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About Kim Walker
Kim Walker specialises in researching the history of plants as medicines. She is currently working on a PhD on cinchona and quinine at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Holloway, University of London. She is on the committee of the Herbal History Research Network, the British Society for the History of Pharmacy, the Society of Economic Botany and is a member of the Association of Foragers. For research and consultancy, her website is www.kimwalkerresearch.co.uk
Kim is also the co-author of The Handmade Apothecary (Kyle Books, 2017) and The Herbal Remedy Handbook (Kyle Books, 2019). Her educational herbal and foraging walks, talks and workshops can be found at www.handmadeapothecary.co.uk
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Herbs are quite literally everywhere; it is only our ability to recognise their value that has been lost. Vicky and Kim explore the traditional uses of herbs combined with a modern and scientific understanding of a truly holistic approach so that you can use herbs to treat ailments and improve your general wellbeing. The book contains fascinating information about herbs and with suggestions of what each herb can be used for. Did you know that daisies infused in oil can be used to reduce bruises? That roses can help grieving and anxiety? Or that elderflower cordial can bring down a temperature? There is also an introduction to each of the body's systems (nervous, respiratory etc.) and which herbs are best for treatments. And of course, the book is peppered with vinegars, balms, oils, tinctures, creams, lotions and syrups to create your own little herbal health kit. Vicky and Kim also encourage people to reconnect with their local environment in addition to growing herbs in their gardens or windowsills. An all-encompassing guide for the beginner, The Handmade Apothecary is filled with guidance, useful tips and tried-and-tested recipes that will inspire people to make their own remedies.
Also by Vicky Chown and Kim Walker: The Herbal Remedy Handbook
With self-care, mindfulness and mental health being at the forefront of the popular consciousness, taking control of your health has never felt so important. And learning about herbs and how they can treat and heal ailments and conditions is a good place to start.
The Herbal Remedy Handbook is a collection of practical remedies for home care. It is an ailment and recipe-led reference for first-aid, simple conditions such as coughs and colds, and helpful self-management techniques for more complex conditions such as anxiety and eczema. From vinegars and tonics, creams and balms to syrups and teas, all the recipes use easily accessible, bought, foraged or grown ingredients for you to create your own herbal healthkit.
An indispensable guide for the beginner or the budding herbalist, The Herbal Remedy Handbook is filled with tried-and-tested recipes that will inspire you to make your own remedies.