Herb of the Day
Scotch broom, Butcher’s broom, Irish broom
Scotch broom, Butcher’s broom, Irish broom
Website: The Whispering Woods
It would be pretty irresponsible to start taking herbs with little or no knowledge of herbal remedial treatments. By not taking the time to consider all the factors and seek advice you could be putting your health at serious risk.
For instance, women who are pregnant should be careful of the herbs they take because their baby may not be strong enough or sufficiently formed to handle the effects of such a nutrient and this can put the health of the baby and in fact the pregnancy in danger.
When compared to the synthetic medications your doctor may prescribe for you, herbal medications usually do have fewer side effects, if any at all, but again this reaction has to do with the individual person taking the herbs. For example one person may drink herbal tea with mint in it and have no problems at all whereas another person may do the same and develop a skin rash.
It is these risk factors which make it important to educate yourself before you decide to take herbs of any form and then you should test the herb for a few days at a diluted dosage before using it at its full concentration so that any adverse effects are mild rather than severe.
People who are diabetic should not be taking certain herbs; some herbs should not be taken when on certain medications and sometimes the combining of certain herbs will achieve a negative result. There are many rules which people neglect to learn before they jump into the herbal world with both feet. Take the time to do the research, find a reputable source of information you can trust, and learn what you can about herbal remedies so you can use them safely and without regret. It is your health; take the time to learn so you can take responsibility for it.Making Herbal Remedies (Herbology At Home) Anke Bialas
Although you may not wish to pop out into the woods to wildcraft your own herbs right now, you may wish to do so at another time. Wildcrafting is a term you may have already come across, it means collecting plants in the wild. In case you are a reader who has the opportunity to collect their herbs in the wild it is essential that you are able to identify the plants correctly. If there is any doubt at all leave it where it is. Many times poisoning has occurred due to the misidentification of plants. Better safe than sorry. Also, when collecting in the wild you should be aware of chemicals that have been used in the area which may have settled on your plants. Lastly, please leave endangered species alone. We are trying to preserve the old ways not extinguish the natural resources necessary to do so.
MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS CLEAN – Sterilize all utensils. You can boil some for 15 minutes or you can sterilize in the oven. Also handy is a sanitising solution which is used to sterilise baby bottles. All you do is keep the equipment in the sterilizing liquid for 30 mins, then rinse with boiled water. It is important to maintain hygiene to prevent the remedies, especially creams and syrups, from turning mouldy.
STORE PREPARATIONS CORRECTLY – Different preparations have different life expectancies before they lose their medicinal properties. Infusions should be made fresh every day. Decoctions
can be kept up to 48 hours in the fridge. Tinctures, syrups and essential oils can last for months and even years if stored in dark glass bottles and kept in a cool place away from the sunlight. Ointments, creams and capsules are best kept in dark glass jars, but you can use plastic containers. Sometimes fresh creams need to be stored in the fridge if you wish them to last longer.Making Herbal Remedies (Herbology At Home) Anke Bialas
There is a strong movement towards the use of herbal preparations instead of the never ending supply of store bought, synthetic alternatives. Many people think that by using natural products they are eliminating chemicals from their lives. The word chemical has become such a negative word when in fact all herbs contain thousands of chemicals. And it’s the natural combination of these chemicals that provide the health benefits you get from your selected herbal medicine.
A herbal remedy is much more likely to help with a broader spectrum of related problems than synthetically derived drugs which target one particular issue. Diagnosis is rarely 100% correct and this is where herbal medicine can help your cells maintain a state of optimal balance. Not only do herbs provide medicinal help, they also provide nutrients essential for a healthy life. Many herbs contain natural ingredients that cannot be found in synthetic pharmaceuticals.
Today, more and more people are rediscovering the healing powers of herbs. They do however have to realize that although herbs are effective healers of many medical problems, there is much that herbs cannot do. Herbs cannot substitute medical science, especially in life threatening situations. Even though there are some things that herbal medicine cannot do, ALL people can benefit from using herbal remedies at home.
Making your own remedies will cost you far less than synthetic pharmaceuticals, and you can avoid a lot of the unwanted extras, such as preservatives, stabilizers and colorants that are found in many products sold in natural food stores. Living in a litigious world, commercial manufacturers tend to use a lot of fixatives and preservatives, because they are concerned that someone might sue them for a spoiled product. What they don’t tell you is that many herbs contain their own natural preservatives (and beeswax is a great natural preservative as well).
When used correctly, herbal remedies can help infants, toddlers, school kids, teenagers, men and women of all ages, your pets, your garden and your general household. You probably already have everything necessary to transform your kitchen into a herbal laboratory. What you need now is a guiding hand to help you start.Making Herbal Remedies (Herbology At Home) Anke Bialas