Books for Nature Lovers
Muthi and Myths from the African Bush
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Review By: Veld & Flora - September 2009

Journalist Heather Dugmore has teamed up with Ben-Erik van Wyk and produced a series of articles in Country Life magazine describing the uses (and abuses!) of indigenous plants. They have now compiled a series of the articles in book form, which makes for fascinating reading. In 52 punchy chapters they describe numerous teas, potions, lotions and formulae derived from African plants with wide-ranging uses as medicines and in magic. But beware: "Don't try this at home!" Many of the plants are poisonous and it takes skill in knowing just how to administer them. This book gives an entr?e into another world of which many of us are unaware. 


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