How to Benefit from Everyday Herbs

A Beginner's Guide to Homemade Natural Herbal Remedies for Common Ailments & Good Health

By Patricia Bratianu & Dr. Donna Schwontkowski

Remedies, formulas, recipes, and stories written by Dr. Donna Schwontkowski
remain the property of Dr. Donna Schwontkowski and are included here
after obtaining permission to print.

Disclaimer: This book is for informational purposes only. Both authors of this book are not practicing
physicians and the information, recipes and remedies are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. No claim is made to treat, cure, prevent or mitigate any disease.
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Book Details
 191 p
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 2013 Simple Media Works 

8 Reasons Why You Should Read This Book
Herbs will change your life. This is a pretty big claim, I know—but it’s true!
This list is just a sample of the things you’ll gain from reading this book.
1. You’ll become proficient in creating fabulous foods and remedies that
improve your health and the health of your loved ones.
2. You’ll save money on your healthcare and in food costs, 
and become knowledgeable about selecting top-quality ingredients.
3. You’ll learn when to seek expert help for health concerns, 
and when you can treat them on your own.
4. You’ll learn about herb safety and administration for the very young and for the elderly.
5. You’ll come to know your body better, and become attuned to what
improves your health and how these remedies work.
6. You’ll be able to say, “I made that, and it worked!”
7. You’ll develop a great admiration and respect for the herb world.
8. You’ll have lots of fun!

Ready to get started? Read on!

Foreword by Pat Bratianu, Author
I‘ve been a Registered Nurse for almost forty years. Many years ago I noticed
that, while modern medicine worked wonders in the emergency room, people
were sick with chronic illnesses that didn’t respond well to conventional
treatment. Have you noticed the same thing?
Gaps in Medical Healing Meant Something Was Missing
I saw many patients at the hospital with common illnesses that should have been
treated at home—things like minor wounds, sore throats and the like. Seeing
this, I concluded that something was lacking in our healthcare system; otherwise,
we wouldn’t be seeing these minor issues in our clinics and hospitals so often.
It’s Time to Learn about Herbs
Around the same time, my mother-in-law presented me with a beautifully
illustrated herbal. After reading the book, I stepped into a brand new world of
alternative healing. This herbal contained information that helped bridge the gap
that I had witnessed in the medical world.
I started learning about using herbs that were already in my kitchen: parsley,
basil, cinnamon, garlic and other ordinary foods and condiments that were
readily available. My family loved my new recipes, and slowly, I noticed that
some of the ordinary complaints we suffered from, such as indigestion,
headaches, and lack of energy, were fewer. The relief we experienced from
simple home remedies was evident—and I had made a difference with
something simple and easily prepared. Could improving our health really be this easy?
My History Was Already Full of Little Herbal Lessons
As a lifelong gardener, I’ve always been happiest playing in the dirt. Even as a
small child, I made plantain poultices to put on mosquito bites because they
cooled the itching. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that
if I chewed up a plantain leaf and put it on my itchy mosquito bite, I would feel
better. Herbs became part of my garden soon, and this part of the garden quickly
turned into my favorite place. I felt most comfortable when I was in my garden
surrounded by herbs. I loved the textures, fragrances, and tastes they provided.
They also seemed to attract all kinds of living things: birds, bees, butterflies,
family pets, and even my children.
Illness as an Opportunity to Test Herbs
Shortly thereafter, I became ill and modern medicine didn’t manage to
completely heal me. I started to invest more time and effort in growing and
learning about herbs. Before long I was using herbs daily, including in my
cooking, and my good health returned. It was during this difficult time that I
realized what was missing in modern health care. We need our roots, literally, to
maintain good health. I began teaching everyone what I knew about the magic
that lay within the herbs in their kitchen cupboards.
As time went on, I craved more knowledge about what ordinary people could do
to live happy, healthy, connected lives without spending a fortune. I pursued and
obtained a Ph.D. in Natural Health. I became a Registered Herbalist as well.
Today, I have clients who use homemade natural remedies to reduce high blood
pressure; grow healthy children; make natural, chemical-free cosmetics; and more.

After helping thousands of families to keep their family healthy naturally, I
believe that herbalism is medicine by and for all people. Anyone can easily
practice herbalism and do it anywhere.
With this book, I want to empower you to improve your health and the health of
those you love. I want to put your food, your medicine and your health in your
own capable hands. And I want you to reap the rewards as never before!
— Patricia Bratianu, author

Foreword by 
Dr. Donna Schwontkowski (ret. D.C.), M.S., M.H., Author
The greatest influences that got me started on the road to natural healing were
my grandmother and her herb garden. Whenever we grandkids had a
stomachache or a headache, Grandma had a remedy from her garden. She
managed her own health and taught me the importance of using what God had
already provided for us.
Grandma’s raspberry tea remedy for PMS worked wonders during those early
years. She took raspberry leaves directly from her garden and dropped them into
a coffee cup. Next came boiling water, and her remedy was complete; using
herbs couldn’t be much simpler. It was lessons like this that showed me the
power and the simplicity of herbal medicine.
Creating Comprehensive Knowledge
Years later, on the path to becoming a dietitian, I could hardly wait to share all
the new information I had learned about diet and nutrition with Grandma. Our
discussions progressed to remedies and natural healing, and now, looking back
on this time, I see that my grandmother was planting the seeds of what I was to
become. It’s because of my grandmother that I decided to become a doctor.
However, there was a dilemma back then—doctors only administered
prescription drugs. They ignored natural remedies and they ignored diet.
Years later, after I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition, a
bachelor’s degree in biology and a doctorate in chiropractic medicine, I still
hadn’t learned enough. Something was missing: formal education on herbs. I
sought out this education, and it has made a great difference in the lives of my
patients, my family and myself.
Experience Herbal Success and Your Life Will Change
I’m sure you’ll experience great success with herbs by using this book. When
you do, it’s a great idea to write your successes in a journal so you’ll remember
them later. You’ll most likely have so many successes that they’ll be easy to
forget when new ones continue to occur!
I’ve run my own clinical research studies with patients in my practice and it’s
been very successful. Herbs work fast, and everyone has been happy with their
results. Stubborn ulcers were healed. Immune system disorders, including HIV,
were significantly improved. Infections cleared up in record time. Hot flashes
disappeared. Old injuries healed, and range of motion was restored in a matter of
a few weeks. Teeth that appeared to need a root canal healed within a day or two.
Kidney stones were dissolved. These seemingly miraculous recoveries were
standard and happened far too often to count.
It’s Time for Your Success
There are miracles waiting for you, too, when you use herbs. All you have to do
is open the door inside your mind that says there’s a cure to be found, and
combine it with knowledge and faith.
May this book give you the courage you need to take that first step and every
successive step in your life. And remember that God, the one who created it all,
is with you, too. Allow Him to direct you.
—Dr. Donna Schwontkowski (“Dr. Donna”), author

Table of Contents

Foreword By Pat Bratianu, Author
Foreword By Dr. Donna Schwontkowski
The Fun Herbal Basics
1. The Nervous System
2. The Circulatory System
3. The Digestive System
4. The Integumentary System
5. The Respiratory System
6. The Immune System
7. The Kidneys and Urinary System
8. The Male Reproductive System
9. The Female Reproductive System
10. Herbs for Children
11. Herbs for Longevity
12. Advanced Herbal Medicine Making: How to Make an Herbal
13. Now Get Started!

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