Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong

James Wong’s new book looks at how to cure ailments from insomnia and eczema to the common cold using nothing but the ingredients in your vegetable patch, the local garden centre and the hedgerows!

Ethnobotanist James Wong shows you how to make simple creams, salves, teas and much more using flowers, fruit, roots, trees, vegetables and herbs that are all around us

He provides ingenious remedies for coughs, colds, acne, anxiety and general aches and pains, as well as more beautifying treatments like moisturising creams, sumptuous shampoos and luxurious bath salts. It is a cheaper, more creative and vastly more eco-friendly option for health and beauty treatment that has proved so inspiring the BBC has produced a series accompanying the book.

Plants actually contain the same active ingredients as over-the-counter drugs, many of which took their inspiration from plant-treatments originally. Aspirin was originally derived from sal acetic acid which is found in willow, meadowsweet and the shrub spirea. Morphine-based painkillers are based on opium from poppies, and the contraceptive pill was originally isolated from the Mexican wild yam!

Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong is available in hard-back from 5th March, 2009.

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