A debut collection of health-based folk remedies using natural items.
“I love simple answers,” writes Canelo, the manager of a holistic healing center in Montclair, N.J., as he introduces this book of ancient and modern remedies. His slim collection proves this assertion with an appealingly brief account of mixtures, methods and practices dedicated to healing without prescription drugs or conventional treatments. According to the author, vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, raw bee products, olive oil, colloidal silver, castor oil and activated charcoal, among other items, form the building blocks for health. However, he also reminds readers “with any serious health problem” to consider his suggestions only after they consult with their “regular health care practitioner and/or medical doctor.” The discoveries here aren’t new; for example, D. C. Jarvis’ Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health espoused the cure-all properties of apple cider vinegar mixed with honey back in 1958. Readers can easily find the identical text and pictures in “Six Air Purifying House Plants” on numerous blogs and Pinterest boards online. Readers may also wonder if the cures proposed here come from the placebo effects or the actual treatments; Canelo supplies little supporting evidence, other than his own testimony. Nonetheless, readers may wish to try his “Sleepy Time Tonic” of apple cider vinegar mixed with freshly boiled water, bee pollen, and lemon juice, or drape a simple black scarf over the face to enhance sleep. It’s true that baking soda and salt clean almost anything, and that using natural ingredients found around the house saves money. Readers may find these natural healing mixtures appealing compared with commercial chemical products; after all, olive oil does wonders for skin and digestion.
A handy introduction to readily available nostrums, although web-savvy readers may find most, if not all, of this information online.