Troubador The Green Fuse

Released: 28/04/2021

ISBN: 9781800461819

Format: Paperback

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The Green Fuse

…our deep connection with the power of plants

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The Green Fuse is a tribute to plants, describing their powers and their connections to humanity, the earth and the cosmos. Left unconvinced of the enduring success of her cancer treatment by conventional medicine, the gift of a little book along with an opportunity of ‘six months off to find her happiness’ had unexpected consequences. While doing the 40-day herbal cancer cure the author experienced feelings of supreme wellbeing. She decided to investigate why this should be. 

The book outlines extensive research from many disciplines, both worldwide and across the ages. Hilary's findings chart the drastic loss of the use of plants in western medicine. This has been accompanied by the erosion of our deep-rooted harmony with the world-wide web of nature through the loss of valuable traditional knowledge. These have been replaced by our modern system of treating symptoms. Alongside her research she developed a beautiful garden to grow plants based on her findings and from these plants she created and marketed high quality products with exceptional healing properties. 

This is Hilary's story about seeking a felt understanding of the nature of human healing. It shows that regaining the connections we have lost can enhance our health in body and mind and enrich our creativity and spirituality. In the words of Dylan Thomas 'The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age…'

Very nice reviews coming in!:

'This is a lovely book: beautifully written, well illustrated and nicely presented. The author's love of plants and nature comes through on every page and the account of how she created an extensive herb garden on pastoral land in a peaceful valley in the Haute Savoie would be inspiring for any gardener.
Hilary is a plantswoman and a botanist - they are not the same thing - who has cultivated plants with medicinal value and used her scientific knowledge to distil their essences and make them available for sale. She describes how this developed from her discovery of a plant-based diet which helped in her recovery from cancer and how her fervent love of nature led her to holistic science, Jungian studies and shamanism. It is a story which embraces practical science as well as an exploration of life values. The subtitle of the book sums it up: "Our deep connection with the power of plants".'

Ray Hutton, journalist, author, sometime publisher - and a fellow Botany graduate from the class of '65.

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Hilary Miflin, a medical herbalist, distiller and botanical wise woman - someone who many years ago came through cancer to transform her life into one devoted to the healing power of plants - has just published an amazing book called ‘The Green Fuse’.

Part of Hillary's extraordinarily abundant journey through the world of medicinal plants was her training as a clinical aromatherapist through my school, the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy, in London from 1997-98. Hillary excelled in the course and shared her knowledge of and passion for plants freely among her group.

Hillary's gracious enthusiasm made it easy for her to make connections and forge friendships with all kinds of healers, teachers, distillers and purveyors. This, together with her inquiring intellect and the experience she has accrued as a grower-distiller at her home and garden in the Swiss Alps, has given her a special insight into the healing potency of herbs and essential oils.

Hilary's insights and plant experiences are beautifully rendered in her book "The Green Fuse", designed in one of my favourite typefaces, Adobe Jenson, and with beautiful photographs and hand-drawn illustrations of Chevenoz and its medicinal plants.

As the back cover reads, "this is Hillary's story about seeking a felt understanding of the nature of human healing. It shows that regaining the connections we have lost can enhance our health in body and mind and enrich our creativity and spirituality. In the words of Dylan Thomas, the force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age."

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is one to treasure.

by Gabriel Mojay Chair of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA)

www.apothecaryplants.org.uk

Hilary Miflin, a medical herbalist, distiller and botanical wise woman - someone who many years ago came through cancer to transform her life into one devoted to the healing power of plants - has just published an amazing book called ‘The Green Fuse’.

Part of Hillary‘s extraordinarily abundant journey through the world of medicinal plants was her training as a clinical aromatherapist through my school, the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy, in London from 1997-98. Hillary excelled in the course and shared her knowledge of and passion for plants freely among her group.

Hillary‘s gracious enthusiasm made it easy for her to make connections and forge friendships with all kinds of healers, teachers, distillers and purveyors. This, together with her inquiring intellect and the experience she has accrued as a grower-distiller at her home and garden in the Swiss Alps, has given her a special insight into the healing potency of herbs and essential oils.

Hilary’s insights and plant experiences are beautifully rendered in her book ‘The Green Fuse’, designed in one of my favourite typefaces, Adobe Jenson, and with beautiful photographs and hand-drawn illustrations of Chevenoz and its medicinal plants.

As the back cover reads, “this is Hillary‘s story about seeking a felt understanding of the nature of human healing. It shows that regaining the connections we have lost can enhance our health in body and mind and enrich our creativity and spirituality. In the words of Dylan Thomas, ‘the force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age’.“

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s one to treasure.

by Gabriel Mojay Chair of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA)


'This is a lovely book: beautifully written, well illustrated and nicely presented. The author's love of plants and nature comes through on every page and the account of how she created an extensive herb garden on pastoral land in a peaceful valley in the Haute Savoie would be inspiring for any gardener.
Hilary is a plantswoman and a botanist - they are not the same thing - who has cultivated plants with medicinal value and used her scientific knowledge to distil their essences and make them available for sale. She describes how this developed from her discovery of a plant-based diet which helped in her recovery from cancer and how her fervent love of nature led her to holistic science, Jungian studies and shamanism. It is a story which embraces practical science as well as an exploration of life values. The subtitle of the book sums it up: "Our deep connection with the power of plants".'

Ray Hutton, journalist, author, sometime publisher - and a fellow Botany graduate from the class of '65.

by Ray Hutton


When the author was diagnosed with breast cancer she found herself on a journey that took her to a new world and a new understanding of the power of plants that went way beyond her professional scientific training. Hilary Miflin’s determination to live life to the full, studying herbalism, developing her skills as a gardener, learning the art of making plant oils and tinctures and discovering the dimly lit corners of her inner world through Jungian analysis and shamanic practices make this book a truly inspiring read.

The illustrations and beautiful photographs make The Green Fuse not only a joy to read but to look at as well.

by Fenella Dormoy


All who want to work towards a continued future for our world should read this inspiring and explorative approach to gardening and an understanding of nature that transcends science as we know it to bring healing and happiness

by Andrea Hargreaves


'Whether you are interested in creating a garden, growing herbs, herbal medicine, helping to cure yourself or your loved ones or simply staying healthy, Hilary has written a book that touches on all of these subjects and more. It’s a book for our time, when the health of planet and people is compromised by the way we have been exploiting our resources and polluting our world. Although The Green Fuse traces a personal journey back to health through growing, preparing and using herbs, it also describes a journey that we all need to make back to the soil that feeds us.
Hilary chose to explore a new path when she was diagnosed with cancer and she generously shares this with us in her book. As in the poem of its title, The Green Fuse leaves the reader with no doubt about the connection of the natural world and the human psyche.
I read the book as a keen gardener and environmentalist with a son who was diagnosed with cancer some years ago. I recently gave it to my herbalist friend who is setting out to grow and prepare her own herbal remedies. I have no doubt she will enjoy it as much as I did.'

Dinah Pryor, Environmental campaigner and wildlife gardener

by Dinah Pryor


The Green Fuse is a wonderful portrayal of one woman's love affair with nature and its magical healing plants. Its also charts Hilary's exciting journeys through family life, her wonderful property in Chevenoz, her encounter with cancer and her search for alternative, herbal treatments. It was in Chevenoz that Hilary developed her passion for healing plants and became a distiller creating beautiful pure oils harvested from her French garden. Time spend in the Physic Garden in Kew deepened a conviction of our essential link with nature and its healing power.

But Hilary is also a scientist and all her discoveries are based in solid research and critical thinking.

The book is also a scientific description of each healing plant and their properties, much of which have been lost to modern society but would have been fully understood in Shakespeare's time. This book hopefully will light a fuse in society and inspire us all to fight for the health of our planet.

Beautifully presented the book is a visual treat with photographs and illustrations, all hand drawn by the author.

Mairin Colleary

by Mairin Colleary


There are so many things I love about The Green Fuse that I’m not sure where to start. Having read all the chapters that jumped out at me, I’m now looking forward to having it by my bed to dip into so I can learn more about the uses and history of familiar plants, how the author created her herb garden, the power of aromatherapy and so much more.

I enjoyed learning the history of energy medicine with its central premise of connection, and a ‘force’ or power that can be evoked for healing, and then the decline of herbal remedies which came with the industrialization of medicine. I was introduced to the work of people like Goethe and Humboldt about whom I knew nothing and saw how their work influenced Steiner and others. I can’t wait to dive back into the sections on biodynamic principles, planetary influences and Le Calendrier Lunaire.

Some parts of the book are very familiar to me; Bach Flower Remedies, Chinese medicine and notions of Qi, prana and auras, and yet through this book I have come to appreciate that these energy systems exist in the plant world just as much as they do in our own bodies and that of other animals.

Lastly, and above all, it is the sections on Shamanism which inspire me the most. Following the author’s self discovery and healing through journeying and dreams was a delight. To hear how she uses her dreams and journeys to deepen her connection the spirits of plants has changed my relationship to my garden and to the vegetables and fruit I eat.

I love her clear and unambiguous description of the ancient practice of Shamanic journeying and it’s uses to break down barriers and deepen our connection with the spirits of plants and the Spirit World. When she talks about plants being sentient and yet, like so many other aspects of our world, increasingly commodified, it all made so much sense to me and left me with an inner ‘Of course, I knew that!’. I am grateful to the author for sharing her life’s work and inspiring me to delve deeper into the vibrant world of Nature.

by Robin Shell, Reiki Master and Emotional Freedom Technique and Shamanic Practitioner


Hilary Miflin

Hilary is a botanist, herbalist, aromatherapist and gardener with a passion for plants and interest in plant/human connections and health.

As Jungian analysand and shamanic practitioner, she uses dreams and journeys as authentic "ways of knowing"; as teacher, science communicator and writer, she loves weaving ideas together and telling stories.


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