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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007345305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007345304
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.4 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster based in London, England. Graduating with a Master of Science degree in Ethnobotany in 2006, he has pursued his key research interests of underutilised crop species, ethnopharmacology and traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java and China.

He is the author of the internationally best-selling books 'Grow Your Own Drugs' and 'Homegrown Revolution'. His presenting work spans a range of BBC programmes, including the award-winning 'Grow Your Own Drugs' & 'Great British Garden Revival', as well as Radio 4's 'Gardeners' Question Time'.

Becoming an RHS Ambassador in 2014, James is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences in relevant and accessible ways. In 2015 The Sunday Times listed him as one of the Top 20 most influential people in horticulture.

With his obsession for food nearly eclipsing his love of plants, James' small London garden serves as a testing-station for all manner of crops and horticultural ideas from around the world.

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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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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Bob and Billy's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 April 2010
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 By A customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2010
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Waggott on 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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By S. Baldwin on 11 May 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. C. Johns on 25 Aug. 2010
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The second book from James Wong. Beautifully written and illustrated. We've tried several of the 'recipies' ad they DO what they say in the book. The book is also packed with so much information. It is a one stop for all the information you will need, including how to cultivate aswell as harvest! I can only say Excellent James Wong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Lawrence on 29 Jun. 2010
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An inspirational book to read and use for reference. Beautifully presented and full of enthusiasm for the subject, it cannot fail to encourage the reader to grow and forage for plants with healing qualities, and then go on to make really helpful remedies.
I can personally vouch for the efficacy of many of the recipes and look forward to trying many more.
However, reader beware. You are soon going to want more space to grow herbs , and then much more cupboard and shelf space to store ingredients and the finished products !
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