also experiential. A Working Herbal Dispensary takes us on a journey into the plant kingdom; a journey where we experience and really connect with the energies, and magic, we encounter when we work with healing plants.”
“Another wonderful herbal from Lucy, rich in ancient lore and insights from the Tibetan tradition brilliantly interwoven with wisdom, experience, and practical tips from a working herbalist and a self-sufficient one too! With fascinating and detailed descriptions of over one hundred herbs, enlivened by photos of herbs lovingly grown and foraged by Lucy, this book is testimony to the living tradition of herbalism in England and a great opportunity to learn how a clinical herbalist implements the tools of their trade. Thank you, Lucy!”
“This book is a rare gem, as it is not just re-writing every other herb book but comes from the heart of a busy practitioner who uses herbs clinically every day. Lucy doesn’t just ‘use’ herbs to ‘fix what’s broken’, rather she understands how they holistically heal the whole person. These monographs are not just short paragraphs of what conditions the plants are ‘good for’, but a top-notch interweaving of tradition and experience that capture the medicinal essence of the plants. The binding of this book is going to become well-worn over the years.”