The Essential Herbal for Natural Health: How to Transform Easy-to-Find Herbs into Healing Remedies for the Whole Family by Holly Bellebuono [blog]. Roost Books (March 13, 2012).
As you may have guessed I am very much into home herbal healing and beauty products lately. I love how they make me feel, how they smell, how satisfying they are to make and that they do really work. I recently published my latest Action Pack Magazine all about this topic – it’s called Family Apothecary – you can download a free excerpt – how to make healing salves.
Holly begins the book by describing the 11 essential herbs that she refers to throughout this book and the various methods for using the herbs — tinctures and herbal oils, tisanes and teas, infusions, decoctions and syrups, plasters and liniments and soaks – it is very thorough. Holly’s writing style is easy to digest and understand — she explains all of this in a very non-stuffy friendly way. The recipes focus on specific remedies to men, women, children and then the whole family.
This book really feels complete. Its compact size and easy layout will mean it can remain in the kitchen or bathroom or close at hand for when you need to quickly look something up, and the lovely breezy, yet knowledgeable writing style will make you want to sit on the couch and read it all cover to cover with a cup of herbal brew.
There is a really lovely chapter titled ‘mind and spirit’ which has recipes for easing anxiety and insomnia, there are teas and tinctures for sleeping and improving memory and for boosting your emotional strength.
I want to share this recipe for Crossroads tea
Holly says that this tea is grounding and centering.
2 tablespoons of dried chopped ginger
1 quart of water (just under 1 litre)
2 tablespoons of dried violet flowers
Simmer the ginger in the water for 5-8 minutes, add the violets and stir and remove from the heat. Cover and let steep for 5-8 minutes. Strain and drink.
Oh and I need to mention the wonderful illustrations — hand drawn by Geninne Zlatkis.