Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills Paperback – Mar 1 2007
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Raleigh Briggs is an herbalist, potion maker, DIY homemaker, and the author of Herbal First Aid, How to Make Soap, and Nontoxic Housecleaning. She lives in Seattle.
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The one thing thats a bit different about it is the lay out it's kind of a scrap book type layout with sketches and "hand written". It's not necessarily bad just takes some getting used to.
I love that this book isn't preachy and I love how in the section on depression it didn't tell people not to take anti-depressants. It bothers me at health food stores when they tell you to stop taking your medication when they have no clue about your situation and have clearly never had severe clinical depression. Anyway sorry for the rant, but if you do have depression this is a great book that will not tell you your wrong or that you don't really need your medication.
Anyway a great book if you want some great recipes without the holier than though attitude you sometimes get with this type of book.
Make Your Place tries to show the reader that we can all take care of ourselves, our homes and our gardens without the use of expensive and/or toxic products from the grocery store or pharmacy. The book is divided into three main sections: Health and First Aid, in which Raleigh gives information on using a variety of herbal remedies; Non Toxic Cleaning and Body Care, in which she lists her personal recipes for different cleaning tasks; and Gardening, where she gives tips on cheap organic gardening, which she calls "the greatest nesting skill on Earth."
I really enjoyed reading this book--all three sections of the book gave me loads of ideas for things I'd like to try. However, I will say that this book is not comprehensive, but more like a jumping off point for those interested in the self-sufficient lifestyle. For example, the book gives Raleigh's personal recipe for homemade deodorant--but I have seen many other different recipes on the Internet that might be equally good, so I would likely do a bit of research before I decided to make the recipe listed here.
However, for someone who is just getting started with making their own household products, this book would be nice, because it assumes the reader has no prior knowledge and lays everything out clearly. It's easy to understand, and as I previously said it's a fun book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone newly interested in making their own natural products for home and garden.
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Throughout the day, many people asked me for natural ways to get rid of pests, clean different types of surfaces, etc. and I often picked up the book and turned right to Raleigh's very detailed Table of Contents. How to get rid of fleas? Clean wood floors? Make liquid dish soap? It's all right there.
From gardening to essential oils, Raleigh included it all! Not to mention the fact that the book is beautifully handwritten and illustrated. I often get my tips from the internet, but Raleigh's book is wonderful to leave in the kitchen or bathroom as an instant recipe book and guide.
A definite must-have starting guide for anyone interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle.
The articles are all hand written in very neat penmanship, all the illustrations are hand drawn, and everything in the book has been tried out first by the author. There are three sections in the book Health and First Aid, Nontoxic Cleaning and Body Care, and Gardening. The first section includes directions on how to make tinctures and salves, a list of herbs that are antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral, and also a list of which herbs and essential oils to avoid if pregnant. More useful than you know. The second section is a combination of replacements for bleach, Clorox and the like, and then recipes for herbal shampoos and whatever else you might call body care. The last section is pretty self explanatory. Gardening without choking up the ground with a jug of Wal-Mart bought chemicals. Chapters include composting, space managing and fertilizing.
I personally found the First Aid section most useful, and most tailored to my needs. This book is very informative and well worth the money. It doesn't take up a load of space (roughly 7 x 5 inches and half an inch thick, 125 pages), it goes over personal safety at the beginning of the book and includes a further reading section (more DIY punk rock goodness) at the back.
It isn't lofty or pompous, or some 100% organic and natural twerpy, skinny assed vegan kid preaching some rhetoric they heard in their college dorm. I think it is well written and friendly, there isn't any political commentary slipped in between instructions on how to turn crunchy dried things into medicinal liquid (which is more rare than you would believe). It's a good book if you are interested in an alternative way to keep yourself and your home healthy and clean.
I didn't get much out of the other two sections, but I'm already pretty into making my own cleaning supplies and don't keep around near as many ingredients as this book's recipes call for (so many different essential oils, for example). So it wasn't the make-me-a-better-housewife book I expected in that regard -- mostly just cream, spray, etc. recipes. But, if you don't already have your favorite recipes for, say, a window cleaner, or an ointment for a cut, you can get them here, and they look good too!