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I got this amazing book for just under £3 from Amazon and as an added bonus it was delivered free- which given how heavy it is, is an amazing deal.
Many of my recent reviews have included the fact that within the next few months I will be moving and for the first time I will have a garden. My windowsill herbs can multiply into an abundance of culinary and medicinal wonder. At least it could if I knew a great deal more about herbs. Hence the purchase of this Reader's Digest tome- it is full of info in it's 324 informative and colourful pages. (There are over 500 colourful illustrations).
There are detailed, yet easy to read descriptions including photos and diagrams of 184 plants and their properties. One hundred and fifty herbal treatments for illnesses.
It tells you clearly how to cultivate and harvest your herbs and how to go on to prepare your own herbal remedies.
It also has listings of more than 200 licensed herbal products.
It also talks about herbs in general as Nature's Medicine Chest.
Even if you don't want to grow many of these herbs for medicinal,use, sticking just to the old favourites like peppermint and aloe vera and lavender,
then it is great just for seeing the beautiful plants that some of these herbs are and recognise how attractively they would fit into your herb garden.
Every herb gives a cautionary guide for example Vervain should not be used by those who are pregnant or those taking blood pressure medication.
As well as the A-Z of herbs, there is an A-Z of ailments, broken down into areas of complaints e.g digestion, muscle, bones and joints and importantly for many of us today ageing. Plus many many more. If there are any words that you don't understand they have added an explanatory glossary.
I could not recommend this book highly enough if you have a herb garden that you just want to look gorgeous, if you do want to produce medicinal cures from eucalyptus for your cold to a stinging nettle tincture for anaemia, or if you just want to produce a lavender potpourri or an aloe vera skin lotion.
If any of you like peppermint tea , then I suggest you try this one- put 1 dessert spoon of mint leaves into a cup of boiling water and leave to infuse for ten minutes. This tea they recommend for bloating, sluggishness, digestion, belching, flatulence and inadequate bile secretion. For a tonic effect take 2 cups after meals, for a sedative effect take 1 cup in the evening. You can also use this same recipe as an inhalant and cooled as a mouthwash But after all that I would add it makes the most delicious fresh cup of peppermint tea and a peppermint tea bag will never be as good again.
I am absolutely delighted that I purchased this book and I know it will be a very well used reference book for (hopefully) many many years to come.
If you think herbal medicine is a load of tosh- think again when you next have an aspirin- an aspirin was first developed in the early 1800s when scientists researched the pain relieving effect of the bark of a Willow tree. Add to that fact, that extracts from the Madagascar periwinkle plant, now widely cultivated in Europe, are some of the constituents used to create some of the most effective anti cancer drugs in the world.
Wishing you all good health.