Herbs For Health
Many of the synthetic medicines that we know about and use today came about thanks to natural occurring herbs, plants, and trees. The original painkiller marketed just a little over 100 years ago is a derivative of White Willow Bark. Ultimately the drug manufacturers create a substance that copy the healing properties of these herbs, plants and trees and then market it to the world while down playing the benefits of the natural herb.
When you harvest or go out and gather herbs, be absolutely sure you know what you are picking! This is critical when you are in the wild. Be certain you know what the plant is before you attempt to use it. If you come across a plant you’re not sure about or it looks a bit like something but could also be something else, err on the side of caution. With herbs all gathered, what do you do with them?
A Capsule A Day
Capsules are the best way to swallow herbal concoctions that taste less than pleasant. Capsules also work well for slow release and for anyone who doesn’t have the time to make herbal teas. It is best to purchase finely powdered herbs for this purpose and he small “0” sized capsules. The powdered herbs are blended together and put into the two halves of the capsule. Then put the two halves of the capsule pieces back together again. Take the dose that your type of treatment requires.
Smooth And Creamy
Creams are useful in treating all kinds of skin conditions. It’s easy to make cream too. All you need is melted petroleum jelly. Then you go about adding herbs, although that is rather messy. A better method is to boil approximately 1 cup of the herbs to be used in 3 to 4 cups of water, in a non-metallic container for about 15 minutes (leafy herbs) and 30 minutes (root herbs). This process extracts the volatile oils. You can then strain out the bits of herb left behind, or leave them in, depending on the type of cream you’re making.
Add 28ml of sesame or olive oil to the water remaining and continue to simmer over low heat until all of the water has evaporated. Melt 60g of beeswax and stir into the oil mixture. Try to keep the temperature of the wax and the oil as close as possible and stir like crazy! After the mixture cools a bit, add 2 tablespoons of Vitamin E oil as a preservative. Pour into small containers and allow the mixture to cool down completely. Most creams will keep for as long as a year or more.
Infusions And Teas
This probably where the idea came from for a magic potion. The herbs you’ll use in herbal teas are generally cut and then sifted or are crumbled up dried leaves and flowers. Steep the herbs in a non-metallic container with water that has just been brought to a boil, this is roughly at 80 degrees Celsius or 176 degrees Fahrenheit. Infusions are used for the more delicate herbs to prevent destroying their healing agents. Use 30g dried or 75g fresh herb to 500ml of boiled water and steep for 15 to 30 minutes.
Sweet As Syrup
Syrups are used for treating coughs and sore throats and make it easy to give herbs to children, so you have more time to play Bingo online for money. Use 500ml infusion to 500g sugar, golden or maple syrup or just use raw honey. Heat gently until the sweetener has dissolved. Store syrups in dark coloured glass bottles with cork toppers. Screw top bottles run the risk of exploding if the mixture ferments.