A pioneering scientist writes of the benefits of forest bathing and the fascinating ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees – the inspiration for the documentary Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
Renowned scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger presents an unforgettable and highly original work of natural history with The Global Forest. She explores the fascinating and largely untapped ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees: leaves that can comb the air of particulate pollution, fatty acids in the nuts of hickory and walnut trees that promote brain development, the compound in the water ash that helps prevent cancer, aerosols in pine trees that calm nerves. In precise, imaginative, and poetic prose, she describes the complexity and beauty of forests, as well as the environmental dangers they face. The author's indisputable passion for her subject matter will inspire readers to look at trees, and at their own connection to the natural world, with newfound awe.
“On occasion, someone understands a subject so deeply that information is transmuted into wisdom. This book marks one of those occasions – it is rich and hopeful and compelling.”
– Bill McKibben
“Beautifully written . . .this book delves into environmental sciences with a fresh perspective.”
– New Scientist
“The essays of The Global Forest are a beautiful and poetic tribute to their subject, based on wide-ranging scientific knowledge.”
– E.O. Wilson
“Beresford-Kroeger is among the world’s experts in forest medicine . . . She hopes that by educating people about the beneficial effect of forest environments on human health, it will encourage forest repopulation, which will, in turn, counteract the effects of global warming and pollution.” –The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“An important book with many significant insights into the interconnectedness of trees and other life forms.”
– Orion Magazine
About the Author
Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a botanist and medical biochemist who is an expert on the medicinal, environmental, and nutritional properties of trees. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and on NPR. A scientific advisor to the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, she lives in Ontario, Canada.