Culpeper’s Herbal: Over 400 Herbs and Their Uses by Nicholas Culpeper

From Artichoke to Rhubarb- Vine to Hawthorn- The Complete Herbal provides the most comprehensive listings of herbs and their uses in existence.

First published over 350 years ago by herbalist and apothecary Nicholas Culpeper, this encyclopedic guide had an extensive impact on modern holistic medicine. This includes his description of the qualities of foxglove, later used to treat heart conditions.

In this illustrated edition, over 400 herbs are described in detail, along with their ‘government and virtues’, remedies, and cautions. Although much of the medical advice must be taken with a pinch of salt, the engaging tone, enthusiasm, and expertise of the author are irresistible and highly entertaining.

From Adder’s Tongue to Yarrow, each of the 411 herbs is described in detail, along with its ‘government and virtues’, remedies and cautions. Packed full of interesting information and traditional remedies, the engaging tone, enthusiasm and expertise of the author are irresistible and highly entertaining.

Nicholas Culpeper was an English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer. His published books include The English Physician (1652) and the Complete Herbal (1653), which contain a rich store of pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge, and Astrological Judgement of Diseases from the Decumbiture of the Sick (1655), which is one of the most detailed documents we have on the practice of medical astrology in Early Modern Europe.

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