Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes (Anglais) Broché – 21 février 2013
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I have been waiting for this book to be available in the States, as a friend from the UK had been raving about it.
I already use (almost) only natural/organic beauty products and drugs, but look forward to replacing some store-bought with home made. Furthermore, I cook from scratch and make most of my cleaning products from scratch. Finally, I do use essential oils and flower essences to help alter my moods and for medicinal purposes--and they work. (For example, lavender is calming, tea tree for blemishes, etc.) So, Grow Your Own Drugs this is a natural step forward for me.
I also like that the author, James Wong, is a scientists who has also studied the properties of plants around the world--this is no hobbyist! (As someone who has dabbled with the property of plants, I recognize many of the cures as those that are well established.) So, I feel comfortable will his advice and recipes.
A quick look shows me that I already have many ingredients necessary to get me started on making several recipes, including one for inflammation, sore throats and for the upcoming season--bee stings.
Author of HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT.
Would recommend in a heartbeat to anyone who wants to take care of their body the natural way.
This book is full of very nice ideas, but not all of the recipes are simple! I live on a farm in Central Portugal and have a lot of established aromatic herbs, nettle patches, medicinal herbs and flowers, shrubs softfruit and trees..including pine and eucalyptus trees, but even so only a half dozen or so of these recipes would i be able to make immediately, and some of the combinations of ingredients are not seasonally compatible.
I think Wong could mention for a lot of the recipes that they can be simplified, and that the glycerine etc is not entirely necessary if you just want to use beeswax and make a salve rather than gel. I'm not entirely sold on adding white soap, gelatine or vitamin C powder either, but have the knowledge to make my own adaptions.
I like the top 100 plant section at the back of the book, which makes this book worth having for the beginner, but as another reviewer pointed out the contra indications of the herbs are rather overglossed. Hops for example can have the opposite of the desired sedative effect on the insomniac...individual herbs do have a very specific effect on each individual person, so use with caution!! I would never make such a potent mix as his headlice lotion for my little ones hair...not to mention I'm familiar with all the ingredients and it would smell REVOLTING!! Olive oil, vinegar, and a 2-3 drops of thyme n teatree essential oils will suffice, as long as you use a good metal nit comb (preferably spiralled) and repeat after 7 days..works 100 per cent and does't smell foul!
I must say I've only begun reading the year book these days since some rain arrived, but content wise it seems much more promising, and I will review it when I have had a thorough read and made a few experiments.
This book is a lovely gift for a James Wong fan, and a nice one to have on the shelf, but won't become one of my main references to be sure. If you enjoyed this book and don't already have Laurel Vukovics 1001 Natural Remedies then I highly reccommend it, as it has LOTS of these kind of recipes with many simple variants of each, and also tips for the home and petcare too, a must have for those who want to rid their lives of pharmaceutical products. For those more interested in herbs for healing have a look at Kitty Campions books, not so colourful and beautifully illustrated, but really the advice of a long term practitioner and professional herbalist.
I know this review was long winded but hope it is also helpful.
This starts off by discussing how to create and harvest your ingredients, as well as the things you may need to do so. It then goes on to suggest various remedies for a variety of complaints. These are broken up into chapters, Digestive Disorders, Skin Complaints, Kids, Aches and Pains, Women's Stuff, Under the Weather, Mind and finally Face and Body. This then finishes up looking at 100 plants and their uses. This last section has a picture of each plant, its Latin name, what it's good for, a brief recipe for its use and how to grow it.
Some of these recipes are easier to make than others and range from making a quick cup of fresh herbal tea, to more involved recipes where you need to prepare and cook the ingredients more.
The recipes I have tried seemed to have worked reasonably well and are tasty to boot. It is always good to try these natural remedies for minor complaints before seeking modern pharmaceutical alternatives, but as ever common sense should prevail and you should seek medical advice for more serious complaints.
This is an accessible and easy to follow introduction to herbal remedies and should provide enough info to get you started in this area of healthy living. It is an added bonus that a lot of these recipes are tasty or smell nice and are inexpensive to create at home.
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