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Grandma's Remedies: Traditional Treatments from Mustard Poultices to Rosehip Syrup
Grandma's Remedies: Traditional...

Grandma's Remedies: Traditional Treatments from Mustard Poultices to Rosehip Syrup


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Review by Michelle on 26th May, 2010
5 stars "Lots of commonsense stuff here, easy to follow"

Really enjoyed the fact that the book contained easy to follow remedies with things the average person would have in their kitchen already so no expensive purchases necessary. And what's more they worked!! Brilliant!



Release date NZ
February 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Arrow Books Ltd
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Long before modern medicines became so widely available, families treated everyday illnesses with homemade remedies. Reused and refined year after year, they were handed down through the generations, then lovingly copied into personal 'receipt' books. "Grandma's Remedies" brings together a beguiling collection of them, gathered from dusty medicine chests found in attics, recalled from childhoods long past, or discovered in family archives and libraries.

Many of them are surprisingly effective. Did you know, for example, that drinking two cups of strong black coffee will alleviate an asthma attack? Or that chewing toasted fennel seeds will help combat indigestion? Or that rosehip syrup is a terrific source of vitamin C? But "Grandma's Remedies" is more than a guide to these traditional treatments, it also paints a vivid portrait of the world of our grandparents and great-grandparents. It shows how inventive and resourceful they were with the materials near to hand, how they made the most of everything in the store-cupboard, from bread through to vinegar, and how it was the women of the household who, despite being barred from the medical profession, were relied on to safeguard family health. In these days of antibiotics and painkillers, it's easy to forget how people survived when all they had to rely on was a garden, a larder and a healthy dose of common sense.

Author Biography

For many years, Cherry Chappell has been a public relations practitioner and writer in the fields of health and wellbeing, covering both orthodox and complementary medicine. She lives in London and Cornwall. Her other books include Minding Your Own Business: Survival Strategies for Starting Up on Your Own, How to Write Better Letters and Perfect Wedding Planning.