Below you will find a brief overview of herbs and several of their common forms. If you wish to know more about a specific herb, click on any of the links to your left or click here to search our herb pages for specific keywords.
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In this modern world of a "pill for everything", people have come to expect instant cures, instant relief. You should note that with chronic illness, even prescription drugs take time to work. The same applies with Chinese herbs. Give them time to work. Support them with a balanced nutritious diet, with exercise, and with proper attention to yourself and your individual needs.
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When gathering or harvesting your herbs, first be absolutely sure you know what you are gathering! This is very important when gathering plants from the wild. Be absolutely certain you know what the plant is before you attempt to use it. If you are not sure of a particular plant, or it "looks like" something but could be something else, leave it alone. You would be better off to purchase the herb through a store or mail order. The alternative may leave you dead. If you care about our natural plants, you will prefer to purchase or grow what you need. Today's herbal needs are creating quite a strain on the numbers of medicinal plants in the wild.
Know what part of the plant you need. Some plants are used in their entirety, others only specific parts. When you are gathering plants from the wild, or even your own garden, remember not to take all of a particular species you may find in an area. Leave some to grow and seed and flourish for the next time you need them. Removing all of a group of plants is irresponsible (unless it is from your own herbal garden). Sprinkle around some of their seeds, to help them propagate. Also remember to give them some natural fertilizer. When taking leaves or branches of a plant, leave plenty for the plant to survive. You should offer the same respect to those plants you gather from your own gardens.
The parts of the plant above ground should be harvested in the morning, before the heat of the sun has a chance to wilt them. It is preferable to do so when the dew is still on the plants. Leaves should be harvested before the buds and blooms appear, and flowers should be harvested before the fruits and seeds appear. Bark and roots should be harvested in the early spring, just as the plant is beginning to show its leaf buds, or in the fall. Don't strip bark from around the trunk of the tree, as this will kill it. Instead, strip bark from small patches, or particular limbs, to preserve the plant for later use, and to preserve its life.
When using an entire plant, it is customary to hang the plant upside down in a dry area free from pests to allow the plant to dry. Make sure your herbs have dried thoroughly before storing them for further use, or you may discover that you have a moldy mess instead of a useful herb. Roots should be carefully washed, scraped, and chopped into small pieces, then laid on an elevated screen for circulation, to be sure they dry uniformly and thoroughly. Bulbs should be tied together and hung up to dry. Individual leaves can be laid out on a raised screen to dry completely.
The dried portions can then be stored according to your needs. Roots are usually ground into powder for use, or left in small chunks for uses in decoctions, tinctures, and syrups. Leaves are usually stored in their entirety, or crumbled for use in teas. The same applies for blossoms. Store your herbs in air-tight containers. The best containers to use are colored dark glass. The herb then does not pick up impurities from plastics, and does not eat through your plastics, as can happen.
Store in a dry, cool area, and keep out of the light. This is the reason for using colored glass. Light can often break down the remains of your gathered herbs, shortening their shelf life and rendering them nearly useless after a short period of time. So if you can only use normal glass, store those containers in a dark pantry or cabinet. If stored properly, the shelf life of dried herbs is approximately one year. Tinctures can be stored for up to five years. Capsules should be used within one year. Once an herb has been ground, it shortens the amount of time the herb is effective. So do pay careful attention to when you have purchased or stored an herb, for maximum effectiveness.
A decoction is used to extract the healing agents from herbs that are roots and barks. The herbs are simmered in a nonmetallic cooking container for about one hour. Simmer uncovered until the amount of water is reduced by one half. Those herbs that contain important volatile oils should be simmered slowly in a tightly covered pot.
Don't add table sugar to herbal teas. If a sweetener is needed, use pure, unmolested honey. Refined sugars are unhealthy for our digestive systems, and can actually interfere with the effectiveness of many herbs, as well as aggravate several diseases. If you are allergic to honey and other bee products, you can substitute stevia.
Tinctures are made by combining 1 to 4 ounces of a powdered or thoroughly crushed herb with one pint of alcohol. The alcohol most often used is vodka. The amount of liquid should be more than the herbs can absorb, so you may need to add more liquid as the days go by. Shake it daily and allow to stand in a warm place, out of direct light, for two weeks. The liquid is then poured through a cloth, such as layers of cheesecloth. The herbs that remain are squeezed thoroughly to remove as much of the liquid from them as possible. Keep the tincture stored in a dark glass bottle or jar.
Tinctures are used by the drop, or teaspoon. If you want to be sure the alcohol won't affect you, or you are a recovering alcoholic, add the recommended number of tincture drops into a 4 ounce cup of hot water, wait a few moments, and then drink. The alcohol will evaporate. Tinctures can be made of single herbs, or herbal combinations, depending upon your needs.
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