Kimberley Bush Medicine: Medicinal Plants of the Kimberley Region of Western Australia

Kimberley Bush Medicine: Medicinal Plants of the Kimberley Region of Western Australia

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Madison King and John Horsfall

Kimberley Bush Medicine is a comprehensive guide to the medicinal plants that were regularly used by the Indigenous people of the Kimberley region, providing alternative treatments and protection from common ailments. Authors Madison King and retired nurse educator John Horsfall have compiled this invaluable knowledge from the wisdom passed down by Kimberley elders, ensuring that it will not be lost forever with the passing of time.

This practical reference covers over 250 different species of medicinal plants, providing information on their uses and how to prepare them. It is the first of its kind to provide such a comprehensive compilation of medicinal plants used by Aboriginal people of the Kimberley region before European settlement.

Kimberley Bush Medicine includes images of each plant, making it an essential resource for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. With no comparable book on plant medicines available, this guide is a must-have for anyone interested in traditional healing practices and the preservation of ancient knowledge.


"Kimberley Bush Medicine is a must-have reference for anyone interested in exploring Australia’s vast range of culturally important plants." Fiona Murdoch, Growing Australian No.267 March 2024


Please note there are post-publication corrections available to download.

About the Authors

Madison King is an Aboriginal woman from the Kimberley’s. She is a Yawuru, Karajarri, Nykinaina, and Bunaba woman from the West Kimberley, and was raised in the East Kimberley on her father’s side. She holds a double degree in Psychology, Criminology, and Justice and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws at Edith Cowan University. Most of her early childhood was spent between the remote town of Wyndham, in the East Kimberley, and the remote and isolated community of Oombulgurri, also known as Forrest River Mission, where she was taught the skills to survive, how to forage for food, star navigation, and tracking. Madison is passionate about the preservation and sharing of cultural knowledge and practise.

John Horsfall has had a long career as a Mental Health and General Nurse. He has taught at the Western Australian School of Nursing and, later, at the Curtin University Centre for Aboriginal Studies. He was the Training Coordinator at the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service in Perth before retiring in 2013.

Book details


PUBLISHED: 11 September 2023

ISBN: 978-1-76080-219-6

FORMAT: 600 pages, C format paperback, colour internals, 228 x 159 mm, 1kg

PRICE: $49.99 incl GST


GENRE: Health and Medicine; Non-fiction; First Nations