Friday, November 25, 2016

Book Review: Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments by Aruna M. Siewert

“The most effective medicine is the natural healing power that can be found within each and every one of us.” – Hippocrates

The information and suggestions in this book will make it easier for you to achieve health and wellness in your life — both physically and emotionally. The fact that both it tackles both components makes it truly unique and an indispensable resource. And most importantly, it takes a wholly and completely natural approach.

Full color thoughout, with dozens of color photographs, the book is broken down in a way that’s very easy to digest, beginning with a section on natural antibiotics and how herbal remedies work to support our body’s own defences. Once you understand why natural antibiotics are the right choice, you’ll have 46 plant medicines to choose from, and you’ll learn the medicinal profiles and uses of ingredients like camomile, horseradish, watercress, arnica and thyme. Plus, over 20 common disorders are listed from A to Z so that you can find just the right herb and dosage for your condition.

The final section contains an index of all the herbs with a cross-reference to the specific concern they treat, along with a complete profile, making this a very useful resource to have at your fingertips.
Aruna M. Siewert is a healing practitioner, having completed her extensive training and advanced medical education under the umbrella of botanical/ herbal medicine and the workings of the body. She has her own daily practice and was for many years a docent at the Campus Naturalis in Berlin in the disciplines of healing practise, botanical medicine and aromatherapy. Aruna lives in Berlin, Germany (and speaks fluent German only).
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Our Thoughts
Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments is right up my alley and makes a great addition to my library of herbal medicines. I think I have somewhere around 20 books on plant medicine so far - I find it best to cross reference between several books to be able to choose the best plant (or plants) for the specific application I'm creating.

Most of my herbal books just stick to the plant name, a photo, and a list of what it can do.  Some of them have recipes, some do not. What I like about this book is that not only does it talk about specific plants and the common ailments/disorders they're used for, but puts a strong emphasis on subjects such as antibiotics, bacteria, psychological conditions, how-to's & recipes, and discusses dosages.

In this book, you'll learn about why and how antibiotics work, and why and how plants can be used instead of, or in conjunction with, antibiotics.  It covers psychological conditions, psychotropic drugs, and alternative therapies.  I especially appreciated the section on the Bach flower remedies as there is an emotional/behavioral issue with my pup I think it could help with.

There's a lot of info to take in here. It's well written and easy enough for a beginner to understand and begin their own journey with herbal medicine. 5 stars from me!