Nature's Helping Hand - Scaevola Spinescens, History and Use in Western Australia The Maroon Bush Story
Jeanie (Barrett) Crago with Guest Authors*
This book is the result of my 5 year dream to bring together a comprehensive resource on over 60 years of history of Scaevola Spinescens in Western Australia.
The book contains my introduction to the maroon bush story, newspaper articles from 1947 - 1985, Health Department notes, University research notes, recipes, and anecdotal stories of Maroon Bush Tea.
You will get a fascinating look into the work of Athol Monck, a keen researcher and promoter of indigenous use of Australian plants for medicinal use. The book brings together for the first time information from early outback culture, government departments and activities, giving both insights into early Australian culture regarding health, and the interplay of social vs commercial and political interests.
Current perspectives on Scaevola Spinescens are added to with *guest authors, Dr Ian Cock, Dr Philip Kerr, Associate Professor Bob Longmore, Dr Sue Semple, Dr Sally Nobbs, and Dr Robert L. Pearce.
The book also has a powerful collection of stories from people's personal experience and leaves one with the significant question: Where to from here with the Maroon Bush Story?
The Maroon Bush Story is 170 pages, stitch bound with color pictures