Grow Your Own Drugs

LIVING – Thursdays from 3 November, 8pm

Many people think of plants as purely ornamental, something to brighten up back gardens and window boxes, but in this six-part series, ethnobotanist James Wong demonstrates how to transform familiar plants into simple natural remedies that could help ease the symptoms of minor everyday ailments, as well as how to make some pampering beauty treatments.

7:00pm Saturday, August 22 on TV One

Most people think of plants as purely ornamental, something to brighten up their back gardens and window boxes. On TV ONE’s new series, Grow Your Own Drugs (tonight at 7pm), ethno-botanist James Wong demonstrates how to grow and transform familiar plants into simple natural remedies that could help ease the symptoms of minor everyday ailments. He also has tips on how viewers can make their own pampering beauty treatments.

Describing himself as a scientist and a gardener who makes natural remedies, Wong says he wants to make people think differently about plants. He says people can find many of the drugs they are used to picking up at the pharmacy growing all around them. “It’s just like a different type of packing.”

“I’m not some hippy who believes in flower power – I’m a ethno-botanist trained at Kew Gardens. After studying the use of plants for years, I’ve got recipes to help with minor ailments, from coughs and colds, to acne and even some beauty treatments to make you look and feel wonderful.”

“I want to show you how easy and cheap it is to make your own home remedies from stuff that you probably already have in the back garden.”

Using a mix of gardening, science and history, the series Grow Your Own Drugs will also see Wong turn the spotlight on flowers; trees; herbs; roots.

Episode one sees Wong reveal there is more to some fruit than just its nutritional value. He uses figs to relieve constipation; hops to help get a good night’s sleep; turns kiwis and papayas in to a soothing face mask; and makes an immune boosting soup to help feed a cold – and all from fruit that viewers probably already have in the fruit bowl. Wong’s remedies are tried by sufferers, with some surprising results.