From babies to the elderly, in Home
Penelope Ody addresses the seven stages of life and how to care
for ourselves at each one. Her emphasis is on taking charge of
one's own day to day health.
She teaches us how to make and use
syrups, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, tonic wines, capsules,
compresses, poultices, hot and cold infused oils, massage oils,
ointments, creams, lotions, emulsions, eyewashes, mouthwashes and
There are full color photos of how she makes these as well
as photos of the plants she uses. There is a remedies for common
aliments section that lists the herbs used for specific problems
and which way of using it is preferable.
I am sure when Shakespeare wrote
of the seven ages of man he had no idea how stressful life would
be in the 21st century and how necessary health maintenance would
be. Penelope Ody has it figured out though. Thank Goodness.
Here is her recipe for making a
cold infused oil.
Tightly pack a glass jar and cover with cold
pressed safflower oil or walnut oil. After it stands for 2 to 3 weeks,
strain it through a muslin bag. Take this oil and
add it to fresh herbs and more oil and keep repeating until you have
enough to use. This book is full of great hands on information like