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Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Treats

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  430 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Whether you're struggling with insomnia, the kids have eczema, or your partner is feeling under the weather, this book could have the answer. With easy recipes ethnobotanist James Wong shows how to make simple creams, salves, teas and much, much more from the stuff growing in your window box, the local garden centre or in the hedgerows. Using the flowers, fruit, roots, tre ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Just picked this up yesterday and poured through it. It's hard not to when each page-spread is peppered with lovely color photographs. The recipes are great and use a lot of common, easily grown or found ingredients. I already made one recipe (the athlete's foot powder) just from stuff in my kitchen. It has a UK resource section for the "must purchase" items, which is helpful to me, personally... though in the US you could easily find most of these items at health-food coops.

The only critical th
Jesse Houle
Mar 04, 2010 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Jesse by: NPR's All Things Considered
This could be great for the hippie in me as well as the anti-pill guy in me, as well as the anti-big-industry-especially-the-pharmaceutical-industry guy in me, as well as the me that has no health insurance, as well as the me that is and will likely remain for quite some time broke as a joke. And who knew garlic could do so much?!
Apr 26, 2010 rated it liked it
The first thing I need to say about Grow Your Own Drugs is that this book is gorgeous. Page after page is filled with beauty shots of herbs and other close-up, photographic plant porn. (And incidentally, there are also some great shots of author James Wong, who's not too hard on the eyes, either.)

The name may raise eyebrows, but Grow Your Own Drugs is actually a no-nonsense home reference guide of natural, herb- and plant-based home remedies and beauty treatments. I love that Wong includes a lis
Diana Marlowe
This book is an okay general overview of herbs and recipes. It's got really beautiful pictures, but the layout and information could be better. The recipes are good and the review of each herb in the back of the book is useful. However, there is nothing that really stands out about the book. It seems like a rushed, commercial herbal book with a bunch of general information that doesn't really say anything new or single out a couple of (scientifically-backed or widely used) specific uses for the ...more
Author Annette Dunlea
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy recipes for natural remedies and beauty treatments by James Wong. (Book Review)

Grow your own drugs is the accompanying book to the BBC Series by James Wong. It is published by Collins and its ISBN is 0007307136. This hardback book is beautifully laid out and gives clear and easy to follow instructions on how to make your own lotions and potions for common ailments and beauty treatments. Wong explains how easy it is to cure yourself and have control over what medicine y
Maja Haloway
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I have the most recent edition of this book. Fun, enjoyable introduction to the world of herbs from the PBS TV series host. Simple enough to try out at home without making a major investment in herbal materials. Beautifully photographed. The plant directory at the end of the book contains a short description of the plants used in the book, and general guides on how to find them. A good book for beginners and people interested in trying out some fun and useful recipes.
Tim Corke
James Wong's Grow Your Own Drugs is a beautifully published collection of recipes and facts behind the making of various concoctions, balms and infusions that you can make yourself. It's full of helpful tips and guidance to cures and remedies.

It doesn't appear to be guide on cost-effectiveness as the time, cost and access to some of the ingredients would be quite high but it's definitely a consideration if the natural approach is what you're after.
Julie Miles
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book after seeing the television show that it accompanies. I was hugely impressed when I received it as it bursting with gorgeous photographs and wonderful ideas of things to try making using very easy to source supplies. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for an natural alternative or someone who would love to just have a go at there own beauty products.
Kerry O'Dea
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic. It starts off with a chapter on the how-to's of herbalism. Which is great for beginners. It showcases plants that are not only easy to use, but easy to find. There is a whole host of ailments in here from headaches to bad breath. It's a really great resource for people that don't like to use modern drugs for common problems. I highly recommend this book.
Een erg uitnodigend en inspirerend boek om iets te doen met de planten die in je tuin, balkon of op je vensterbank groeien. Of je het nu wilt gebruiken om je gezondheid op te vijzelen, als eerste hulp bij kleine kwaaltjes, of dat je een apart cadeautje wilt maken voor je vrienden.

De aanvullende informatie over de planten is voldoende en niet overdreven veel waardoor het goed te bevatten is.
Not as many recipes as the Ulitmate Natural Beauty Book, but the ones it does have include those of natural rememdies as well as beauty fixes. It also features an index of 100 medicinal plants, detailing each one's key properties and what they are best used for. This feature is great for helping you to create and experiment with some recipes of your own. Definitely worth having around.
Really liked this book, want my own copy for future reference. Lots of simple recipes to replace or diminish your use of OTC medicines. Won't replace a good doctor or prescription medicine or surgery if needed, but would definitely be useful for first aid of everyday ailments usually treated with OTC medications.
Megan Fox
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Such simple easy recipes, the ones I have used so far have been amazing. For those of you that love bath bombs, James Wong is the man, his recipe is so easy and the bath bombs are Devine. I have made ointments and healing balms also, very good.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Catchy title, I picked this one up at the library. Many of the author's "recipes" are pretty well known (sleep pillows) but it was very interesting and sometimes enlightening reading. I'm ready to expand my herb garden!
Keane Aranita
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grow Your Own Drugs is quite a useful book, but only if you're willing to stock your pantry with items like beeswax and lots of random spices, herbs, flowers, and leaves. I only wish he went into growing the herbs more.
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Pretty plant pixs. Interesting what you can turn into a tea. Lots of ways to make a cold less uncomfortable.
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
interesting natural remedies, easy to follow directions, looking forward to trying some
Robin Dodds
Full of amazing natural remedies for everything under the sun!
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nice to have - simple and practical recipes, but not unique. Like a cookbook.
Mar 31, 2010 marked it as to-read
Don't know if it's worth it, but I've got to check this book out. I saw him on Martha Stewart's daily show.
Mar 26, 2010 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Kim by: Martha Stewart
I think I need to purchase this book - rare for me since I am a regular visitor to my public library. This looks like a good reference to have handy at home though.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
great book. some of the recipies are complex and some items you have trouble buying in shops. very interesting. not sure if i will make many of them. but it great to try!!
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well researched, gorgeous pictures.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty fun book. Gotta try out some of the "recipes" though!
Megan McCoy
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not as radical as it sounded.
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James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist and BBC presenter, working on the award-winning show Grow Your Own Drugs and regularly appearing on Countryfile and Our Food. He lives in London where he obsessively trials new species in his tiny garden.
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