Thursday, May 02, 2013

Hands On Healing Remedies

Hands-On Healing Remedies

150 Recipes For Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments & Other Topical Therapies

By Stephanie L. Tourles

Published by Storey, November 2012

Herbal medicine is an absolutely huge field of study and  its very complexity may put many people off the idea of learning about how to use herbs.

Stephanie Tourles has produced an extremely useful book which seeks to enable the reader to learn about a relatively small number of  herbs and essential oils and be able to use them confidently and safely as topical remedies applied to the skin. Her three decades of experience of using herbs and formulating her own remedies has been generously shared with her readers, along with the knowledge passed down to her from her grandfather and her great-grandmother, for whom reliance on herbal medicine was a natural way of life.

She explains how the skin is structured and able to effectively absorb the medicinal components of herbal remedies and why locally grown (preferably home-grown)  and harvested native herbs are generally to be preferred to those from other parts of the world. Even the kitchen can be a valuable source of herbal remedies, and with just  basic ingredients, a huge range of remedies can be created which will help to heal many ailments, from warts to stretchmarks, eczema to gout,  body odour to colds and flu, and much, much more.

Each "recipe" is described clearly, utilising easily available equipment and including information about how long it will take to prepare, how much  it will yield, how long it can be safely kept for and very specific dosing instructions. I particularly liked the extensive section of remedies which can be used for babies and children, covering everything from cradle cap to colic massage oil, head lice treatment (and prevention!) to nappy/diaper rash. The problems of modern day living are are also covered and problems such as stress, exhaustion, headaches, insomnia and enhancing memory/concentration are discussed and appropriate  helpful remedies suggested.

This is a truly fascinating book and I defy any reader *not * to be intrigued, engaged and then seriously consider giving the  remedies a trial. I've bought a supply of beeswax and am looking forward to trying out some of these remedies!

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