Most accidents happen in the kitchen. But if there are lurking dangers, the average kitchen also contains many handy but often overlooked remedies for treating common ailments or household emergencies. The products for these remedies include herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, condiments and dressings, oils and vinegars, and many other common and familiar items. The ingredients are all easily found in the kitchen although in some cases they are exotic in origin (just think of tea, coffee and chocolate). The ailments and illnesses that kitchen medicine can address are comprehensively listed, making diagnosis and cure both immediate and easy.
|Author||Julie Bruton Seal and Matthew Seal|
|Short title||Kitchen Medicine|
|Long title||Kitchen Medicine - Household Remedies for Common Ailments and Domestic Emergencies|
- a wonderful rich harvest of medicinal remedies made from ingredients found in our kitchens Review by Glennie Kindred
I really like the way it is laid out. Despite every page being crammed with information, it is easy to follow and a delight to use and has a good ‘quick reference by ailment’ section at the back. The book includes familiar spices, fruit, vegetables, drinks, condiments and many other things found in our kitchens. It transports us into a deeper and richer relationship with them by providing us with their botanical information, their political history and their medicinal traditions worldwide. The medicinal actions of the plants, the reasons why the treatments work, are covered clearly, with an easy to follow scientific base.
This is the best book I’ve seen on this subject and I just want to buy it for everyone I know! It encourages and inspires us to join in, to become part of this rich heritage and to experiment with developing our own medicines and recipes. It empowers us to realise that we don’t need to go out and buy expensive alternative medicines, we can make them ourselves from ingredients we have in our kitchens. This book is a great resource, an inspiration, a thing of great beauty and healing. Everyone should have a copy in their kitchens!
Glennie Kindred is the author of numerous books, including Hedgerow Medicine. (Posted on 20/10/2010)