LELORD KORDEL'S NATURAL FOLK REMEDIES by Lelord Kordel

LELORD KORDEL'S NATURAL FOLK REMEDIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Grandma, who doctored the whole family with flower petals and garlic ""the natural antibiotic"" and the roots and leaves of plants, lived to be 101, and grandson Lelord testifies that thanks to her herbal wisdom ""I have never had a cold in my life."" But for those less fortunate, Kordel supplies an around-the-world tour of nature's remedies helpful in curing everything from rheumatism (nettle tea) to bad breath (lavender) to sprains and sore muscles (camphor and olive oil) At times we felt that the ""cure"" was rather worse than the malady -- e.g. an ointment of a cupful of marigolds simmered in a cupful of lard and applied as a poultice to sprains -- but we have the author's word that most of the brews and potions to be ingested are simply ""delicious"" because ""I never eat anything that tastes bad unless my doctor orders it."" The curative powers of these plants and berries and herbs derive, not surprisingly, from vitamin content and trace minerals, and the current stampede back to Mother Nature will no doubt insure that some readers will rush to try that infusion of catnip or start chewing on honeysuckle to ease ""feeling spleenish."" Which is how most of these garden medicine doctor-yourself books make us feel.

Pub Date: March 12th, 1974
Publisher: Putnam