The herbs used for these methods of
preparation are generally dried and can
be either store bought, or some you have
grown/collected yourself and dried.
Remember that herbal therapies, or any
form of alternative therapies, are not
meant to take the place of your doctors
advise or regular care.
ALWAYS RESEARCH THE HERBS BEFORE
A teaspoon or slightly more of herb
matter per eight ounces of boiled water.
The water is poured over the herb in a
cup or tea pot, and steeped for several
minutes. After about fifteen minutes or
so, many herbs will become bitter, so I
suggest five to ten minutes. Can be used
as a wash, or consumed as a hot or cold
drink. Sweeten with honey if
Approximately two pints of water poured
over an ounce of herb matter, and
steeped for up to eight hours. These can
be used in bath water, as skin washes,
or when blended evenly with more hot
water, consumed as tea.
Seeds, roots, rhizomes and denser barks
are used in decoctions. There are
prepared by directly boiling up to one
ounce of the plant material in the
water, and then simmering for a period
of time. Used much the same as
One part herb matter to four parts
either 60 proof alcohol or apple cider
vinegar. Let sit for four to six weeks,
shake occaisionally. Strain, and store
in dark glass bottles. Use by droppers
in water. Tinctures will keep almost
indefinitely if stored properly.
If an herb has too strong a taste to be
consumed as a liquid, or eaten, you can
powder the dried herb, and make
capsules. Size 00 gel capsules are
perfect for this purpose. Make sure to
wipe each after filling. Store in a dark
Add the herb material to a beeswax or lard
Wet cloth soaked in a tisane and applied
to the skin.
Herb material (previously steeped or at
least moistened) wrapped in a cloth and
applied to the skin.