HEALTH & MEDICINE

The Natural Remedies Guide

Thunder Bay Dec. 2023. 304p. ed. by Rachel Newcombe. ISBN 9781667200835. pap. $24.99. MED
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This new guide edited by British health writer Newcombe (The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies) provides useful information for readers interested in treating basic health and lifestyle issues. The introduction defines natural remedies, along with their history and uses for self-care, mind- and body-healing, and even household tasks. The book shows readers how to use natural remedies safely and stresses that one should consult a medical professional before buying the ingredients and making the remedies. This title also covers growing, preserving, and preparing herbs and related products, including teas, tinctures, essential oils, cosmetics, and products for hair and bathing. The color illustrations will help readers identify the plants. For those thinking about cooking with herbs, there are recipes. The book also includes a section about aromatherapy and crystals to use when the goal is self-care, healing, or relaxation.
VERDICT A good, reasonably priced resource for consumer health collections. With continuing interest in natural medicine, this volume on the topic is welcome.
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