THE MEDICINAL PLANT
COLLECTION


JOY GREGORY
Invisible Life Force of Plants

“In every phase of human existence from the earliest time to modern living, we find that herbs and their by-products have been, and are vital to the existence of people”.

Diane Robertson

Rumex Obtusifolius (Bitter Dock)
2020, Cyanotype
594x841mm

Origin: Native to northern and western Europe including UK

The leaves are often applied externally as a rustic remedy in the treatment of blisters, burns, scalds and nettle stings.  The roots and leaves are used in traditional Austrian medicine to treat viral infections. A tea made from the roots has been used for jaundice, whooping cough, boils and bleeding. The milk in the dock leaf contains tannins as well as oxalic acid which are considered as an astringent and blood purifier.
California Pepper Tree [29072020]
2020, Unique Lumen Print [Silver Gelatin (RC)]
127x178mm


Origin:
Peruvian Andes

Used in folk medicine as an analgesic, antifungal, antitumoral, antispasmodic, diuretic, topical antiseptic as well as treating a variety of wounds and infections due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Recent studies in mice provide possible support for its antidepressant effects.

The essential oil is used in various applications in food products because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties or as antiparasitary in cattle and bee-keeping.

Vitis Vinifera (Grape)
2020, Cyanotype
594x841mm

Origin:
Caspian Sea, south-western Asia

Grapes are a nourishing and slightly laxative fruit that can support the body through illness, especially of the gastro-intestinal tract and liver. The nutrient content of grapes is close to that of blood plasma making grape fasts highly recommended for detoxification.

In the past unripe grapes were used for treating sore throats, and raisins were given as treatments for consumption (tuberculosis), constipation and thirst. Ripe grapes were also used for the treatment of cancer, cholera, smallpox, nausea, skin and eye infections as well as kidney and liver diseases.

Ficus Carica (Fig)
2020, Cyanotype
594x841mm

Origin:
Asiatic Turkey to northern India

Figs have been used for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is used in gastrointestinal tract and urinary tract infection. Ficus carica has emerged as a good source for the treatment of a range of ailments including anaemia, cancer, diabetes, leprosy, liver diseases, paralysis, skin diseases, and ulcers.

Wormwood [27072020]
2020, Unique Lumen Print [Silver Gelatin (RC)]
127x178mm

Origin: Mediterranean region of Europe and Asia

Wormwood was used successfully for many years by the French army in Algeria as a remedy against malaria and today extracts of Artemisia are now standard treatment for P.falciparum malaria. It is a known treatment for fever, liver disease, depression, muscle pain, memory loss and worm infections. The plant gained notoriety from its use in absinthe, a French liqueur favoured by many 19th-century artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, and was banned in the United States for nearly a century from 1912 until 2007.

Dog-Rose [21082020]
2020, Unique Lumen Print [Silver Gelatin (RC)]
127x178mm

Origin:
Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia

Rosehips are a rich source of Vitamin C, building a strong the immune system and protecting tissues from free radicals. Rosa canina fruits have been used as tea to reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, the treatment of viral infections and disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract. Cosmetically it is used in oil form to restore firmness to skin.

Horse Chestnut [21082020]
2020, Unique Lumen Print [Silver Gelatin (RC)]
127x178mm

Origin:
Native to Balkan Peninsula (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, and Serbia)

Historically, horse chestnut seed extract was used for joint pain, bladder and gastrointestinal problems, fever, and leg cramps. Today, clinical studies support its use in chronic venous insufficiency (when the veins of the lower leg are unable to send blood back toward the heart), varicose veins, haemorrhoids and postoperative edema.


Nonesuch [29072020
2020, Unique Lumen Print [Silver Gelatin (RC)]
127x178mm

Origin:
Africa, Asia and Europe

Black medic extract reportedly has antibacterial qualities and may be effective as a mild laxative.  Bees seem to love these flowers which can be used in honey production.

Known as the ‘Nonesuch’ it shares its name with Silene chalcedonica (native of eastern Russia), and is the floral emblem of the city of Bristol, which in its day was a port known for explorers, traders, pirates and privateers.

Coltsfoot [06092020]
2020, Unique Lumen Print [Silver Gelatin (RC)]
127x178mm

Origin:
Europe + western and central Asia

Traditionally applied to the skin to treat problems such as inflammation, eczema and stings, coltsfoot is also known as remedy for sore throats and coughs. The flowers can be tossed into salads to add aromatic flavour.

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