Home Remedies: How to Use Kitchen Staples to Treat Common Ailments

Home Remedies: How to Use Kitchen Staples to Treat Common Ailments

by Julie Bruton-Seal, Matthew Seal


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A complete herbal handbook of home cures and kitchen remedies from the team behind Backyard Medicine and Backyard Medicine for All! Originally published in the UK as Kitchen Medicine.

Years ago, every household practiced kitchen medicine. Doctors were expensive and people were self-reliant—even when it came to health care. Today, doctors are more expensive and we've become much less self-reliant. Now Home Remedies revives that lost tradition of the kitchen as pharmacy.

Learn how:
  • Fennel wards off symptoms of menopause
  • Garlic reduces cholesterol levels
  • Lemon relieves rheumatism
  • Ginger treats a cold
  • An olive oil purge can eliminate gallstones
  • Sore joints are eased with mustard
  • So much more!
With great original photography, foolproof recipes, and fascinating insights into the history of these household ingredients, Home Remedies gives you the "medicinal intelligence" to create your own remedies and cures from the remarkable treasures found sitting in your kitchen right now. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510754058
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 557,832
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julie Bruton-Seal was born in Australia and grew up in Africa and other wild places. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lived for many years. Julie also trained as an herbalist with Christopher Hobbs, renowned California herbalist, acupuncturist, and author. Julie's photographs have been published in books and magazines, including National Geographic, and she contributes regularly to the journal The Herbalist. Julie's interest in health led her to train in herbal medicine, iridology, and energy medicine. As a practicing herbalist, she grows and collects many of her own herbs and makes her own essences. She also teaches workshops on herbal medicine making, and is the author of Backyard MedicineBackyard Medicine for All, and The Herbalist's Bible

Matthew Seal has worked as an in-house and freelance editor and writer for books, magazines, and newspapers. He co-authored Backyard MedicineBackyard Medicine for All, and The Herbalist's Bible

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Introduction viii

The ingredients x

Using kitchen medicines xii

Allspice 2

Almond 5

Aniseed, anise 8

Apple 10

Arrowroot 14

Banana 16

Barley 18

Basil 22

Beetroot, red beet 26

Bicarbonate of soda, baking soda 28

Blueberry 32

Butter & ghee 34

Cabbage 39

Cardamom, elachi 42

Carrot 46

Celery 48

Chilli / cayenne pepper 50

Chocolate 55

Cinnamon 59

Cloves 62

Coconut 65

Coffee 68

Coriander, cilantro 72

Corn, maize 76

Cranberry 80

Cumin 82

Dill 85

Fennel 88

Fenugreek 92

Figs 94

Garlic 96

Ginger 100

Honey 104

Lemon 107

Mushrooms 110

Mustard 112

Nutmeg & mace 115

Oats 118

Olive 122

Onion 126

Orange 130

Oregano & marjoram 133

Parsley 136

Pepper 140

Pineapple 144

Poppy seed 146

Pumpkin 148

Rice 150

Rosemary 152

Sage 156

Salt 160

Star anise 164

Sugar 166

Tea 168

Thyme 173

Turmeric 176

Vinegar 181

Water 183

Yogurt 186

Quick reference by ailment 189

Notes to the text 198

Recommended reading 203

Resources 204

Index 205

The authors 208

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