Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Review: Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments by Aruna M. Stewart

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Robert Rose Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own. 

This new book releases on the 1st!

Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments cover


The information and suggestions in this book will make it easier for you to achieve health and wellness in your life — both physically and emotionally. The fact that both it tackles both components makes it truly unique and an indispensable resource. And most importantly, it takes a wholly and completely natural approach.

Full color thoughout, with dozens of color photographs, the book is broken down in a way that’s very easy to digest, beginning with a section on natural antibiotics and how herbal remedies work to support our body’s own defences. Once you understand why natural antibiotics are the right choice, you’ll have 46 plant medicines to choose from, and you’ll learn the medicinal profiles and uses of ingredients like camomile, horseradish, watercress, arnica and thyme. Plus, over 20 common disorders are listed from A to Z so that you can find just the right herb and dosage for your condition.
The final section contains an index of all the herbs with a cross-reference to the specific concern they treat, along with a complete profile, making this a very useful resource to have at your fingertips.


If you are like us and use essential oils for homepathic reasons, this is a must have book. The book offers great alternatives for physical AND emotional ailments, using the plants (ans some oils), that the essential oils come from. By offering different methods, like ointments and teas, Stewart gives you more ways to better your family's health, and your own, this back to school season!

With the latest news, that the number of antibiotic-resistant infections is rising dramatically, the meds your family used to take, may no longer work. So why not try natural remedies, that have been sued for centuries, and that WORK?  We forget in our modern lives how medicinal herbs can be used to treat simple infections and the botanical treatments can be used to help offset common emotional concerns like the “blues” and insomnia. Our acnestrs knew this. That is how they survived in the forest and plains, with no doctors around! By giving you  20 common ailments and disorders, Stewarts gives you a great starting point to being Doctor Mom! Most of the 46 herbs, like camomile, horseradish, and thyme, are available at your local gardening center, making it easy to start and keep your own herbal garden handy!

This is a great homepathic reference book and I highly recommend it!


Here's an example from the book, that can be helpful:

Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments honey pix
Courtesy of Robert Rose Publishing


The external causes that may disturb the body’s natural biorhythm, and therefore our sleep-wake cycle, are diverse. In cities, it never really gets dark and quiet. Many people work at night or in shifts. Dinner is often too late and too large, and many people pass the evening hours in front of computer or TV screens, which makes the brain more alert. In addition, daily stress and worry follow us into bed.

Sleep is very important because it’s during sleep when reorganization, regeneration, remodeling and repair processes take place in our body. Lack of sleep disrupts our delicate structure, causing hormones, metabolism, blood pressure, heartbeat and breathing to become stressed. It is easy to understand why sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture. Prolonged sleep deprivation results in drastically declining concentration and performance, irritability and, at times, hallucinations. Sleeping pills do not solve the problem since, apart from their side effects, another drug is inevitably needed in the morning to help you stay awake. Naturopathic medicine, however, can help relieve insomnia.

Insomnia is when you have had problems, for at least 1 month, falling or staying asleep and/or don’t feel rested by sleep. It’s not the same as acute insomnia, the result of stress or an upcoming stressful event, such as an exam. This type of insomnia normally passes.

When to Visit the Doctor:
If you suffer from insomnia for more than 1 month for no apparent reason, you should consult a doctor to rule out more serious conditions like heart problems, sleep apnea (when breathing stops during sleep), hyperthyroidism or depression.

Useful Plants: 
Passionflower, valerian, lavender, oats, lemon balm, hop.

Bach Flower Remedies:
Impatiens for inner restlessness and nervousness; white chestnut when circling thoughts prevent you from falling asleep; mimulus for concrete fears; aspen for vague fears; holly if anger is keeping you from sleeping; red chestnut when you can’t sleep because you worry about others; elm or hornbeam if you feel overwhelmed due to something like an upcoming examination (elm) or even just going through your daily routine (hornbeam).

Additional Help: 
The ideal bedroom temperature for sleeping is 60°F to 65°F (16°C to 18°C). Take care to provide your room with fresh air and darkness. Cold feet can prevent you from falling asleep, so try a hot water bottle or wool socks. Keep a small notebook next to the bed so that you can jot down thoughts that may come to you at night. Ban screens from the bedroom. It’s a place for sleeping, for love — but not for work. Do not fall asleep on the couch watching TV. Instead, try a sleep ritual. For example, drink some warm milk with honey 30 minutes before going to bed each night. Step outside or open a window and take a deep breath. Over time, you can look forward to going to bed and sleeping.

Courtesy of Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments by Aruna M. Siewert © 2016 Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

About the Author:

Aruna M. Siewert  is a healing practitioner, having completed her extensive training and advanced medical education under the umbrella of botanical/ herbal medicine and the workings of the body. She has her own daily practice and was for many years a docent at the Campus Naturalis in Berlin in the disciplines of healing practise, botanical medicine and aromatherapy. Aruna lives in Berlin, Germany (and speaks fluent German only).

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