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All About Tinctures

Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably. Technically these terms are an indication of strength used by manufactures. ALCOHOL TINCTURES In most cases you should choose to make alcohol […]

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Collecting Wild Herbs

Nature, by its very design, provides a remedy for nearly any disease that may afflict a human being. This being the case, it is essential to know how to acquire and prepare the remedies. Acquisition of herbal remedies in the wild may not be as easy as some may think. If you cannot find the […]

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Introduction to Herbs

What is an Herb? Any plant that has culinary, medical, cosmetic, veterinary or other use of some kind. The useful part is different with every plant, it can be the leaves, flowers, roots, barks or seeds. The plant can be a tree or shrub, a weed or an exotic flower, or one of the common […]

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Starting an Herbal Garden

When planning an herbal garden it is important to decide what herbs you want to grow. Then decide where you’re going to plant them. Will it be indoors or outdoors? Is there enough sunlight? Is the soil loose with good drainage or very firm and rocky? And so on; these are just a few things […]

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Making, Using a Healing Poultice

Herbal poultices were relied on in our grandparent’s day to ward off more life threatening afflictions like pleurisy, bronchitis and pneumonia. An old stand-by was the mustard poultice which was thought to “burn out” a pulmonary infection. The 1867 British Pharmacopoeia lists the instructions for making a Cataplasm sinapsis or poultice. Two and a half […]

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Planting and Cultivating Herbs

Preparing the Ground/Planting It is important in the planning of a growing area for herbs that you take into consideration certain factors: * What is the purpose for growing this plant? * What type of environment does this plant need? * Is this plant happiest in sun or shade; wet, dark soil or sandy loam? […]

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Herbal Preparation Methods

There are many methods for preparing herbs for therapeutic effect. Here are some of the most popular. Infusion Infusions are basically a herbal tea. You let the herb steep in hot or cold water for a while, then either reheat and drink, or drink it cool. You can use infusions in a bath, as a […]

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