Kitchen Medicine

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Published by Merlin Unwin Books, 2010, hardcover, 25 x 20cm (10 x 8in), 224 pages, £20.00. Reprinted 2019, 2020 (twice) and 2023.

Household Remedies for Common Ailments

Julie and Matthew move indoors to describe the wealth of healing and emergency remedies that sit unused in our kitchens. You have a pharmacy at your fingertips, and the book shows you how to use herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, oils, vinegars and other familiar kitchen items to treat common ailments. An 8-page quick reference guide links ailments and their treatments.

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The contents cover: allspice, almond, aniseed, apple, arrowroot, apple, banana, barley, basil, beetroot, bicarbonate of soda and baking soda, blueberry, butter and ghee, cabbage, cardamom, carrot, celery, chilli and cayenne pepper, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, coconut, coffee, coriander and cilantro, corn and maize, cranberry, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, figs, garlic, ginger, honey, lemon, mushrooms, mustard, nutmeg and mace, oats, olive, onion, orange, oregano and marjoram, parsley, pineapple, poppy seed, pumpkin, rice, rosemary, sage, salt, star anise, sugar, tea, thyme, turmeric, vinegar, water and yoghurt.

Among the recipes are: chilli pain-relieving oil, cornsilk tea, cranberry and raspberry shortbread, ginger poultice, homemade oatmilk, orange and cardamom bitters, rosemary scalp conditioner, salt hand and body scrub, star anise tea, turmeric golden milk and yoghurt tzadziki.

Comments on Amazon

Excellent book describing the medicinal properties of most plants and vegetables used in kitchen. I particularly like the index of some ailments indicating for each one of them, which plant(s)/vegetable(s) can be used.


Beautiful big book. A decent volume of history, information and guidance in ailments and uses within. It will stay on my bookshelf as an almanac of wisdom.


Love this book. It has very useful information about plants and what they do for you. It’s going to be my go to book before conventional meds.


Every bit as good as their Hedgerow Medicine book, using commonly found items in the kitchen. A pleasure to dip into for a read and excellent advice and recipes for various ailments, well worth the money.


Every now and again I find a book I can't live without and Kitchen Medicine is one of those books. It's well written and easy to follow, packed full of useful information. If you've ever fancied learning practical ways to improve your health and heal yourself this is a great place to start. It's turned my drab spice rack into a wonderland of possibilities.


Brilliantly laid out so one can go straight to the recipes - which are so clearly set out they are easy to follow and create great medicinal food. Stunning photography, loads of colourful beautiful photos, showing nature up close. … I could go on, but just get the book if you are interested in tasty food that helps you out! I'm saving up to buy their other books. … Fabulous size too – not a pokey small thing, nor a massive A3. All in all, absolutely perfect and what a great gift. ... I gave one to my adult 'kids'.

Book Reviews

This is the best book I have ever seen on this subject and I just want to buy it for everyone I know! It is a great resource, an inspiration, a thing of great beauty and healing. Everyone should have a copy in their kitchens!
– Permaculture magazine

Wonderful photographs, historical notes and anecdotes, illustrations, including recipes and a quick reference by ailment, combine to produce a practical and beautiful book.
– The Landsman

Why go out and buy medicines when you probably have something that can be used already? Beautifully illustrated.
– Positive News