Simply Natural Health: A Book Review
When I was approached last fall by Naturopath Juliet Kelly-Wong about doing a book review for her new book, Simply Natural Health Harnessing The Healing Power of Nature, my inner book nerd jumped up and down for joy. How is it that the passions of my life were intersecting in such a way?! I jumped at the opportunity to read a hot off the shelf book about natural health. Anticipation filled the months that followed, as it seems to ship essential oils from Thailand was somewhat tricky (who knew!)
Finally, just before the Holidays, my package arrived! I excitedly open a box containing a beautifully wrapped packed, and handwritten notes on some samples that I could use to try out some of Juliet's "prescriptions." However, the Instagramer in me stopped the book nerd in me, urging me to stage and document the prettiness of this package.
Admittedly, weeks later after sitting on my bookshelf, high away from potential curious hands, it was appropriately documented.
I learned quickly that this is not the kind of book you take to the gym. In that, I immediately devoured the educational portion of the book. Abound with new knowledge and motivated to put some of these methods into practice I still had 1/2 my workout left! All of this to say, that the first half of the book, beautifully written. The topics are relevant to issues that we face modern-day parents, such as vaccines, immunity, polluted food sources, and practical advice for health. Furthermore, Juliet breaks these topics down into straightforward and relatable ways to understand.
I am a huge proponent of a balanced approach to health, and this book encompasses everything you need to make the right decisions regarding your health and the health of your family. In addition to being informative and straightforward, beautiful images grace its pages, and most all of the ingredients suggested for use are readily available with a trip to the local health food store (or a few clicks away on Amazon).
Having said all of that, arguably, my favorite part of the book is the last half - which serves as a reference book. Rather than have to reach out to Juliet herself, she has provided us with an essential A-Z handbook for treating ailments ranging from Acne to strep throat (and everything in between). We wasted no time in our family putting several of her "prescriptions" to use, as the season's cold and flu cases ran rampant in our community. Our family favorites include the Immune Boosting Chicken Broth (pg 138), Immune Boosting Tea, and the addition of our "Healing Pantry (pg 54)" and "Emergency First-Aid Kit (pg 97) to our home.
The realm of natural health can seem daunting, and even unbelievable when you first begin to use integrative medicine in your life. Whether you are a skeptical beginner or the crunchiest mama on the block, this book is for you.
*Disclaimer: As always remember that the study of Human Lactation is constant and ever evolving. If you are seeking breastfeeding information or advice, you need to ask the help of a Certified Lactation Professional. In the instance of referencing a book, remember that it should be the most current edition and need not be older than two years.