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Prepper's Natural Medicine ... for when there is no doctor by Cat Ellis
 
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I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns. After hearing the author speak and hearing some of her perspectives, rationales and recipes, I found the book on line and bought it! Usually I get a book from the library before deciding if I need my own copy.

The complete subtitle is "Life Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There Is no Doctor". And that is what is included

This book provides clear and simple instructions for herbal preparations, salves, tinctures, elixirs, glycerites and more. It is clear enough for a beginner, and is extensive enough to be helpful to a moderately experienced herbalist .

There is section on stocking the home apothecary and why.

There is a "Materia Medica" of 50 herbs and their uses.

The author provides suggestions for an herbal first aid kit or home health care supply kit, after all, Ellis' intention is prepare for totally selfreliance. This section offers up detailed remedies and treatments, a couple of random examples: "anti-parasitic/protozoan tincture" (because you may not have clean water). "fracture and broken bones poultice", "allergy and anaphylaxisis treatment", "heart attack care", "internal bleeding tincture". And so on. These are a good starting place for a beginner, or additional information for more experienced herbalists.

She points out preparations which might be useful barter items.

The next section is on "everyday natural medicine". Here she discusses care of chronic conditions such as hypertension & diabetes. There is a section on pregnancy related care, miscarriage, postpartum, nursing. Ellis is a midwife, and so would not leave THAT out!

The appendices include charts for "herbs at a glance", "essential oils at a glance a glossary of terms, sources for seeds and plants, websites and and books.

Whether or not you are preparing for a time when there is not infrastructure and no doctor, if you are interested in herbal alternatives and taking charge of yours and your family's health care, this is a great resource.
 
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