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Wise Concoctions: Natural Elixirs and Tonics for Health and Energy
     

Wise Concoctions: Natural Elixirs and Tonics for Health and Energy

by Bonnie Trust Dahan, Laurie Frankel (Designed by), Rita Maas (Photographer)
 
Smart cocktails to smoothies, today's refreshments do more than just refresh. Tonics and elixirs are an exciting new addition to this healthful repertoire of natural wonders. Based on centuries-old herbal traditions from both the East and West, Wise Concoctions is a compendium of wholesome beverages with curative and tonic powers. Here are soothing elixirs to remedy

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Smart cocktails to smoothies, today's refreshments do more than just refresh. Tonics and elixirs are an exciting new addition to this healthful repertoire of natural wonders. Based on centuries-old herbal traditions from both the East and West, Wise Concoctions is a compendium of wholesome beverages with curative and tonic powers. Here are soothing elixirs to remedy everything from stuffy noses to hangovers and potent tonics to boost energy or fortify the immune system. Post-Workout Broth to Sweet Dreams Elixir, Margaret's Aphrodisiac to Spring Cleaning Tonic, these recipes are both easy to prepare and very practical. Organized by ailment and complete with an informative glossary of ingredients, this is a friendly way to start benefiting from herbal medicine in daily life.

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Never is the thought of a steaming cup of herbal tea more appealing than on the gray and chilly days of late winter. Even better is the thought that the contents of that cup might just help you fend off that cold you've been fighting or reduce the stress you feel at the end of a long day. In Wise Concoctions, herbalist Bonnie Trust Dahan mines centuries of kitchen wisdom to offer recipes for teas, tonics, tisanes, broths, bouillons, and elixirs of all kinds, made with herbs and spices, roots, juice, fruit, and other natural ingredients. Organized into sections on ailments like cold and flu; headaches and hangovers; indigestion and stomach cramps; and stress and fatigue, these recipes are both tasty and comforting. From an Elderflower Spritzer designed to treat upper respiratory symptoms to an anti-tension Basil and Lemon Balm Tisane; from a fruity Phases of the Moon Smoothie that fights menstrual cramps to Herbal Ginger "Beer" that will soothe indigestion, these remedies draw both on herbal lore and on culinary wisdom. Dahan also includes sections with recipes for rejuvenation, cleansing, energy boosting, and increasing resistance, with concoctions like a spring cleaning tonic made from herbs and citrus juice; Rose Hips Lemonade for a super dose of vitamin C, and even a sexual vigor tonic made with Chinese licorice root. Next time you feel the sniffles coming on or just feel in need of a little boost, try raiding your pantry and brewing up one of the comforting remedies in Wise Concoctions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811817448
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
7.18(w) x 8.09(h) x 0.66(d)

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