Author(s): Kim Walker
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 for a truly holistic approach so that you can use herbs to treat ailments and improve your general wellbeing.The book contains fascinating information about each herb, with suggestions of what they can be used for. Did you know that daisies infused in oil can be used on bruises? That roses are used for heartache and grieving? 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.
Vicky practises as a medical herbalist in London. She worked at Neal's Yard Remedies for six years providing natural health and beauty advice. Kim works in environmental education and historical plant research, and is a researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Vicky and Kim met five years ago whilst studying Herbal Medicine at Westminster University. They set up Handmade Apothecary to share their passion about the natural power of plants to others.