The alternative home pharmacy
Dr. In the book ‘The alternative home pharmacy’, Böhmig discusses the best working plants for various conditions in a clear and down-to-earth way. A 1986 book that, in terms of content, still holds up in the plethora of recreational contemporary herbal books.
This book describes the layout of a home pharmacy composed exclusively of natural resources. The herbs are discussed in ten chapters
- the stomach: bitter substances such as yellow gentian and true chamomile
- against bloating: fennel and anise seeds
- diarrhea and constipation: tannic plants such as tormentil also raspberry leaf
- for the liver, bile ducts and pancreas: dandelion and milk thistle
- against pain: aspirin plants such as willow and poplar
- cold and flu: elderberry and lime blossom
- for heart and circulation: hawthorn
- drainage agents: such as nettle
- for the skin: marigold and comfrey
The resources discussed are for the most part, but not exclusively, of vegetable origin. Only mild herbs are chosen, with the greatest possible difference between the just-effective minimum dose and a dose that could possibly be toxic. The danger of harmful influences is therefore extremely low. Nevertheless, any problems that may arise during use or dosage are always indicated separately. When describing the individual syndromes, the reader is also reminded that even the mildest acting and most harmless drug is in many cases only the second choice.
The basis of a treatment is often a change in lifestyle, often with the greatest emphasis on nutrition, more physical activity and appropriate measures to increase resistance. This is addressed as much as questions about the severity of ‘usually, but not always, harmless ailments’.
The need to introduce a certain order in the different departments of a home pharmacy is emphasized. More than 70 examples for labels are shown. This makes labeling easier and ensures the correct choice of agents for use. The last chapter is devoted to agents that are suitable for adding to the bath water and agents for rinsing the mouth and pharynx.
The alternative home pharmacy dates back to 1986, but still gives a nice overview of herbs that can be used for various small and large ailments. Dr. Böhmig knows how to discuss the most effective and the safest herbs in a sober and clear manner without exaggeration.
An example: analgesic herbs
These are primarily herbs that contain some form of salicylic acid. There are quite a few, such as: willow, poplar, meadowsweet, ash, tricolor violet, primrose, marigold and maize. We limit ourselves here to the first three, because their active ingredient content is the most reliable. But the others are also partly high-quality medicinal herbs.
Shoot or pollard willow. The bark of this tree has been called ‘the aspirin of folk medicine’. The bark is collected in spring from medium-aged trees and contains up to 7% of the main active ingredient, salicin. This is transformed by our intestinal bacteria into saligenin and from this only salicylic acid is formed in our blood. The effect is therefore similar to that of synthetically composed acetylsalicylic acid, but there is some distinction: the anti-rheumatic effect is greater with salicylic acid, the anti-fever effect is greater with acetylsalicylic acid. Therefore, willow bark tea (or that of poplar or meadowsweet) can be combined well with a small dose of synthetic tablets (Aspirin, Aspro or similar). The resources complement each other well.
Willow bark tea (from the cortex salicis)
Single use dose: 1 heaped teaspoon per cup. Dose in mixture: 1 level teaspoon
Set up with cold water, slowly bring to the boil, remove from heat, steep for 5 minutes and strain. Willow bark is often mixed with elderberry, lime, mullein and anise as a tea for ‘flu’ bronchitis, accompanied by headaches.
This book is part of the collection: “Naturopathy in practice”.
Other books in that series.
- Back pain, Hernia and Isschias.
- Insomnia, stress and nervousness.
- Rheumatic diseases and gout.
- More resistance through proper nutrition.
- The healing power of water
- The healing power of flowers.
The alternative home pharmacy. Dr. U. Böhmig. Publisher Strengholt ISBN 90-6010-648-2