What in the world is a weed? The dictionary will tell you it is a plant out of place. In The Wondrous World of Weeds you will discover that the perceived weeds that grow around us hold special significance and wonderful medicinal values.
We have plants growing all around us that have so much culinary and holistic potential and can be used as teas, decoctions, poultices, compresses, ointments, creams along with syrups and lozenges. Their medicinal uses can help relieve itches, get rid of cold sores, or help with coughs and colds, etc. Not many people realise that are plants growing all around us that we don't realise have so much potential.
Weeds also have culinary uses and there are recipes included. They are also good companions in the garden for vegetables, fruit trees, and flowers, and can tell you about the quality of your soil. For example, weeds are good indicators of an acid soil; soil lacking in humus or high in nitrogen; etc.
The Wondrous World of Weeds features 100 common world-wide weeds, and each plant includes: A full description and identification together with a photograph; distribution, i.e. where they typically grow; a list of their common names; what uses they have and much more.
Pat Collins was brought up on dairy farms where she developed her deep love of the land and the understanding of nature’s laws. Her dearest memories of her youth are her barefoot hikes around the sandstone hills with the farm dogs and the rich smell of wattle in the air.
Her Weed Workshop is one of her most popular ones as Pat loves to share her extensive knowledge of useful weeds that grow in your area. At home she collects her weeds to make many of her medicines that she uses at her Practice.
The Total Health and Education Centre was opened 18 years ago and she runs a busy business, employing three receptionists and renting out many rooms, as well as manufacturing all our own products that are sold worldwide.