book: natural alternatives

by kath_red on 03/02/2010

in Features, Green Crafting

With all concoctions and homemade remedies around the place (mmm chai concentrate + calendula eye compress, dry skin remedies and from remedy quarterly (new quarterly self published mag found via design*sponge), a whole page of online remedies (the print version looks delicious too), I thought it high time I reviewed this book.

Natural Alternatives for You and Your Home: 175 Recipes to Make Eco-Friendly Products By Casey Kellar. Krause Publications (August 3, 2009).

With so many books published – and websites offering free advice – on natural alternatives – does this book offer anything unique to readers? For me books always offer something unique that you can’t get from the internet – the ability to pick it up and take it away (don’t get me wrong – I love the instantaneous ability to self diagnose that the internet gives – don’t you? – scary but true…).

There are few things I love about this book though that I have seen lacking in other similar books, such as cost comparisons with making homemade remedies like home made insecticides with a store bought version. Also there is an excellent index and glossary of the basic ingredients used in the recipes (like borax and essences and oils etc), as well as a guide to natural herbs, extracts and oils + of course a multitude of recipes for pets, for home cleaning, for skincare + beauty, for colds and flu.

Extract from book:

Tangle trouble:
A little bit of mayonnaise works a a hair de-tangler and conditioner. … work a tablespoon of mayonnaise in the hair and leave on for a minute. Use a big-tooth comb to comb through the hair and remove snarls. Rinse well. Leaves a great shine and it does not burn the eyes.

[Ingredients of mayonnaise are basically egg + olive oil … all good for the skin. ed]

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