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Book Description

1 April 2010

James Wong is back, putting his ethnobotanical expertise to use once again, with over 100 new, natural, cheap and easy remedies, showing you and those around you how to have a fantastically healthy year.

Whether you're fed up with your hormones, worried about your baby's nappy rash, your partner is prone to a sore-throat, or leg-waxing is proving just too expensive to maintain, Grow Your Own Drugs: A Year With James Wong offers over 100 great new remedies to soothe all manner of common conditions and beauty problems - whenever they might flare up.

James shows how easy it to have access to the right ingredients whatever the weather, with his easy-to follow seasonal focus - whether you've got a window box, a roof terrace, a country garden (or a computer to order the goods online…). His seasonal planner takes you right through from Spring to Winter, making sure you know what to plant when, the best time to harvest and how to create your own mini-apothecary (or store-cupboard) at home.

Packed with James's personal top tips and easy solutions for both growing and making remedies, this is your must-have companion to help ward off any ailments and complaints which might crop up throughout the year, the natural, James Wong way.

FEATURES:
• Over 100 new remedies
• New seasonal guide - how to make sure you have all the ingredients you need for a healthy body and mind all year round
• New non-gardener's guide: if you're not green-fingered or don't have a garden, James reveals how to identify plants and how to source good quality ingredients online
• More about James’s personal inspirations: how he came to a career in ethnobotany, how he goes about living his own GYOD year and why a seasonal approach is important and easy to adopt
• James's top tips and new gift flashes (perfect for cheap, thoughtful presents)
• New case studies: how people who've tried and tested the remedies have got on
• New HOME section: brilliant natural and cheap remedies for home life. Contains pet flea powder, horsetail metal polish, wood polish, carpet deodoriser


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007345305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007345304
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Wong grew up in Malaysia and Singapore. He trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and gained an MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent, graduating with distinction. His research has taken him to highland Ecuador, as well as to China and Java. He now lectures at the University of Kent and has also co-designed and built two RHS medal-winning gardens (in 2004 and 2008), which were designed to show that there is more to plants than 'looking pretty'.

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"The recipes in Wong's book offer remedies for a wide range of ailments -from sore throats to hot flashes to head lice...Wong says humans have been battling with insects for only a few thousand years. Plants, however, have been at war with insects for millions of years. 'Over that huge period, there's been time for them to evolve all sorts of unusual strategies, many of which are natural chemical weapons - insecticides - that exist in the environment that can be used in all manner of ways, ' he says. In his recipes, Wong says he hijacks what plants have evolved for themselves, and he uses that to treat humans and animals." -NPR's "All Things Considered" "A provocative title-which sounds even more provocative when you realize that the author's name rhymes with bong. Bonus! But back off, dude. This is actually a guide to growing home remedies - legitimate remedies - for a variety of legitimate ailments, from athlete's foot to water retention. And Wong is an ethnobotanist wh

About the Author

James Wong grew up in Malaysia and Singapore. He trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and gained an MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent, graduating with distinction. His research has taken him to highland Ecuador, as well as to China and Java. He now lectures at the University of Kent and has also co-designed and built two RHS medal-winning gardens (in 2004 and 2008), which were designed to show that there is more to plants than 'looking pretty'.


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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More delights from this series! 4 April 2010
By Bob's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
If (like me) you were a fan of the 1st series of 'grow your own drugs' on BBC2 (and dvd) Grow Your Own Drugs [DVD] [2009]and its accompanying book Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Treats, you will be delighted with this new book. (And with the knowledge that the passionate and evangelical James Wong is back for another series on BBC2).

This new book, contains over 100 new remedies for both medical and beauty remedies, and a seasonal timetable on when and how to grow them. It also offers good advice on where to locate the natural ingredients you may need either locally or even online if you fail to be as 'green fingered' as you would like.

Also included are top tips for general healthy living, case studies and ideas for home remedies too (I was very happy to see the tips for fleas as my pets are gearing up for the summer already and I spend a fortune on flea remedies from the vets!). Some fabby gift ideas too ( I may just be making the Sugar 'flatulence' mice for my brother!!).

224 quality colour pages make this book a real delight. Love it.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple cheap and healthy drugs 9 April 2010
By A customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
James Wong uses his botanical expertise in this book where he teaches how to grow over 100 new, natural, cheap and easy remedies, showing how to improve your health and save money.

His remedies can tackle all manner of common conditions and beauty problems without the need for prescription drugs.

James shows how easy it to have access to the right ingredients with his easy-to follow seasonal instructions even if you do not own a garden.

His yearly planner advises what to plant and when and the best time to harvest ir order to make your own pharmacy at home.

An easy to follow and well illustrated book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Living 24 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
This second book in James Wongs TV series Grow Your Own Drugs is another fact packed volume which supports and builds on the first series.
A whole new range of recipes and treatments is on offer with simple practical advice that laymen and women will gain confidence and inspiration from.
There is also a host of additional internet linked resources.
The whole area of natural treatments with plant medicines is gaining popularity and it is heartening that James has managed to give this knowledge back to the people in a simple humorous and easily understood manner.
I recommend this book to all with an interest in simple living and also to the scientists and drug companys to see that there are no patents on healthy living and many treatments for common ailments are free to hand on the nearest piece of land.
Lets hope this trend continues and the layperson can once more take control of their own everyday health without the confusing array of specialists health products and drug concoctions.
I very much look forward to the next series in which i hope James will touch a little more on the historical context of natural plant remedys in the U.K. and abroad.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give this ten stars if I could! 11 May 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am making up things from this book at a fast a furious pace!

The arthritis tea really does work for me, to the point where now I will not miss my daily cuppa, even though it is messy to make, and a bit of a fuss, but for me, to be pain free, makes it all worth while.

The verbena and cat nip toy is the most loved toy in my arsenal of entertainment for my kitty now. She will lie, wrapped around it, with her nose buried in it, for hours at a time, purring like a little steam engine! The fact that I made it out of one of hubbies old socks might be a help here too though! lol

This year we had a sudden in-flux of clothes moths, probably from a nearby flat that hasn't been used though is still furnished. So I made up the clothes moth remedy balls. To see those moths battering themselves against the windows, in broad daylight, to get out, was a wonderful sight! Add to that the smell is pleasant, not like most moth balls, and I'm a very happy bunny.

The growing instructions for the plants you use in the recipes are well laid out and easy to follow, and I've already started growing some indoors, but he keeps things simple, by keeping the gardening section seperate. But if you don't have access to growing things, or are just plain hopeless at it, there is also a list of trusted suppliers where you can purchase the items ready dried, and even hints on where to get items like turmeric (arthritis tea) cheaply.

I love James Wong's style of writing. The recipes are well written out, easy to follow, and, as yet, I haven't discovered one that doesn't work!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Year with James Wong 26 Jun 2010
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Extremley good book. Very interesting and helpful, with information on herbs and their uses. Very highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grow Your Own Drugs 15 Jun 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
Having enjoyed watched James on the TV, found it ideal to have this book, very interesting and I'll certainly be trying a few things out, an brilliant book to have on your shelf!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is a really good read, informative, inspirational, it gives you the, "I want to try this.", feeling.
If you've watched any of James's programmes from the series, 'Grow your own drugs', you'll know what I mean.
Some of the tips for easily growing your own herbs, like buying some Lemon grass in the supermarket,put in a container of water( a jam jar will do), on your kitchen windowsill, let it root and plant it up, grow on in a pot in a sunny spot....these tips make growing your own drugs more accessible to people.
And yes, I really would love to spend an afternoon with James! Purely research you understand!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grow your own drugs
A very interesting book, although I haven't had the time to make any of the items due to lack of ingredients.
Published 21 days ago by Valerie Georgina Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read it!
Having retired as a medical practitioner I now have an interest in healthy living. Don't get me wrong, naturopathy is not the cure for all ills and orthodox medicine is still... Read more
Published 2 months ago by doc9921
5.0 out of 5 stars grow Your Own Drugs
Nature has always had the answer. What a handy piece of info, and the remedies actually work. Thanks Jamie Wong for your talent.
Published 3 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
this is great, if you have even a little interest in hers and home made remedies do not miss this book it is great, it is modern and it is fun, would definitely recommend
Published 7 months ago by Carolanne Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and fun!
James Wong is an inspirational example to any generation, old and young alike, creating interest in a more healthy lifestyle. He makes it fun!
Published 7 months ago by Monique Grindal
5.0 out of 5 stars Grow your own drugs
James has made home remedies easy to learn and fun to do. On a budget, or wanting the best ingredients, now we cando it for ourselves! Beauty, health and therapies in one
Published 8 months ago by Y E Masure
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks interesting
Although I have had insufficient time to review the book at length it looks quite interesting and the method are so simple it could be of great benefit to we older more vulnerable... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Milly Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars herbal medicine
this along with the other in the series are informative, easy to understand and do-able I use this book often
Published 9 months ago by maria owens
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I love this book, lots of stuff you can try, not sure it all works but you feel you are getting back to being able to look after yourself instead of taking all the mass produced... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Julie Burnett
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough
An interesting read, but I find the growing details pretty scant.

I already have many good books on herbal remedies including The Herbal Drug Store, and the Illustrated... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Devman
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