Empowering Self Care through Integrative Healthcare

Karin C. Uphoff

About Botanical Body Care

Botanical Body Care: Herbs and Natural Healing for the Whole Body

This entertaining and enlightening guide will show you how to be a true friend to your body. In addition to a wealth of knowledge on using herbs to cleanse your organ systems, it provides eighty-four recipes for herbal preparations, emphasizing their practical use in making food your medicine by integrating herbs into your daily life.

It is an invaluable resource for:


  • Health practitioners
  • Training centers for the healing arts and herb schools
  • Nutritionists and dietitians
  • Health resorts and spas
  • Anyone who wants to take better care of themselves or their loved ones.

Botanical Body Care: Introduction

The beauty, mystery and power of plants have embraced humankind from the beginning, as plants were here long before we began our walk on earth. Our partnership with plants is a fundamental relationship that continues to evolve. 

We are far more chemically connected to plants than most of us imagine. Plants provide the sustenance for our existence and serve as ever-giving allies whose aid is always there – especially when we listen closely! 

Herbal medicine does not use plants to treat symptoms the way prescription drugs are often used. Plants assist people on many levels at once, so that the underlying pattern of illness is addressed. Many different plants could treat the same symptom, yet only a few of them may pose a good match for the basis of those symptoms. Plant chemistry is intricate: how various chemicals in plants relate to each other, and how that synergy responds to the chemistry of our body, is the mystery of plant-people partnership! 

Communication between the language of plants and our individual cellular intelligence can result in effects that aren’t always predictable, thus there can be differences in response among different people using the same herb or combination of herbs. Matching plants to people takes more than knowledge of the plant: it also requires intuition and awareness of the subtle vibrations between the plant and the person. The healing energy of plants is further increased by the relationship we cultivate as we spend time with plants and use them for our health and well-being. 

In the commercial world, health is often promoted as some ideal state of physical perfection, but upon examining the natural world, we find the true meaning of health to be more dynamic. Health is a process of balancing energy intake to energy output, and that varies from body to body and season to season. The ebb and flow of energy we take in and energy we release can Botanical Body Care result in the experience of excess (accumulation of energy), depletion (loss of energy), or stagnation (stuck energy). Traditional healing practices around the world address the root causes of excess, depletion and stagnation in energy flow, in order to free the body’s own healing potential. 

Taking energy into our bodies is nourishing, and we nourish ourselves with much more than just food and drink. We are nourished by the air we breathe, substances we apply to our skin, images and light through our eyes, sound through our ears, scents through our nose, and sensation through touch and temperature, etc. Our energy intake also consists of personal thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and values. Overall health is influenced by electromagnetic energy, relationships with those around us and the community and culture we live in, earth energies, energies of other planetary bodies, and solar and stellar energies. 

Simply becoming aware of what you take in every day and receiving it consciously, both in food and non-food energies, can be very revealing. What are you allowing in that negatively affects you? What causes you to lose energy or triggers an emotional response? What do you put back into the environment every day, and how do you nourish the world around you? Do you feel a discrepancy between the two? Are you living in balance with your environment?

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Book Reviews

A guide for better life

As a person who has had a terrible experience with trying to find relief from what were really minor health problems, who spend years with periodic pain, who spent thousands of dollars on western medicine, who got condescending and conflicting information from AMA doctors…..I wish that I had this book ten years ago. I would have saved me all of that. I have it now and it’s my health bible.

Michael J. Rantala

Thorough compilation of natural healing information

Not only does this book include lots of well organized information about herbal healing and alternative methods of healing but it is very interesting reading in itself. Karin Uphoff knows her anatomy and body systems so well that she can inform us about them in a lively way that helps make sense of illness, why it occurs and what is happening in the particular body system. The illustrations are clear and helpful. If you want one book on healing herbs this should be it.

Laurie York, Independent Filmmaker

Excellent reference

I found this to be an excellent reference book. I was previously diagnosed with high blood pressure, and I wanted to see if I could control it naturally. I looked in the index, found the appropriate sections, and followed the recommendations (and ran them by my nurse practitioner as well). Within a month my blood pressure was back to normal and has stayed there ever since. I’ve consulted this book for other health needs as well, and have found it thorough, informative, well presented, and well written. I highly recommend it.

K. Rork Mesagal

A few recipes included in the Book

Adrenal Support Formula
Baby Be Formula
Be Strong Barley Drink
Beautiful Birth Tincture
Bedtime is Beautiful Tea
Bladder-toning Tincture
Blood ‘n Bones Decoction
Body-boost Decoction
Bouncy Brain Tincture
Brain-booster Tea
Bright Eyes Formula
Bronchial Relief Tincture
Build ‘n Balance Kidney Tea
Bye-bye Bile
Liver-Support Decoction
Cholesterol-clear Tincture
Classic Liver-flush Drink
Clear and Free Lung Tea
Comforting Compress
Cradle Cap

River of Relief Tea
Decongesting Decoction
De-cramp Decoction
Detoxification Decoction
Digestive Tonic Tincture
Dissolve Tea
Skin-cleansing Tea
Ease the Flow Tea
Emergency Tincture
Evening Peace Tea
Everyday Energy Tonic
Female Balance
Wild Woman Tincture
Feminine Flourish Tea
Fragile Bowel Tea
Garlic Paste
Get Juicy Tea
Get Juicy Tincture
Headache-free Tea

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