A Physic Garden Pharmacy by Catherine Conway-Payne

  • The practice of referencing and using nature to create remedies, recipes and therapeutic preparations has been around for thousands of years. Over time, our knowledge of the more traditional ‘green pharmacy’ of this sort has diminished.  Yet today herbology, the study of herbs, is enjoying a renaissance as reconnecting with nature and sustainability surges.

    To coincide with this renaissance, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has published Herbology – A Physic Garden Pharmacy. Written by herbologist Catherine Conway Payne, this beautiful, hard-back book is filled with natural remedies and recipes, and showcases the best practices on gathering ingredients and safely preparing them.

    Much more than a recipe book, Herbology is also a history of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a place where medicinal plants have been grown for hundreds of years for the benefit of the medical profession and their patients.

    Featuring beautiful artwork from botanical illustrator Jacqui Pestell MBE and detailed photography by Kate Soltan, Herbology is the ultimate gift for those looking to understand and utilise the healing power of plants, and their impact on the history of health and medicine.

    Catherine Conway-Payne is the Course Director of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Diploma in Herbology and is an expert on the history of natural remedies.


    Available to buy online