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Kitchen Medicine: Household Remedies for Common Ailments and Domestic Emergenciesby Julie Bruton-seal
Synopses & Reviews
A complete herbal handbook of home cures and remedies
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 weve become much less self-reliant. Now Kitchen Medicine revives that lost tradition of the kitchen as pharmacy.
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
With great original photography, foolproof recipes, and fascinating insights into the history of these household ingredients, Kitchen Medicine gives you the “medicinal intelligence” to create your own remedies and cures from the remarkable and “exotic” treasures found sitting in your kitchen right now.
In Kitchen Medicine the authors describe the wealth of healing and emergency remedies that sit unused and idle in the kitchen. Superb illustrations adorn a lively text. 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).
Though most accidents happen in the kitchen, dangers lurk everywhere in the home. Yet the kitchen is the room thats most likely to hold the remedies for household emergencies—or even common ailments. These arent exotic ingredients but things you likely can find in your own kitchen, including herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, condiments and dressings, oils and vinegars, and lots of other common and familiar items.
In Kitchen Medicine, herbalist Julie Bruton-Seal describes the wealth of healing and emergency remedies that sit unused and idle in your kitchen. Superb illustrations by her photographer husband, Matthew Seal, adorn her lively text. The ailments and illnesses that Kitchen Medicine addresses are comprehensively listed to make diagnosis and cure both immediate and easy.
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 comon ailments or household emergencies.
These simple remedies include herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, condiments and dressings, oils and vinegars, and many other common and familiar items. In Kitchen Medicine the authors describe the wealth of healing and emergency remedies that sit unused and idle in the kitchen. Superb illustrations adorn a lively text. 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.
About the Author
Julie Bruton-Seal has a biology degree from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., trained as a herbalist with Christopher Hobbs, renowned California herbalist, is a Council member of the Association of Master Herbalists and editor of its quarterly magazine, Natures Path. She is co-author of Backyard Medicine.
Matthew Seal has worked in the UK and South Africa as an in-house and freelance editor and writer for books, magazines and newspapers.
Table of Contents
The ingredients x
Using kitchen medicines xii
Aniseed, anise 8
Beetroot, red beet 26
Bicarbonate of soda, baking soda 28
Butter & ghee 34
Cardamom, elachi 42
Chilli/cayenne pepper 50
Coriander, cilantro 72
Corn, maize 76
Nutmeg & mace 115
Oregano & marjoram 133
Poppy seed 146
Star anise 164
Quick reference by ailment 189
Notes to the text 198
Recommended reading 203
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