101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife's All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants
We have mixed feelings about this book. Originally we were going to rate it three stars, but after starting our review, we realized that there are a lot of recipes that we like so we decided to rate it four stars.
While we don't consider ourselves experts, we do have some experience making organic skin, lip, & pet products both for our family/farm/pets & as a small part of our business income for the farm. Mainly we stick with methods that do not use water as they are much safer & we feel they deliver better results.
Our main interests are medicinal, & this book does contain some medicinal recipes but she doesn't really add much depth compared to other (better) books. While you can throw together some ingredients safely, others have much greater risks & the author should have done a better job stressing this to the reader. This is especially important for first timers who might not grasp just how important it is to follow certain safety guidelines. Many recipes are so fragile the author recommends keeping the in the refrigerator & using the product up in less than a week. These products easily spoil & can become contaminated very easily. As the reader you must use common sense & know not to put wet fingers for example into a product otherwise you have just increased it's likelihood of spoiling. Other recipes require constant shaking along with refrigeration prior to use. If you understand proper handling & don't mind making certain items often, then this is not a big deal. If on the other hand, you are pressed for time & don't understand proper handling, you could have a real problem on your hands esp. if you decide to give or sell the items.
Personally we feel Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, & Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family & Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions are much better choices.
On the other end, there are some really great recipes that we love from this book. There are only a few sections that hold little interest to us. If you are a beginner we strongly recommend you read Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health first. If you find you want to further explore medicinal products we highly recommend Low Dog's book. We would also recommend reading an in-depth book on soap making if that is of interest to you. The soap making section in this book covers the basics, but you are better off learning all that you can before you begin. Also, the author provides links to only a few products/companies she recommends that we've never heard of. We have our own preferred suppliers for what we do not grow on the farm & none of these well known suppliers are in her book. The fact that she only recommends a child size handful of suppliers makes us think she is getting paid to recommend them.
On a final note, this book is not bad if you are already experienced. The book is chock full of beautiful full color photos giving the reader many ideas for gift giving &/or marketing. Whatever you do, make sure you get a more informative book prior to this book so that you can get a proper education regarding making your own products at home.
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