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It's too easy to turn to the pharmacy when we're stressed, sick or feeling under the weather, but what if you turned to your garden instead?
For thousands of years, people who had no access to clinical medicine knew how to boost their well-being by using the ingredients they found in plants. There's a rich history waiting to be plucked from around you. Herbs are the people's medicine; often freely available and abundant, they are ready and waiting for you to use them to soothe and heal your body and mind.
Horticultural expert and Guardian columnist, Alys Fowler, shows how to take control of your health by adopting a more natural lifestyle. Offering a fusion of botanical, practical, cultural and historical information, as well as beautiful illustrations, A Modern Herbal reveals how common herbs are the simple, cleansing way to better health and happiness.
Born in Silchester, Hampshire, Alys Fowler had a rural childhood, growing up surrounded by animals in the countryside. She was influenced by her mother's gardening talents and, after leaving school in 1996 she studied at the Royal Horticultural Society, the Royal Botanic Gardens in London, and later the New York Botanical Gardens, returning to the UK to complete a masters at UCL in 2002. Alys spent some years presenting the long-running BBC series Gardeners' World and has since become a prominent horticultural journalist, writing a popular weekly column in the Guardian.