Grow Your Own Drugs

Episode Guide

Series 2 Episode Guide

Garden Herbs

Series 2 · Episode 1

Ethnobotanist James Wong sets out to reinvent our perception of common and garden herbs. His simple recipes include an angelica stomach soother for indigestion, a fragrant anti dandruff hair oil.

Incredible Edibles

Series 2 · Episode 2

In a fascinating blend of gardening, cookery, science and history, James shows us how to use turmeric to ease muscular aches and pains, whips up a moisturising body cream and has a gargle for sore throats.

Exotic Plants

Series 2 · Episode 3

James shows us how to use lemon grass in an insect repellent spray, transforms olive leaves in to a pampering face mask and makes a soothing burns treatment from aloe vera and chamomile.


Series 2 · Episode 4

James focuses on turning chamomile in to a luxurious bath milk and honeysuckle and jasmine in to soothing jellies for sore throats. James makes ear drops made from mullein flowers and he tries out his own rose petal leg wax.

Shrubs & Trees

Series 2 · Episode 5

James uses trees and shrubs to tackle minor everyday complaints. He shows one shaving rash sufferer how to grow witch hazel and turn it in to a cooling gel, and offers three sinusitis sufferers some relief.

Wild Plants

Series 2 · Episode 6

James travels to Northern Ireland where he harvests seaweed for a luxurious seaweed body scrub., forages for elderberries and turns them in to an anti-viral jam to help ward off colds and flu.