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Home Remedies: How to Use Kitchen Staples to Treat Common Ailments

Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal


A complete herbal handbook of home cures and kitchen remedies from the team behind Backyard Medicine and Backyard Medicine for All! Originally published in the UK as Kitchen Medicine.

Years ago, every household practiced kitchen medicine. Doctors were expensive and people were self-reliant—even when it came to health care. Today, doctors are more expensive and we’ve become much less self-reliant. Now Home Remedies revives that lost tradition of the kitchen as pharmacy.

Learn how:

  • Fennel wards off symptoms of menopause
  • Garlic reduces cholesterol levels
  • Lemon relieves rheumatism
  • Ginger treats a cold
  • An olive oil purge can eliminate gallstones
  • Sore joints are eased with mustard
  • So much more!

With great original photography, foolproof recipes, and fascinating insights into the history of these household ingredients, Home Remedies gives you the “medicinal intelligence” to create your own remedies and cures from the remarkable treasures found sitting in your kitchen right now.

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Skyhorse Publishing

Publication Date

February 4, 2020

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About the Author

Julie Bruton-Seal was born in Australia and grew up in Africa and other wild places. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lived for many years. Julie also trained as an herbalist with Christopher Hobbs, renowned California herbalist, acupuncturist, and author. Julie’s photographs have been published in books and magazines, including National Geographic, and she contributes regularly to the journal The Herbalist. Julie’s interest in health led her to train in herbal medicine, iridology, and energy medicine. As a practicing herbalist, she grows and collects many of her own herbs and makes her own essences. She also teaches workshops on herbal medicine making, and is the author of Backyard MedicineBackyard Medicine for All, and The Herbalist’s Bible.

Matthew Seal has worked as an in-house and freelance editor and writer for books, magazines, and newspapers. He co-authored Backyard MedicineBackyard Medicine for All, and The Herbalist’s Bible.


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