Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is becoming more and more popular. Producing your very own herbs is one of the best ways to obtain ingredients for herbal medicine.

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I like cooking with herbs, but herbs have a lot of other beneficial attributes. Here are a few facts about herbs and methods of use.

Most herbs are best when the leaves are fresh.

You can gather herbs in the wild, but be careful to recognize them correctly; a lot of wild plants are somewhat poisonous.

Additionally, you ought to be sure the plant you choose is not a protected species and has not been sprayed.

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Herbal medicine that is obtainable commercially are more often than not in dried form.

There are a lot of traditional ways to prepare herbal medicine for medicinal and further purposes. The most useful are decoctions, infusions, ointments, and oils.

An infusion is like making a strong tea. To make an infusion, pour two cups or one pint of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of dried herbs. Let it steep for 10 minutes, if you are planning to use the infusion internally. Let it steep three hours if it is to be used externally.

To make a decoction, Place 2 tablespoons of dried herbs with 1 pint of water in a covered pan for let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

To make Ointments, stir one part of crushed herbs with four parts of heated lard or other fat and stir thoroughly. It is important to add a few drops of tincture of benzoic as a preservative.

Aromatic oils are prepared by steeping flower petals that are freshly cut or other aromatic substances in a odor-free oil for one to two days.

After one to two day, discard the petals, and replace them with a new batch. You have to keep repeating this process until the aroma of the oil becomes as strong as that of the flowers themselves. Seven or eight times ought to be sufficient.

Decoctions and Infusions ought to be stored in a refrigerator and used within three days. Oils and Ointments ought to be stored in a cool. dark place and usually has a shelf life for several months.

Certain additional herbal planning, such as tinctures, elixirs, and spirits, are prepared with pure ethyl alcohol and will keep for an indefinite period.

Herbal medicine ought to be stored in a cool, dark place in sealed jars. When storing or preparing herbs, use china, glass, or enamel utensils.

Keep away from nonstick pans and metal, particularly aluminum.

Here are a few of the most valuable ingredients for home remedies and cosmetics. Other important herbal medicine include thyme, marjoram, tarragon, and peppermint.

Rosemary, Is used by the Romans to improve the function of the memory. Useful as an infusion, it helps take away dandruff and boost hair luster.

Aloe. Is used by Native Americans of the Southwest against wrinkles and baldness. The juices of a cut leaf will soothe minor burns and insect bites.

Basil. It has a strong scent, valued by the monks in India as an aid to help meditation, it also repels insects. Infusions of basil may help relieve certain types of headache.

Chamomile, The leaves and flowers of an aromatic plant help make a excellent herbal tea for insomnia and toothache. It makes lightening rinse for blond hair. Sweet smelling chamomile yards were once common.

Comfrey. It is sometimes known as “knit back” thus it reputation is to help mend broken bones. It is a healing herb that can often used in creams and poultices.

Ginseng. It is believed to encourage youthfulness and long life. It is considered an aphrodisiac in the Orients. It is in wide use as an appetizer and gentle stimulant.

Clove. It is used by the Chinese as a breath freshener. The Clove oil has antiseptic and anesthetic properties and encourages relief in toothache and nausea.

Rose Water. Is long thought to encourage and keep youthful skin, it is a great moisturizer and contains excellent ingredients for face creams and masks.

Almond. This sweet almond oil makes a wholesome ingredient in cosmetics. Ground up almonds may be used as a mild cleansing facial rub.

Garlic. Is used throughout the world since the days of ancient Egypt for a multitude of illnesses as well as earache, low blood pressure, and diarrhea. Garlic contains antiseptic and stimulant properties.

Cider vinegar. Is praised since the ancient times of civilization for its numerous medicinal virtues. Supposed to increase energy and help sleep. If added to a bath, it can relieve skin irritation.

Lanolin. Is an extract from the wool of sheep. Anhydrous (waterless) lanolin is helpful for dry skin and finds use in a lot of cleansing creams.

Honey. Is a mild sedative and a speedy source of energy. Honey is soothing and nourishing to the skin if applied externally .

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