Grow your own medicine

+1 for who guess which flower this is! Image source: Wikipedia.

Old news, but definitely worth paying attention to on In 2009 and 2010 it was on BBC2 a program called 'Grow Your Own Drugs'. In this program, ethnobotanist James Wong went in search of medicines for various ailments that people can make themselves. With easily available products and plants that people can grow themselves, Wong provides a nature-friendly and cheap alternative to the sometimes expensive synthetic medicines.

Wong tries the homemade medicines on people who have the ailments and reports on how they work. As a scientist, Wong is well aware that this does not provide scientific evidence for the effect of his medicines. He warns viewers that with serious ailments they should always seek professional advice and points out that some of the results may also be due to the placebo effect. Below the first episode of the first episode.

I myself have no experience with making my own medicines. Well, I am thinking about going back soon the recipe against eczema try that Wong gives on his website. In my life I have tried so many different drugs and have achieved so little results that I am skeptical about them. Nevertheless, the advantage is that you know what is in it here, and it is also inexpensive. Does anyone have experience with a homemade medicine? What are your findings?

Ps Thanks to Sylvia for this tip!

4 thoughts on “Kweek je eigen medicijnen”

  1. And for your eczema problem, I had it myself for years (on my fingertips) and the only thing that helped me is an ointment where 'tea tree', this is widely used in homeopathy, although it will soon be banned from the Netherlands. natural medicine because the remedy enters the regular medication process due to its proper functioning (the pharmaceutical industry will see money in this, so homeopaths may no longer use this remedy).
    Here's a link to that ointment: 
    And here an article about (in the Netherlands) plants and their medical effect: 

  2. Magnesium salt (chloride) as an oil or in flake form beneficial for eczema and psoriasis and more.
    It is a purely natural mineral, inexpensive and reliable, think of a dip in the sea. One liter of sea water contains about 35 grams of salts: 24 grams of sodium chloride, 5 grams of magnesium chloride, 4 grams of sodium sulfate, 0.7 grams of calcium chloride and 0.8 grams of magnesium bromide.
    Why so unknown? Because the mineral cannot be patented like expensive synthetic remedies.

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