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herb & spice: my little book of medieval remedies

Brrr, I’m warding off the morning chill with hot tea and a peanut butter cookie as I watch the sunrise light flood my kitchen. Soon I’ll be mixing and brewing in there, getting medieval medicines ready to demonstrate at Abbey Medieval Festival next weekend.

First, however, I’m excited to share with you my book: “herb & spice a little book of medieval remedies” that I finished this week.

It’s a lovely little book, chock full of over 50 recipes and remedies inspired by medieval writings, findings in recent archaeological digs, and nuggets of information passed on to me from friends, family, and medieval history buffs.

I’ve been making my own concoctions since I was a little girl, mixing up “healing brews” with my brothers and cousins that consisted almost entirely of dirt, sticks, water, and whatever weeds we could find. They healed no one, but added much to our imaginative enactments of dramatic flights from bad guys and heroic stands in the wilderness.

Making such things seemed natural to me since my Mum, aunts, and grandmother were always treating our various childhood ailments with applications of raw honey and herbal teas. I remember the year I got terrible frostbite on my face and my grandmother promptly put me to bed and slathered raw honey all over my face. It felt mighty strange, I tell ya, but it did the trick, and my skin healed quickly without any scarring.

In later years I studied herbal and traditional medicine on my own, reading books by the stack and finding myself often frustrated by the lack of practical information. Yes, I knew lavender was good for burns and licorice root would help with a chest cold, but HOW?? Did I make a paste? A tea? A salve of some sort? The nitty-gritty, that’s what I wanted to know.

So I kept studying and experimenting, taking the ingredients, testing them, and figuring out how to use them in effective ways.

Along the way I learned that natural does not equal safe. Herbs affect people differently and must be used with caution. They can also interact with medications and it is always best to consult your doctor before adding herbal remedies to your health regimen.

Good sense and good research are my rules of thumb. And honestly, the research is half the fun. I love learning what different tribes and cultures have used to heal and rejuvenate their people over the centuries. I’m fascinated by how modern science helps explain why things work, why they don’t, and how to use them safely.

Here is a little preview of “herb & spice – a little book of medieval remedies“:

If you would like to purchase a copy of your own, click here: herb & spice – a little book of medieval remedies

The book is printed in California and ships worldwide.

Do you have any herbal remedies you love to use in your family? xo




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Nancy - The photos are all black & white – that’s quite beautiful. Congratulations! How on earth did you get frostbite on your face? Raw honey is a bit of a treat nowadays – I didn’t realise was good for skin ailments too,

Cheryl - Beautiful book! Whenever I feel a cold coming on, I take elderberry syrup with zinc four times a day until the symptoms are gone. Since I discovered it, I have not had a cold in years.

Krista - Thank you, @disqus_xRgkTDNCQJ:disqus 🙂 I got frostbite when I went skiing in Canada and didn’t have a face mask. Result: frostbite and nasty windburn. Ugh. 🙂

Krista - Elderberry syrup with zinc sounds absolutely delicious, Cheryl! I planted six elderberry bushes and am so excited to make syrup when they’re big enough to produce a lot of berries. 🙂

Glamorous Glutton - Your book sounds fascinating. Our vet used honey to treat the Glam Pooch and it succeded where conventional drugs had failed. Your frost bite sounds very painful, how wonderful to be treated by your Grandmother. GG

Hotly Spiced - Congratulations on finishing your book. I love the B&W images. I think we need to get back to healing ourselves more with plants and herbs and spices than queuing up for pharmaceuticals xx

Nagi | RecipeTin Eats - OH WOW! Krista, congratulations, I’m so excited for you! I’m off to find out more about it!

Little Luna - Congratulations on your amazing book! I feel like in the rush of these days we need much more of these family secrets and recipes to treat ourselves in a natural way. Honey was something we used all the time to treat diabetic foot lesions in the clinic I was working. The higher the royal jelly content was, the better.

Anna Johnston - OMG! As soon as my pay hits my bank account I am buying this book. WOWZA lady. Sounds right up my alley, I much prefer a herbal/natural remedy to a drug. I will say tho, that I have fallen into that ‘must fix now’ mentality and forgotten the art of natural prevention. So I do look forward to reading your book. Happy week to you lovely one. xo

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