Out Feb 2015
The Domestic Alchemist is coming out in the USA as
The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health: 501 Recipes for Healthy Living, Green Cleaning, and Natural Beauty
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The Domestic Alchemist/The Herbal Handbook for Home & Health is a beautifully designed recipe book offering a large selection of recipes for all kinds of stuff you can make with plants/herbs. Not just medicines – though it has comprehensive sections on these – but also eco cleaning products, soaps, laundry stuff, foods and drinks, health supplements like DIY mineral supplements, beauty creams and lotions, hair care stuff, toothpaste and shaving foam, mascara and lipstick, and all kinds of oddities ranging from string to beads made of rose petals to mouse repellant, a few traditional charms and DIY car wax, and more.
The recipes range from very simple – like room sprays, involving adding some essential oils to water in a spray bottle to complicated cream making and even distilling your own aromatic water.
There are also a few introductory chapters and a section of 80 short herb profiles to introduce a few useful plants and whet your appetite for learning more.
The recipes were gathered from many expert herbalist and plant lovers in UK and Europe and across the USA, and include many recipes that I have gathered, created and adapted or evolved from here and there over the years.
I was surprised and pleased to gather so many interesting recipes – the book evolved and changed as these came in. the book is so interesting it stimulated me to start making all sorts of things I hadn’t made before which has been great fun.
If you want to see what Pip is up to at the moment in terms of picking and cooking up potions, see www.thedomesticalchemist.org
The book contains recipes from many expert plant people including: In the USA & Canada: Matthew Wood http://www.matthewwoodherbs.com Stephen Buhner http://www.gaianstudies.org Eliot Cowan http://www.bluedeer.org & www.plantspiritmedicine.org Monika Ghent www.dreamingwillow.ca Michael Vertolli http://www.livingearthschool.ca Susun Weed www.susunweed.com In the UK: Dedj Leibbrandt www.dedj.co.uk Stephen Kippax www.stevekippax.com Teri Evans www.cunnyngeherbs.co.uk Louise Idoux https://www.facebook.com/oswestryherbariumshop In Europe: Lucy Harmer www.lucyharmer.com Christine Herren-Valette www.sanctaherba.ch Johanna Herzog http://www.heilkraeuterkurse.de (see thedomesticalchemist.co.uk for full list of contributors with links)