BOOK REVIEW Homegrown Herbal Apothecary

Published on 24 June 2024 at 10:25

The Homegrown Herbal Apothecary: 120+ Easy-to-Grow Plants for Healing Remedies

by Devon Young

Page Street Publishing Co. 2023, 160 pages


You know, when you love a subject and read everything you can on it, it is hard to find a refreshing take on it.  I've found that in this darling little volume.  First off, love the cover.  It is a lovely green with white lettering and very understated.  No bright flashy colors. Next, it talks about the Doctrine of Signatures, something that both I and my mother felt was important.  It is basically observing nature to discover what the plant can do for you.  Where does it grow?  What are its physical characteristics---blue flower or yellow?  If yellow it has to do with the urinary tract system.  Mullein flowers resemble ears, so you would use it on ear problems, etc. 


It includes creating an herbal garden, preserving and harvesting but the best part, is that it explains in detail all the ways you can make herbal remedies, teas, infusions, decoctions, tinctures.  And then, it lists in detail over 120 plants along with herbal remedy tips, leaving you to create your own recipes.  Genius!  And suddenly, the complicated becomes easy.


Author Devon Young is an herbalist with several degrees in Alternative Medicine and has a blog called the Nitty Gritty Life.  She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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