Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to Using Plant Power to Transform Your Health, Beauty and Well-being

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9780091884284: Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to Using Plant Power to Transform Your Health, Beauty and Well-being

Best-selling author Leslie Kenton links traditional herbal practice with modern science and discovery. Full of practical, easy-to-use methods which she has developed over many years, she introduces you to her passionate relationship with plants - how she gathers and prepares them, how she uses them for healing and for beauty. The book includes clear instructions on making your own remedies, alongside: - A unique herbal detox plan - Strategies for avoiding colds, flu and many other common ailments - Home spa treatments - Plants to help you beat the blues - Herbs to increase your energy - Herbal first aid There is no other herb book like this on the market, which combines the best in nature with the latest scientific research.

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Leslie Kenton is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and photographer. She is the author of over 30 bestselling books on health, lecturing and teaching workshops throughout the world. Her recent documentary, To Age or Not to Age, made television history when the anti-ageing programme she designed transformed the lives of participants in medically measurable ways in only five weeks.

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Sheer Pleasure

People everywhere are hungry for clear, practical,
scientifically validated information about how to make
use of herbs in their day-to-day lives. I too was once hungry for
this kind of information. I discovered that working (and
playing) with herbs did not need to be complex and confusing.
It could be sheer pleasure. For me it was like walking down a
path where a wonderful surprise is revealed at every turn.
My passion for herbs began when I discovered the help they

could bring me and my family. Simple plants like nettle or
golden rod (Solidago virgaurea) have a natural cleansing and
diuretic effect on the body. Travelling on airplanes my ankles
would swell up. I discovered when I made a cup of golden rod
or nettle tea that the swelling would vanish. Fascinated, I began
to read about what herbs can do for the immune system. I
started to experiment with plants like goldenseal and
echinacea, burdock and shiitake mushrooms. My family took
them whenever any of us threatened to come down with flu or
a cold. And, provided we took them in time, a single herb or a
combination of plants would usually clear the discomfort
before the full force of illness hit.
A doctor friend, Gordon Latto, taught me that gargling with
red sage and sticking a clove of garlic in its ‘paper’ shell in
between the teeth and the inside of the mouth for a few hours
a day would clear a sore throat and nip throat infections in the
bud. Another doctor, Philip Kilsby, taught me the power of
detoxification for balancing the body and mind. Meanwhile, I
developed a close friendship with Dr Dagmar Liechti von
Brasch in Switzerland. Dr Liechti, niece of the famous Swiss
physician Max Bircher Benner, continued to run the Bircher-Benner
clinic for 40 years after his death. She taught me all
about using herbs to handle women’s problems from PMS to
menopausal symptoms.
Before long I began to wonder just how many other
remarkable things plants could do for us. I was lucky enough
to spend time with the famous Russian scientist I.I. Brekhman,
expert in adaptogenic herbs, whose research gained him the
Lenin Prize for Science. From Brekhman I learned that special
plants such as ginseng, astragalus and eleutherococcus –
Siberian ginseng – strengthen a person’s ability to resist illness.
They also make it possible for us to work (and play) longer and
harder without experiencing the negative effects of prolonged
stress.
That was more than twenty years ago. Ever since I have used
herbs and flowers, fresh raw juices and vegetables, water and
tender loving care to help the body protect itself from illness, to
heal a sickness when it strikes, to calm an agitated mind, to
induce slumber when unable to sleep, to clear depression – even
to intensify the whitish-blonde colour of my hair and care for
my skin. I have also used herbs to decorate my house and to
sanctify my working space.

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