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These days, you can spend your money on many different types of medicinal products at your local supermarket. From headache tablets, to cough syrups, to so-called hangover cures, there is plenty of choice when it comes to products which may or may not make you feel better.
However, if you’re after a more holistic approach, there are also many plant-based remedies which you can put together at home.
We visited Michael Holland, Head of Education at the Chelsea Physic Garden, and here he gives his top five plant-based medicines (plus two essential bonuses):
Sage sore throat gargle: sage leaves, water, cider vinegar and a little salt
Rosemary and chamomile hair conditioner/rinse for shiny hair: apple cider vinegar and the herbs mentioned
Mouthwash: myrrh tincture, water, salt, spearmint essential oil and hydrogen peroxide
Squishy soap: liquid castile soap base, corn starch, porridge oats, sea salt, sesame oil, essential oils of choice (I use sandalwood and lemon) – moisturising body scrub and clean
Comfrey ointment: for bumps and scratches. Comfrey leaves and roots, infused in sunflower oil and then thickened with beeswax into a lip balm consistency
Rasam or pepper soup: South Indian recipe (Michael’s mother-in-law’s recipe) – not really a quick remedy but well worth the wait – numerous spices, but predominantly black pepper, tamarind, chilli, cumin, garlic with tomatoes and salt – great to scare away a cold!
Scented herb bag for sleep: Dried flowers of chamomile, lavender and hops with a little orris root powder (preservative) – wrapped up in cloth square to make a bag. Passionflower, and valerian can be added too.
‘Medicinal plants and remedies you can make at home’ reaches the library on 7th April 2019