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    Healing Threads: Traditional Medicines of the Highlands and Islands

    £12.99
    A rich and informative source of Gaelic folk medicine.
    ISBN: 9781912476084
    AuthorMary Beith
    Pub Date09/08/2018
    BindingPaperback
    Pages368
    Availability: In Stock

    The Gaelic pharmacy was rich, the sources of which lay almost entirely in nature and were subject to the minimum of preparation. Much of

    the rich store of material comes from the great legacy of medieval Gaelic manuscripts. In more recent times, papers of medical societies have

    shown how traditional methods and cures are still of value to modern medicine.

    In addition to a general historical background, which traces the story of Highland folk tradition from earliest times, Mary Beith describes a whole

    variety of traditional remedies, cures and practices, from the healing properties of stone and metal, animals and insects, to rituals, charms and

    incantations. Her book also includes a list of the most commonly used herbs.

    Clearly written with extensive source notes, Healing Threads is a unique introduction to a subject that has fascinated generation after generation.

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    The Gaelic pharmacy was rich, the sources of which lay almost entirely in nature and were subject to the minimum of preparation. Much of

    the rich store of material comes from the great legacy of medieval Gaelic manuscripts. In more recent times, papers of medical societies have

    shown how traditional methods and cures are still of value to modern medicine.

    In addition to a general historical background, which traces the story of Highland folk tradition from earliest times, Mary Beith describes a whole

    variety of traditional remedies, cures and practices, from the healing properties of stone and metal, animals and insects, to rituals, charms and

    incantations. Her book also includes a list of the most commonly used herbs.

    Clearly written with extensive source notes, Healing Threads is a unique introduction to a subject that has fascinated generation after generation.