Non-Fiction Review: Herbalism at Home

Herbalism at Home by Kristine Brown
Herbalism at Home: 125 Recipes for Everyday Health
by Kristine Brown

4 out of 5 stars

Part One of this book talks about the history and benefits of herbalism, equipment and basic ingredients that you need to make the herbal recipes, and an encyclopedia of common herbs and their uses. This includes instructions for drying your own herbs, and types of poultices, syrups, powders, and massage oils. There is an entire chapter with advice on making your own herbal teas, tinctures, tonics, elixirs, salves, ointments, and baths.

Part Two is the actual recipes for herbal mixtures, including remedies for cough, asthma, digestive troubles, nausea, eczema, bug bites, cuts and scrapes, acne, earache, lice, warts, chickenpox, bladder infections, menstrual cramps, hair loss, acid reflux, diabetes, tinnitus, and dozens more. There are also blends for emotional relief from anxiety, insomnia, stress, depression, and PTSD.
There are chapters with recipes for Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Childhood Conditions, Emotional Well-Being, and Aging. There is even a chapter with Personal Care recipes for bath oils, shaving cream, bug repellent, sun care cream, facial cleansers, beard oil, mouthwash, and tooth powder.

There is a glossary at the end for some of the more specific terms and chemicals, as well as a Resource section with other books, magazines, websites, and shops where ingredients can be purchased.

I appreciated that the recipes give clear instructions, and there is a lot of good information in this book. Even if the reader knows nothing about herbs or how to prepare them, anyone would be able to start with this book and find it simple to get started!

I really love the colorful photos and illustrations of the different herbs. The book has beautiful green endpapers with plants and flowers on them.

I can’t wait to try some of these luxurious recipes!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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