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Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine: Home-Crafted Remedies for Health and Beauty Paperback – July 10, 2015
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This book, Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine, to me, has some genuine good intentions, and a fair bit of hokum too, in my humble opinion. So whether or not this book has remedies and recipes that are up your alley will depend greatly on how high a regard you hold herbalists and naturalists. I'm all for trying a natural approach for minor aches and pains, and any time I don't have to take a pill (OTC or prescription) is good, but I always worry when a good thing gets oversold. So, if you're inclined to want to use homeopathic, naturalistic, or herbalistic remedies, this book is going to be your cup of herbal tea. But for skeptics like me, who have seen people harmed by turning a blind eye to traditional medicine, this book didn't entirely speak to me. There are some good, home-spun remedies and poultices, for things like skin care, hair health and home cleaning and deodorizing, but when you start using herbs and essential oils to "cure" maladies like a relationship breakup, death of a pet, or binge TV watching, I'm sorry, you've lost me. Especially when all the oils, herbs and what have you could quickly add up and end up more expensive than and aspirin or a Benadryl.
In the end, your preconceptions will decide if you will get much from Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine. I did not, but the plethora of more positive reviews means that there's quite a few people who took plenty from this book and made it work. But for me, in drought-stricken California, saturating a washcloth in essential oils and then "soaking in a shower for 10-15 minutes" with the towel in the corner isn't going to fly.
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If you have color damaged hair like I do, from having to keep up with my grays!! Be sure to check out the recipe on page 102. Three ingredients are all you need to make this Aloe peppermint hair mask treatment! Or page 100 for chapped lips. You can make a Chamomile lip scrub, with only four ingredients! I am really liking the skin and hair recipes. Some of the recipes are for a one time use, which is great. You make it and then use it. For most of the skin and body recipes it calls for specified essential oils. This is great, I have a stash of them and wasn't really sure what to do with them besides putting them in a diffuser. The book does also briefly talk about essential oils and info on what quality grade oil you may have. I love that this book is well written, and easy to follow directions. It's a keeper, and I'm excited to get started!! I definitely want to do an update on using the recipe for color damaged hair, and let you all know how that went. So I'll be back soon! I did receive this book in exchange for my honest review, and I am very thankful to have had this opportunity to do so.