Recapture the spirit of a bygone era by learning the ways and customs of our grandmother's generation. This beautiful book gathers together the best of traditional housekeeping skills that are guaranteed to make a house a home, keep cherished possessions looking their best and help the home run with smooth efficiency.
In our busy lives we often feel a nostalgic yearning for a gentler and simpler way of life, when the everyday household products we used, the food we ate, and the medicines that cured us were organic in nature. Household Wisdom is packed with ideas, hints, tips, recipes and remedies that will enhance the pleasure of everyday living in a way that is kind to the environment, your home and yourself.
Each of the four chapters - On the Table, The Linen Press, Body & Soul and Treats in Store - introduce us to different aspects of traditional housekeeping. There are recipes for good old-fashioned cleaning products guaranteed to add shine, sparkle and scent to the home, as well as advice on caring for wood, metal, silverware, ceramics and all types of household linen. There are enchanting projects to make, such as lavender bottles to scent a linen drawer and aromatic padded hangers for the wardrobe. From grandmother's medicine chest there are natural healing herbal teas, skin salves, compresses and tinctures to ease pain and a whole range of beauty products that are delightful to make as gifts, or use for yourself.
For the pantry there are delicious recipes for home-made chutneys, pickles, flavoured oils, preserves and vinegars, all made using natural ingredients.
Lavishly illustrated with 150 beautiful photographs, Household Wisdom is a charming and nostalgic yet practical guide to timeless living that can be used, enjoyed and valued by all modern readers.