Nature's Best Remedies - National Geographic
4 STARSABOUT THE BOOK -
A guide to the world's most therapeutic foods, herbs, spices, and essential oils will allow the healing power of nature to energize your body and enrich your life, providing a surefire path to good health and well-being.
This authoritative guide to the foods, herbs, spices, essential oils, and other natural substances that alleviate common ailments will enhance your life--from treating illness to sharpening the mind, losing weight, cleaning the home, enhancing pregnancy, and reducing the effects of aging. Divided into two sections--Nature's Cures and Nature's Pharmacopoeia--this beautifully illustrated guide provides up-to-date information on such timely topics as the perils of packaged foods and the benefits of phytochemicals, how to achieve major results with minor alterations in your food choices, the soothing benefits of essential oils, and the most effective methods for maximizing such natural home helpers as salts, vinegars, oils, and more. Innovative recipes offer easy, effective dishes that utilize multiple herbs, spices, and fresh foods for powerhouse results.
MY THOUGHTS -
This is a great book - for a beginner. I love that this book covers a wide range. It covers areas such as pregnancy, baby health, allergies, growing older, weight issues, etc. I do wish that it were more specific about certain problems and ailments but then I guess the book would be about 2000 pages long. It does have a real nice section (about half the book) all about herbs and veg. - how are they good for your body and what are the health benefits - I love this. And then at the very end of the book are sections about vegetarianism (I am a vegetarian myself) and a chapter on each of the food groups - grains, dairy, etc.
All-in-all this book is very vague. Could it have been better - yes. But like I said it would have to be 2000 pages in order to cover everything. I think the purpose of this is just to give an overview of natural and more holistic ways of living. THEN from here you can get a more in depth book. I think this would be a great book for someone who doesn't know anything about it and is wondering, or a gift for someone who wants to start trying to be more holistic. They can try some of these suggestions and see if if works for them.
I am very critical when it comes to these kinds of books because I am not new to holistic and natural living. I have been a vegetarian for almost 40 years and have been using natural/alternative/holistic medicine for 30 years. This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. I love reviewing books like these and if I can turn someone onto the idea of holistic living with one of these books then that is a great added bonus!
So - this book, in my opinion, is a good place to start!
Here are a few pictures of the pages in the different sections.
Thank you National Geographic and TLC Book Tours for this book in exchange for an honest review!