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A beautifully illustrated guide to the recipes and treatments that have preserved family health for generations
Long before modern medicines became so widely available, families treated everyday illnesses with home-made remedies. Reused and refined year after year, they were handed down through the generations then lovingly copied into personal 'receipt' books. Grandma's Remedies brings together a beguiling collection of them, gathered from dusty medicine chests found in attics, recalled from childhoods long past, or discovered in family archives and libraries. Many of them are surprisingly effective. Did you know, for example, that drinking two cups of strong black coffee will alleviate an asthma attack? Or that chewing toasted fennel seeds will help combat indigestion? Or that rosehip syrup is a terrific source of vitamin C? But Grandmas Remedies is more than a guide to these traditional treatments, it also paints a vivid portrait of the world of our grandparents and great-grandparents. It shows how inventive and resourceful they were with the materials near to hand, how they made the most of everything in the store-cupboard, from bread through to vinegar, and how it was the women of the household who, despite being barred from the medical profession, were relied on to safeguard family health. In these days of antibiotics and painkillers, its easy to forget how people survived when all they had to rely on was a garden, a larder and a healthy dose of common sense. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Not quite as interesting as I had hoped. Most of the remedies are known and I feel not many attics were searched for this book, or older people charmed into giving up their... Read morePublished 12 months ago by lloyds
There are some interesting facts and stories of 'wise women' in this book and I enjoyed reading it. However, the author isn't a herbalist herself and has just collected remedies... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by Millsite
A great book. Some of the remedies I knew but Rose Hip syrup has proved a great benefit for aches and pains.Published on 3 Dec. 2011 by I. Asquith
This is very well-written with a wide range of information ranging from the invaluable to the entertaining. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2011 by Charley 316
This is a great book with lots of interesting stories and remedies. It's easy to read and a good reference book to keep on the shelf.Published on 30 Mar. 2010 by annekiely