Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Book Review: Prepper's Natural Medicine- Lifesaving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies For When There Is No Doctor

In case you missed my live radio with Cat Ellis, the author of Prepper's Natural Medicine- Lifesaving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies For When There Is No Doctor the be sure to check it out after you read the book review, we dig into a lot of topis covered in the book (Listen to it Here- Link)!
I received this book about a month ago from Cat's publisher and immediately read my way through the book in the first few days. While I thought I had wild medicinal plants in my area down pat I discovered a few more and also several additional ways to use plants in which I hadn't explored in the past. So if you are a beginner or quite advanced this book has something for everyone. With that said, don't expect to pick this book up and go into the woods and become a doctor with no previous knowledge. This book doesn't have pictures to help identify plants, so if you are unfamiliar with the actual plants you will need to buy them commercially or will need to obtain another reference material for identification purposes. 

Here Are A Few Reference Materials For Identifying Wild Medicinals:

So what does this book excel at and make it worth adding to you library? The recopies alone are worth the $12 as many of them you simply can't find online. Aside from the recipes the information about the most common medicinal plants is quite helpful as are Cat's suggestions for an herbal first aid kit.
Cat’s book is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the following subjects:
  • Put together a home apothecary with the proper ingredients.
  • Using herbs and making herbal preparations
  • Incorporate essential oils into your preparations.
  • Get the right containers and equipment.
  • Make a tisane, infusion and decoction and know when to use them.
  • Make a tincture with fresh or dried herbs.
  • Utilize infused vinegar and herbal wines in your preparations.
  • How to infuse honey and oils.
  • AND Make a salve, lotion and cream.
After reading chapter two and three of the book (stocking the home apothecary and basic skills) you will be set for just about any medical emergency that may arise. Chapter 3- Material Medica then digs deep in to recipes you can use for a given ailment where chapter 5 covers Herbal first aid kits and chapter six covers everyday natural medicine. Anyone that is interested in herbs, alternative medicine, and self-reliance will find the instructions and recipes found in Prepper’s Natural Medicine invaluable.

As promised in the radio show here ate the suppliers listed in the book
  • Alchemical Solutions,
  • Bulk Herb Store,
  • Cultures for Health,
  • SKS Bottle and Packaging,
  • Soaper's Choice,
Now for my favorite recipe in the book: Natural Flu Elderberry Syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried elderberries
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 piece of ginger (the size of your thumb), peeled and sliced
  • 1/8 cup cinnamon bark chips
  • 9 whole cloves
  • 1.5 cups honey 
1) Make a double decoction of the elderberries, ginger, garlic, cinnamon chips and cloves
2) Strain the herbs, squeezing out all the liquid you can
3) While the liquid is still warm, add honey to equal 16 ounces
4) Take hourly at onset of symptoms and then every 3 to 4 hours the next day. Continue taking as needed until symptoms are gone or just because you like the taste.

About the author: Cat Ellis is a practicing herbalist and dedicated prepper. Cat's love of herbs began on the 1990’s when herbs helped her recover from the flu. Cat now has her own practice and teaches herbal medicine. She is also a massage therapist certified in MotherMassage and belongs to the American Herbalist Guild. Cat’s love of herbal medicine merged with her love of prepping, resulting in her website She lives on the New England coast with her beekeeper husband and her children.

Preppers Natural Medicine: Lifesaving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remidies for When There Is No Doctor is one of the better medicinal books I have in my library. While it doesn't help much with identification it does provide a ton of ways to use the the herbs along with reliable recipes. While you can find some of this information online it would take a good bit of research and time to find whereas this is instant gratification. You simply look up what the ailment you have is and find a recipe. If you find a huge stash of wild medicinal herb simply look up the herb and you will have several uses suggested on how to dispose of the herb in a medicinal manner. So grab your copy, get your hands on a few herbs and get to making your own medicine. 
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