Nature’s Best Remedies by National Geographic

 

IMG_5538 (2)Nature’s Best Remedies.  Finished 3-4-19, rating 5/5 stars, health/food, 320 pages, pub. 2019

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.  from Goodreads

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates

This book is gorgeous, very informative across a wide array of healthful choices, and I think it’s necessary for every home.  Some information you may already know, but much of it you won’t and it is organized to be used as a reference when needed.  Not ready to make your own cleaner or don’t have the need for GI information right now?  This beautiful book will be on your bookshelf drawing you back again and again.

This will, of course, appeal to those interested in a greener life, but I think most people might make better choices if they knew what they were.  So many people take pills these days without first taking a look at what has worked in the past, before pharmaceuticals became the go-to treatment.  Want to know what herbs and spices will help with a specific ailment or what to do for joint pain?  How about what essential oils really do or the benefits of the natural foods we eat?  All the herbs, spices, oils, foods all have their own page with facts and pictures. The whole first section is remedies for common ailments and there was a much needed section on aging 🙂

So, I looked up some of the foods I used for the photo and found some surprising things.  The avocado gets its name from the Nahuarti word meaning testicle, referring to the shape.  You’re welcome for that visual.  Twice as many strawberries are produced worldwide than any of the other berries combined and may help prevent macular degeneration of the eyes, so eat up, dear reader.  And that apple a day keeping the doctor away? There’s a lot of truth in that.  This year Gage has taken an apple every day for his school snack and we’ve had good luck so far this winter.  (Seriously, it is 7 degrees.  I thought we were supposed to have an early spring?)

I really can’t even tell you how much information is packed into this book.  It is so well done and I plan on gifting it a lot this year.  Do yourself a favor and buy a copy.

I was sent a copy from the publisher for TLC Book Tours.  I’ve participated in these tours for years and this is my favorite one of all.

 

13 thoughts on “Nature’s Best Remedies by National Geographic

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    Well, I can’t say that I have ever actually been jazzed to buy a book about health. But you have definitely made this look like an important book to have on the shelf. Nice job.

  2. Kay says:

    I eat a lot of strawberries and blueberries these days. And apples and oranges and grapes…lots of fruit. WW has changed their strategy about fruit and I love that. Avacado though – well, still has the point (or fat) – good fat though.

  3. BermudaOnion says:

    My mother’s parents immigrated from Eastern Europe and my mother talks about the things her mother did to take care of them when they were sick. So many of them were simple but effective which makes me wonder why we started turning to pills. This sounds like a must own book!!

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