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The Tree Dispensary
The Uses, History, and Herbalism of Exotic Trees
Author Christina Stapley
ISBN: 9781913504731
Book (Paperback)
AEON Books, AEON Books
7 x 9.5 Inches
392 pages
120 Full Color Photographs
February 7, 2022


For sale only in North America

The Tree Dispensary explores the history, folklore and medicinal uses of thirty exotic trees, beautifully illustrated with the author’s own photographs. From Cacao to Eucalyptus, and Almond through to Frankincense, Christina Stapley takes us on a journey through North America, Oman, the Mediterranean, China and the Caribbean. This is the companion volume to her previous work which explored the history, herbalism and uses of native European trees.

The Tree Dispensary reflects a deep and thorough appreciation for trees - the author has studied them for many years as a herb historian and practicing herbalist. Of the trees mentioned in the book, she has experience of growing around a third of them herself, including several from China, and has travelled around the world to study the rest. 

The book is categorized into geographical areas and looks at the trees which grow in each location. Each of the thirty chapters looks at a different and unique tree, along with its cultivation, cookery, foraging, history, botany, medicinal use and mythology. While she was travelling, Christina encountered connections between the trees and cultures in which they grew, and this provides a rich and moving historical thread throughout the book.

Christina Stapley is a retired medical herbalist, currently teaching pharmacognosy, materia medica and the history of western herbal medicine at the School of Herbal Medicine, Devon. She is a member of the Herbal History Research Network, actively supporting researchers through organizing seminars and blogs. Christina has tutored practical historical herb workshops at museums for 25 years and is a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) lecturer, having grown 300 herbs for many years. She has previously written three books on growing and using herbs and edited a stillroom book from 1694. She has also written two courses on Ageing Successfully with herbs. Christina lives in Wiltshire.
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