Whether you're struggling with insomnia, the kids have eczema, or your partner is feeling under the weather, this book could have the answer. With easy recipes ethnobotanist James Wong shows how to make simple creams, salves, teas and much, much more from the stuff growing in your window box, the local garden centre or in the hedgerows. Using the flowers, fruit, roots, trees, vegetables and herbs that are all around us James provides preparations to help relieve a whole range of common conditions, including acne, anxiety, cold sores and general aches and pains - plus great ideas for beauty treats such as bath bombs and shampoos. Inspired by his grandmother in Malaysia who taught him about the health-giving properties of plants, James uses his top class academic knowledge to show how easy - and cheap - it is to make creams, lotions, lozenges and more which can help relieve the symptoms of a variety of common complaints. He reveals how many plants contain the same active ingredients as over-the-counter drugs and chooses his Top 100 plants to grow or buy, complete with ideas for a whole range of uses.So unleash the power of plants and soothe the symptoms of everyday ailments the natural way.
About the Author
James Wong (BSc. MSc.) is an ethno-botanist. Half-Malaysian, he was born in Singapore to an indigenous Iban father and English mother. James' passion for plants has driven him to some of the remotest regions on earth to study their ancient and mysterious uses (he has recently returned from rural Ecuador) and he works as a consultant advising companies and organisations on useful plants and their applications. James was trained to master's level at the prestigious botanical gardens in Kew. He is currently at work designing a new botanical garden for the University of Kent.
I really encourage anyone who is interested in natural remedies to buy this!! I hope they make another TV series so Mr Wong can put out a sequel! I have only made a handful of the recipes so far but they all work, the products are easy to grow and/or to get your hands on if your'e not inclined to grow them but my garden looks beautiful and I feel great :-)
This book is full of easy to make natural remedies for common problems using our basic herbs, vegetables and other plants;the photos are excellent, and the book is a joy to read.
Having researched these recipes for several years, it is a delight to find some that you do not have to be a practising chemist to understand, and that are also reasonably quick and easy to make.
Written in England,there are certain plants used that are hard to get hold of here in New Zealand, but these are in the minority and New Zealanders can use many of the recipes without a problem sourcing ingredients.
I would recommend this book to all interested in keeping their friends and family healthy naturally, Ginny Clayton (www.ginnysherbs.com)
What a fantastic little book, easy to follow recipes, well illustrated.
Even the naturopaths at work liked it, so the info can't be bad.
Looking forward to a little free time to dig in and follow a couple since there are plenty of treatments to normal things we all go through in there.
I had seen the television show Grow Your Own Drugs and loved it. I was pleased to find the book. After receiving it, I am equally as happy. Some if the herbs mentioned in the book, I am not familiar with, but the book is easily written and describes the process of making the products clearly.
Over all, a good book. It fits into my philosophy of taking control and do for myself.
I bought this book after watching a couple of episodes of the "Grow your own Drugs" programme. I decided to buy the book because in the programme his measurements are not specified i.e. it looked like a handful of hops but according to the internet it was five handfuls of hops. My flatmate has an interest in growing the flowers and herbs for the recipes in the book and I'm interested in making them.
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